Native Dialect

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About Native Dialect

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    Scholar, musician, gamer

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    Podolski AU, Zebralette AU
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    Arrangement & Orchestration
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    Acoustic Guitar
    Electric Guitar: Lead
    Electric Guitar: Rhythm
    Vocals: Male
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    Guitar (electric, acoustic), Piano, Rap,

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  1. 1) I agree with your criticism of how the guitar sits in the mix. After having listened to the track a few dozen times without headphones, I realized that I should have either raised the volume on the guitar track, or at least panned it to the left so that it could be isolated from the rest of the mix. At the time, I felt that the guitar was overpowering the horns and violin, which are the parts of the arrangement that I want most to stand out, but that may not have been the most effective choice. Funny enough, I have a Sagat remix that also incorporates horns and violins, but because I wanted the guitar to be prominent, I had no problem with allowing it to drown out the other instruments, and the end result is arguably better from a mixing standpoint. 2) I'm going to take another crack at the project, and see if I can get a better guitar tone, and mix. If not, then I'll happily take up your offer! 3) Your original composition is nice! Reminds me of Chrono Trigger, if its score were a trap album.
  2. Jin's heroic march is clearly an homage to the themes of old Super Robot anime such as Getter Robo, and Mazinger Z, and as such was composed as an orchestral piece rife with horn blasts, and violin swells. However, Marvel vs. Capcom was one of the last games developed for the CPS2 arcade hardware, so the theme was never properly realized given the limitations of the CPS2's audio hardware.. My arrangement was crafted with one goal in mind: modernize as much of the instrumentation as possible so as to realize Yuko Takehara's original vision for Jin's theme. Unfortunately, even my attempt at rendering Takehara's true vision is hampered by the fact that although the MIDI instruments in GarageBand are a noticeable improvement over Capcom's CPS2 soundfont, they still do not sound entirely authentic. Still, I gave my best effort, recording live guitar, using the best suited drum kit in GarageBand, and stacking the horns to achieve as realistic sounding an orchestra as possible without the use of an AU instrument, or sampling. The only element I could not recreate to my satisfaction was the CPS2 orchestra hit, so I used the same hit found in the original composition (sampled directly from the CPS2 soundfont). Constructive feedback is always welcome. Thanks! Song Title: "Heart of the Typhoon" (Jin Saotome Theme Remix) Originally Composed By: Yuko Takehara Arranged and Performed By: The Native Dialect BPM: 238 Style: Symphonic Metal Hardware: iMac, Ibanez Talmon Software: GarageBand, Audacity Heart of the Typhoon Source
  3. 1) I concur with your assumption that the judges would likely reject your submission, as it does not have any variance in structure from the source material. Having said that... 2) Your take is still quite enjoyable. Incorporating guitar in place of the original synth pieces gives your arrangement a more aggressive feel that reminds me of the score to Castlevania: Symphony of the Night. While this community favors adding new measures to remixes, I share your belief that there are times when it is nice to listen to a cover rather than a remix. Sometimes, new instrumentation is sufficient, and other times, reinterpretation of the musical motifs is beneficial. I see no reason why both approaches to remixing cannot co-exist with equal esteem given to each. 3) At the end of the day, my philosophy when it comes to any creative endeavor is to first and foremost create something that I enjoy. I realize how selfish that sounds, but such is my outlook. If others enjoy what you are creating, then that is of course welcome, but never is it the end goal. It is not so much that we ought not seek to share creative works that can be enjoyed by others, but if we make ourselves beholden to what others expect, then what we are creating is not truly ours. Ultimately, I choose to submit works to OC Remix only when I feel the project just so happens to overlap with the submission criteria, but never do I change something I've made to fit said criteria unless there is something fundamentally wrong with the composition. As such, there are remixes on my YouTube channel that I'll never submit, and there are others that I am patiently waiting to submit (I already have one arrangement being reviewed by the panel). But to each his own. My friend, I wish you well on your creative journey.
