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Cuz it's the same old song and dance

Once the Commoners(i.e., listeners who contribute nothing) finally understand that a song may not *necessarily* be made solely for their listening pleasure, things usually return to their even keel around here.

Speaking for myself, everything I've remixed has been for my own personal aural delight.

As a "commoner", ouch! (though it is true)

But I know what he means about the creative process. It would be the same in any medium, be it a novel, movie, etc. Whether you're making something entirely original or, in this case, using a source for inspiration and/or substance, the joy of creativity is a big part of the reward. If OCR rejects your tune, well, that's their prerogative. You can tweak or overhaul it to meet their standards but, if that results in a remix that you no longer enjoy, what's the point? If it gets posted, great. If some people like it, wonderful. Others may not. Different strokes, folks. Creativity is personal expression and as long as you're happy with the final product, even if it doesn't make it big, congratulations on a job well done!

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I will not name remixes of good or bad, but yes, I have run into the same emotions concerning remixing as you have. Yes, even some superb mixes didn't get me because the original was very much more of what it was meant to be.

Some themes tend to be more flexible than others. For instance, if someone were to remix "Halfmoon/Taking Over The Halberd" for Kirby Superstar and slowed it way down, I'd probably not like it (enough), even if it's good. The reason why would be this: it's supposed to have that emergency situation / triumph / emotional (on the breaks) - type sound. If that were to be overly deviated, 8 or 9 times out of 10 I would not appreciate it.

Edit: there are certain techniques I know to do if I make a remix much different than its original (I'm natural when it comes to music, so pfft, hardly anything's hard). Edit 2: Besides, regardless of how much I can appreciate something, I'll give it the credit it deserves if it's good.

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I don't follow the community as much as I used to, but back in the day my theory on this was that the remixing community isn't listener-centric. Generally speaking, I figured that most listeners would prefer songs to be done more like a professional "arranged" CDs--like the stuff on the FF7 Reunion album. But from the remixer's perspective, that's not very interesting.

I'm sure there are lots of non-remixers who like the stuff we do just fine, but I always assumed that we'd get a bigger audience if we our "mixes" were basically just sample upgrades of the original. Or maybe not--it's just something I used to wonder about. Like, in music colleges the composition faculty write pieces that are mostly intended to be heard by other composition profs. I wonder if, at least to some degree, mixing is the same way: music by remixers, for remixers.

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I'm sure there are lots of non-remixers who like the stuff we do just fine, but I always assumed that we'd get a bigger audience if we our "mixes" were basically just sample upgrades of the original.

Some time ago, I read about a fan-made Mega Man album in the swedish Super Play, and there was a mention of ocr there. The author of the MM album review (or whatever the article was) said he wasn't a fan of ocr. I assume it was the non-conservative aspect of remixing he had a problem with.

I know HoboKa brought this up in the new WIP discussion thread: Blind's Blue Vision being very close to source. It seems to be among the more popular remixes I've come across. Are we alienating listeners when we don't just remake it?

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this "original feel" stuff is a really graaay area. you could argue that anything short of the actual original doesn't have the original feel. if someone arranged a track to have the original feel, then what's the point? why not just listen to the original. and feel is totally subjective anyways, since everybody feels somethin different when listening to music
Personally, I'd much rather hear a brand new take on a song rather than an untouched composition with some soundfonts and a drumtrack

Being too conservative can be boring and being too liberal can fall apart in a lot of cases, but getting into a nice groove between both can result in some top notch remixes, especially when they take the original feel and turn it into something completely new

If we didn't challenge ourselves as remixers like that, not much would be accomplished

Honestly, I think there is a valid discussion to be had here, although by it's nature it must eventually boil down to personal preferences. You both make valid points - in fact I agree with you - yet I can relate to the OPs sentiments. To be perfectly honest, I have always been a particular fan of mixes that stuck relatively closely to the original material, and it takes something special for me to appreciate a track that deviates too far from the source. Why is this? There's a lot of reasons, nostalgia admittedly being the most prominent; however I also consider one of the finest qualities of (good) video game music to be the way it sets/enhances the mood of the game, but also works as an independent and (usually) melodically interesting piece of music in its own right. When you take that connection to the game away however, the music often loses some of its meaning to me. As a general rule, I like it when the music still works within the original context of the game.

