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OCR01604 - Final Fantasy VI "Locke's Theme for Brass Quintet"

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Awesome stuff Dan. :) And you only used one source tune this time.....

The mix is simplistic but captures and expands on the feel of the source. As usual the arrangement and part writing are top knotch.

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I've been waiting for years to hear this proud theme on real horns. It's beautiful.

This is a huge compliment to the mixer, given that those horns... aren't real :)

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Lord only knows what makes someone wake up in the morning and say to themselves: Locke's Theme... Brass Quintet... of COURSE! Still, regardless, a very nice execution and a very nice mix. Very welcomed and a very excellent theme. It compliments Shnabubula's new mario bros piece on the front page very well.

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Really enjoyed this track. I agree with the above post in that you wouldn't immediately think Locke + brass, but it works fantastically.

Unfortunately the 4 minutes of listening to it just fly by too quickly!

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Really enjoyed the mix! Your instrument patches are really, really astounding - especially the tuba! I found that your tuba writing really reinforced the sound quality... in other words, your tuba writing was characteristic of the instrument and (while it doesn't happen as often as I'd like) I think that that's what really made your patches sound awesome. Also, really solid runs with the french horn, very well arranged :)

Does a score exist for this? I'd love to see it and maybe perform it live (but alas, the plight of the euphonium player... lol).

Really fantastic job!

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I have lurked around this site for about 6.5 years and 1400 remixes. There have been many, many beautiful and creative mixes posted on the site in this time. This is the first time I ever felt compelled to leave a review about a piece.

This was a treat to listen to. My knowledge of the whole library on this site is spotty, but I don't recall a past mix that was so dedicated to the brass among us. I played the trombone for 11 years of my life before a lack of groups to play with forced me into inactivity, and I love this because it sounds so much like something I could have played back in those days. Ah, the work to get a I at adjucation...

As DJP touched upon in his writeup, the trained ear can certainly tell it's not live brass. This is hardly the only mix of which this can be said, but this is probably the most real-sounding use of brass I've heard here, and very skillfully arranged. Each of the parts in the quintet contributes something to the overall piece, without which it would not be nearly the same.

The bulk of it is so charming to listen to that the few moments where you really hear a note that is plainly synthesized can be overlooked. I can almost close my eyes and picture myself and some old bandmates of mine from college performing it on stage. Many mixes on this site tickle my fancy as a lifelong band nerd and musician, but this is the first that has ever gotten me so close as a brass musician specifically.

Here's this lurker's salute to Vampire Hunter Dan for trying something quite different and coming out with an incredible end product even given the inherent limitations with using brass in a mix. I hope this will not be the last time I hear such great brass work on this site.

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Practically in the same boots as Mark. I've been lurking here and there at OCR for years but never bothered to really sign up and review other people's works or join in the discussion. But this tune changed it for me.

Now I'm no big brass player, but I respect the sound that comes from brass and adore it when the instrument hits it right. I would also love to see a quintet perform this rendition live and just run around to see how many people have got goosebumps from it :-) I especially love the part at the 1.30min mark where Locke's theme kicks in. Speaking of, this whole remix gave me that awesome tingly feeling that JigginJonT gave me with the muted brass section in his Anthem of Exile remix. Maybe FFVI is the best series to opt for brass remixes? Heh.

Anyway keep up the good work VHD.

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I'm really surprised at how good this turned out to be. Using only 5 brass instruments sounded as if the song would be rather sparse and "empty", but VHD managed to produce a really interesting piece.

Nice work.

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Some of the samples get blatty on the harder attacks, but it's a remarkable example of what can be accomplished in a normally robotic-style-bad-whatever area.

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Beautiful work. VHD proves that he can do some amazing stuff with samples, and taking a good song and giving it a great, creative arrangement, and executing it very well. Some phrases are so good that when a synthetic-sounding note comes up, it's a bit jarring.

Regardless, this is beautiful work, with a lot of attention paid to each detail. I'm a brass fan, and this one totally delivers.

Recommended.

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This is an amazing arrangement. I've always loved Locke's theme and wanted to hear a full-blown Williams-esque rendition of it, and this is the closest I've gotten, and I'm not saying that in a bad way in the least. This mix is powerful and energetic and reminds me of the Canadian Brass--this sounds just like something from their hypothetical video game cover album (which is something I think they should totally do).

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I truly love this mix, it's definitely in my top 3 or so most listened to OCRemixes, and certainly one of my favorites.

I only wish I could have the sheet music for this. Me(euphonium) and a few friends(trumpet, tuba, and trombone) have been looking for a good piece to learn as of late and this would be perfect. So vibrant and exciting.

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I'd like to share this live brass recording of the piece. As I explained on Facebook today, it was recorded (a bit roughly, as they explain) in 2010, and I feel they did a splendid job. Please keep in mind that--as with just about everything else I've ever arranged--this piece was *not* meant to be played by humans at all, and thus is unbelievably difficult (especially on the poor trumpets). Their french horn player, btw, is exemplary.

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Thanks for sharing that. I've always loved this piece and to hear it with real brass is a treat. If I'm really lucky I'll hear it live and perfected before I die.

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