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ReMixing With the Stars: Season 2, Episode 2: Tropical Vacation!

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Season 2, Episode 2: Tropical Vacation!

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Results are in!

Results!

  1. First Place (tie): "Pink 'n' Floaty Beach Party" by nOkbient feat. Kuolema, with 11 points.
  2. First Place (tie): "Sephiroth's Sunny Vacation" by Cash and Change feat. KingTiger, with 11 points.
  3. Third Place: "Planetary Nebula" by Cosmic Sounds feat. pu_freak, with 6 points.

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Theme

The weather is really heating up for summer! It'll be one of the hottest on record, and some scientists are saying that we're experiencing the biggest planetary warm-up in over 10,000 years. Since we can't remix our way to a solution to global warming, we'll do the next best thing: take a nice, warm, tropical vacation! All mixes should either:

  1. Be based on a source played for a tropical beach or island location (not other tropical climates, such as deserts, nor other themes that just happen to play in tropical areas, like boss themes). Or:
  2. Be done in a style of music that typifies tropical islands or vacation spots. Polynesian, reggae, Don Ho-esque serenades, etc.

Pairings

About ReMixing With the Stars

ReMixing With the Stars is intended to give beginning remixers some support, encouragement, and mentoring in their quest to become great, and as a sidenote, to become posted remixers. Beginners are mentored by experienced remixers to push their abilities to new heights and submit collaborative works according to the theme of the month.

Who's a "Star" and who's a "Novice?"

Any posted or accepted-to-be-posted remixer, as the only artist or as the lead arranger on a piece, is automatically considered a "Star." This isn't meant to be a statement on who's a "good" or "expert" artist, but it's a somewhat meaningful threshhold which doesn't require any subjective judgment on my part (however subjective the OCR judging process may be). Additionally, anyone who wants to sign up as a Star can also be put into that category. This is because a lot more "Novices" (who is everyone else) sign up than stars, and it's better to receive some mentoring from someone who's good but not posted than from no one at all.

If you've done any of the following things, as examples, I strongly recommend you sign up as a Star:

  • Contributed to an OCR album
  • Had a submitted remix rejected but with one or more "Yes" votes
  • Beat a posted remixer in direct competition (not counting forfeit)
  • Sold your compositions (remixes or not) for money

If you want to sign up conditionally (e.g. "I'd prefer to be a Novice, but if you need me to be a Star so more people can participate, that's fine too"), then go ahead, and bless you.

Rules

  • Enrollment/Pairings: Since this is a new season, pairing priority (should it be an issue) is flipped: newcomers get the first slots, while returning Novices will be dropped, by order of signup, if there aren't enough Stars to go around. As before, once the list of Novices is reduced to the same size as the list of Stars, novices will be randomly paired with Stars. Since this is a new season, Novices may be paired with a Star they worked with last season.
  • Mixes: The Novice must be the primary remixer. Stars can contribute by giving advice, playing a live instrument or vocals, and with production, including minor adjustments to fix timing or dissonance issues. They may also contribute a short solo segment. No one other than the Novice and Star may help in any way.
  • Submissions: All entries must be sent to me by the 10PM PDT deadline via PM on the forums, with a link to a reliable host for me to download your mix from. Please don't use Tindeck, as it doesn't give you control over what the filename will be when downloaded. I also recommend you post in this thread that you've submitted your mix, since I know there have been issues in other compos with PM's not being received. Please submit your file as an mp3, preferably encoded at a high-quality VBR or 320kbps. Filenames must be in the following format:
    Novice feat. Star - Title (Game).mp3
    Example:
    MindWanderer feat. djpretzel - The World's Worst ReMix (Pong).mp3
    Proper file names and formats mean I can do my job of getting the compliation done and posted faster, which means you get to hear the great music produced by this sooner. Incorrect file names annoy me, and an annoyed host is an unhelpful host.

Schedule

All deadlines are 10 PM Pacific time (PDT).

