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OCR03413 - *YES* Kirby's Dream Land 3 'Kirbland'

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OHHHH SNAP!
 
 
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Username: timaeus222
Name: Truong-Son Nguyen
http://soundcloud.com/timaeus222
http://tproductions.comeze.com/
ID: 39971

Submission Information

Primary Game: Kirby's Dreamland 3
ReMix Title: Kirbland

Consoles/Platforms: SNES, Virtual Console
OST Composers: Jun Ishikawa
Sources: Grass Land 2, Ripple Field 3, Sand Canyon 3 (cameo), Flower Garden (Yoshi: Touch & Go cameo) [attached]
ReMix:  (VBR1)
 (WAV)

Comments:
"I gotta say, this is one of the most fun ReMixes I've worked on in a long time. This started off as me saying something of the meme kind at the 'wrong' time; funny story: it was when Liontamer on OCR Talkback #49 was talking about how he occasionally sees people calling OCR out, saying something like, "Hey, OC ReMix! You don't know how to remix this! It's too good to make better!". Being the guy that I am, I wrote, "CHALLENGE ACCEPTED!" in the YouTube comments as a fun 'reply' to that. Larry sees it, thinks it was directed towards @DeucesWildMedia on Twitter, and everyone's like, "OHHHHH DAMN!". So y'know what?! I went for it anyways. OHHHH SNAP! SHIT JUST GOT REAL! Over the course of 3 separate days, in about 20 hours, I ended up writing a Jazz Fusion-style track inspired by the band Weather Report---especially their song 'Birdland' (hence the title). My personal favorite part in here is definitely the solo portion at 1:47 - 2:39. Can't believe I came up with that. Essentially everything was played in 'live' (MIDI), with specifically the bass and drums being the hardest elements to really nail here in terms of the Weather Report vibe. Hope you enjoy! :D"

Extra Info:
Source Breakdown:
0:03.28 - 0:08.95, 0:09.77 - 0:13.84, 0:16.26 - 0:21.83 = Grass Land 2 (0:00.00 - 0:06.47) [bass and piano]
0:22.75 - 0:27.61 = Grass Land 2 (0:06.47 - 0:12.88)
0:29.24 - 0:38.96, 0:42.21 - 0:53.76 = Ripple Field 3 (0:00.00 - 0:25.36)
0:42.21 - 0:48.69 = Flower Garden (Yoshi) (0:00.00 - 0:26.70)
1:04.90 - 1:06.91 = Sand Canyon 3 (0:00.00 - 0:02.45) [Different "mood"]
1:08.15 - 1:15.58 = Grass Land 2 (0:00.00 - 0:06.47)
1:17.88 - 1:19.91 = Sand Canyon 3 (0:00.00 - 0:02.45) [Different "mood"; bass]
1:21.13 - 1:32.68, 1:34.10 - 1:45.04 = Ripple Field 3 (0:00.00 - 0:25.36) [Mostly retained bass, with solos + interpretation]
1:47.07 - 2:13.01 = Wild solos!
2:00.05 - 2:01.66, 2:06.52 - 2:13.01 = Grass Land 2 (0:00.00 - 0:06.47)
2:13.01 - 2:22.34 = Grass Land 2 (0:12.88 - 0:24.09) [bass solo]
2:25.99 - 2:31.87 = Grass Land 2 (0:12.88 - 0:24.09)
2:35.71 - 2:37.75 = Sand Canyon 3 (0:00.00 - 0:02.45) [Different "mood"]
2:42.21 - 2:47.07, 2:48.70 - 2:52.75, 2:55.17 - 3:00.74 = Grass Land 2 (0:00.00 - 0:06.47) [bass and piano]
3:01.66 - 3:06.50 = Grass Land 2 (0:00.00 - 0:06.47)
3:06.50 - 3:32.09 = Havona-style ending

Grass Land 2: 5.67 + 4.07 + 5.57 + 4.86 + 7.43 + 1.61 + 6.49 + 9.33 + 5.88 + 4.86 + 4.05 + 5.57 + 4.84
= 70.23
70.23/212.09 = 33.11%

Ripple Field 3: 9.72 + 11.55 + 11.55 + 10.94
= 43.76
43.76/212.09 = 20.63%

Sand Canyon 3: 2.01 + 2.03 + 2.04
= 6.08
6.08/212.09 = 2.87%

Flower Garden:
= 6.48
6.48/212.09 = 3.06%

Total (note the Flower Garden overlap):
120.07/212.09 = 56.61%

 

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Just paneling this because the source usage can get very noodly and even by T's count, it's pretty close. Otherwise I feel like this is direct-post quality. I will flesh this out more later.

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Holy crap the specifics on your time stamps! You really want Larry to like you :). Your guides were all helpful, though, and I was able to pick out pretty much all that you mentioned.

The mix is a ton of fun to listen to, I really enjoyed the style and there's a ton of personality here! I do feel like the bass could come up just a bit as it feels a little low at times, but this is mostly a nitpick.

I really love that you had a specific influence here and you definitely made it work. This would be pretty killer to hear live too. Great work!

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Hot damn, that source breakdown! That's very helpful, and I'm hearing the source in most of the parts you specified. I'm not sure about the Sand Canyon parts though, that seems a bit far fetched to me, but the count is still juuuust over 50% even if we don't consider those. I think source usage is okay here, but it's very borderline so I think someone else should also check it in depth to make sure.

Otherwise, I'm definitely hearing the Birdland influences, nice work on that! I'm loving the fretless bass, it definitely is a key instrument in order to get that sound, IMO. Good leads, too! Overall, a well-produced, strong arrangement. Really nothing to say here, I think it's great work.

Unless someone else points out that source usage isn't appropriate, this is most definitely a

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Not much to say here, solid mix, tons of personalty.  Fusion jazz adaptation works well for all the sources.  I liked the pacing changes throughout the song, specially towards the end.  The fretless bass is playful and supports the arrangement well.  Good blending of all the sources, easy pass.

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I'll mention this in the write-up. In fact, I'll probably quote myself. Hello, future me!

S'good stuff; obviously plays it a LITTLE loose with sources, but I didn't have to work too hard, plus the breakdown helps.

Also obviously a different style/sound for timaeus, which is by & large done quite well, with an emphasis on the agile & delicious fretless bass.

If I had to nitpick, I'd say the only weakness might be the snare part, as it pertains to the overall drum part - would have liked more dynamics on the snare, more accent & grace notes, to really give it that shuffle & syncopation, beyond what's present.

As it stands, snare sits at the same velocity for most of the track and doesn't vary much, and the drum part could have a little extra pizzazz/humanization/panache, and I think the way to achieve both those goals would have been weaker accented snare notes filling in some of the gaps with extra syncopation.

That's my VERY specific criticism, but it's easily outweighed by all the other righteous & highly enjoyable stuff going on, so....

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