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"A Night At The Old Site" Celeste - Resurrections Orchestral ReMix (WIP)

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I've been working on this orchestral cover of "Resurrections" from Celeste for a while now, and I think I've reached a point where I can't improve it further without feedback from others. So I'd really appreciate yours! Is this OCR material - and if not, what can I do to fix that?

You may notice that the original Resurrections is over 9 minutes long with a lot of frankly unnecessary repeats. I've trimmed out several repeats and brought the tune down to a more manageable six and a half minutes. Other than that, the remix generally plays it as straight as it can. That may be a weakness, or it may be a strength, I'm not sure yet. What do you think?

I'm especially interested in feedback on the orchestration/arrangement, mixing, and production, though I'll take any advice you have on how to improve.

For reference, this is made with BBCSO Core plus some additional drums.

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A few comments after a couple listens.

The original piece owes a lot of its drama to contrasts.  Your arrangement has a pattern of contrasting loud/soft sections.  However I think you could take it a bit further.  For example the soft section from 3:10 - 3:50 could be softer. 

Try adding more dynamics (loud / soft variation) within the sections.  This is a bit more tricky. I can't tell you exactly where - you'll have to feel it out.  A good place to start would be the strings.  The volume is very even throughout.  I noticed one drop in volume at around 5:35 (which is a nice tension-release) but then it stays even for a while.  Especially during the loud parts, when one voice gets loud (horns at 5min.), consider making the other voices (strings, etc.) a bit quieter, to give them more space.

The cymbal crashes in the beginning could be a bit more subtle.  Since they're the only percussion in the first 2 minutes of the arrangement, it draws a lot of attention, and imho raises the temperature a bit too quickly.

Drums are a bit repetitive overall.  It can work but I think you could put some more flourishes / lines in there.




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