Gario

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About Gario

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    Vagabond in the Southern California region

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    2. Maybe; Depends on Circumstances
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    Arrangement & Orchestration
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    Piano
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    Percussion

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    Greg Nourse
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    Math teacher / Music Theorist / Construction Superviser / Electrical Engineer

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  1. Well, hosting the BIG compos isn't a terrible idea, might be something worth looking into. Just finished getting new Judges on the panel, so perhaps a new side-venture that can be taken? Just me thinking out loud, here. In the meantime, do go on the Discord, it's a pretty active community there still.
  2. Don't you worry - we're still alive and kickin'. Lots of work on the back end of the site going on at the moment in order to make sure that things keep moving on the site, which while less noticeable is important in keeping the site moving along with little problem. Generally, it's easy to think that OCR isn't what it used to be, and in some ways you're correct - what OCR used to be was a monolith of a site where most VG arrangements were vetted and distributed. Today, though, we have sites like Youtube, the Materia collective, Pixel Mixers, etc., that all distribute VG arrangements elsewhere, which is only a good thing for the community at large. It does look like it shrinks OCR's contribution to the community by comparison, but it's really an illusion: take a look at OCR in 2009 and compare it to today, and you'll find that we've grown considerably in that time. Forum activity has waned, but that's true across the spectrum; a lot of communities have moved onto things like Discord (of which OCR still has an active and thriving community - check it out), so that's less telling of OCR's condition and more the state of the internet in general. Concerning albums, we generally don't officially direct any albums - that's entirely community based. If you want more albums to be made, then by all means help out with those that are already in the works (you can check em' out in the Projects forum), or you can get to recruitin' for one. Had a wonderful album come out recently from a relative newer member (who isn't a remixer herself), so it's not unheard of. Really, though, it's not a bad thing to hear fans "lament" OCR's glory days - it means we still have something to live up to, which is encouraging. That being said, don't despair, OCR is still quite an active force on the internet; we're not going anywhere.
  3. Well, send over what you got and we'll talk about it. I think your airship theme was close to finished, so that should be really close by now, I imagine. Looking forward to it!
  4. Hey there, welcome to OCR! Just giving a heads up, I moved this thread to the VG Arrangements portion of the WIP forums - this is definitely an arrangement of a VG track, and it'll likely get more attention there, to boot. Can't really go wrong with a Chrono Trigger Main Theme cover, and you got some good sounding instruments, to boot. I suggest you play around with the levels of this track, though; it sounds really hot, like it's hitting the limiter constantly. Bypass your limiters on the master track and set your levels so that they're not clipping, then use the limiters/compressors to shape the track a little bit at the end - it'll improve the production quality significantly. Thanks for showing off, though, and I do hope you find the forums to be a friendly, helpful place. You can also join our discord if you want more personal interaction with the community, too!
  5. Gario

