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Boy, "Forest of Hysteria" is about the best way to describe this... that or "Forest of Freneticism." I like the idea of this, and many of the elements are attractive, but it wasn't as cohesive as I would have expected. And I think that perfect fourth starts to distract from the other stuff you're doing towards the end. Overall, I would have said it was very strong resub material.

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I can't say its my favorite style, but the processing and mastering are incredibly well-done. I especially like the bass drum in that little break in the middle. I can see that some people can think its a bit abrasive, but to each their own; I like it quite a bit though it is relatively repetitive. Good work and don't believe the haters, platonist ;)

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from djpretzel's writeup:

"Larry spotted what seems like an allusion to the original main theme from the NES towards the end of the arrangement, but it turns out that wasn't the ReMixer's intention, just a coincidentally similar interval."

uhm, NO it WAS intentional, but since it only covers the first of the X chords in the NES theme, it doesn't qualify as a Zelda 1 remix .. if i had done more with the bassline it could've been.. but now i only borrowed the interval, it doesn't mean that i remixed the theme :smile:

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from djpretzel's writeup:

"Larry spotted what seems like an allusion to the original main theme from the NES towards the end of the arrangement, but it turns out that wasn't the ReMixer's intention, just a coincidentally similar interval."

uhm, NO it WAS intentional, but since it only covers the first of the X chords in the NES theme, it doesn't qualify as a Zelda 1 remix .. if i had done more with the bassline it could've been.. but now i only borrowed the interval, it doesn't mean that i remixed the theme :smile:

Yeah, no worries, that was his mistake in interpreting my panel vote. :-)

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I love this kind of experimental type music. If you could call it that?

This has a very distinct sound and I love that. I can see why other's wouldn't love that, though, it's very rough and gritty and kind of repetitive. But it's also unique, and something I don't hear often, so it has that.

All in all, I like it. I can't really say for sure why, but I do.

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Give me your .it files :V

Ditto.

I love tracked music and Link's Awakening (will likely forever by my favorite LoZ) but never been too into super-crunchy lo-fi, although there are a few extremely intentionally scratchy mods that I still listen to several times a week. All that in consideration, I'm glad I listened to this mix but I doubt it'll fall into my regular playlist soon. While it's a faithful interpretation and a good example of lo-fi, it's missing some kind of hook to make it stand out from either other mods I have on various HDDs or other Link's Awakening mixes.

-- BUT --

...it does show a proper, honest soul for oldschool games and oldschool tracked music. That spirit is highly appreciated and just because this track may not become a regular listen, that doesn't mean I wont be eagerly awaiting Platonist's next mixes (yes, that's plural, damnit!).

I'd love to hear what you can do with heaps and gobs of more up-to-date software later. Stick with the tracker for a few more mixes. =]

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I can't not like this. Hysteria just LEAKS out of this mix's pores. Each well-defined section boasts a level of tension to be reckoned with, never feeling out of place. And the way the synths are processed, you'd think they lost their minds or something (which can only be a good thing).

Electrically charged synths enter the woodwork as if to signal approaching danger, and the 4-note arpeggio entering at 0:29 seems to say, "I'm the boss and don't you forget it!" as evidenced by its beefiness and the way its DnB underlings support it. 2:35+ extrapolates both the arrangement and the mood automatically and in a fitting way. The piano chords playing the second half of the source at 3:20 direct the mix into a whole new direction, more focused and foreboding than before, soon joined by the mainstay synths and percussion.

And then 4:30 strikes. While the eponymous hysteria dominates, the background synth playing around with the melody is a subtle but interesting touch. Then at 6:00... silence? A bird chirping, maybe? (I like how that lingering synth gives that impression.) Everything seems tranquil, unperturbed. Maybe I'M crazy for imagining the hysteria, ha ha. :-P

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I can't not like this. Hysteria just LEAKS out of this mix's pores. Each well-defined section boasts a level of tension to be reckoned with, never feeling out of place. And the way the synths are processed, you'd think they lost their minds or something (which can only be a good thing).

Electrically charged synths enter the woodwork as if to signal approaching danger, and the 4-note arpeggio entering at 0:29 seems to say, "I'm the boss and don't you forget it!" as evidenced by its beefiness and the way its DnB underlings support it. 2:35+ extrapolates both the arrangement and the mood automatically and in a fitting way. The piano chords playing the second half of the source at 3:20 direct the mix into a whole new direction, more focused and foreboding than before, soon joined by the mainstay synths and percussion.

And then 4:30 strikes. While the eponymous hysteria dominates, the background synth playing around with the melody is a subtle but interesting touch. Then at 6:00... silence? A bird chirping, maybe? (I like how that lingering synth gives that impression.) Everything seems tranquil, unperturbed. Maybe I'M crazy for imagining the hysteria, ha ha. :-P

8O:lol:

that's the nicest review i've gotten so far. you realized exactly (in every detail) what i was trying to capture in this one... and the noisy feel didn't even start to distract you even once, thank you and thanx for listening ^^

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Dear Platonist,

How are you? I am fine. Camp is fun here in the forest, there is lots to do, and many textures to hear. I like the synths. The percussion is cool. The best part is the breakdown with the piano! LOL!

