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OCR01746 - Kingdom Hearts II "Duet of the Keyblade Masters"

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Well, I was hoping to get the first KH2 mix posted, but you beat me to it. And this is some beautiful piano work as well.

Good work. Keep it up.

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I would say this piece is nothing new, nothing bad, it is Darkness of the unknown listened too with fresh ears as if listened too for the first time.

It joins the masterpieces that are remixed of this underremixed game series so far

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Very, very nice piece. Though I might be a little biased in my opinion, seeing as how Darkness of the Unknown is my favorite video game composition of all time.

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Oh hell... this is outright amazing. I am biased towards this naturally being a piano buff and a KH lover, but... this is something like what I'd want to aspire towards as a submission in the end >< Thank you for this.

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Wow. Great piece. I'm a Yoko Shimomura fan as well (the Darkness Nova from Legend of Mana being my favorite vgm--I'd like to hear that remixed), and I didn't know she did KH2; maybe I'll have to look into playing it, or at least hear the OST.

I can definitely tell it was done by Shimomura without hearing the source, and you captured the epic magnitude of her work.

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Very nice. Pleasant even tough the mood is dark. The interplay is fun to listen to, good exchanges there. I bet this was fun to make! My critisism is that it's not as diverse dynamically as it could be - most of the sections are rather loud or louder - a really quiet section might have been very nice. Or other piano doing quiet things against the other piano being loud. That said, there is plenty of variation in the arrangement.

Tempo also keeps static. Although that contributes to the piece having sort of a forward momentum throughout, some sort of an interlude with a different tempo (slowing down for a moment) might have actually highlighted that momentum. In any case, overall, I like the piece very much, and it's a keeper.

--Eino

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Damn, this is an exciting battle. :o

I love the modulations you throw in there, and the ebb and flow of this, it really breathes well. There are some really nice complex tone colors in there, and some of the riffs are completely badass.

I'd have preferred the sound to be a little closer, but this works well enough for me. Things get a little muddled on speakers, but on headphones the panning makes it work.

Cool stuff, this is aptly named. :-)

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Love the piece; I'm a fan of the original and I'm glad you kept the feel. I really enjoyed it, and I was totally glad that it was 6 minutes--there was a pause in there and I thought to myself, "Darn, it's over," but I was happily wrong.

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Very interesting piece. Using two pianos makes the soundscape so wonderfully filled; not one part of this remixes seems empty and underwhelming.

However, I agree with what was said in the write-up; the pianos sound a little too similar. Making them sound more differentiated would have added to the "battle" feeling of this song.

Nice work.

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What a delightful piece. I would love to perform it. Any chance you have this transcribed someplace, whether it be in sheet music or a piano roll or the likes? I would not even mind spending a little money for it.

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It appears that the sheet music for my arrangement is in really popular demand. Though I really like all the enthusiasm, I have to dissappoint everyone who would like it right now.

Besides being a remixer I'm also a University Student, and my study takes up a lot of my time. So please stop asking for the sheet music, I don't have time for it right now. I'll see if I can make them when the Christmas Holidays are here. Till then you guys will have to do with listening to it.

Uboichi.

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An awesome piano piece, very powerful and dynamic. It seems to get a bit repetitive in the middle and could probably have been made a bit shorter in those parts, but the rest is beautiful.

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I love this remix. It is quite literally the best remix so far. Maybe rivalled by Ryu for Four Pianos but this is just spectacular.

So in the end are you not going to release sheet music since we havn't had any news. While I have transcribed the piece for my own benefits I feel it would be better to play from the original since transcriptions by ear are not accurate...especially with this piece haha so umm...yeah.

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Very interesting piece. Using two pianos makes the soundscape so wonderfully filled; not one part of this remixes seems empty and underwhelming.

However, I agree with what was said in the write-up; the pianos sound a little too similar. Making them sound more differentiated would have added to the "battle" feeling of this song.

Nice work.

It's funny that you should mention the similarity between the piano sounds.

While I agree that the identical sound is probably less than ideal in most situations, the music that was covered in this submission lends itself strongly to having two pianos that sound alike in it for various reasons. It's just my opinion, of course, and yet I find it easy to share it because though there is so little distinction between the tones it feels, to me at least, to convey a subtly stronger idea than if they were differentiated.

What strikes me about the piece is how they seem to attack each other, and yet they also complement each others' sound to the point where any distinction between the two is tossed out in favor of an overall synergy (buzzword, take a shot!) emphasizing the scheme presented by both the original work and this rendition, namely, that this is a kick-ass boss fightin' tune and you'd better have your beatin' shirt on.

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You know the more I listen to this piece the more I appreciate it. It has a depth to it that you don't find with a lot of piano arrangements. When I saw how long it was at first I was a little suspicious that it wouldn't have the 'stamina' to go the distance. I must say I was happily surprised - it maintains its high level of energy right through the last strain. Bravo!

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This was a very interesting and very well arranged piece of music. Darkness of the Unknown must be like one of the few songs i just couldn't imagine on the piano. and yet here a great remix for the piano. I don't usually do this but 10/10. this definitely deserves it.

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