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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.
  12. 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).
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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!
  16. I'm loving it. Definitely lots of progress here since the Jan 16th update. The more extended intro sounds great. I like how you're being more creative with the arrangement circa 1:10. I like the subtle flange at 2:00. Sounds good. Synth solo sounds great, and I like the percussion track here. I like your creative use of chords (for example 2:40). Overall, this is a clear improvement upon the last version. The mixing sounds better, too. (Maybe that is just because it is louder). So ya, great work! Where would you like to take this project next?
  17. Thanks for sharing, and congrats on the debut. I enjoyed this ReMix. I like the creativity in arrangement and sound design. It definitely makes it onto my personal playlist. 0:00 - I like the piano here and the subtle effects, very emotional, 0:12 - Tambourine rhythm seemed a bit off, 0:16 - nice guitar (is this hammond here?), and I love the toms, 0:32 - loving the sound of the pad here with those 'slip' effects and that vox-sine-like lead, 0:50 - that is really interesting clock sound, it has a lot of character, seriously!, 0:52 - I like the bass guitar (hammond) sound, nice attack, 1:06 excellent use of the 70s prog sound here,1:19 - this verse did not resonant with me musically for some reason, but I really like the hammond sounds, excellent work there, 1:47 - deviates from the source in a way that I'm just not feeling, but that's just personal preference, it's well executed though, 2:15 - I'm feeling it here, very epic, spine-tingling, excellent percussion and synth lead 2:43 - 2:50 - Interesting prog transition, fits well in the piece, 2:51 - I really like this transition with the effects and those toms are lightning, 3:07 - I like this progressive section, it brings out the sense of peril in contrast to the confidence from the beginning of the track, epic, 3:18 - again, great transition, loving the synth lead here, nice snare hits on the 3rd beat, cymbals sound great, nice kick drum programming, 3:35 - yes, second round, nice modulation on the synth lead here, its really building up, nice vibrato and improvisation, 3:43 - wow, just wow, that is unexpected but works so perfectly here, very powerful arrangement, loving it, though, I wish that the synth release would have been longer and we had more time to digest that moment before jumping into 3:53 - nice build-up here with the snare, 3:58 - this section is well executed, I do like the pitch bend and improvisation on the them in the synth lead, 4:12 - for me, the dissonance here is out of place, 4:22 - nice harmonization, Ending - clock sound was a bit too extended and distracting in my opinion. Overall, excellent mix, very well done. Every new Chrono Trigger ReMix has to fill big shoes, and your track pulled it off. My main qualm is that post-3:43, the track felt a rushed. Thanks so much for taking the time to make and share your track!
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