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OCR03913 - *YES* Jet Grind Radio "Butterfly Spy" *RESUB*

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Prior Decision

Link to ReMix: 

Contact Information
ReMixer Name: GCJ
Real Name: Caleb
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Website: https://soundcloud.com/gcjofficial or https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4gkFBO9_FKEr_GRezitg6w
Forum userid: 34256
 
Submission Information
Games Arranged: Jet Set Radio and Jet Set Radio Future
Name of Arrangement: Butterfly Spy
Name of Songs Arranged: "Sneakman" and "Fly Like A Butterfly"

Additional Information: Composer for both songs, Hideki Naganuma. Jet Set Radio was originally on the Dreamcast, but has been ported to Windows, PlayStation Network, Xbox Live Arcade, the PlayStation Vita, iOS, and Android. Jet Set Radio Future was only on the original Xbox.

Link to Soundtracks: Jet Set Radio: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RGA4PilHdr0 Jet Set Radio Future: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ugo6ASPVu9g

Link to Original Songs Used: Sneakman: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8VyaShl6urc Fly Like A Butterfly: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hfLK13n91Q8

Comments on Mix: I took the advice from all of the comments of my previous submission. I've replaced the old VSTs with more realistic/better sounding ones. I also improved the mixing so some samples aren't so loud compared to others. I've added parts throughout the song inspired by funk songs to make it less repetitive. The ReMix is generally inspired by the style of Hideki Naganuma, especially his work in Jet Set Radio and Sonic Rush

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To get the bad out of the way first: the volume of the samples is still very inconsistent.  "Float like a butterfly" and "There ya go" are very loud, "Who da man" and "You got it" are very quiet.  If this gets sent back, those definitely need another tweak.

That said, I'm really loving the funky grooves here.  It's still a bit repetitive towards the end, but not as badly as I remember (which, granted, was 2 years ago).  The leads are more than adequate in quality.  My one concern isn't a dealbreaker, so from me this gets an enthusiastic

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Nice work on this, Caleb. The soundscape was fuller and there was more variation with both the textures and the sound clip usage. Easy call now.

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Well done. While the main melody is quite repetitive, the creative use of samples and dropping layers in/out gives this a similar style and feel to the original soundtrack. This would likely be my main criticism as well, in that your mix takes a lot of cues/inspiration from the original soundtrack, and while not necessarily a bad thing on its own, it would have been nice to hear some further creative exploration of the piece. That criticism aside, mixing is good, arrangement progression is good and mix duration frames the content appropriately.

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Frankly, I thought it was good enough on the last submission. Things have changed around a bit from the last submission, but in general the sounds are thicker, and the arrangement has a bit more focus in the direction it moves in (the samples sound less randomly applied, for example). Overall an improvement to an already awesome arrangement, so I'm all for it.

Let's do this thing.

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