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Hi all,

I'm proud to announce that my latest album, "Metroid: Organ Transplants" has entered the final stage of video production and is about to be released on Youtube, ContreBombarde and as free downloadable CD/DVD images around the New Years Day. What started out as an "accidental recording", over the past two months has grown into a personal tribute to the most stunning orchestral OC remixes attributed to the Metroid franchise:

My third orchestra+organ play-along album contains nine OC remixes by various artists, all of them in a similar style, as if the original composers would have had a silent agreement that, one day, these pieces were intended to be put together. The glue between all of the tracks is suggested by the album title — they're all enhanced and backed by a three-manuals French-Romantic Cavaillé-Coll pipe organ, which I added on top by playing along in two live sessions (yes, I love plays on words, hence the album title). This adds even more drama, gravity and a bunch of particular highlights.

Since the additional pipe organ track was recorded in 7.1 surround, the original OC remixes, which served as the re-remixing basis, were also upgraded to 7.1 to fit the setup. The recording and mixing process, credits research, video material research, storybook and composition, album art, media production, etc. took about three months of spare-time work — definitely my most ambitious project so far and an interesting first contact with DAWs in general and Ardour 6 in particular.

 

The album will be available for download via my discography at http://en.wpoa.de/WPOA-MOT

  • as a stereo CD image,
  • as a DVD image with both a 5.1 surround sound and a 2.0 stereo track including a full 45min video cut
    of Metroid gameplay, cutscenes and artwork created by other people on the web (let's call it "the movie cut"),
  • in lossless FLAC format with 7.1 channels (the "golden master")
  • and will be accompanied by PDFs with cover/inlay/label artwork, separately for both the CD and DVD,
    which I put together for personal hardcopies that I usually give away to friends and family as a gift.

 

Track list:

  1. Putting Down On Zebes (by Protricity, part of https://ocremix.org/album/3)
  2. Footprints On Zebes (by Slimy, https://ocremix.org/remix/OCR03306)
  3. Kraid Begins (by AJiLe, https://ocremix.org/remix/OCR01890)
  4. The Crimson Depths, (by Sam Dillard, https://ocremix.org/remix/OCR02275)
  5. Into The Green World (by Sam Dillard, https://ocremix.org/remix/OCR02515)
  6. Beyond The Glass (by Sam Dillard, https://ocremix.org/remix/OCR02927)
  7. Mother Brain Suite (by Beckett007, https://ocremix.org/remix/OCR01675)
  8. The Galaxy Awaits (by Nutritious, https://ocremix.org/remix/OCR01804)
  9. Mission Complete: Ending Suite (by Sam Dillard, https://ocremix.org/remix/OCR02648)

 

The following album teaser video is available on my channel.
Once the release is prepared, this thread will be updated with the final link to the YouTube premiere of the full album video
(stereo only, since YT still doesn't support surround sound in their audio tracks). :(

 

I'm eager to know what you think about it -- and, hopefully, I'm going to meet at least some of the original remixers at the premiere!

Hope you'll enjoy the show! :-)

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  • Woody mC changed the title to [7.1 Surround] Metroid: Organ Transplants (Non-official album, but based on OCR content) incl. 45min YT movie cut

This would never have been possible without the incredible groundwork of @Protricity, @Slimy, @AJiLe, @beckett007, @Nutritious and especially @Sam Dillard.
As the titles and credits say, this album is a tribute to their outstanding compositions, enhanced with passionate live organ playing and a bunch of painstakingly synced gameplay cuts.

My sincere gratitude goes to all of the aforementioned composers --- Thank y'all so much!

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Metroid: Organ Transplants" is coming to cinemas near Munich!

If you're one of our members living at or near Munich, Germany, I'd like to invite you to join the cinema premiere of my latest orchestra + pipe organ surround album, called "Metroid: Organ Transplants"!

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In case you're interested to catch one of the 10 available [EDIT: complimentary tickets --> guest seats], please feel free to contact me via PM.
The event is currently (roughly) planned around the Easter weekend; details regarding the exact event date/time and location will be sent in response as soon as they become available.

