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OCR01744 - Dragon Warrior "Overture Variations"

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Finally! Glad to have this up, the intimate production style grew on me. And unless Kevin Stephens and Patrick had a falling out, we can be party to one of Kevin's ReMix reviews that's actually non-douchey! YES! :tomatoface:

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unless Kevin Stephens and Patrick had a falling out, we can be party to one of Kevin's ReMix reviews that's actually non-douchey! YES! :tomatoface:

I lol'd

Honestly though, this is very good. Production is absolutely good enough and the arrangement is sweet. Get this performed and submit that version too! OCR needs more of this.

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Correct me if I'm wrong, but the source track appears in multiple DQ games, right? Regardless, a solid track that is great to listen to. I like it. Also, C-C-C-COMBO BREAKER! First non-remixer review.

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(...)we can be party to one of Kevin's ReMix reviews that's actually non-douchey! YES! :tomatoface:

Am I really that notorious? I think I'll take it as a compliment - and I'm trying to just keep my negative opinions to myself now. It's caused me nothing but trouble (and now I'm known for being an asshole and Pretzel probably wants me dead!) :D

BUT that aside, this piece is the usual Patrick Waters brilliance. I'm surprised it took so long to get posted here, really. The samples don't really show off the arrangement in the way it needs to be heard, but you can still tell how fantastic this is. Real attention to detail and Waters' knowledge of composition techniques are just so apparent. And his use of the samples is really good - he pushes them to their limits.

I really love the build to the climax, because when it releases, it's just glorious.

And I would like to echo all of the other sentiments - this needs a live performance.

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Very distinct, and pretty creative work. You really have to listen close for all the textures to be apparent, and this isn't one you can really get into the first time through. After repeat listens, however, it's pretty apparent that this works very well.

Samples are decent, but are very clean, which doesn't obstruct at all. I'd say it's a strength, since all the parts are very audible.

Nice work. :-)

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Very intriguing. As was said before, chamber music isn't exactly something you'd find on OCR very often, so it's all the better to be able to listen to something as unusual as this.

Very nice song where it really pays off if you listen to it closely instead of just having it play in the background. Also, the ending is fun.

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I loved it. My only complaint is seeing it on the "to be posted" list for so many months. The anticipation was killing me. Fortune favored me when My Ulcer was only a small one.

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This is so awesome, totally sounds like music you'd hear at a Renaissance fair or even at Fantasyland at Disneyland (er, don't ask how I would know that). Nice to see a wide variety of stuff here expanding from techno/rock stuff.

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Wow, this would go a long way to strengthening the Dragon Warrior/Quest atmosphere if it was used in game. It has a really authentic sound (despite some of the samples not being meticulously realistic) and captures that whole chamber orchestra movement style that I have a fondness for. It's extremely different from all of the other orchestral offerings; restrained, varied and well-paced. I particularly admire the amount of material that is fit into the rather modest 4:23 running time. There's a lot to enjoy with this mix; it's a novelty piece but one that explores an area of music previously unrepresented. All in all, pretty damned classy.

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The samples make it sound about 6 years older than it is, but they are still used well. The frantic part is a nice contrast; it came just as I was starting to tire of the mix. But then again, I am not crazy for woodwind pieces in the first place. The last minute is particularly good. Decent mix.

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