Black_Doom

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    Black_Doom reacted to Gario in OCR04002 - Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword "Takeyabu Resort Promo Package, 1991"   
    Man, I hate this arrangement, lol.
    I love the fact that it's on OCR - there needs to be more music on here that challenges my tastes.
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    Black_Doom got a reaction from Mordi in OCR03537 - Donkey Kong Country 2 "Seagull Sonata"   
    I remember listening to this track in the workshop as well, yep. So glad to see it on the front page  It's really my new favorite take on a classic tune. The acoustic guitar is especially gorgeous, and the juicy laid-back funky stuff @3:08 is very nice too - gives me creeps every time, in a good way, of course. Love your job here
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    Black_Doom got a reaction from Mordi in OCR02488 - Donkey Kong Country 'A Hint of Blue'   
    There are a lot of Aquatic Ambience mixes, sure, but this one stands out for me, because it manages to keep the feeling of ambience from the original. The intro is very long, almost quarter of the whole thing, but it's perfect for the mellow, relaxing mood of this mix. And once this track picks up, it becomes even better. Even the guitar doesn't spoil the idle atmosphere here. Also, gotta love that tides + ivories break ot 5:08. This work is sooo sweeeet ans sooo dreamy. Love it.
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    Black_Doom got a reaction from djpretzel in OCR04000 - Final Fantasy VII "The Cosmofarian"   
    It's pretty funny that in the write-up for MkVaff's remix of the same theme djp mentioned he was planning to arrange "Cosmo Canyon" at some point, and, well... Here we are  It's also very interesting that this is the third (!) djp remix of 2019. I mean, are we going back in time or what  Anyways, onto the track itself - I gotta be honest, I'm too far from calling myself a huge reggae fan, but this remix is just ridiculously good. Just like Mike's track I mentioned earlier, this is nowhere near what you can expect from an arrangement of this source tune. And yet it works on every level possible! When I was listening "The Cosmofarian" for the first time, I was initially worried that it was too liberal and I didn't recognize the source at all, but luckily the melody kicked in at 0:25 and it was pretty much there the entire time  This is also certainly a classic djp track in that sense that it has a lot of connections with his previous tracks (actually, my very first thought that popped into my mind was "FORTUNA FAVOURS THE FUNK!". Yeah, it was more like a scream, hahaha), but it's something new, fresh and different at the same time! Keep on rocking, Mr. Lloyd
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    Black_Doom reacted to The Orichalcon in OCR01596 - *YES* Final Fantasy 10 'Twilight of Ivory'   
    I think this arrangement could be a lot more daring. It's an overall good soundscape. But the instruments are only just barely tacking together to make a nice sound. Minimalistic is an understatement.
    I liked the swell at 3:18. Made a shiver run down my back.
    Borderline with this one. It could clearly be a lot better. While it sounds good overall, it'd benefit from more work on flushing out the arrangement.
    I'm gonna swing with Larry's vote on this one. See what else you can do to it and resubmit it.
    NO
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    Black_Doom reacted to TheVideoGamer in PRC400 - Sonic Special Free Round (Sonic The Hedgehog)   
    Were not as strict as we would be in MnP. In MnP, pretty much sticking to the source material is the goal. With PRC, interpretation is more valued. 
    Pretty much Dex has answered your question lol.
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    Black_Doom reacted to Souperion in Madeline's Ascent [Celeste - B Side Summit (LTW Remix)]   
    Hey, no problem L.T.W. I looked up the game a bit before responding to this, seems well worth the time. And that OST, though. I'm not much of an authority on the system, but Madeline's Ascent seems pretty complete to me. If you want to get a more experienced ear on it, set the status of this beauty to "ready for review", wait a week or so, and pm a workshop evaluator for a more professional listen. Or just submit it, what have you got to lose?
    Keep mixing, this is good stuff!
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    Black_Doom got a reaction from derezr in Halloween-Themed VGM Album   
    This is jaw-dropping, holy shit! :0 Gonna keep my eye on this release and also grab Snowtopia as soon as possible! 
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    Black_Doom reacted to DarkeSword in Final Fantasy 7 Remake - Some of the first greater gameplay insights   
    Nier Automata is pretty deep. FFXIV expansions like Heavensward and Stormblood are also up there.
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    Black_Doom reacted to avaris in OCR03989 - Chrono Cross "Jupiter Jellie"   
    Thanks.
    The name came from three sources. My daughter (Ellie) was just born and we would watch Cowboy Bebop in the mornings. There is an episode called Jupiter Jazz; and the source is sometimes called Jellyfish Sea.
    Jupiter + (Jelly + Ellie) = Jupiter Jellie 
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    Black_Doom reacted to Sindra in New Castlevania Tribute Album Released   
    Hey OCR crowd! Wanted to quick plug the newest Castlevania tribute album I ran, after last year's X68000 album.

