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windkirby

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  1. I really like this! It has a very nice feel and stays faithful to the original without going off into awkward experimentation. I feel like you really played to your strengths here. I have two main suggestions: first, see if you can find a better voice for the choir. The sound right now is pretty much on every electric piano nowadays, so that's a bit of a distraction. My second issue is that the second chorus sounds too much like the first. I would just add in a little extra to keep things extra. I really enjoyed the last chorus with the key change.

    Overall, really good! I don't know anything about the technical stuff, so I'm just talking about atmosphere.

  2. This album was ridiculously awesome, and I'm really, really picky. While I've really enjoyed other albums from this site, this was the only one besides the Metroid project where there wasn't a song I disliked. This is excepting the penultamite heavy metal vocal, which just isn't my style of music - but I really liked how the album included what was almost a substitute for it.

    On the whole I can't express how much I enjoyed it. Each and every track was extremely beautiful and musically interesting - it was just remixing at its best. Brobdingnagian kudos to the project's director and everyone involved - this album truly is a masterpiece I'll be listening to for a very long time.

  3. I really like it! Like the other poster said, it really has some magic. I hope that doesn't sound too rainbow-fairy.

    The percussion is really catchy but a tad too loud when it first comes in. It fits more when there's more stuff going on.

    I felt like it really did a great job of keeping my attention, but during the section at 2:30 I thought it was getting a little bit repetitive. I would add something else in this section, something percussive or an accenting sound effect, or maybe change up the percussion a little so it doesn't get old - not necessarily change it, but break it from the same pattern.

    I didn't feel like it was repetitive from 3:00 on because that was when it was "all coming together," so to speak. In fact, I would change that part too much.

    The only other things were that I would shorten the intro a little (I was getting pretty tired by 1:00) and make the ending just a little less abrupt, like hold that chord for a little longer at least - it was a bit too sudden for me. Oh yeah, and the synth at 1:30 is a little to blatant. I would try playing around with some phasing/filtering/reverb to make the song more interesting and more chill and less in-your face, since that seems to be the mood you're aiming for here.

    Sorry but the nitpicking - it's really great! I agree with what you said about adding some variety, but overall it's very nice.

  4. I'm a big fan of the source!

    Overall very conservative. I really liked the beginning, but about halfway through I felt like it really needed some more stuff going on. The drums were also pretty robotic - the samples sounded real, but they seemed very dryly arranged - more energy and/or creativity would really help!

    When the main melody started up on the violin and/or horns, it also seemed pretty lacking in energy. You can either go for mysterious or thrilling, but right now it's somewhere in-between and it doesn't really work. So either make the melody less muddled in reverb and add harmony, or make it a little more haunting and in the background. But either way, the song really needs either more instruments or it needs to be compacted. (I'm in favor of the former.)

    I think it has a lot of potential - I like the ambience! - but it's missing gusto, IMO.

  5. Very nice - I liked how textured and thick that percussion is, and once again it has a great style.

    I do feel, though, that sometimes the percussion is a bit much; I think I would've enjoyed the piece a lot more if it had more melodic material, or if the melodic material was a bit more prominent - sometimes I felt like it was all beat and no... song. It's still a great piece, but that's just my two cents. I figured with everyone's natural praise you could afford some criticism. :]

  6. Okay it's been over a month, but I love K64, so I'm barging in and saying you need to finish this!

    I like it a lot, but I think what I like so much about the original tune is it's great atmosphere. I think your flute does a good job of translating that (actually I really like it - it's nostalgic for me in a weird way), but yeah, you definitely want to add more stuff because right now it sounds a little empty, especially on the second go-round that starts at around 1:37. Have you thought about some bigger percussion, like some cymbals or timpani drum rolls or something? Trumpet and piano sound like good additions, but whatever you add it should have some presence 'cause right now it needs more stuff going on. But the song has lots of potential! I'm excited to see where you take it. (Or, well, where you HAVE taken it seeing as how it's been so long.) Please update... We need more K64 remixes. :]

    Oh yeah and you might want to add a teensy bit more reverb on the sax; it sounds a little fake or samply to me do to the lack of 'verb, but then again I'm kind of a 'verb whore so just try listening for it.

  7. Un-freaking-believable. I've never even played the game and I'm getting nostalgia... The attention to detail is stunning, and I love how complex you've made it without detracting at all from the music's meaning. Instead, the layers accent the music rather than distract.

    Gorgeous work - thank you so much for all the effort you put into this piece because it really shows. Keep making music!