    An Apology

    Nope, have no idea who you were. I guess that's a good thing since you didn't really like your own presence on here prior? It was about ten years ago since you last posted anyway, so it makes sense that I don't remember - I've only been on here ten or so years, myself. Doesn't look like you needs any hazing, either, since Meteo's got that part covered. Anyhoo, welcome back, glad to have another person enjoying OCR and it's forums!
  6. Nah, just send the finished WAV. You'd be the last person I'd cut, considering you literally already finished it before. Thanks for the heads up
  7. Not too many people left to submit for the final deadline, which is great. Got a few stragglers, though, so @Ivan Hakštok, @Gario, @djpretzel, @Sil, we're going to need to hear back from y'all. It's wrapping up, so let's push to the last stretch!
  8. Oh, a judge rules question! Here's where we'd come down on it: At the moment, there seems to be a misunderstanding of the rules built into the question (which means we should perhaps clarify on the submission requirements page). When we look for source in an arrangement (rule of thumb: at least 50% of the arrangement should reference the source), what we're looking for is the arrangement/ReMix to be referencing the source at least 50% of the time, not for the arrangement to reference at least 50% of the source. As long as it's identifiable as the source, one could theoretically make a remix that only references 25% (or even less) of the source and it would still qualify for OCR as long as the arrangement was referencing that source for a significant period of time (again, rule of thumb is 50% of the arrangement). It would be odd leaving out so much source (and people might get upset that their favorite parts were left out!), but that's not technically a Judging requirement. Concerning your actual question, though, which source would we give credit to in this case? Very likely, in this case it would be whichever source the artist claims to have been arranging since it's not technically wrong to call the arrangement a "Link Between Worlds" arrangement, even when it's similar/identical to the Link to the Past source. In the past I've sourced Dracula X's Stage 6 track for my submission (which is itself an arrangement of the Castlevania 3 "Beginnings" track), so I have some personal experience on that front to help come up with that conclusion. Forcing people to use "official" versions of the source would, I imagine, cause the staff quite a bit of headache figuring out which source is the "actual" source, which otherwise we'll only do if the VG track is in fact an arrangment of a well known non-VG track (like, say, one of Michael Jackson's songs used in his "Moonwalker" game - can't ReMix "Smooth Criminal" just because it's in his game, folks!). Hopefully that answers your question!
  9. I went and watched it. Pretty darn solid if you ask me - go enjoy it.
  10. Track comments would be solid, the permission form so that we know we can use your music for the album will also be necessary (which I need to go through the forms we already have). Otherwise, I'll need to talk to DjP after the project finishes up to see if there's anything else that we need from the artist.
  11. Oh, I like this idea. The mashup element really does wonders with this track, and as far as I can tell no one else has really gone in this direction with the sources (which considering how well it works is a surprise). I'll add a minor note for the fade-out ending (would be better with just an actual ending), but that's a minor complaint compared to the solid idea you present here. As far as production it sounds a bit flat. It could use a touch of stereo spread and/or panning on a few instruments (not too much - just enough to give it space!) to help the track pop off the page, so to speak. The drums sound great, but their presence is underappreciated due to a notable lack of minor sidechaining in order to give it some more presence. Again, don't go overboard, but with synthwave it helps when those juicy drums pop out at the listener, which side chaining helps with considerably. These are some pretty basic suggestions, though; you should discuss this with the OCR Discord, see if people in there can give some solid advice on it, too. I think the arrangement is pretty spot-on, so I would like to see this in the inbox someday (touched up, of course!).
  12. One of the greatest necro's I've seen. This is definitely some smooth arranging. This is from 2008? Could be submit today and probably accepted (if the timestamping worked out), lol. Regardless, very nice work man.
  13. Bumpity bump response! Yeah, sorry 'bout the mod review thing not working as it should as of late; the staff that normally run it are experiencing a critical existence failure. I'll give some thoughts on it to help you out (you might've actually asked me earlier, but the message got lost in the discord shuffle - really sorry about that!). I do like the overall quality of your instruments - much better than the Silent Hill instruments, even - but I'll be straight and say this is likely too conservative for OCR. The instruments are pretty close, and the overall arrangement is similar to the source (without the texture change made in the source in the piano). I hear the subtle changes made in the arrangement (like at 0:55 - 1:12, for example), but it's likely not enough for the panel to call it sufficiently interpretive. It's great stuff in it's own right, OCR be damned, but it'd likely be rejected for being too conservative. (Note: I'm only commenting on whether it'd pass the OCR panel or not because you're marking it for mod review )
  14. Overall, I do like where this track is taken; it follows a conservative interpretation for the first half of the track, followed by some really cool arranging and embellishments that spice things up. It really sets up the listeners expectations and delivers something very different as it proceeds into new territory. I really enjoyed it, and disagree that this breaks any sort of OCR requirement. My biggest issue with the track is that the instruments sound dry and mechanical. It's like it's a PSX version of the game rather than an SNES version, as far as sound quality. Better than the source, but not by that much, and OCR does have a production standard to uphold on this. Work some (not too much - just some!) reverb into your instrumentation in order to give it a more realistic sounding space for your instruments, and it would take this arrangement to the next level. I feel the arrangement is strong enough, though I do think the quality of the instruments & space are generally dragging this down. I do hope to hear this again from you, though, with some updated sounds and/or a touch of reverb to get the space sounding more realistic! NO
  15. lol, you're good; I count your last submission for this due date. No rush. ... TBH, I think I'm the only one in trouble on this due date, so... git on it, Gario!