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OCR01966 - Mega Man ZX "Flames of Darkness"

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If you're into this kind of genre, I guess this ain't bad. Like the judges said, it's nothing groundbreaking but a solid song nonetheless. The piano definitely helps make the song feel a bit more personalized amidst the slew of generi-trance instruments. I think the source tune you picked is excellent and lends itself well to the genre, so trance fans or Megaman fans will likely find this mix very enjoyable :-)

You've got room for improvement but it's a decent debut mix with no glaring flaws that make it unlistenable, so props on that. Next time around, try making something a bit more personalized, possibly with a more unique set of synths or a less conventional arrangement. Keep at it!

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I'm going to echo a common sentiment: This piece is not a standout work. But with that out of the way, I'm going to also restate the fact that this is a solid, well-put-together mix of good quality and composition, especially as an OCR debut mix. There's nothing overtly wrong with the piece, which is awesome. I might've gone with a different way to open the song, but that's matter of personal preference rather than an objective issue. It doesn't take many risks in terms of arrangement, but that's okay.

All of that said, this work tells me you have great potential, and you mixed a great song from a game I really enjoy. From a personal standpoint, I really liked this piece. It's fun. Honestly, I'm excited to see what you'll be able to pull off in the future, especially if you continue to give a good treatment to the ZX soundtrack!

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As a huge Mega Man music fan, I have to say that I actually like this piece a lot. The original always felt right at home in both the in-game OST context and in the Mega Man music universe at large, so preliminarily, it's great to hear a mix of it.

This version is reminiscent of the ZX Tunes Arranged version of the same track, but it's been taken in a new direction that makes it stand out from that version. This is largely what makes it a ReMix rather than an arrangement.

The more I listen to it, the more I find to like about this song. Overall, it's a solid work. I agree with everyone else: the elements on their own tend to fall a bit short, but the package works as a whole despite that shortcoming, which is impressive in and of itself. It's worth a listen, and it's a cool take on the song. Great job!

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Very cool arrangement, glad to see this game's OST getting some love. Song def reminds me of Ice MC's Think About the Way, in a good way.

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I've listened to this on loop for quite a while, but I'm not sure what to think of this track. It seems that production could use some work, and some of the sample choices could be improved.

There's a solid foundation here though in terms of how the song is constructed. I don't think I really have anything bad to say about it, everything seems to flow pretty smoothly here.

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A pretty solid debut, the sections flow together well, and though a lot of the mix is pretty standard fare, it is personalized, and it's effective. Combined with a lot of subtle layers and a solid source tune, this ends up being pretty enjoyable. I like it. :-)

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Triad Orion and XZero pretty much cover my thoughts on this. My only objection is the blaring (as others describe it) generi-trance synth that dominates the song about halfway through and is present throughout. Aside from that, this would fit very well into any Mega Man game, just as well as the original did. Honestly, I think if you replaced that one synth with just about anything, the ReMix would be excellent rather than merely good. A live cello would be awesome. lol

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In my mind, I've always seen this logical progression of Capcom's music, from chiptunes to modern audio production, and no where is this highlighted more than the Mega Man series. Even in a more modern game like ZX, you can still hear the roots of Capcom's long running blue bomber series. The melody is always a focal point, usually tending towards a driving techno or dance-y beat with very catchy chord progressions. This is the kind of source tune you catch yourself humming to without realizing it.

And DJ Velly went and took that a few steps farther. Now it's completely stuck in my head. Production is fantastic: it's punchy, but not too punchy, with just the right amount of EQ. The piano and delayed drums at the beginning are a great precursor to the main sections of the song. The whole arrangement feels very fluid, and while it uses many dance-song trends, it makes sense and doesn't end up overplayed. It switches up enough to keep my ADHD-brain's attention, which is a very good thing. I would have liked to have seen some more drum variation, but as it is, still works. Good choice of buzz synths, too!

Kudos for keeping me entertained.

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I agree that most of the sounds used are fairly generic, but like pretty much everyone else, I wasn't bothered by it. I think it's because none of the sounds stay around long enough to become boring/annoying; the mix is so full of variation and changes that not a single of its elements can overstay its welcome.

Hope to hear more from DJ Velly, and I also hope that his future submissions show more personalization.

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If you aren't paying attention on this one it sounds pretty standard, but there are some nice things happening here. I don't know the source, but everything felt pretty naturally used in here, and I liked the section at 1:33 quite a bit. Nice change-up there. Overall this is a fun one to listen to, even if it seems fairly typical on the surface.

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I think the best thing here for me is that there is enough variation over the course of the ReMix while keeping the melody going. I really enjoyed the piano-over-the-trance parts and while this is not mind blowing, it has a solid base and really shines as a debut. Good work, man, looking forward to more.

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