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OCR03088 - *YES* EarthBound 'Nocturne for Paula'


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Your ReMixer name: Sebastien Skaf

Your real name: Sebastien Skaf

Your website: http://sebastienskaf.com/

Your userid: 23598

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Name of game(s) arranged: Earthbound

Name of arrangement: Nocturne for Paula

Name of individual song(s) arranged: Because I Love You

Link to the original soundtrack:

Not much to say about this one; it's a solo piano arrangement in a fairly modern style. I played it through MIDI using NI's Alicia Key's piano samples and did some basic mastering in FL studio. There's a lot of dynamic variance in this one due to the genre and style, so a lot of it ended up sounding pretty quiet compared to the louder section in the last 1/3rd, but that's an easy fix if it's too much of an issue. Other with that I'm pretty happy with how it turned out.

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Very beautiful arrangement and performance here. Sebastien tackles a really delicate source here by keeping things relatively restrained initially, then gradually building as it progresses.

:00 - :29 Original

:30 - :42 Loose interpretation of the intro to OST

:43 - 1:11 A section of OST

1:12 - 1:25 Back to loose intro interpretation

1:26 - 1:50 B section of OST


2:15 - 2:51 A section again

Gonna go ahead and stop here. Lots of source usage clearly and creatively used throughout.

Super nitpicky crit is when it gets louder, it gets a bit crowded in the mid-high range (maybe 2kish?), which could easily be dealt with using a light eq cut.

Levels really didn't bother me personally.

Great ending too.


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I'm not sure what you did but you got Alicia's Keys sounding GORGEOUS. Perfect sample choice for this genre, I wish I could get that library sounding as nice on my own arrangements.

1:26 sounded kind of stiff on the lead melody, but I can see how that might be a stylistic choice. Other than that, I really can't find much fault in this - it's a delicate, lovely, and personalized take on a beautiful source. You nailed it :-)


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