    https://smarturl.it/thebelmontadventure
    It's what it says on the package; a tribute to the music from the first 2 Gameboy Castlevania games, Adventure and Belmont's Revenge. Again had a fantastic troop of musicians helping me create this album (Snappleman, Alexander Brandon, Viking Guitar, etc.), which I've wanted to do for a little while but never put into motion until earlier this year. It's got a bevy of genres - metal, rock, orchestral, jazzy prog, electronic from a bunch of remix artists and even a few game composers in the mix! I'm really proud of the variety and skill that was brought to this album while covering some of my favorite music from the series.

    It's released currently on Bandcamp, Spotify, iTunes, Amazon Music and more. Proceeds will go to Bat Conservation International to help endangered bat species and their habitats; because you can't have a Castlevania without bats!
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    Black_Doom got a reaction from HoboKa in Halloween-Themed VGM Album   
    This is jaw-dropping, holy shit! :0 Gonna keep my eye on this release and also grab Snowtopia as soon as possible! 
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    Black_Doom reacted to JohnStacy in Halloween-Themed VGM Album   
    https://thegamebrass.bandcamp.com/album/brasslevania-a-tribute-to-the-video-game-macabre

    Hello! I'm JohnStacy. You may know me from such places as this website and discord. You may also know me as a session brass player who plays for various video game soundtracks and soundtrack arrange albums. Today I come to you with an album from a group I'm involved in, that will release next week and is available for preorder right now.
    This album is Brasslevania, a fully licensed arrangement album. This includes music from several Castlevania games, Luigi's Mansion, Deltarune, and others. The description of the album does it justice, so I'll just paste that here:

    The Game Brass have teamed up again with arranger Thomas Kresge to bring you "Brasslevania: A Tribute to the Video Game Macabre"! Featuring some of the finest ghost, horror, and skeleton-themed music in video games, Brasslevania includes over 20 tracks from such classics as Banjo-Kazooie, Super Mario World, Final Fantasy, Pokémon, Deltarune, Castlevania, Grim Fandango, Resident Evil, Silent Hill, Celeste, and more. For this album, the quintet has expanded to a 9-piece brass ensemble and invited an array of special guests, including Mariachi Entertainment System, to the party. Equal parts spine-chilling, terrifying, and cadaverous, Brasslevania brings you the biggest Game Brass sound you've heard yet!
    I played french horn on this album, and am featured on a few tracks (mainly Voyager, Life is Beautiful, and The Grim Fandango Suite). The other guys who played are all my friends and we had a blast putting this together.
    On behalf of the Game Brass, I hope you enjoy Brasslevania: A Tribute to the Video Game Macabre!
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    Black_Doom got a reaction from evktalo in Jet Set Radio album maybe?   
    Well, thanks for the replies anyway! And also for the good luck, Mr. NutS! Hope this will get rolling
    Also tagging @evktalo @Jivemaster @Chimpazilla @Flexstyle @Phonetic Hero to get their thoughts as well
    P.S. Added link to the soundtrack just in case
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    Black_Doom got a reaction from BenEmberley in Gourmet Race (Kirby Super Star, Russian Folksong version)   
    I'm genuinely impressed! 
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    Black_Doom reacted to JohnStacy in OCR03970 - Super Mario Bros. "Reflecting Pool"   
    I have read the comments on the youtube, and one comment really stuck out to me that I think explains why it is so divisive, mainly relating to the philosophy of creating new arrangements of video game music.
    The comment, let me find it:
    So this is probably the largest difference in the way I process game music vs how I think others do, mainly in the general public who do not produce music actively (casual listeners). This isn't a right vs. wrong issue, this is really more of a perception and philosophy difference/disagreement. This is healthy and should happen in any community that isn't toxic.

    For the most part, game music for me is divorced from the game it comes from. I have been told on some of my previous work (back before I had an internet presence) that "this doesn't sound like a battle theme" or similar comments. At one point I did a stripper tempo swing version of Megalovania from Undertale. It went really slow, just to play up the sleaze. For the most part, it was *destroyed* by people who heard it, almost like I committed blasphemy.
    OCR is full of creative arrangements, but the whole line is accessibility. For the most part, if you did a calm, ending theme as an upbeat 80s synthwave track, nobody would really complain about it because they can relate to the style. Something much more classically oriented that's out of left field like this doesn't really give much to relate to (unless you listen to a lot of music in this style). It is kind of like listening to some avant-garde jazz and not enjoying it because you don't really listen to a lot of it and don't really "get" its nuance (I am like this with most of the more distant subgenres of metal, for example).
    When I do arrangements of game music, almost always I'm trying to do one of two things, and you can hear this from the things posted on this site.

