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About evktalo

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    Eino Keskitalo
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  1. Hey, that's really good news! Ys has some fantastic music. I've been listening to the original PC-88 score a lot at work.
  2. I'm not a judge, but to my ears this version has plenty of personalization, with its emphasis on leads and arps over groove in the original. Apart from the ending, I don't feel like it's missing anything arrangement-wise, I was plenty of interested throughout and there was a lot of variety in small and large scale (again, if you ask me). Mix/sound is pleasant and e.g. the leads are decidedly on top of the mix, easily listenable like they should be. There's a bit of harmony clashing here and there, for instance at 1:49 the backing is in different key than the descending arpeggio thing. I'll try to find time to timestamp these. I saw I said this already a couple of years ago, oops.. Now back to the ending, it definitely sort of peters out. I've had a couple of arrangements myself where I got feedback that the piece just ends, for a couple I made little codas that resolved properly and that seems to have worked well enough. You could work what you have here into a more assertive coda that ends with a nice resolving chord, instead of things kind of fading out, I feel like there's at least the seed of that there. Or perhaps you could try to make a build-up into a climax at the end there. For my money, once the harmony clashes are sorted out, this is really great listening (and makes me want to re-play the game ...), and definitely making the ending more confident is also worth working on. Again can't speak for evaluation, but this is very close to a fine VGM rearrangement and very close what I'd feel comfortable submitting.
  3. Really impressive and lovely piece. Keeping the movement-based structure of the original certainly works. I love how the instrumentation starts small and grows over time in each 'wave'.
  4. I'm in a very nice way reminded of the soundtrack to FTL! If I would criticize anything, the piano is a bit meandering for my taste, but it is so in a very genre-appropriate way. I'd personally prefer a more considered, melancholy, darker piano part. Enough about my tastes. I definitely enjoy the long-form travel through the soundscapes, which has both quieter details and larger components, winding up and down along the ride. Very nice.
  5. evktalo

    An OverClocked Christmas Vol. XII...

    Put this on in the living room right now. Stop fighting, kids, Santa's elves will bring you nothing. (They're not really fighting.)
  6. I have the utmost appreciation for updating the queue thread. hmmhowtomakethisaquestion ... Were you aware of that?
  7. Good luck with this! There's three finished tracks already, that would make a solid backbone for an EP-sized release already! Such a cool concept as well. Lots of big names on the WIP list too! Somebody herd these cats home.
  8. evktalo

    OverClocked ReMix Design ?'s and Issues

    Hi, it seems I can't access the forum thread for Pale Ale from Bale: It says I don't have the permissions to see it. It's visible from the ReMix page, but not when you go to the forum side. (I think the topic isn't in the thread list of the reviews subforum either).
  9. evktalo

    Spin the Wheel - Number 1

    This could be fun. It might be a really fun way to participate if competitors/voters (or just anyone) could influence what games get added to the random draw. Right now it seems that the games that might have a chance to get into the competition are visible only to you.
  10. evktalo

    93 - Creative Exploration with Ben Burnes

    Next episode's playlist theme iiiiiis, Winter Music!
  11. I've played enough of PSIII to appreciate the rhythmic transformation of this treatment ... also I like the shift that is the ending!
  12. evktalo

    Inspirational OC ReMixers. Ego food donations.

    I like to mention @AeroZ for both the chippy, lofi elements of his arrangements that have been directly inspiring for my own arrangements, but also the amazing cello stuff, 7th Saga album in particular. Shnabubula has been an inspiration for many things, amazing musicianship, improvisational capability (showcased through his VGM Cast streams) and for me as a ReMixer, in particular the creative arranging. Same goes for @djpretzel, his arranging unsurprisingly embodies the interpretational aspect of OCR approach, on top of that I appreciate him showing his love for Sega and also doing less-arranged games (like everyone I'm mentioning). Additionally I've been incredibly inspired by my regular collaboration partners @Jorito and @Tuberz McGee. Additional shout-outs to all the album directors and also compo-organizers such as @Bundeslang, @HoboKa, @DarkeSword, @FenixDown and Brandon Strader - I very rarely finish any tracks that don't have competition or album deadlines at last at one point, and/or collaborators to actively work with. So in a very direct way these people are an inspiration to the tracks I ever end up finishing.
  13. My playlist pick is https://shnabubula.bandcamp.com/track/bomberman-hero-milky
  14. We are still alive, and the next episode's playlist theme is: Piano! The deadline for submissions is 30.11.
  15. Well, I do have that 'Mischievous Robot' track I would like to finish some day ...