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OCR03366 - *YES* Super Mario 64 'Ripples of Hope'


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Remixers: Emunator, Chimpazilla

Emunator's Comments: This is one of my most ambitious arrangements to date. The original File Select song from SM64 was only about 20 seconds long, but it served as a warm, gentle prelude to a grand adventure that left a huge nostalgic imprint on my mind. 

It was a challenge expanding such a short source to a full-fledged 5 minute arrangement. To accomplish that, I shuffled between several styles here - because it's me, it's full of layered, watery pads and a dozen different bell sounds, but I wanted to really flesh out my style with some synth/pop influences, and also bring back more of the ethnic overtones that were featured in my first two remixes. The last section is a (hopefully very obvious) homage to 'Africa' by Toto that I had an absolute blast writing.

This has been in the works for over 2 years. It was sitting at about 90% completion for the longest time, but something was missing. I showed it to my good friend Chimpazilla and she just ran with it. She filled in the gaps in my track with some original melodies and harmonies, additional percussion and pad layers, and gave it a dynamite mastering job that really made it shine. She helped me get over that last hurdle and truly do justice to the original concept I had in mind.

 

 

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  • 2 weeks later...

Yep, this one is firing on all gears: nice, clear production and strong source usage and interpretation.  

Nit picking: string(?) lead around 1:55 had some awkward note changes.  Not sure if it was intended to be an organic instrument, but it works as a synthetic one.

Sounds sweet.  Great job :)

YES

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  • Chimpazilla changed the title to 2015/11/07 - (2Y) Super Mario 64 'Ripples of Hope'
  • OceansAndrew changed the title to 2015/11/07 - (3Y) Super Mario 64 'Ripples of Hope'
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This is very good and I wasn't expecting any less when I saw the remixer names.  There are several traps we can fall into when we take such a simple jingle and try to expand on it: repetitiveness, including too much original content, breaking familiarity with the source, among others.  None of these are present here and instead we get a remix that truly extends the arrangement in a natural way.  Loved the percussion and groove, and the usage of wind instruments throughout was spotless.  LOVED IT.

If I had to nitpick, I'd nitpick the strings at 1:50, which sounded a bit odd and stiff. But that doesn't take away from the flawless job you both did.  Loved the smb theme references as well, Nice work.

YES

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