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OCR01669 - *YES* Myst 'Unraveling the Mystery'

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Dear OCReMix,

This following remix was done as a request on vgmix.

I never played the games but through studying the music I learned to enjoy it very much.

Well, here is the info.

Remix name: DarkMessenger

Real name: Niels van der Leest

E-mail: info@nielsvanderleest.nl

Website : www.nielsvanderleest.nl

UserID: 19586

Games remixed: Myst I, IV, V

Songs remixed: Myst I "Myst theme", Myst IV "Darkness", Myst V "Descent"

Remix name: Unraveling the Mystery

Gr.,

Niels van der Leest

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Myst - Soundtrack - (01) "Myst Theme" [:00-2:10]

Myst V End of Ages Soundtrack - (01) "Descent" [2:17-3:11]

MYST IV -REVELATION- Soundtrack - (04) "Darkness" [3:11-5:16]

Production-wise, this was a bit rough around the edges. There were a number of things that could have been tightened up. The strings sustains in the back starting at 1:00 sounded pretty unnatural; any louder and they would have been way too exposed. As is, they're decent, but struggle at carrying the melody without distracting. Better job with the string layering at 2:17 to make the most out of the samples and not expose them.

Nice job getting over 2 minutes of mileage off the Myst 1 theme. I loved the transition at 2:10 to Myst 5's "Descent" at 2:17. The bassline was a bit muddied in the background but beefed up the background enough and lent movement to the piece. The strings until 3:11 felt too low, much like the 1:00-2:08 section, and could have used more presence.

Moves into Myst 4's "Darkness" at 3:11. The strings still strained for credibility, and it was a bit difficult not focusing on their unnatural-sounding movement when there was a lot of other great stuff going on with the bassline writing, drumwork and mallet percussion.

There's a minor piano issue at 4:53 where the note fades in and out. The ending also sputters out abruptly at 5:16; not sure if that was intentional or not, but that (and the 7 seconds of silence at the end) needs to be fixed.

Cool premise to go for a series-wide mix. The sophistication of the arrangement carries this a ways. I'd love to see some of the production (string realism) and balance (string and bassline audibility) issues worked on a bit, as well as a slightly higher bitrate, but I'm rooting for substance. Smart, sophisticated arranging, Niels. Good luck with the rest of the vote.

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The percussion has a nice strong impact here, although the strings don't quite come up to the same level in terms of quality. I think the vibraphone/xylophone could have done with a touch more reverb to allow it to blend better with the other instruments.

The arrangement here is very well done, using the Myst 1 theme as the intro and the others as the main section; this approach means that the transitions work well. While not melody intensive, a lot of original elements have been added here and gives the same film-like atmosphere as the sources. Even though it is a 'medley' in that it uses several sources, it works as a piece in itself rather than a mishmash of songs, and does it extremely well. It is for this reason that I am passing this.

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Good stuff. First the bad: The bass is a bit boomy, and there could be more punch in the drums, particularly the snare, but the drum sequencin is good. Good dynamics. Sorry it took so long to vote on this crudz.

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I felt like this could have been stronger with better samples, but you made good use of what you had. Malcos was right; this mix feels like one cohesive piece, and you did a good job of avoiding medly-itis.

Nice variation throughout and excellent percussion.

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