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OCR02474 - Nier & Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 'Ancient Dreams'

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I guess this is the stuff I miss when I don't judge as much as I used to. I'm not familiar with the main source, but this is a gorgeous arrangement and very well performed. Very reminiscent of the Stormlord ReMix that djp mentioned in terms of instrumentation, mood, and exotic appeal (if I can't understand it, it's all foreign to me - invented language or not). You keep getting better, Mansoor.

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I really like this remix. NieR is one of my all time favorite OSTs and it's just brilliant, and I am glad to see it get remixed. My only complaint is mixing it with Gerudo. Why mix something that's never been done with something that is practically the town bicycle of remixing? Especially when you could have used Ashes of Dreams which has a similar enough progression (arguably better).

But enough ranting, have at you.

I would have liked to hear a bit stronger vibrato throughout the song. I could go into a number of personal nitpicks like that but ultimately it's personal taste and the song is really fantastic. Thank you for making this.

I could imagine Zelda or SE/Nier fans on either side fretting about the franchise cross-polination

Oops, hahah.... <3

Edited by Brandon Strader

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Great mix (as to be expected). Sabrina's vocals are really great and the arrangement is so well done. I'm eternally jealous of your ability to weave sources together into a single, cohesive and enjoyable piece of music. Fab stuff bud.

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I remember seeing this in the workshop forum. Loved it then, love it now. Amazing lyrics, incredible atmosphere, and excellent arrangement.

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Love it dude, I feel like my judge comments mostly summed up my feelings on this, but honestly the borderline part of the vote really only applies when viewing this strictly through the lens of OCR's standards. Outside of that context, as a personal listener I find this downright fantastic and there's nothing borderline about it.

This is definitely the track where I realized how much potential you had in terms of producing downright fantastic vocal tracks, and your recent attempts have gotten even better. Be on the lookout for more from Mansoor, he's done some amazing stuff recently!

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I really like this!

I'm not familiar with the original. But the atmosphere is great, and the Gerudo Valley theme fits in perfectly! Nice dynamics on the vocals as well. Drums were really well done, and added a lot of rhythm without overpowering the rest.

Well done!

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Strikingly beautiful. I'm not familiar with the Nier source material, but I don't need that context to enjoy this. It's also excellent to see Sabrina on OCR!

However, I keep laughing every time Gerudo Valley shows up. It works very well; it's just kind of unexpected. :lol:

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Oh, holy crap... what a song. I've listened to this one for months since it was still a WIP, and I never get tired of it. Chills, I tell you! This mix is all kinds of incredible!

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Can't help but get a proud papa bear kind of feel listening to this. :'-) I'm certainly not djpretzel, but having been an OCR fan for 10 years and a judge for 8, hearing the skill and grace of the collaboration between Mansoor and Sabrina just fills me with a sense of pride for both them and how far this community has come. It's amazing to hear the diversity and talent of artists like these on a regular basis. Beautiful work.

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Dude, you have a total knack for great smooth arrangements with neat little source cameos. I did chuckle a little at Gerudo Valley popping in, but it's such a welcomed addition to this ReMix, and those vocals by Sabrina are unbelievably gorgeous. I'm going to have to agree with Sarad, if you ever give Song of Storms a shot with an arrangement like this, that would be awesome. But this is a awesome ReMix in it's own right and I'll be enjoying this for a long time.

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Great piece! I'm usually one appreciates the older remixes on this site, but sometimes music such as this comes out and i'm like, wow! I really like what you did and the vocals really stand out as a huge plus to this arrangement. A big two thumbs up!

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