Posted 2012-04-18, evaluated by the judges panel

The Sims!! More Guifrog! We actually had a Sims mix on the site a long time ago but it was removed for standards issues, so it's nice to finally be reinstating the quirky franchise with an equally quirky arrangement from Guifrog:

"I'm now treating instruments as people. They've got different genders: the ones that have a bass, heavier sound, I'm treating as "male"; the softer, high-pitched sounds are "female". That's how I feel it, but you can interpret in a way other than genders. It's musicolours after all, and it's about diversity of love. (with a lil' Irish touch, which is why I call it musicolo'U'rs)

It opens with a harp. During the whole song, harp represents love itself; so, it starts things for an accordion (the male one) to take place, until it's followed by the flute (female one). If you pay attention, there's also the pizzicato/violins (female) that harmonize with bass/cello (male). There's mutual love between the instruments during the whole beginning, as they dance along with the flow. Highlight for the glockenspiel, by the way - it's a sweet, innocent child.

But things actually turn to get interesting afterwards. The mellow and introspective song turns into a happy, open-hearted dance tune; bass (male) now totally follows the cello (male); the flutes (female) walk and dance on the floor, when suddenly, violins (female) follow them, until both harmonize together! Now you can see where the real colors of the song reside, as the harp (love) comes to celebrate the new pairs; still, you can see that kick (male) complements hihat (female), accordion and flute are still a pair, and the diversity is fully established."

I love this guy... because he's super-excited about music & musical possibilities (!!), and sometimes I think some of us lose that, get a little too set in our ways, or get jaded or hung up on genre-specific techniques. Of course, excitement & enthusiasm can be problematic if they're not paired with skill & at least a little restraint and crafting of the end result. Guifrog has definitely arrived, in that arena, and we're hearing production that can carry the weight of his many ideas and make it all click. We start off in a French street cafe, then go on an upbeat, beat-anchored journey, with almost Pee-Wee Herman (pre-incident) levels of joy & resplendent, major-key whimsicality. It's hard not to smile and feel optimistic listening to an arrangement like this, and it makes me want to get things done, perambulate, live my life, etc., not unlike the virtual denizens of the games. The Orichalcon writes:

"Wow, it's like The Sims: Professor Layton style (or at least the beginning is.) I love it. Sources are easily recognizable, cleverly mixed together. Great production. Respectful use of each instrument. People are going to love this one."

OA loves him some major-key, and thus concurs:

"The soundscape was creative and worked well, and the source treatment fit well; the theme combination worked out nicely. The additional sections and transitions were solid and fit well, and the energy was really nice. Upbeat and pleasant, with good source use and pretty solid production? Sign me up for a YES."

There's still room for improvement on the production front, but as previously mentioned these are arrangements that are particularly demanding of samples employed, and I think Guifrog's part-writing really helps sell it. Fun, happy, eccentric stuff that conveys the artist's positivism & ability, and should please fans of the series & unacquainted alike!



Latest 10 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
on 2013-11-19 13:28:17

This song is so happy I cant stop listening.

on 2013-07-18 14:17:19

This is almost too happy and upbeat. Almost. It's got a very natural cheery sound and it's just the sort of ReMix to spread a little joy. Loved the use of the accordion the most out of all the instruments.

on 2012-07-06 21:36:54

Curious choice of source material - Guifrog employs a nice electronic orchestra hybrid here in carrying out his particular vision. It's a fun little track with some artistic merit to it.

I like what is put together here, this is some good stuff. It has direction, a sense of progression, and an idea behind it. It has good flow. I find it hard to ask for more personally.

on 2012-05-17 15:45:51

This is possibly the most cheerful piece of music I have ever heard, massive kudos!

Transmogrificational Tune
on 2012-04-23 14:25:05

Definetely a different set of instruments and a good combo for all involved, keep it up!

CC Ricers
on 2012-04-19 01:48:01

EA faved this on their Sims Youtube channel and made it on the Facebook page. :nicework:

on 2012-04-18 19:44:26

This makes me happy! Like, bouncing around my living room with a big grin, happy!

on 2012-04-18 17:17:15

Oh man, The Sims series have been such a longtime favorite (I've been playing them since I was 16, and the SimCity series since before!). I keep the "build" tracks from the original on my player since they're great piano pieces- and so is this! Great work, GUIFrog!

on 2012-04-18 16:40:17

What an energetic track! Great stuff. Looking forward to more.

on 2012-04-18 15:27:46

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Sources Arranged (2 Songs, 2 Games)

Primary Game:
The Sims 3 (Electronic Arts , 2009, WIN)
Music by Darrell Brown,Eric Pressly,Jacen Touchstone,Junkie XL,Ladytron,Lauren Wooley,Rebeca Mauleón,Sasha (I),Stephan Birnbaum,Steve Jablonsky
"The Sims Theme"
Additional Game:
The Sims (Electronic Arts , 2000, WIN)
Music by Dix Bruce,Jerry Martin,Kirk Casey,Marc Russo,Mark Mothersbaugh
"The Neighborhood"

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