    1. Have some fun with a tune I really enjoy or remember fondly, combined with writing some fun stuff to play (Cazador, Journey Never Ends, unrelated but everything I do for Materia Collective falls under this category). This usually ends up being very relatable for most people.

    2. Experiment and really push myself in something I'm not familiar with, or explore a style of music I enjoy (Protoman, Reflecting Pool, As Blew the Winds). These are mainly used to develop my skills, and I really don't give much consideration to the audience or making it an way that it means anything outside of itself. This is where the disagreement lies.

    So in the most sincere way possible, I REALLY don't care that the Mario fanbase wouldn't listen to this and be reminded of Mario. That wasn't the point. That wasn't even close to the point.
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    Black_Doom reacted to The Legendary Zoltan in The Valkyrie Profile Death Metal Album is HERE!   
    Do you like Valkyrie Profile? Do you like Death Metal? If so, then this is THE album for you.
    Here is a commercial explaining what this is:
    Here is one of the two currently released songs. A new song comes out every two weeks until all 9 tracks are out.
    Enjoy the music. Thank you for your time.
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    Black_Doom reacted to ilp0 in Release: Megaman album by ilp0   
    Thanks so much Black_Doom and other people! I'm very surprised and glad to see that somebody is interested in the 10 years old megaman stuff and embarrassed that there is no permanent hosting for the files.
    I duplicated the archive from Black_Doom in drop box just in case: https://www.dropbox.com/s/w3475ojzou8xt8v/Mega Man Remix Album by ilp0.rar?dl=1
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    Black_Doom reacted to Gario in Release: Megaman album by ilp0   
    Downloaded for safety reasons; hopefully OCR can host the album once again.

    Thanks for doin' the LORD's work, Black_Doom.
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    Black_Doom got a reaction from evktalo in Release: Megaman album by ilp0   
    https://drive.google.com/file/d/10w0IagDgf0OoiTx5JAc5qj9IjDBKQeTU/view?usp=sharing
    Found it!  Had to do some tagging, since a couple of tracks lacked them completely for some reason, so there may be some mistakes, but I don't think it matters that much, honestly.
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    Black_Doom got a reaction from evktalo in Release: Megaman album by ilp0   
    I can probably get it, should have it somewhere on my laptop, I think...
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    Black_Doom got a reaction from orlouge82 in Release: Megaman album by ilp0   
    https://drive.google.com/file/d/10w0IagDgf0OoiTx5JAc5qj9IjDBKQeTU/view?usp=sharing
    Found it!  Had to do some tagging, since a couple of tracks lacked them completely for some reason, so there may be some mistakes, but I don't think it matters that much, honestly.
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    Black_Doom got a reaction from Gario in Release: Megaman album by ilp0   
    https://drive.google.com/file/d/10w0IagDgf0OoiTx5JAc5qj9IjDBKQeTU/view?usp=sharing
    Found it!  Had to do some tagging, since a couple of tracks lacked them completely for some reason, so there may be some mistakes, but I don't think it matters that much, honestly.
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    Black_Doom got a reaction from Thirdkoopa in OCR03938 - Secret of Mana "Down the Rabite Hole"   
    Yes! This track is certainly one of my personal highlights of the album  It's not really a very new remix, but every listen is still quite nice, and from time to time I even has chills running down my spine  I absolutely love the somewhat mysterious yet fresh and adventurous vibe this track has. The powerful drums and groovy bass definitely give this one a huge sense of motion and progression. Then there's also a number of other details that are no less cool - the choir in the intro really helps to set the mood; digging that small folk-ish touch at 1:40 and sweet cello soloing at 3:00! And last but not the least, have to mention the guitar - that's some really enjoyable playing right here. Brave to everyone involved - you nailed it guys!
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    Black_Doom got a reaction from prophetik music in Release: Megaman album by ilp0   
    https://drive.google.com/file/d/10w0IagDgf0OoiTx5JAc5qj9IjDBKQeTU/view?usp=sharing
    Found it!  Had to do some tagging, since a couple of tracks lacked them completely for some reason, so there may be some mistakes, but I don't think it matters that much, honestly.