  4. My goal in creating this arrangement was to produce something soft in texture, and moderately more upbeat than the source material. I incorporated wah wah guitar, a simpler drum pattern, finger style bass, a koto, and a tremolo synth. The end result is something faithful to the motifs of the original composition, but divergent from its more aggressive aspects (e.g. the sub bass, and layered drum pattern). For those of you that are curious, the song title, "hayai kaze," means "swift wind" in Japanese. When I think of a ninja running through the night, I think of the movement of a swift wind, so it seemed fitting as a title for Ibuki's theme. I'm currently waiting on the judge's panel to make a decision about a Jazzy NYC remix I submitted last year, but once I get word on that mix, I'll be submitting this one next. Feedback is of course welcome. Song Title: "Hayai Kaze" (Twilight Remix) Originally Composed By: Hideki Okugawa Arranged and Performed By: The Native Dialect BPM: 120 Style: Smooth Jazz Hardware: iMac Software: GarageBand, Audacity "Hayai Kaze" (Twilight Remix) Source:
  5. Most Sagat remixes are downtempo, heavily jazz influenced, or otherwise arranged to be suitable for relaxation; my approach to Sagat's theme was quite the opposite. I drew most of my influence from the drop d guitar rhythm found in the Street Fighter Alpha 2 arrangement, while keeping to the structure of the SNES version from Street Fighter II: The World Warrior. The end result is what I consider to be an aggressive, yet regal take on Sagat's iconic theme. The time signature for this piece is 11/8, just like the original, and let me tell you, it made creating this remix quite a challenge, especially playing the guitar (0_0) I chose to base my remix on the SNES version because I consider it to be the best version of the theme. The use of a droning violin on the SNES, which is absent from the CPS1 rendition, gives the composition a better texture, and in my mind, a sense of grandeur befitting of Sagat. Other useful information can be found below. I've no plans to submit this to the judges, because I have no plans to lengthen the piece, or invent new measures in 11/8. Covering the song was challenging enough for my meager abilities lol. Oh, and just in case any of you are curious about the meaning of my remix title, Ayuthaya is the real world location of Sagat's stage from Street Fighter II. Ayutthaya was an ancient kingdom that sat where Thailand is today. In Sagat's stage, you can see the reclining Buddha of the Ayutthaya ruins, as well as a few ancient temples. At its height, the Ayutthaya Kingdom had many conflicts with the neighboring Kingdom of Burma. One famous folktale relating to their conflicts is about the warrior Nai Khanomtom, a master of Muay. Khanomtom and a few of his fellow fighters were captured by the Burmese, and challenged to a duel to prove that Burmese fighters were superior. Khanomtom chose to represent his friends, and Ayutthaya, successfully defeating every fighter the Burmese had. In the end, Khanomtom won the respect of the Burmese, and thus grew the legend of Muay Boran, and the might of Ayutthaya. So by choosing the title "The Tiger of Ayutthaya" it is my goal to connect Sagat, and his music, to the greater folklore of Thailand, and Muay Thai. Song Title: "The Tiger or Ayutthaya" (Sagat Theme Remix) Originally Composed By: Isao Abe Arranged and Performed By: The Native Dialect BPM: 105 Style: Rock Hardware: iMac, iRig, Ibanez Talmon Software: GarageBand, Audacity The Tiger of Ayyuthaya Source
  6. Your musicianship is superb, but I prefer the urgency and texture of the arrangement found on the Gyakuten Meets Orchestra soundtrack.
  7. I enjoyed your arrangement. I can hear that you largely remained faithful to the original song structure rather than add a bevy of new measures, and extensive solos, and I appreciate that choice. The fiddle is a nice touch, as is the flute. Overall, a well composed arrangement. Good job!
