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Shnabubula is probably one of the most abstract remixers in this community as a whole. Shael Riley comes in second. This piece certainly gives me that horror film soundtrack kind of feel, but it has beauty (and interesting humour) to it. It's not a favorite but it's unique, which is what will get me to listen to it every so often.

THE VOICES! THE VOICES! Make them stop!

9.5/10

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I'm not so crazy of this remix myself. Maybe the work put into it was really good, but in the end, it doesn't please my ears. It does make me respect the original music though.

Opinion wise, I'm kind of on the same page as joltmans. Just sounds weird and crazy and not I'm not sure about the crazy voices (however, I do agree they add a certain depth or feeling to the song, I just don't like it.)

However, this remix did give me a higher appreciation for the source. I was a bit annoyed by the Harmony of Dissonance music, it was very annoying. However, I could tell if the composers had better technology to work with, it would have sounded so much better.

So I appreciate this remix.

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Personally, I think that any music from the Castlevania series is remix worthy and it's hard to disappoint me with it. This was no exception. I always kind of felt like this was an obscure title in the series, but I agree that you did the track justice. Please keep ReMixing CV music! It's all so rich and melodic.

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This song played again in my playlist, and now, I don't think of harshly of it as I did for it. It's pretty nice actually. Still not on the top of my list, but not at the bottom any more. This definitely opens the idea that more of HoD (or any of the GBA CVs) music should be remixed.

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I thought this was really nice. And I am glad to see a remix of one of the lesser popular Castlevania Tunes. The voices were an interesting touch. I always thought HOD music had some real potential and would like to see a complete soundtrack remixed.

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I like listening to this remix when i'm writing. Okay, more when i'm writing the darker moments and chapters. And also for training sessions among bad guys.

Anyway, this remix is just like a much improved version of the original. It's enjoyable to just listen to, and it would also fit perfectly into the game. I think it's too bad that the game isn't as good as the other Metroid-like Castlevania games, because the music in the game is great. More songs from this game need to be remixed, and I hope all of them will be at least this good.

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Very interesting, to be sure. Shnabubula is a talented dude. Technically excellent, but not very fun to listen to. It's very random and undanceable. Different is good and I love the drums about halfway through. Fighting the status-quo is good, but there is a reason that songs tend to follow the usual pop-patterns: our brains like it. And those voices: those just don't work. And near the end, a lot of the instruments seem to be stepping on each other's EQ toes. Blah, blah: I'm rambling.

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To explain why I typed that subject, one will need to understand what Castlevania is. Castlevania is chaos...a beautiful chaotic entity that sparks awesome adventures and grave dangers. Anyway, this remix showcases what Castlevania is all about...sweet beautiful chaos. The Japanese woman voice is like the whispers of spirits that you just can't or barely understand. The switching of beats and styles was a treat for my ears and mind, and the overall package of the song makes it one of my absolute faves that will never leave my MP3 Player. I will agree that the song is not rhythm friendly and undanceable, but the purpose of the song is not for me to do the Hustle or Bump N' Grind with a hot woman. It meant to be mind candy, to tease the order in your life with the flavor of chaos. Shnabubula, you did a sweet job and your talents will never go unrewarded, thank you.

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Hahaha.. where did you get those voice sample from?

And for the guy who asked what she's saying.. it's just saying the girl ate everything.. the congee is tasty.. surely can't eat it.. there's no flavour.. in all mixed up jumbles. I can't hear entirely. Haha.. so jokes :D

haha, i said the same thing when i first heard it.

love the remix, but it is just REALLY weird for me to hear a a repeated voice sample of a girl say "that bowl of congee has no taste" and "that girl ate it all" in cantonese. hehe i guess you'd have to understand it for it to sound weird to you.

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Beautiful, absolutely beautiful. The parts seem to alternate so that a curtain after curtain is pulled to reveal a blissful, nearly incomprehensibly beautiful soundscape after another. I like the panning breakbeats. I love the cut-up vocal samples, they remind of me of some Steve Reich stuff I should really track down again. I feel they sort of, erm, ground the piece. I noticed the cough at 01:24 just before I read this thread, heh. Subtle, musical humour which shows how playful this piece actually is. Spoken voice is a kind of an "everyday" element in this track which connects it to the real world. That's what I mean with "grounding".

... a beautiful chaotic entity ... It meant to be mind candy, to tease the order in your life with the flavor of chaos.

Well put mr. Heart!

--Eino

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"PS: If this makes it on to OCR and just ONE person likes it enough to check out the original soundtrack and that person gets anywhere near as much joy as I did from that soundtrack....... then my life purpose will have been fulfilled."

Well, I have news for you, Shnabubula. I played the game long before ever coming on OCR, and I did like the original soundtrack. Your remix captures the essence of the original perfectly, and (of course) makes it even better.

So, the review.

I really like the synth at the very start, but I'm glad you have some piano start at 0:08, otherwise it might sound bare.

The original soundtrack has quite a unique sound that really lives up to the game's title, Harmony of Dissonance. At 0:17, when the running piano part comes in (and who knows what else), it almost starts to sound dissonant, but for some reason, it doesn't. I still don't know why. :|

Are those... coughing sound effects at 0:17 and 0:22? :shock:

At 0:25, when that... thing... comes in. What IS it? It sounds like a cross between a synth with a cold, a chipmunk, and a whale. I swear, I have no idea what it is. Sounds good, though. =p

And then we finally get melody at 0:34. Yay! The highly odd-sounding voice (?) that accompanies it could've been left out without damaging the mix (maybe even improving it, imo), but it works. I must say that whenever I play it out loud I get some strange looks from my family.

I like how at 1:08 the other instrument takes over the melody. I like it better.

At 1:25, the mix gains a bit more depth. I've listened to it a bunch of times, but I still can't pick out WHY it does. Good work, anyhow. ^_^

The section from 2:15 to 3:25 is my personal favorite, and contains some of your best work yet, Shnaby. I especially love how at 2:22 the *searches for description, fails* thingy comes in with the high note running pattern just like in the original, and it sounds awesome and makes the entire mix worth listening to. At 2:30, that same instrument really goes wild and picks up some serious speed. Awesome.

At 2:49, everything comes together in a glorious display of dissonance that somehow works and is pleasing to listen to.

The drum bridge at 3:26 is great, and I like how the synth comes back in at 3:29 and repeats over and over the first phrase of the melody.

Everything starts winding down at 3:42, and the high note at 4:15 with the other synth coming in below it on melody works perfectly.

4:58 is another section reminescent of 2:15, and then promptly goes into the ending. The isolated voice at 5:17 (if only I could understand what it's trying to say!) and last note remind me of a technique used in classical music, when the entire band will pause (or just fade or hold a single note) and have a single instrument play a note or two, then all come back for the ending. Leroy Anderson's Christmas Sleigh Ride is a perfect example of this.

'Nuff said. I like this mix, despite all the quirkiness and lack of organization in some places. 4.25 out of 5.

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this game was one of the first gba games i ever bought. and that was back in the day before i listened to anything BUT videogame music, due to my lack of anything but a gameboy and headphones in terms of media playback devices. So naturally, I liked this soundtrack. Im suprised not many people liked it. i spent mucho time listening to the main castle theme, deaths theme, and the marble corridor themes.

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