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PRC445 - The Finger of Silence (Silent Hill)


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The People's Remix Competition 445
PRCv19-07


Hello everyone and Welcome to the People's Remix Competition!

In PRC443 it was TheVideoGamer who got the win, not for the first time in his life. He picked the source for this round.

On 4/13/2022 at 3:30 AM, TheVideoGamer said:

Silent Hill is not the most friendliest of soundtrack for remixers, and i can clearly see why. It's pretty much pure texture and noise, so it'd be the equivalent of panting a blank canvas, with 2 colours. Your not going to get much to work with, nor will it be easy to work with what you have. Any chance of something melodic will be almost impossible. It's rare to find such a composition. So why the hell did i turn to Silent Hill for my PRC source selection? It turns out there is more to like than dislike, and i like the idea of setting some kind of limitation by sending in essentially Noise and Dark Ambient music. The source i selected isn't from the same mind frame, but it belongs to a soundtrack who's primary aim is to scare the living crap out of you. It's not happy go fun time music. It's "Oh My God, I'm About to Die". 

This source stood out though, because there were a lot of cool moments in this piece. It's purely a synth based piece, using only a single instrument patch from the Korg Triton to generate the melody/chords (I don't know why i said melody, it's just a series of minor chords lol). What's interesting is the random beat skips that happen, it isn't just a pure 4/4 composition. It also has quite the textural sound to it, from a simple patch, sounds closer to some kind of electric piano like synth. It's kind of cool. Even though there is one patch/instrument, i notated it as 4 channels on the MIDI, largely because of how dynamic the synth is. It was too much to simply write as a single channel, i needed to do more. So i made a bassline for it, a background layer, as well as a deep pad to function as some of it's more ambient aspects to the sound. So what is a single sound becomes 4 channels, but they're really just representing one sound. The piece is only 50 seconds, before it goes through the endless looping phase. No other instruments debut, it's literally just a synth sound, and a very interesting one at that.

So why did i pick something, that has barely any substance to it? Even though there is production in regards to chord sequences, there is no drums or melody, or even a real working bassline. What i've MIDIFY'D was basically 4 channels produced from 1 sound. I did this, to get all of the properties of the sound transcribed, as well as make it seem like there is more to the MIDI than that, The reason for choosing this, was largely because i wanted something that encouraged creativity. How will you take this further? In Silent Hill the purpose is to create tension, atmosphere, an unerving soundscape. But as a standalone piece, it's very unique, and isolated. I love the tune, but it's how you will take it further that's where the magic is. You don't know where to take it. Is it an electronic piece? Is it orchestral? Who knows, imagination is key to making this your own. 

I haven't really talked about the game itself, which is what i usually do, but i got fixated on this cool interesting piece whilst talking about it, so i've taken up so many of my description talking about the track. Also note, i didn't just pick this, because it had a series of recognisable pitches lol, but also because i felt it could be a unique PRC round. To be fair, the only interesting thing i can identify from the games company, is that they are called Team Silent, and they were responsible for pretty much the first 4 games of the franchise. I've rambled too much, i'm sure you can read up about it in you're own time. Good luck with this one!

GAME: Silent Hill (PS1)

Source: Claw Finger

And my own custom MIDI:

https://www.vgmusic.com/file/e349937ffade26f15903aad73a9564ae.html#disqus_thread

 

 

Source: Silent Hill (PS1) - Claw Finger

 

https://compo.thasauce.net/files/materials/PRC445_Silent_Hill_-_Claw_Finger.mid

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silent_Hill

https://compo.thasauce.net/rounds/view/PRC445

 

The deadline is Wednesday May 4th 2022 at 10:59 am ThaSauce time (18:00 UTC, 19:00 GMT), check the link https://compo.thasauce.net/rounds/view/PRC445 for the exact time left. Make sure that the song is uploaded to ThaSauce or that there’s a download link posted in this thread.

You may enter as many mixes as you like and work with as many people as you like on each mix. You are free to create a second ThaSauce account for that if you use ThaSauce, it's needed to be able to upload a second remix if you use ThaSauce. Of course you can also upload it somewhere else and put a download link in this thread.

Do not make qualitative comments on an entry until the results of the vote have been posted in this thread.

Mixers cannot vote for themselves but if they vote they receive a free first place vote added onto their score.

The winner of this round may select the source for PRC447.

TheVideoGamer can enter with a bonus song and has a double vote.

 

You can find the full rules list at this page as well.

 

GOOD LUCK!

 

PRC Home Page

 

 

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5 hours ago, Bundeslang said:

Details follow later. Deadline May 4th 10:59 AM ThaSauce time.

https://compo.thasauce.net/rounds/view/PRC445

Nice work on the MIDI TVG!  From one fan of the Silent Hill franchise to another, I agree with your sentiment.  Let's see how we can take this source tune further eh? 

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11 hours ago, HoboKa said:

Nice work on the MIDI TVG!  From one fan of the Silent Hill franchise to another, I agree with your sentiment.  Let's see how we can take this source tune further eh? 

Thanks! It sounds lovely, but it's a very simple piece. So i'd be looking forward to how you approach this.

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Welcome to the voting stage

The mixing stage is over. This round has 3 songs and 1 bonus mix by TheVideoGamer. The following people compete against each other:

Hleet

Souperion

HoboKa

HarlemHeat360

WassupThunder

 

To vote, do the following:

Visit https://compo.thasauce.net/rounds/view/PRC445 and listen to all the entries

Scroll to the form at the bottom of the screen or click PM.

Fill in the entries from first to third in the ThaSauce form or fill in your top 3.

State a reasoning for it.

Participants are encouraged to vote and leave feedback. They get a 3 point bonus, but they are not allowed to vote for their own track. They only need to fill in their top two (and can use the third spot to select the bonus mix they liked the most). 

Always look in this thread to find out who's the winner of the round after the voting stage instead of only looking at ThaSauce for the results.

TheVideoGamer has a vote that counts twice.

 

You have until Monday May 9th 2022 10:59 AM ThaSauce time (11:00 UTC, 12:00 GMT) to vote.

 

If you vote by PM make sure that your top 3 is clear. I prefer something like this:

(To)

(Subject)

PRC ## Vote

(Message):

1: (remixer A )

2: (remixer B )

3: (remixer C )

(reasoning)

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It's results time

TheVideoGamer posted a bonus mix.

 

Hleet got 5 points but still gets the last place wooden spoon.

DJMokram claimed 8 points and fourth place.

HoboKa gacollected 10 points and third place.

Souperion gathered 18 points and second place.

And the winner of PRC444 is HarlemHeat360 with 22 points.

HarlemHeat360, you are the winner. It was almost a perfect win. You may pick a source for PRC447. Send the source to me (with a MID/MP3 file, otherwise send a second source with a MID file) by PM, other options are PM me @ ThaSauce or by e-mailing to bambombim@gmail.com (I prefer a PM @Ocremix). Send your source as fast as you can, but before this Wednesday (4 May 2022), 11:00 AM ThaSauce time (18:00 UTC, 19:00 GMT).

You may select any source from any game, but not a source with an OverClocked remix or a source which has been used in PRC before. An overview of the past PRC's can be found in the following links (I recently updated this site):

http://sites.google.com/site/bambombim/prc

http://bambombim.googlepages.com/PRCRemixList.doc (also downloadable via the link above).

https://compo.thasauce.net/rounds/view/PRC445 for the votes and comments.

 

PRC446 already started:

 

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