  • Signups until Wednesday, May 1, 10:00pm PDT. If you're signing up as a Novice, and didn't sign up for a previous episode, you must post links to at least two samples of your previous work! They don't have to be good, they don't even have to be game remixes, you just have to prove you're not brand-spanking-new to this music production thing. Things you've posted to the WIP forum are preferable but not required. If you're signing up as a Star, say a little bit about your strengths, and maybe post a link or three to remixes you feel best represent them. You can mention anything else you think would be helpful in working with you (software preferences, instruments you play, etc).
  • Announcement of the pairings and theme on May 1. The theme will be broad enough to allow many, many options, serving mainly as a unifying factor. It's announced later so that no one gets a head start.
  • ReMixing from May 1 to Wednesday, May 15, 10:00pm PDT (2 weeks). Rules and guidelines above.
  • Voting from whenever I get the compilation posted (should be no more than a few hours after the deadline) until Wednesday, May 22, 10:00pm PDT. Votes should be based on, in roughly descending order, use of source (i.e. interpreted but recognizable), arrangement, production, and enjoyability. How appropriate the submission was for the theme shouldn't be considered (since this is easier for option A than option B). You'll pick your three favorites, in order. Your first-place vote will get 3 points, your second-place 2 points, and your third-place 1 point. Participants (both Novices and Stars) may not vote for their own mixes, but participants who vote will get a free first-place vote added to their score. Please send me a PM with your votes, like this:
    1. First-place ReMix
    2. Second-place ReMix
    3. Third-place ReMix

Thanks for your interest, and lets get this show on the road!

Previous Episodes

Season 1 Compilation

  • [thread=40611]Pilot Episode: "Beginnings"[/thread]
  • [thread=41556]Season 1, Episode 1: "Spooky!"[/thread]
  • [thread=41864]Season 1, Episode 2: "Origins of Home Gaming"[/thread]
  • [thread=42143]Season 1, Episode 3: Special "You Can Never Have Too Much Mega Man" edition[/thread]
  • [thread=42485]Season 1, Episode 4: "Yesteryear"[/thread]
  • [thread=42797]Season 1, Episode 5: "Ultra-Modern"[/thread]
  • [thread=43124]Season 1 Finale: "Touched by a Star"[/thread]
  • [thread=43437]Season 2, Episode 1: "Country Road"[/thread]

Edited by MindWanderer

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KingTiger sent me a PM asking to enroll as a Star. Not sure why he didn't just wait until the thread came up and post here, but whatever.

The astute may have noticed that we're getting a little ahead of the one-per-month schedule this is supposed to follow, but I'll probably have to mess with the schedule to work around the Wily Gauntlet compo coming up in a couple of months.

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KingTiger sent me a PM asking to enroll as a Star. Not sure why he didn't just wait until the thread came up and post here, but whatever.

Lol, just wanted to stay on top of things, but may have made it a bit more complicated that way, sorry.

My strengths... hm. Defintely arrangement and creativity, and I'm pretty dang good with synth work (i.e. LFO's, filters, general craziness). I'm pretty flexible when it comes to genre - I've done hip-hop, dubstep, trance, house, synthpop, house, and some other stuff that I'm not really sure how to classify. I'm getting pretty good at production lately too. I use Logic as my DAW/sequencer, and I play keys and drums (including hand drums!). I also sing and rap and I enjoy writing lyrics.

Here's some of my remixes:

Sonic 3D Blast vs. Sonic & Knuckles - Dubstep-ish

Super Mario Bros. Overworld - chill-ish experimental electronic

Sonic 2 Mystic Cave - hip-hop/rap (I'm pretty sure I'm a better singer than how I sound in this one)

There's more on my SoundCloud if you want to explore some more, but those three best demonstrate my flexibility and different skills.

Edited by KingTiger

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I'll sign up as a novice again, but it'll mean that I'll have some serious work to do, given how busy things might get...but I can do it X).

King Tiger, I still remember this "Hello everybody my name is King Tiger, and I'm not just some rapper for hire" (I know, that was Gario's mix. But I still remember it).