Anyway, as I see it, there are two ways of going about creating a remix - either you set out to make a song into something completely new, changing the genre and/or atmosphere completely (this is the freedom of a out-of-context mix, and I think it should be valued and exploited (at the digression of the remixer). However it is not the only way to express oneself creatively and/or pay your respects to the original song/composer (which is what you want, after all, otherwise you would compose original music)) or, in the other case, your goal is simply to 'enhance' the original. This, I believe is what it means to "preserve the feeling of the original." To make it 'grander', more 'emotional', or whatever. It doesn't have to be a simple cover (in fact, I hate covers that do nothing but ad new drums - drums are so overrated anyway) - it can change anything from instrumentation to chords to entire sections - but it will remain an 'extension' or 'enhancement' of the original and the feelings imparted by it. In other words, it pays its respects to the source by adding a new dimension. Many mixes (and remixers) on this site do this - take Zircon's Dirt Devil for example: I do not mean to speak for him, but I remember he commented that "I was envisioning, throughout the song, what the devil's lab area would have been like in an FF6 remake." and his music, in my opinion, reflects this. So, what, does this mean Zircon should just have "listened to the original"? Was his effort wasted, trying to pursue a futile and ultimately uncreative goal?

Obviously not.

Both approaches have their merits, and this is where personal opinion comes into play. Some like originality and a change of pace, others like an arrangement that 'lets out the inherent spirit of the original' and paints it in new way. I, personally, enjoy a little bit of both.

Of course, this also where our differing definitions and personal judgments come into play. Does Dirt Devil keep the feeling of the original? Some people probably think it is too liberal, while others think it is too conservative. I thinks it's just right, but that's just me. As others have said, as long as the remixer himself is pleased with his work, not much else matters.

Perhaps this is what others have been saying all along - that the remixers should be left to decide in what direction he will take his work - but comments like "it is a missed opportunity" (paraphrased) makes it seem like some people think of one of the methods as objectively inferior to other, which is something I simply don't agree with.

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but I thought it was the remixer job to make a "new" song out of the original piece, to add his own flavor to the song.

Same here. I personally believe that remixes would more than likely be boring if the artist didn't attempt to expand, create, or heck even improve on the original composition.

Plus, its no fun either. :)

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Some time ago, I read about a fan-made Mega Man album in the swedish Super Play, and there was a mention of ocr there. The author of the MM album review (or whatever the article was) said he wasn't a fan of ocr. I assume it was the non-conservative aspect of remixing he had a problem with.

I know HoboKa brought this up in the new WIP discussion thread: Blind's Blue Vision being very close to source. It seems to be among the more popular remixes I've come across. Are we alienating listeners when we don't just remake it?

I think its important to keep this community as a game arrangement community and to keep the standards strict as to not let it go the weigh-side of covers.

Maybe there could be a site that caters to high quality covers. But I really enjoy and prefer the the synergy of music that is created here at ocr. I can't think of anything that compares. This is a much more creative and gratifying outlet than any community that just wants to hear the same material played in the same fashion.

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I say its a matter of opinion. Some people don't like OC Remix because they feel that we fuck with the source too much, but on the other hand, if all you do is enhance the original, where is the creativity in the mix in the first place?

Its true that some people prefer the sound of the original source and want to hear a similar style version of the source with better sampling/production etc.

Its like the dark world brawl remix - people got all hyped when they heard it was going to be in brawl, and some disappointed with the end result of that remix because it didn't have the essence of the original, whereas some loved it because of its originality.

You have to remix in a certain way on OC Remix, you can't re-make the original on here, and its stupid to change that, as you can find so many remixes that are remakes anyway.

Basically, if you want a re-mix, look here, if you want a remake, look elsewhere on the internet - you can find anything you are looking for on it these days.

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