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OCR02995 - The Last of Us 'Sarah'

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Nice progression here. I like how well the piano is humanized, and the cello made a good lead when it came in. If you pay attention to the cello's vibrato though, it's an indication of fakeness (constant frequency), but not really a big deal. I like the low cinematic percussion. Great bass here. The best part about this is the timing and dynamics, IMO.

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I'm going to get this for PS4 when I get one eventually. In the meantime I've been on a full media blackout for this game. I haven't seen anything except what they showed at e3 press conferences. But I'll make an exception for this one.

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Man, musically, you can really feel this one. Lots of emotion just from the instrumentation alone. I can only imagine what it would be like if I knew the context and played the game like DS said. Still, amazing debut and wonderful ReMix.

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I'd like to tell a story about how OCRemix, and this song, made my life so much better.

Only one week ago I saw this song posted on OCRemix, and clicked. At this point, I had never heard of the game 'The Last Of Us', and all I knew was this song, the first two lines of djpretzel's excellently described stance of the game, and the entrancing cover art (that the creators fought like hell to keep against publisher pressure to only have the male lead on it!).

And then I listened to this song, and it was beautifully haunting. Melodic, yet poignant. It seemed obvious to me that nckmusic had really cared about this.

I hadn't played a video game in over two years. But something about this felt special. I went and got it for the PS3.

A week later, I am still enraptured, devastated, enlightened, and in deep thought. What an experience, what a moving and powerful story. To characterize it as a video game or, worse, a zombie/shooter is simultaneously not incorrect and yet such an injustice to the power and amazement of what the experience is. And through it all, that music. My heavens, that music - in different forms and different ways, the throughline of the entire story.

And now, on the other side of having completed The Last Of Us, I now have even more appreciation for nckmusic's work here. The evocative feel of the original source is now given even more power and a different, yet gentle, touch. The entire section from 2:48-4:10 (especially 3:30-3:57!! The melodies!! The sirens!!) could only have been written by someone who truly experienced the loneliness and desperation of the game, and of the source music.

For those of you who liked this song but didn't know the game, get it. For those of you who knew the game but haven't listened to this remix, listen to it. The two are meant for each other like few remixes I"ve heard.

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Maybe I scared people away with my last posting - but since it, I've heard multiple people's 'remix' versions of this song on Youtube, including by some artists I follow, and none of them even approach this remix. nckmusic, be proud - you crushed this.

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