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not sure if i can join this round as i am moving to a new apartment and im gonna be really stressed with packing and such. i wouldnt be able to put my all into it really. i guess ill see though as the signups progress and i figure out when my actual move date is.

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I'll sign up as a novice again, but it'll mean that I'll have some serious work to do, given how busy things might get...but I can do it X).

King Tiger, I still remember this "Hello everybody my name is King Tiger, and I'm not just some rapper for hire" (I know, that was Gario's mix. But I still remember it).

Good to know that you at least remember it, lol, I hope you liked it too! That bit for Gar I wrote & recorded in about 2 hours, I think... he was pretty crunched for time in that final round.

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I'll sign up as a novice! Working on a couple other things but hopefully I'll have time.

I know the minimum number of tracks is two, but I figure since I'm new I'd better show off some of my styles. I'll do two originals, two remixes and one WIP.

Original

https://soundcloud.com/nokbient/equiti

https://soundcloud.com/nokbient/create

ReMixes (none posted...yet)

Zelda:https://soundcloud.com/nokbient/zelda-remix

Banjo-Tooie:https://soundcloud.com/nokbient/jolly-rogers-submarine-banjo

And this is something I'm currently working on

https://soundcloud.com/nokbient/gloom-wip

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I'll sign up as a novice! I did have a mix rejected with 4 YESes (3 Yes, then 2 No, then a Yes, then 3 heartbreaking No's XD) but I'd like to go down a different route with another remix that doesn't involve ONLY pianos. :3

I would say my best solo work would probably be

and
, and if they're not good enough to qualify then I could at least go down the piano route which is what I usually do (and led to Lost Radiance being created ;_; *sniff*).

If there aren't enough stars for whatever reason, I don't mind too much being a star if I qualify for that too. XD I'd just prefer to be a novice because I'm not good at advising for anything at all. My main reason to do this is for more experience with working with other people that has always been an enjoyable experience. :3

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If there aren't enough stars for whatever reason, I don't mind too much being a star if I qualify for that too. XD I'd just prefer to be a novice because I'm not good at advising for anything at all. My main reason to do this is for more experience with working with other people that has always been an enjoyable experience. :3

Hehe, yeah same here. I'd also like to get to know this community more.

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I'll sign up as a novice.
Don't you have to be a star?
Yeah, that "OC ReMix Artist Profile" by your name means you should probably be helping other people earn the same. Also, if you participate as a Star, we'll be at 4 Stars, 4 Novices right now, with a little less than a day left to sign up.

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Theme

The weather is really heating up for summer! It'll be one of the hottest on record, and some scientists are saying that we're experiencing the biggest planetary warm-up in over 10,000 years. Since we can't remix our way to a solution to global warming, we'll do the next best thing: take a nice, warm, tropical vacation! All mixes should either:

  1. Be based on a source played for a tropical beach or island location (not other tropical climates, such as deserts, nor other themes that just happen to play in tropical areas, like boss themes). Or:
  2. Be done in a style of music that typifies tropical islands or vacation spots. Polynesian, reggae, Don Ho-esque serenades, etc.

Pairings

  • nOkbient with Kuolema.
  • Cosmic Sounds with pu_freak.
  • Cash and Change with KingTiger.
  • Pl511 with Argle.

Have fun, y'all.

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i dont suppose you can use a source thats already got a carribean feel , like say, wind water and wave s from the legaia soundtrack. im pretty sure its the forest theme.

Edit: but then again, as a bonus mix, i dont suppose it really matters too much XD

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About 36 hours remaining.

I will be particularly intolerant of bad file names and formatting this time. Please double-check them. I have to choose between getting these mixes ready and working on my own BBBBCC mix, and the latter needs all the help it can get.

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Mine is in!

You've been a great star, KingTiger!

Haha, thanks Jim! I just sent you an e-mail but I see now that you've submitted your song already :D You've been a great "novice" and I'm really proud of the track you cranked out! :nicework:

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Haha, thanks Jim! I just sent you an e-mail but I see now that you've submitted your song already :D You've been a great "novice" and I'm really proud of the track you cranked out! :nicework:

Awwwwwwwwww :3

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