  8. My main influences while working on this arrangement were John Digweed and Crystal Waters, as this is a House music mix. In particular, the texture and rhythm of the bass line is inspired by Digweed's instrumental, "Heaven Scent," while the organ segment is inspired by Waters' signature song, "Gypsy Woman." Song Title: "The Red Cyclone" (Zangief Theme Remix) Originally Composed By: Yoko Shimomura BPM: 131 Style: House Hardware: iMac Software: GarageBand, Audacity The Red Cyclone Source Material: Zangief Theme (CPS1)
  9. I just realized that I didn't respond to your comment like I had done for everyone else. Thank you so much for listening to my arrangement, and for such thorough feedback. - I originally played the chord progression on a grand piano software instrument, but felt that doing so made my arrangement too similar to the original work. I wanted a tone that retained the same feel as the original piece, but just a tad more mellow so as to allow for more freedom to explore the overall groove. - At first I was reluctant to include the siren as I thought it would muddy the polyphony, but later felt it was a necessary addition in order to thematically link my arrangement to the original version of Jazzy NYC rather than its much more popular remix, Jazzy NYC '99. - Interestingly enough, my initial take did include the James Brown and Lyn Collins "Woo! Yeah" sample, as it is arguably the most defining aspect of the original composition. However, like you, I found the sample too repetitive. I tried separating the sample so that the "yeah" would appear once in a measure, followed by the "woo" once in the next measure, but the result seemed atonal rather than melodic. I wound up scrapping the sample in favor of incorporating the aforementioned siren. - I'm drawn to syncopation, and often try to employ it in my arrangements to varying degrees of success (or at times with no success at all lol). In my college years, I was a huge fan of The Fall of Troy, and their lead guitarist, Thomas Erak, routinely composed songs that had multiple shifts in time signature. Though I don't personally do prog rock arrangements, I still took inspiration from Thomas' composition style. I love the way syncopation makes a short piece seem like several songs played over the space of a much longer period of time, all while still sounding like one cohesive performance. - I've had no reply from the judges yet, by e-mail or here on the forums. I assume that the judges are either really swamped, or that my remix has been lost in the shuffle. Here is hoping for the best. Thank you again!
  10. I completely understand. Mixing is not one of my strong suits either, even when I use headphones. I wing it with Audacity, but still don't always wind up with the mix I desire. Anyway, if you can DM me a short musician bio, any information you want to share about the process you went through for creating your remix, and your social media contacts, that'd be great. I want to make sure to include a PDF with every contributors information as part of the album. Also, if you submit your Ken mix to OC Remix, best of luck getting your submission accepted by the judges panel!
  11. Ten years ago, when I was new to the mixing scene, I collaborated with other musicians on YouTube to put out a 20th Anniversary Fan Album for Street Fighter. While it was a great deal of fun, the quality of my compositions was lacking. Now that I have far more experience, and the 30th Anniversary is being celebrated this year, I'd love to partner with other musicians (and visual artists) for a second attempt at a much more cohesive project. You are the first person I have asked, but I have a few others that I am eyeing, including people that I have worked with in the past. The previous project involved a great deal of creating content from scratch, and online collaboration, which led to delays and a lack of focus. This time, I'm being smarter about it and curating existing work that may be compiled as part of a single project. As I encounter new works that catch my attention, I'm reaching out to the composers to see if they are willing to contribute a given piece of music to the project. I figure everyone will appreciate the exposure, and the fan community will get something nice to end the 30th Anniversary celebration. Here are my own remixes that I feel is a fit for the project in question. With your Ken theme remix, that would bring the project up to four tracks (assuming you are willing to join the project). I am aiming for a minimum of twenty tracks so that the album has a decent run time. My goal is for there to be no redundant mixes (e.g. not three variations of the Zangief theme), and enough diversity of genres so that the album best represents the varied musicianship of the fandom. Please note, this is not an official OC Remix project, nor will I be associating the project with the community. I'm seeking musicians from OC Remix, YouTube, SoundCloud, BandCamp and any other space where musicians congregate. If you are interested, I'd love to include your Ken theme!
  12. 1) Welcome to the OC Remix community! It is always nice to meet a fellow Street Fighter fan. 2) The Ken theme is already a glam metal song, so finding enough nuance to deliver a fresh interpretation in another sub-genre of metal music is a bit of a challenge. I'd say you rose to that challenge and met it. The power metal approach works incredibly well, even with the double bass, which you tastefully layered throughout the composition. 3) Your musicianship is excellent, with your timing and key all perfectly aligned. 4) I've been working on a fan album for the 30th Anniversary of Street Fighter. Would you be interested in contributing your track to the project? 5) Your rendition reminds me of Patrick Gill's take on the theme, which he scored for the film, Street Fighter: Assassin's Fist. Did you happen to take any inspiration from Gill's version, or is that merely coincidental?
  13. @Cupcom5 Thank you for the compliments about my work, and for the encouragement. I hope that your submissions are selected as well! Good luck!
  14. @Liontamer Salutations! It has been two months since my initial submission, and I've seen nothing on the Judges Panel, received no e-mail follow up, nor seen my remix posted to the site. May I please have an update about where my remix stands? Thank you for your time.
  15. Thank you! Your reaction is encouraging. I am glad that you enjoyed my take on Jazzy NYC.