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OCR01969 - Marble Madness "raMble and Mess"

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I went ahead and walked around listening to this. At first, no side effects. Then I sat down to work on some homework...

...AND THIS TUNE ENTERED MY HEAD AND NOW IT WON'T LEAVE GAH

Actually, insanity aside, this is quite good. The nostalgia factor is sadly lost on me, but I still enjoy this a great bit. Nice job, Justin!

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I was psyched to see a marble madness mix primarily because I'm a big fan of a different source tune from the same game. Then when I read the review saying it was an electronic song that would rub people the wrong way I got even MORE excited.

Then... meh. It's not bad, the instrumentation is solid, and I'm sure it's very loyal to the source but frankly... considering what DOESN'T pass the panel these days I'm a little surprised this one did. I just find it pretty boring.

I can deal with repetition if it's subtle... repetitive doesn't seem to be as fitting a word as obnoxious.

But hey, some mixes grow on you and at 3 minutes and change I bet I'll be eating my words soon enough.

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What is just intense are those 16ths. :o

I'm still a little torn on this one, but I think that the people can decide! Power to the people! I'd enjoy it more if those 16ths were more subdued, and possibly if there were some more legato passages to mix it up.

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This is a pretty happy sounding song.

On first listen, I felt like this song was pretty repetitive from about 0:33 and on. I know the variation is more subtle in the song, but perhaps the volume on some of those aspects should have been brought out a tad more for the perfect balance the way it's arranged.

It's certainly not your everyday song to appear on OCR though, that's for sure!

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While well put together, repetition aside, could have added a bit of extra oomph to it. While some nostalgia loves love the mix , those of us with a lil less "madness" in our history wil be a tad more picky. I enjoyed the trance-ride that I got from the song, just wish there was a bit more to it as ya went along.

Overall though: Very nice and enjoyable. Quick and bubbly. And a reminder of game with more play in mind than music. I may go find the source to see the inspiration.

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Nice, happy song. I can see how the 16ths may rub some people the wrong way, and I, too, would've liked for them to be more subdued, but overall, I'm okay with it. I also find the small changes and variations throughout the song very interesting to listen to; instead of just going intense/breakdown/intense, the changes are small and subtle; they're a joy to discover.

Nice work.

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Considering the length of the source, there is a heck of a decent amount of expansion. That being said, this does carry on a little long for my tastes. I think cutting out 45 seconds to a minute could have achieved a more condensed, compact result that would have had the right amount of expansion and variations vs. repetition. Personally, I enjoyed it anyways!

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Tricky source to cover. As much as I like Marble Madness, seeing someone adapt to a source with less than 8 measures in length (in this case 4) looks like a really difficult task to even pull off.

But from what I'm witnessing, there's enough consideration to the chord timings in the opening pads that do help, as do the subtle rhythm synth modulations throughout. It does help to break the monotomy a bit by going into a nice little breakdown before aiming for the ending - nice move there. The production quality is definitely up there for the pitched instruments used as well, so that's definitely a plus.

People have already had the arrangement thing bang on the head, but if you're going for an electronic mix, then I'm not really sure if a muffled drum kit is the best way to go about it. In mixes like that I generally have a preference for my snares to be sharper at least, but if the intent is to take it into this more laid-back setting then I can live with it.

So I guess I'm kind of torn over this one. It does well to break the monotomy at times, though even then there's not a right lot that can be offered after those first few listens. It's still a decent debut, and I hope you'll come back to OCR with something else one of these days :)

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I listened to this one after hearing his latest remix. I really enjoyed the style in this mix, addicting describes my feeling of it. I'm actually enjoying the repetition in this one, it expands enough to keep it interesting. The song does a nice job of flowing between each variation. I never get tired of that little loop. I thought this was a great debut, nice remix.

I like discovering the subtle variations in each iteration of the loop.

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This one took me a little while to get into because of the repetition, but there isn't a whole hell of a lot you can do all things considering and without the subtle variations, I think it could have been a lot worse. Taking a source like this one and making a ReMix out of it that is decent like this one is a nice little feat. This particular one isn't the kind of thing I'll have on repeat, but it was good and it was nice first showing. Keep it going.

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