SubNormal J3

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About SubNormal J3

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    subnormalj3.blogspot.com

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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
  • Software - Preferred Plugins/Libraries
    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. 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.
  2. 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!
  3. 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!
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Sampling means to literally copy and paste the sounds and then modify (transpose, etc.) them to suit the needs of the mix.
  8. 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.
  9. Hi, so I imported the MIDI tracks into Reaper and sent them to the a virtual instrument that I happen to own. The first track is assigned to a Bassoon/Clarinet/Oboe/Flute ensemble preset, which automatically cuts out notes that are out of the playing range of the instrument. Doesn't sound the greatest, but hopefully some tweeks can make it sound better. I think if there were to be more dynamic velocity programming (crescendos, decresendos, accents, soft notes, etc) then this could sound pretty cool. Anyways, this is kind of what I think the style of the track lends itself toward (more orchestral).
  10. Happy to help. What do you mean? I do not know/use FL, but I could collab on the MIDI and keep giving feedback on the audio.
  11. It is amazing to me how raw emotion can be translated into music. I hope that these pieces might resonate with someone who needs an emotional outlet through music.
  12. I love it. It sounds like you have a vision for what you want the track to become. Now its a matter of translating that into the actual mix. I think that link you posted is a great reference track not only for the arrangement style but also for the audio track mixing. One thing I notice right away, is that that track has a rhodes piano with a sustain pedal, which sort of serves as a pad for the track and really helps set the ambiance and fills in the gaps. On your track, the strings are filling this role, but they do sound thin. Maybe boost up the lower strings to help fill in that space? Can always try some reverb or delay or chorus. Just a thought. Or you could try using more of the mid-low range on the piano (to play chords), or maybe even try a Rhodes, sometimes it's just called an E. Piano / Electric Piano or Tines. Unfortunately, my knowledge of VSTs is pretty limited now days, but a simple Google search can get you pretty far or a browse of KVR Audio. Of course there's the OCR Forums too. Hopefully someone will chime in here about that. In any case, keep it up. Can't wait for an update!