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SubNormal J3

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    Well, like everyone else around here, I have this unorthodox taste in music. I've been following OCR since it was blue. Found it by clicking on a banner link at VGMusic.com. The first mix I downloaded was 'Meteorave' by bLiNd.

    Always up to a civil PPR discussion; I run the thread regarding The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, of which I am a member. (https://ocremix.org/community/topic/25967-the-church-of-jesus-christ-of-latter-day-saints/)

    Looking to get back into composing. Currently using a Roland JW-50 (1992) for composing/MIDI, and Reaper for virtual instruments, recording, mixing, and mastering. I have always really enjoyed the sound of the software synthesizers René Ceballos released under rgc:audio in the mid-2000s, which I also own. Classically trained in piano performance and an elementary understanding of music theory and composition. Intermediate performance experience including classical piano, elementary school orchestra, high school marching band / wind ensemble. Elementary experience with synthesizer programming and DAW mixing and mastering. Strong affinity for lush sounds, beautiful chords, irresistible rhythms, and uplifting music.

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    3. Very Interested
  • Software - Digital Audio Workstation (DAW)
    Reaper
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    Dimension Pro, z3ta+, Pentagon I, Square I, Roland Sound Canvas :)
  • Composition & Production Skills
    Arrangement & Orchestration
  • Instrumental & Vocal Skills (List)
    Piano

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  1. Love the mix. I think the vocals toward the beginning really set this mix apart in terms of style. It is such an emotional source material that I think lends well to a human element. And I really appreciated Mike’s YouTube video accompanying this mix. I could definitely relate to the Christmas when I received a Super Nintendo. (Actually, my parents tricked me, it wasn’t until after opening all of the presents, that they revealed one last present). So happy to hear more of MkVaff’s work at OCR.
  2. Love the track! I think one of Mike’s talents is laying down a groove. Captivating opening. Thanks for sharing!
  3. Strike a Pose! 0:00 - I like the modulated reverb here and the delay on the first hit. 0:08 - Love the hi-hat rhythm here, really drives it forward imo. 0:17 - Solid! Love the bongos. Classic Mike. 0:23 - Love the source material here, very funky. 0:37 - Love the syncopated pads. 1:18 - I love how the hats and snare here really drive it forward. 2:46 - Love the disco drops. 3:05 - Great use the piano. 3:21 - Nice finishing touch. I think this is and excellent use of samples from Vogue and a wonderful re-imagination of Dreamer. It's been a real pleasure to hear more of Mike's new work! Always been a fan since I was ten years old (nineteen years ago!) MIke's music was a great inspiration to me as I was growing to love music, and it always holds a special place in my heart. Thanks for the memories and inspiration, and wishing the very best for the LGBTQ+ community. Thanks Mike and David for posting!
  4. I've recorded some tracks for Streams of Musical Consciousness Vol 2. I'll keep adding tracks every week or so as I record them. Feel free to check it out on SoundCloud. Maybe I'll combine them into a YouTube video when the album is finished, like I did for Vol 1. I hope you enjoy these tracks. There's are allusions to a few video game soundtracks in there.
  5. Fantastic mix. Classy. Piano chords are on spot. Panned drums. Rapping. Smooth pads. Subtle string runs. Bass that is so smooth. That piano sits so well in the mix. Lyric samples set the tone. I wish the track were longer, ending seems a bit lacking in terms of energy. Great work guys, a new favorite!
  6. I first downloaded this album back when it was released in 2011, and I really enjoyed it. Recently started listening to it again. I really appreciate the feel and arrangement of the tracks. Funky, groovy, interesting, mellow, upbeat. Highly recommended. Thanks Josh!
  7. I think what I appreciate most about this album is that it brings that contagious optimism and complex simplicity of Mario into EDM. And hey, EDM is a great fit. There's lots of jumping in Mario and EDM for one. But also, EDM is about energy, and Mario brings a positive energy that just fits really well I think. It is really neat to see this optimism work through a variety of moods and themes. Also, EDM is about complex simplicity, and so is the gameplay of Mario games. Great work guys. This music helps make my day a little better each time I listen to it.
  8. Just wanna pipe in and say thanks for putting this album together. It's mellow but not depressing, energetic but not in-your-face. Great balance. EDIT: And I really enjoy listening it. An excellent album with multiple replays on my part. It evokes a very specific and relatable mood and ambience.
  9. Yes. Just watched this. I really like that video. Makes me want to listen to Chrono Trigger OST even more. I never had a word to describe the "non-functional harmony", but yes, it makes sense now. I think this is an important hallmark of effective video game music.
  10. Sampling means to literally copy and paste the sounds and then modify (transpose, etc.) them to suit the needs of the mix.
  11. You can always sample the chants from the OST on YouTube or something. Is this what you referring to? That's probably your best bet, or you could explore other virtual instruments on the web.
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