It is cool how it builds back up again too. The song is 6 minutes long but feels shorter. It is very good.

Please write back!

Your pal,

OA

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Dear Platonist,

How are you? I am fine. Camp is fun here in the forest, there is lots to do, and many textures to hear. I like the synths. The percussion is cool. The best part is the breakdown with the piano! LOL!

It is cool how it builds back up again too. The song is 6 minutes long but feels shorter. It is very good.

Please write back!

Your pal,

OA

ROFL

ok

Dear Nintendo Champion,

I'm good, are you good or are good you or you are good too?

I am glad you enjoy the forest, i suppose the wind sound alot like your head, does it not, my dear pal. so . uhm LOL?

Your University Examinator,

Academica De La R(L)oc(k)a

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I'm not sure I have all these terms right (I'm just starting to dip my toes into the wonderful world of audio), but here's my opinion.

I don't recall every bit of the original Mysterious Woods tune, but I do vividly remember the scene from the game where you first met the Owl upon trying to head north into the woods.

The original song immediately gave a vibe of entering a dangerous area. In this remix, around 0:32, a repeating theme(?) starts up which to me, clearly reminds me of the Zelda 1 Underworld (Dungeon) theme. That caused my mind to immediately signal "DANGER".

The whole remix seems to have a very low-quality feel to a lot of it, and that's not usually my thing, but here it works. It actually reminds me quite a bit of the sound from the "Mako Reactor" FF7 song. Industrial, perhaps it's called? (someone also mentioned a DnB feel, and I agree with that assessment too)

I don't like every remix to feel like it needs to be able to fit perfectly into an existing category. This might not be an every day listen for me, but I can totally appreciate it for it's unique twist on a memorable tune.

Kudos to the Remixer :)

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And for review 200 of this month, I go BACK to Link's Awakening (as if that wasn't obvious enough for the intention, haha) and take a look at some recent-ish pre-Threshold material there. Hello Platonist :)

When I first heard the track, I remembered being somewhat dazzled by the means of rendering; starts out lo-fi with synths that bear resemblances to tesla coils, and when the beat comes in with the rhythmic part that bears a resemblance to the Zelda 1 dungeon theme, before mutating into the chord structure for the A section, one can clearly see the arrangement quality being brought into it.

The chippy melody line, I believe is a clear production highlight - it was cleverly manipulated with what seems like a wobble filter that could've fit lovely on a dubstep wobble, though works equally as well on square waves too. That to me is some insanely covered writing covered with that synth; may have wanted it a little higher up in the mix though, but as it is it's wonderfully crafted and fits with the mix's atmosphere.

The piano coming in basing the next section entirely on section B was a good touch; a little mechanical, but for the mix's genre it was practically needed to add more tension towards the track, and for what it was it works. I felt it was significantly clearer to me at 4:36 when it was transposed up an octave to go with the faster moving beats, and to see it blend in with the chippy synth later shows a great deal of attention placed towards texturing and really helped fill in the much needed high frequencies within this build. It's a shame that the mix to me ends rather suddenly not long after this build, though given the length of the track I can understand the intent.

I know the judges had this qualm of the mix being too "liberal", but taken from experience in playing the game I had sensed a clear amount of recognisable source from when the chord progression came through at 1:15 all the way through to the end. It's such a strange source to work with, true, but I felt with the material he had he ended up getting the arrangement component nail on the head. So I guess my feelings in regards to source identification may have been different from the 2008 judge roster, but for me as long as it's there for a fair chunk of the mix, it qualifies.

Very fun track all around with some neat tense synth writing and chiptune manipulation slightly pre-dating halc's pixelated showers. Captures the spirit of the source quite tensely, and I hope he'll be able to contribute to the site again some point soon :D

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And for review 200 of this month, I go BACK to Link's Awakening (as if that wasn't obvious enough for the intention, haha) and take a look at some recent-ish pre-Threshold material there. Hello Platonist :)

*bows* Hello.

The chippy melody line, I believe is a clear production highlight - it was cleverly manipulated with what seems like a wobble filter that could've fit lovely on a dubstep wobble, though works equally as well on square waves too.

ping-pong looping the right sample and using it at the right time in the right mix also works, without any wobbly filters :)

Very fun track all around with some neat tense synth writing and chiptune manipulation slightly pre-dating halc's pixelated showers. Captures the spirit of the source quite tensely, and I hope he'll be able to contribute to the site again some point soon :D

thanks for the lengthy review. very much appreciated.

university has been holding me back since 2009. I'm done now.

and very much back in the game. :nicework:

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I enjoyed this far more than I thought I would. The intro made me reel back, as it comes on quite strong and I got the feeling that the hard lo-fi production had been over-emphasised a tad. But it turns out that it does melt into the fuller spectrum once things get kicking, and I got really into where the mix was going.

Personally, I think the mix overreaches and could have definitely used a bit of a tighten, but I wouldn't go as far as calling it repetitive (at least not detrimentally). Most of the mix sounds like it has good purpose, and yet I find myself wanting each section to flow a little brisker.

Such an irregular mix in both sound and structure is always going to divide people. I for one think this is a fantastic treatment of the source that recalls the golden age of Gameboy music; the good and the bad.

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