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Pumpkin King

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  1. Hey, thanks guys! Didn't realize people here commented... Much appreciated! Since the tune is already well written and produced, I felt an orchestral version would suit it best. (I've actually done more DKC arrangements, so feel free to look them up!) You're entitled to your opinion. No hard feelings! Just thought I'd point out, that I did use lots of inspiration coming from the original track in the second half of my remix. First half of the mix was mostly true to the source. But I took inspiration from the lead melody at 1:38 in the original, to create the string patterns at 2:10 in the remix. Even at the end of the remix (3:32), I used the same notation as used in the source (1:52). Just played it differently. Only reason I'm pointing these out, is because it's not easy to hear the similarities. I was pretty happy with how it turned out and always wanted to share how I came up with these ideas.
  2. Hey thanks MrKyle! I do check in from time to time. So your comments, as well as others, are always much appreciated! I'm thinking this could be a perfect morning alarm, right? Just add some chirping birds with some outdoorsy ambience to the mix and you're all set.
  3. 31,000 views on that already? I'm obviously not doing something right. It was alright, but I'm with WillRock.
  4. Here's my keytar cover for In a Snow-Bound Land from DKC2. It features my expression pedal which connects to my laptop via my midi expression interface and usb. I haven't been able to use the interface for awhile but now got it fixed. Anyways, here it is: For those interested in my version without leads, only orchestration: Here's my piano cover also from awhile back:
  5. Thanks! Yeah I don't think I've heard any remixes of this game yet. But I'm sure there will be more soon, it's a fairly new game.
  6. Was pretty stoked that David Wise came back to compose for DKC Tropical Freeze, so I had to try out the game. Great soundtrack. And I loved this tune, so I spent some time doing this arrangement. My Arrangement: Original:
  7. Thanks for accepting this! Really appreciate it guys! If I were to change one thing, it would be with the tone of the piano. I always use the Galaxy Vintage D sample library, and for this arrangement I remember I wanted it to sound a bit warm. Rather than bright. You know, I'd love to try out a different sample library sometime haha.
  8. Cool glad you enjoyed it! Good luck with that final haha.
  9. Hey guys, thought I'd share this here. This is a medley for the original Donkey Kong Country trilogy. Here's my references: - I started with Cascade Capers (DKC 3). - There is an Aquatic Ambience nugget with the strings when they come in (around 1:40ish). - At around 2:00 is Stickerbrush Symphony (DKC 2). - At around 4:00 is a melody from Voices of the Temple (DKC 1). - At 4:56 is a melody from DK Island Swing (DKC 1). - At 5:49 is Bayou Boogie (DKC 2). - And the outro has a reference to Hot-Head Bop (DKC 2). I have a more finalized version but will upload that somewhere else later probably. So here's the youtube version with my performance (which has an unfortunate video-sync problem with one track in the end). Hope you guys like it!
  10. I already composed a song called The Reaper of Notes with orchestration, and just finished this version with synths and electronica drums. Hope you guys like it!
  11. Love this song. I'd like to try an arrangement sometime, but I'd have to play the game first.
  12. Thanks! Well I used Logic Pro, Absynth, Galaxy Vintage D for the piano, etc etc.
  13. Hey thanks! I just uploaded an orchestral version to youtube. Anyone is welcome to check that one out as well.
  14. So I recorded my piano cover already for this the other day, and then spent all day yesterday arranging and mixing this orchestral version. I hope you guys like it! My piano cover is in another thread. Here it is for anyone interested, just to keep both remixes separate from each other. http://ocremix.org/forums/showthread.php?t=46133
  15. I taught myself and recorded this last night. It wasn't easy playing with how I had the camera set up, so I played it kinda safe. It's pretty true to the original song. For anyone interested in the orchestral version, check it out here: http://ocremix.org/forums/showthread.php?t=46141
  16. Thanks! Yeah it was Sonic inspired. I love the soundtrack from the Genesis games. But I never played any TMNT. I think I've heard of a few tunes and some covers though.
  17. I finished this song awhile ago, but uploaded an extended version to youtube with my performance on keytar. It was composed in Logic Pro and I used drum samples from Sonic 2 on the Sega Genesis. Check it out! http://youtu.be/xa77wQk_0ZI
  18. Thanks guys! Rexy, I really appreciate the kind words! Especially coming from a talented pianist like yourself haha. I'm sure you could make a good version of this song as well. I will say that I've been getting better and better over the past few years with the piano. I'm kinda focusing on different stuff now and using my keytar, but there's nothing like sitting down with 88 keys and playing piano.
  19. Really appreciative of this, thanks!! Yes, there was a lot of reverb. If I were to change anything, I'd probably decrease the low frequency levels in my reverb plugin just a bit. If anyone wants to check out my performance as well, it's here on my youtube channel! And any more comments are welcome of course!
  20. Thanks a lot man! It's the 5th song in the series. And then I have tons of other stuff on my youtube and soundcloud, etc.
  21. This is the next song I composed for the concept. It's been awhile since I've worked on it. It's an orchestral piece with keyboard/keytar solos and stuff. Hope anyone listens and enjoys.
  22. I remember back in the day when I composed on my Triton Extreme. I never quantized my orchestrations. Now for some reason I feel it's a necessity. Maybe I'll experiment around and try it.
  23. Hahahaha. I treated those vocals almost as part of the soundscape. But I can understand now some people's possible first impressions. This is what I found from Relic News Forum. First, some ideas of what he says in the Sanskrit language: Here are words that are translated, from the same forum: There were guesses in the forum as to what the first section meant, but I can't confirm anything. Something to do with flawless protection by the Keepers (I never played the game first of all, so I'm guessing there duty was to protect... they are gate keepers)? The 2nd part is tough to translate and understand. Now, the guitars. I guess I could add more low end, but I don't want them to get to close to the bass. Again, I originally wanted to add lead acoustic guitars in the beginning, from a friend actually. But he didn't have his acoustic. I then played something on my keyboard, but in the end it didn't match the end of the song. I could have just added depth to the textures of the background in the beginning. That could have helped. The snare I played myself on my kit in Logic (actually I played every instrument and then quantized)... but yeah I guess it's not as varied. But I'll remember to double check and change up velocities where needed in the future. It makes sense. Again, I did quantize quite a bit (probably why you found the strings to be mechanical). I always do with my Logic samples. Most of the samples aren't very real sounding (yet I do like them), so I never try to humanize my Logic orchestrations. I embrace the artificial sounds and it makes sense to me not to make them sound "real" by doing things like humanizing. I mention this a lot. Thanks about the leads! I find that my keyboard leads work better in orchestrations when used subtly. And thanks for all the comments! I love production feedback.
  24. Alrighty, I added very slight updates and included my keyboard leads in the end. I guess I just enjoyed the version with my leads a bit better, haha. The link is updated on the first post.
  25. Thanks! I originally had guitar leads in the beginning, but it didn't make sense compared to the second half of the song. I'm sure if the leads were there, the mechanical sounding guitars wouldn't be too noticeable. But I did the best I could to imitate a real acoustic sound. And the percussion did have reverb, not as much as the rest of my instruments. I didn't want too much since it sounded bad in my ears. The leads I liked, too. But for one, the melody didn't have anything to do with the original track. However, I was going use more of a brass section later in the song to replicate what the keyboard leads did... though the samples I was using sounded too cheesy. I dunno... I personally liked both versions. I just thought it made more sense to me not to include leads here, even though I enjoyed playing to the song.
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