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OCR03062 - Legend of Zelda 1 & A Link to the Past 'You Will Not Survive'


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Hot dang, hearing the melody sneak its way through those distorted sections is really incredible. I particularly like how the distortion sticks around just long enough to knock your socks off without becoming overbearing or losing its edge. Great production quality all around, and that outro was a pleasant and welcome surprise. I'll be listening to this one for a while.

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This is the first song I heard from Brent... and well... I'm just gonna go ahead and quote myself, as it still holds true:

Words fail... this is sooooo strange... and wonderful... emotive cinematic intro, tiny fairy bells, glitching, grungy dubstep, wait what, jazz? You surprised me repeatedly. I LOVE THIS.
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If you don't know the source tunes, this might be unlistenable (depending on taste). If you DO know the source tunes, buckle up and hang on - what a unique, bending, totally on the edge arrangement. Truly felt like it was telling a story of battling to survive, barely surviving, getting healthy, getting hurt again, NOT surviving, and then moving onto a mellow afterlife. Excellent, unique, intriguing - a great piece.

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Well this is really fascinating! I love the unusual style fusion, I feel like you explored a lot of new ground compared to your past work. There's a part of me that wants to hear a full arrangement of "The Goddess Appears" just based on the last 2 minutes of your track, but it bookends this nicely and gives the listener a relaxing reprieve if they make it to the end ;-) Really great, subtle integration of orchestral elements throughout the song, as well. Love the rapidfire heartbeat integration at 3:19, I felt so tense when I heard that the first time!

If I had to critique anything on this, it would be the tape stop effects, which don't really seem to sync perfectly to the rest of the song every time and actually make this sound jittery in an unintentional/distracting way. For example, 2:39, 2:55, and especially 4:38 just seem... egregious, and break up the song flow without feeling deliberate, like a lot of the other glitches/fx in your song do. Also, most of the mix feels a touch dry, could very well be an intentional mixing choice but it leaves some of the more minimalist sections sounding just a bit too sparse.

I've really walked away from this with a lot of respect for you as an arranger, and find myself absolutely captivated by what you've created here. Very glad to see someone like you doing something completely different from the rest of the crowd!

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Yes! Million times yes! At first I didn't believe my ears: I heard orchestral intro, which I didn't expect to hear, but then... Well, I got some usual Brent's magic - some weird dubstep-ish, glitchy as hell, but always so brilliant music :) Also, for some reason, that moment at 2:45 reminds me of one of his masterpieces - "I Tried". And, damn, this one has jazz outro... So awesome <3

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Hmmm.....this is such a bizarre mix, as was the case with Cancer, but the difference being that I know the sources to this one and so I have more of an understanding to the sounds and distortions going on, which I think helped me. A little bit too much distortion at some points for me, but that's just a personal taste thing, not a real complaint on the merit of the ReMix itself, as I recognize the grit that it brings to this mix on a dubstep level. Interesting on how it sort of turns into a smoother jazz version of Goddess at the end. Such a weird mix, but certainly not a bad one. Nice job.

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