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OCR01436 - Guardian Legend "Starflake Jazz"


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Zawinul ;). I'm sure you're delighted. Though I do hear it in the track now that it's mentioned.

First heard this right back at the start of August, so long ago that I'd totally forgotten it hadn't been posted on the site already. So it came as a bit of a surprise to see it crop up all of a sudden. I'm unfamiliar with the game and its music, never even heard of it before I heard Red Spiders. Naturally that makes it hard to tell what's original and what's source material, though it's safe to say that the former is plentiful, as is usually the case. Contrary to DJP there, it's certainly not my favourite mix, though it's another cool direction away from the typical "shnab" sound, just as the previous two submissions have been. I wonder what's next on the agenda?

Not really too critical here, just rambling for no real reason. I like it, particularly the percussion. Good stuff.

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Arrangement is off the hook mate, love the fluidness of the piece. Drums definately are the strongest and most expressive instrument, really feeling the groove here. I love bass lines, and this bass is just phat. I must say you're a crazy bastard, haha, it's a compliment don't worry :wink:. Good work on the EP, bit too synthy for my liking but it works well. Production is good too, everything has a nice space about it. I thought there was a lack of creativity at 1:50, it's a nice section, seemed to drag a bit imo. Transitioned out nicely though. All in all, wicked mix.

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"Shane" uses phat b33tz.

I'd pretend I know what I'm talking about to give "criticism" but that would be a silly sick joke on par with Gigli.

Ok fine, I will. I want more instrumental variety considering you used drums, bass, and two synths for the entire song. I want a break from your infatuation with that sine wav.

Ben Affleck lol.

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Whoah whoah whoah whoah WHOAH. Stop the press; hold the phone. You're telling me that you did this remix because of-- and I am certainly going out on a limb here-- a personal connection to the game?

Yeah, okay. Sure you did. Whatever you say.

(It's about time you did something my way :) )

Funny thing is, I haven't even listened to it yet.

-chth

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I loved it; it's accessible jazz. The beginning is particularly catchy for me, and the mid-section where it slows down and plays the motif in the more considered tempo is also very, very fun, for some reason ; )

I wish it could have been done with better samples, or have a more polished feel to it but as it stands, it's great. Thanks.

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The bass is sweet, but its panned off to the side.

This reduces the over all flavor of the piece and is one ear heavy.

Later on there is bass panned more normally which is good times.

The drums are unacceptable to me.

Edirol is a very nice percussion set, but the drums are too all over the place. While varied, this is very distracting to me.

The clavi and main lead work is very nice.

This mix has plenty of pros, but it certainly has its cons.

Overall I'd yes this too. But Its not really my cup of tea as far as remixes go.

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Great stuff. A few months back i would have (slighty) bitched about the panned bass, but I've been listening to a lot of newer jazz stuff recently that also utilizes bass panning - and to be completely honest, it didnt bother me a bit.

I can hear the Flecktones in this piece too.

I always love Shna's stuff because it's so interesting to listen too.

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Brilliant. As interesting and powerful as Shna's previous mix was, he's at his best when given a synth, crazy drum kits, and an overactive imagination, for my tastes at least. The far left bass hit surprisingly didn't bother me, like it did in Marc Star's 'Dirty Sam'. The wide range of compositional ideas and unpredictability make it a joy to listen to, and classic Shnabubula. It's even more groovy than normal. Keep em coming Sam!

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I'm kinda with Trenthian on this one: it needs some work. The whole thing is pretty cheesy; it honestly sounds like MIDI to me. I mean, it's obviously fabricated and not a real band. It's notation isn't bad, the velocity, panning and instrumentation choices are. Don't get me wrong: I like chiptunes and MIDI tunes, but this sounds like you were trying to sound real and failed. Sorry, dude.

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The drums here are awesome. Probably the best sequenced jazz fusion style drumming I have ever heard. It's incredibly realistic, I don't know why some people complain about it being too complicated. Reminds me of the stuff Dennis Chambers did with John Scofield. Since a lot of the fusion stuff from way back was pretty synthy as well, the fakeness really doesn't bother me. Great job.

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Pretty recognizable theme, and it's done really well, in an elegant style, but with a super synthy bass. It's like an audio doily. A light and airy arrangement, with a lot of ornamentation, and a lot of interweaving parts.

I think a few times it gets a little too self-indulgent, and the ending is pretty weak, but it is overall a very good mix. Nice work.

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It's not really traditional jazz or really even jazz in the traditional sense; its more techno-electric-jazz-fusion.

To me, it sounds like the predominant instrument here is one of those plastic tubes that has one of those noise makers in it, and one has to keep flipping it end over end to make that throaty "eeEAAAUuuu" sound.

It gets an A for originality not much else.

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The source material sounded pretty sterile (not that I hated the original track), but Sam really added a lot of energy and grooviness to it. Gray wasn't a fan of the production as much, and some of the samples could sound richer, but I thought ultimately it was fine, and Sam really knows what he's doing when putting together his arrangements.

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