Newcomers The Key to Progression bring us some Pokémon rock/instrumental action NOT previously released as part of Missingno; member Jakerno, aka Jake Dragash, writes:
"Enjoyed Pokemon as a kid, looked through the Red & Blue OST Soundtrack, and came across a song I thought would be nice to remix into a kind of rock/energetic genre. Used Logic, a guitar, a a bass, and my brain."
At only 2'38", this is a little on the short side, but establishes a solid concept & runs with it, melding heavier rock with some lighter piano-led segments. Arrangement is a little conservative, but judges mostly had problems with the production side of the fence - at least with the version Jake initially subbed. The Orichalcon writes:
"I liked the shredding. The guitar's actually pretty good in this. I agree that the balance is out. This is a mix with good arrangement suffering from poor production. Boost the drums a bit more, separate the guitar some more so it sounds more surrounding. Just tweak things until it all comes together more fluidly."
Fortunately, we got a revision that fixed balance & mixing as well as some perceived stiffness on the piano part, that judges unilaterally considered an improvement. Shariq adds:
"This is a fun arrangement; nice energy, good performance on the guitars, and it doesn't overstay its welcome. Nice change-up into the main Pokémon theme too, keeps things fresh.
...Listened to the edited version. SOLID! LETS GO GO! "
Onward! With not only the collective album, but some great individual mixes as well, 2011 has been the best year ever, BY FAR, for Pokémon VGM on OCR, and it's not even half over yet!
on 2011-12-20 13:07:52
This is a pretty fun take, it'd be nice to see more artists use this style. The production quality is pretty rough with the garageband-like recordings and a bit of overcompression possibly? It's a bit on the short side, but I'm not sure how much more would be good for this approach so I can live with that. Otherwise, not a bad first mix, and I'd love to hear more!
on 2011-12-12 12:21:11
I really enjoy the piano sections here, when the guitars provide punctuation, and it makes me want to do some more stuff along that lines in my own mixes, as the feel is really pleasant and somewhat unique to me.
Some cool filtering effects, and subtle harmonies thrown in, as well as varied sections, and about the perfect length. Very good stuff, well done, comrades!
on 2011-12-12 05:29:01
Now this to me sounds solid; while the original "Hall of Fame" track was practically seen as a majorly triumphant piece of work, this feels somewhat more comraderic in structure and all the energy placed behind the performance and some strong rhythm guitar work seemed to work out and continue to give it that lease of life. The Pokemon Main Theme reference in the end was also pretty neat to reference to and ensure it doesn't quite outstay its welcome. In spite of this short arrangement, we've got something that works well given the nature of the source.
Though I'm not sure if it's my listening setup, but I felt some low mids were missing from the track. That was what I noted with the frequency gap between the bass and rhythm guitars, so maybe a frequency boost in that section for the rhythm or an additional synth part covering that range might've helped fill it up. But outside of that qualm, the live instruments were well recorded, and the piano - albeit synthetic - managed to fit in appropriately to the soundscape.
I hope the Key to Progression guys return with a new mix one day, because if they can provide a lot of promise with an 8-measure-long source (there I go, back to 'restrictive source material' again ) then they could go a long way in interpreting other songs. For now, nice work
on 2011-07-12 15:51:19
Interesting. I quite liked the whole switch up between the piano and guitar sections.
Also, the guitars have sort of a hair-metal sound to it, and I quite like that.
on 2011-06-03 16:28:54
Interesting. I quite liked the whole switch up between the piano and guitar sections. Fantastic energy and a good beat to it as well coming off the drums. I liked how you managed to mix in the main theme as well. A bit short, but it sounds like a winner to me. Nice to hear more good Pokemon ReMixes.
on 2011-05-08 15:11:31
You have just made my day... u
on 2011-05-08 06:39:51
It's a pokemon mix - for all i care it could have been a 7 minute MIDI rip with Fruityloops presets and I'd still like it.
on 2011-05-07 23:09:44
Still definitely has a bit of a garage band sound to it, pretty snazzy arrangement though, nice genre shift
on 2011-05-07 22:52:40
It it a fine remix, and I'm glad it's posted. Good job, you guys.
on 2011-05-07 22:31:58
Happy to hear that isn't from Missingno Tracks! ^^
on 2011-05-07 22:31:07
Pretty solid. I am heavily reminded of Stemage's earlier works, which is a VERY good thing.
on 2011-05-07 22:23:08
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