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OCR02051 - *YES* One Man and His Droid 'Do Droids Dream of Ramboids?'


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Hello!

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Your ReMixer name: Dummy

Your real name: Blake Robinson

Your email address: zectelblows@hotmail.com

Your website: http://dummyworld.net

Your userid: 31239

Submission Information

Name of game(s) arranged: One man and his droid

Name of individual song(s) arranged: One man and his droid theme

Additional information about game including composer, system, etc.

C64 version composed by Rob Hubbard

Amstrad CPC, Atari 8-bit, Commodore 16, Commodore 64 and ZX Spectrum

Your own comments about the mix, for example the inspiration behind it, how it was made, etc.

A few friends and I had started a compose-off challenge of creating a C64 game theme remix. I ended up creating small pieces from a few games but this was my favourite and the one I ended up finishing. Rob Hubbard's piece seems to fit an orchestra pretty well (the C64 orchestra do a rendition).

It's was about 6 hours work from start to finish. FL Studio 9 was used as the sequencer with Kontakt 4 hosting various sample libraries alongside WIVI 2 Brass/Woodwinds 1. LA Scoring Strings was used for the strings, Project SAM Symphobia & True Strike for mocking up phrases and for the percussion and WIVI was used for brass & woodwinds. My normal production method is to rough out the main motifs with Symphobia and then trace over the top with LASS/WIVI.

I always like to keep the main motifs as close to the source material as I can. Most of my creative freedom comes from the harmonies, backing and side melodies that come with turning the piece from something that simply has drums/bass/lead into a score played by a 60 piece orchestra. I think I'm getting close to being happy with how my setup sounds and works together. I'm a bit OCD and there's still things I'm not happy with, but I don't think I can really fix them short of hiring my own orchestra. Hopefully no one hears the things that annoy me and everyone enjoys this remix.

Thanks,

Blake

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Seems like some fancy schmance samples, which were a bit exposed and lacked some power, but the overall execution was more than solid. The arrangement was relatively straightforward melodically, but employed a lot of new supporting writing in the adaptation to orchestration, which was a plus.

2:34 went back to the well while retreading some writing, but did instrument some things differently, while copy-pasta'ing others. The 2nd half having more overt changes to the tone and structure would have improved this; as is, it felt cruise control-ish. Would have loved to have heard a dropoff like the one at 4:20, leading to a rebuild, but oh well. That said, this was interpretive enough of a genre adaptation to squeak by. I'll give it my nod, but if anyone has bigger qualms, I'll hear them out.

YES (borderline)

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Yeha, nice samples, and solid use of them. There was a decent dynamic curve, but still a ton of headroom- more than it really needed i'd say. Nice adaption, and some cool textures added, but it does get a bit static near the end. I'd like to hear some further expansion as it progresses throughout. I think Larry covered it pretty well.

Also, nice source choice, I really like it, and it's completely new to me.

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Definitely great to see more C64 representation; arrangement does a great job of transplanting the genre. Brass gets a little blatty (inevitable) but I love that the brass parts crescendo - that more than makes up for it! Also nice panning/separation & surprise clarinet solo ending. Definitely digging it, easy

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Dave voting on a mix? THE WORLD HAS GONE MAD!

So yeah, I can only re-hash what has been said. Great samples and, the important part, good use of them. Arrangement could've taken a few more liberties but was solid as is. Overall a great rendition of the source, well done good sir!

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