  8. Not bad by any means - I really liked it at the 1:10 mark.

    I don't think you overdid the humanizing - in fact, I think it wasn't quite "human" enough when the right hand was playing the melody. Not in that it didn't sound like human hands were playing, but it didn't really sound like a human was creating the melody. What I mean to say is that the melody is a bit too simple; you don't need to change it, but you could be a little more creative with it. Right now it sounds a little too robotic.

    Also, I think it'd help if you got another program to help make the piano sound better; changes in note intensity as well as reverb and a more realistic voice would help the song sound much smoother.

    Not bad though. Just could use some touch-ups. :] Anyway, nice work.

  9. Really nice - I actually downloaded it so I could listen to it now and again. It had a really strong presence/image I felt - and yes, it made you feel a little uncomfortable. It's interesting because recently I've been trying to make a similar piece. My only thing was that it got a tiny bit repetitive at the end, but I still enjoyed it very much.

  10. Maybe. Actually I don't really know what electro-pop sounds like. But probably something like this.

    Anyway I'm usually just a listener here, but I made this on GarageBand for school - worked on it for months - and I was interested to see what you guys thought.

    http://www.reverbnation.com/timothysmith (Salentia Pools, first song there - pay no attention to the other ones)

    It's ok if you don't like it, but I'd appreciate if you could give some suggestions/criticisms... Thanks!

  11. Very catchy and fun, but I do have a complaint that kept it from being the best of best for me: it seemed too long. Like there were sections were the music just sort of went along with it with little to say, relatively.

    Others probably won't agree with my lack of concision bit; I will say that otherwise it's absolutely stunning and that the chiptune voice was really great - nice work on the whole. :]

  12. Some cool stuff in there, but it does need work!

    The lone, odd synth in the beginning is rather odd, and I agree it doesn't segue into the drums very well. I would try experimenting with the intro a bit - try taking out the lone synth riff or something, try some different ideas and then stick to one. Right now it seems a little bit unfocused.

    0:15 - 0:43 seems a little dry still, like it's missing something to be complete. I understand you're trying to ease the listener into the song, but they can pick up an idea much quicker than you think. I would add another significant layer, such as a mid/high-range rythmic (I can't spell that word), electronic, blippy accompaniment/melody sort of thing in the background, the sort of happy thing you would hear in a gameboy game. Something with a bit of contrast to flesh it out. That's just my two cents, of course - what I'm trying to get across is that you might want to consider adding something.

    :38 - :43 is unnessecary to me. I would consider replacing it with something more meaningful or taking it out. Again, I think you might be underestimating your listener.

    I really like :44 on, though - that's when the song gets into some really cool stuff. Still, I find that you need a few short drum riffs that lead back into parts, like right before 1:00. Know what I mean? Sometimes a big section will just kick in without giving the listener any sign.

    I also think that on the second go-round of the cool, dirty-sounding part you could stand to have something in there a little more playful with the rhythm. Again, if it were me, I would do something mid/high-pitched and blippy/electronic-y. What you want to do in fleshing out a song is have things that contrast and play off each other.\

    Besides what I mentioned, though, the song sounds really cool! Unfortunately, I can't recognize the source tune too well (I actually listened to this soundtrack a bit though - which area is the source tune from?). Anyway, I like the depth of the stuff that starts at :44, as well as the sort of whiney section that starts at 1:11. They're cool ideas!

    To sum it up, the main things for me are the intro, the drum segues, and fleshing it out. Sorry - it must be very discouraging to get so many gripes in reply to your song. Making music's really hard work! Don't give up, though - art is never finished, only abandoned. Keep at it!

  13. Not bad, but I think it gets very repetitive at about halfway through. I think you might want to give the synth chords a break for one or two periods throughout the song. I also felt like the slow tempo was hurting the "listen to me" factor - I would suggest adding in some more interpretation as well as percussion, or at least something percussion. It doesn't have too be hard-hitting, but I felt it was distinctly lacking in the percussive realm.

  14. Seriously sweet - the rhythm and strings all worked together to make it dramatically engrossing but still completely hip.

    The only thing that weirded me out was the whistling - while there was nothing wrong with the timbre's authenticity or whatever itself, I thought, it felt very out-of-place in what was besides that a rather dark piece. I also thought the third rendition of the first part really lacked the punch that pushed it past being repetitive.

    Still, pretty good overall. The arrangement was a tiny bit off, but overall it was very fierce and thrilling. I absolutely loved the intro.

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