EDIT: Clarified that --- in compliance with the OCR terms --- no money will ever be charged for this (even if I have to pay mucho €€€ for the reservation fee).
However, this is a private event with friends and family, so the extra "complimentary" seats for other fans are limited.
Also, I'd like to encourage you to start your own cinema event somewhere else, so you're invited to reuse the digital cinema packages (DCP) that I compiled (available for download via my discography at http://en.wpoa.de/WPOA-MOT) or to contact me via PM if you need help with creating your own custom DCP to meet the specs of your digital cinema projection system.

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On 2/5/2022 at 8:14 PM, Woody mC said:

Metroid: Organ Transplants" is coming to cinemas near Munich!

If you're one of our members living at or near Munich, Germany, I'd like to invite you to join the cinema premiere of my latest orchestra + pipe organ surround album, called "Metroid: Organ Transplants"!

In case you're interested to catch one of the 10 available [EDIT: complimentary tickets --> guest seats], please feel free to contact me via PM.
The event is currently (roughly) planned around the Easter weekend; details regarding the exact event date/time and location will be sent in response as soon as they become available.

EDIT: Clarified that --- in compliance with the OCR terms --- no money will ever be charged for this (even if I have to pay mucho €€€ for the reservation fee).
However, this is a private event with friends and family, so the extra "complimentary" seats for other fans are limited.
Also, I'd like to encourage you to start your own cinema event somewhere else, so you're invited to reuse the digital cinema packages (DCP) that I compiled (available for download via my discography at http://en.wpoa.de/WPOA-MOT) or to contact me via PM if you need help with creating your own custom DCP to meet the specs of your digital cinema projection system.

Last chance: ONE seat left!

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"Metroid: Organ Transplants" Definitive Mix is currently in production!

Yet, I'm still undecided whether or not the 7.1 release will be the only version, as the 2.0 stereo and 5.1 surround downmixes are very prone to a loss of spacial acoustics and make the "upgrade" less recognizable.

What do you think, should this be an "audiophile goodie" for 7.1 system owners only?
Or would you like to enjoy an increased organ presence even in the downmixes?

I'm excited to hear about your opinions!

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11 hours ago, CyberSkull said:

@CyberSkull You're my personal hero! Thank you so much for submitting this to official VGM databases, which I haven't even heard of before!

This is definitely THE most honorable acknowledgement that I've ever been given.

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Ooooh, I really like the atmospheric take on that opening theme. The organ is juicy as hell, too, though that shouldn't be a surprise since this is a live recording and not a VST. Organs are just fantastic instruments when you get to use one in a huge space.

Good luck on the show, and be sure to get a nice recording setup of the show for yourself; wouldn't be a bad idea to be able to sell live recordings later, for the effort you're putting in.

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8 hours ago, Gario said:

Ooooh, I really like the atmospheric take on that opening theme. The organ is juicy as hell, too, though that shouldn't be a surprise since this is a live recording and not a VST. Organs are just fantastic instruments when you get to use one in a huge space.

Good luck on the show, and be sure to get a nice recording setup of the show for yourself; wouldn't be a bad idea to be able to sell live recordings later, for the effort you're putting in.

In fact, it's both of them: A real pipe organ, perfectly sampled with its own reverb, and the SIR impulse response reverb VST, which I used to apply a fragment(!) of the world's longest reverb profile that was ever recorded (Inchindown, https://youtu.be/CzMVJkTjKNc features an interesting on-site report). The former produces low freqs down to ~16 Hz, the latter turns the already huge acoustics into a tremendous "spacey" vastness.

Your idea of recording the show is indeed a great one! I already thought about it, but more for the purpose of a personal memory instead of selling it. I guess that wouldn't be a thing either, since the presented material is published under the CC license, so if any of this would be visible in the recording, I would by no means be allowed to charge any money for that. Second, if I'd turn the camera so attendees are on film, this would need to be announced to get their consent and preserve their personal rights (according to the law here in Germany). It's a tricky tightrope walk if done for a public/commercial release (which isn't my goal), but thankfully not a problem for a personal souvenir.

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