Posted 2015-02-13, evaluated by the judges panel

Every time halc & Brandon Strader team up, the results are epicawesome; this chip-rock jam from Milky Way Wishes continues the trend of Wheeler-Strader win with a healthy dose of chiptune & chip drums paired nicely with electric guitar. Brandon writes:

"It was a collab between halc and myself. I thought he was subbing/adding to panel waaaay back in the day but it seems like he never did, and I really dig the song and consider it a really powerful collab between the 2 of us. Hopefully, there'll be more collabs to come. We both worked together on the arrangement in FL Studio and I recorded some lead guitar for it. It was a ton of fun to work on and I still think it's awesome."

Of course, the mix title channels Larry David in an inevitable pun that's mostly surprising in that it took this long to happen, given our tendencies & predilections here at OCR :) Palpable sums up the general panel consensus:

"I expected 1:03 and 1:58 to be filled out a little more, that may be what sounds off about it. Everything else fills in, but the percussion remains pretty thin. Almost no bottom. It didn't bother me much actually, and I thought the textures created by the pad and guitar blended were really pleasant. This is not one of those collabs where it's seamless who did what - these two artists have distinct styles - but the result is nonetheless enjoyable."

Ditto all that; this mix almost comes off more like a duet of sorts, where you can track BS & DW very easily and they riff off one another, except from an arrangement perspective and not via live performances on individual instruments. When it comes to collaborations, it's not like seamless integration is universally the preferable result, either - this type of approach, where both artists remain easily identifiable at all times, can work just as well. As with so many things, it depends on context, and what's right for the arrangement. In this case, the division of labor ends up defining the arrangement, where the interplay between explicitly chip components and guitar is front & center and remains a compelling & enjoyable focus!



Latest 6 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
on 2015-12-15 15:53:41

Another nice collab between the OCR king and the chiptune prince! :D Excellent arrangement, and nice work on how to blend chiptune and acoustic instruments. Interesting choice of acoustic percussion and instruments in general. Nice work to both of you! :)

on 2015-02-16 13:17:36

I think this is my favorite Halc and Brandon collab so far. The chips of halc and Strader's guitar just work so well together in this ReMix, and considering how the source sounded compared to the rest of Kirby's soundtrack, I don't think I've have it any other way than the way these two presented it.

on 2015-02-15 10:07:43

Just recently listened to Milky Way Wishes for the first time. It's amazing how hard it is to find arrangements of Mallow Castle, Corn Hall, and the like despite how popular this game is, and I just love the way the original track is represented here. The chip background fits the groove of this track very well, and the guitar lead just has an overall good feeling to it. Love it!

on 2015-02-14 07:03:40

The blend of chipzy stuff and the guitar is a good fit here, the guitar with the velvety sustains and the chips sparkling away. Nice interplay in the arrangement. I can see that a little more oomph and variety in the percussive department could've benefited the piece. I didn't mind, but it could've made the piece a bit more grabbing. Have to say though, the bit less bassy soundscape was quite refreshing to the ears. Very enjoyable!

on 2015-02-13 22:51:42

This is probably the best chip cut from Milky Way Wishes. But it's not only chips, there's some guitar for good measure! Brandon's guitar makes this sound very awesome. I really like the relxed, carefree atmosphere of this one. Sounds like a staff roll theme. Great!

on 2015-02-13 10:32:09

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Sources Arranged (1 Song)

Primary Game:
Kirby Super Star (Nintendo , 1996, SNES)
Music by Dan Miyakawa,Jun Ishikawa
"Mallow Castle"

Tags (9)

Chiptune,Electric Guitar,Electronic,Synth
Origin > Collaboration

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