Andricon

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  1. What's also "unfunny" is that after reading your post, and despite your horrible grammar and spelling, your profile says that you are a professor. I'm guessing you teach Catcalls on the corner by the Truck Stop? *Rim shot* Take my wife, please. *room is silent* *crickets chirp* Fine. Bite me. OK... seriously now. That's the problem with game music. No matter how good (or bad) it is, it's only going to be listened to by a select few. People who want to listen to music go out and buy an audio CD (or rip it, or D/L it, etc). People don't buy games simply to listen to the music. Music is simply part of the game experience. If the game succeeds, then only rarely, is an official soundtrack released for it (domestically). What makes things worse, is that some people who are fans of Game OST's are very elitist and exclusive about it. I understand why, I really do, especially since it's part of (our) their niche culture. Yet if they wanted to spread awareness about such wonderful music, they would not treat people outside "the know" as idiots. I have heard people playing a track from an OST, and when someone asks what it is, their response usually is something akin to, "You would not understand. This is rare/underground stuff" which in itself is a laughable comment. It's truly a shame. We should nurture such interest, not only to bring more credibility to the Game Industry, but also to help expand the horizons of music, and bring well deserved recognition to the Composer/Sound Engineer. I try to passively trap people into listening to it. Example: While listening to a Game Music Mix CD I made a friend asks me what it is. Now, if I were to tell her that it was music from a video game, certain doors in her mind would almost instantly close. Not only would she associate video games with something only a child does, but then she would associate me with that as well. So instead I simply tell her that it's a mix, and/or I only tell her the name of the composer (not the game). I offer to make her a copy. She agrees. I go home and burn her tracks of what she mentioned she liked, and then throw in some I think she would, or tracks that I think are very ingenious. Weeks later she tells me how much she likes it and how often she listens to it. This repeats a few times with different styles of music and different OST's. It's actually fun for me too, as I'm sharing aspects of myself with a friend of mine, while I'm learning more about her musical tastes. Then I casually reveal the source of the music. By that time, she's so into it, that she does not care. You know how cool it is to walk into a friend's apartment, and hear her not only playing some CD's you made her, but playing music from a game that you recognize? It's very cool indeed. OK... I'm shutting up now.
  2. Umm... several things: 1. I mentioned Korn as what not to do when trying to give music a "modern rock" sound. You'd know that if you opened your eyes and actually read my post. 2. Lot's of high-end, dueling guitars... yeah, that's pretty 80's to most people I know. 3. Did you not see where I said "I'm sure this review will get under some people's skin, especially those who worship the track, but guess what: Get over it. You're entitled to love what I consider to be bad music, just as much as I'm entitled to hate what you consider to be good music... and vice versa" ... so, um. Get over it. 4. It's my opinion and my review of the track. So please shut up. If you want to continue this, then take it to the General Discussion forum. Of course, it's not like I'd ever reply, considering how you're not going to change my opinion about it at all. 5. You're not sticking to the "review guidlines," and in order for me to defend my position, have provoked me to break them as well. Post whatever you like about me or my review, or how you disagree with my opinion. I will not be replying back. I accept the fact that you don't like my review, or that you don't think it was well founded. So what. Just move on, dude. 6. Is one "black mark" going to destroy this remix or the person who created it? Do you want to live in a world full of "yes men?" You can't get everyone to agree on any issue. OK... It's been a long day, and I'm admittedly cranky. So now I'm just going to bed. PS: Don't take any of that too personally,
  3. One of my most frequently listened to remixes. *More thorough comments to come later* Excellent work. Just excellent.
  4. "Blorf" :vomit: *Without reading every review for this track* It would appear that I may be the only person who does not like this track. In fact, it drives me nuts. I can't stand it, and even less so when other people ooze praise about it. It may be somewhat well put together, but it's as gimmicky as the worst of the 80's Big-Wig-Metal. I hear it and think "Slaughter-winger-whitesnake-cinderella (and countless others)." Maybe I should just refer to it as Slingersnakerella? We need to take steps forward with music, not backwards. "Retro" is something that should only be used in good taste. Not with a musical style, such as Hair-metal, which was never really that good to begin with. If the artist wanted to do a "modern rock" remix, there are far better ways to go. By which I certainly do NOT mean that it should sound more like the corporately owned, and "force-fed to us" crap like Korn, Cradle of Filth, Staind, P.O.D., or any other band that sports an angry, over-privileged white-boy with dreadlocks. Maybe the cheese-factor was intentional and meant as tongue-in-cheek humor. If that's the case, not only did he succeed, but most people are not smart enough to have caught on. In which case, I applaud your creativity, and ability to slip a joke past everyone. I'm sure this review will get under some people's skin, especially those who worship the track, but guess what: Get over it. You're entitled to love what I consider to be bad music, just as much as I'm entitled to hate what you consider to be good music... and vice versa
  5. I chose this track for my first review for several reasons. The greatest of which is because it forced me to address the question, “What makes a remix original, what makes one art, and what makes a remix a butchered piece of garbage?” One could write a whole book about such a topic, but for the sake of time and eye-strain, I will address such abstracts as they pertain solely to this track. I was expecting little more than your every-day, average cover, that placed too much emphasis on the more memorable and recognizable segments of the original score. We hear it all the time in various remixes: Where the “artist” focuses too much on “that one part” of a track. Having said that, I was prepared for an enjoyable, though thoroughly debased remix (an all too common occurrence with covers). However, shortly within the first minute, this track established itself as something more. I was surprised as the artist started to venture away from the original score, and even more so when I found it was done in a very passionate, original, and appropriate way. The track suddenly walked the line between a well done remix and a completely new piece that was refreshingly reminiscent of something I was familiar with. The artist has succeeded in not only taking this track in a new direction, but competently integrating their newly stylized segments into the original. That is what makes this piece art: It remains true to the original while contributing something completely unique in itself. It’s easy to tell that a lot of thought was put into this track. There are some forgivable flaws in this track, which will go without mention as they are thankfully and fortunately outshined by the sheer magnitude and complexity that is brought to this track. Just as well, since I would only appear to be a nit-picking elitist, as I am a fan of Baroque/Romance music. This is the kind of music that raises the bar a notch, and justly so, many will never surpass it. Perhaps only an industry professional, or the Warsaw Philharmonic, could have done better. Bravo. [edit]The above line was written without knowing (or caring) who the composer is, and without knowledge of their previous works, and professional credits.[/edit]