Posted 2020-02-12, evaluated by Gario
DaMonz (Emery Monzerol) sends us a peppy, upsteppy chip-disco-edm jam arrangement off of Tangledeep ~Arrange~, blending funk bass & spiralling major-key synth dialogues into a vivacious hybrid hoedown:
"This is my contribution to the Tangledeep - ARRANGE album. My arrival on the project was quite late, so I decided to try to make something that would follow a very simple and "traditional" structure: an intro followed by a single, very progressive buildup, followed by a slow outro. Sound design-wise, I also stayed pretty close to my comfort zone, so I hope people aren't getting tired of my simple low-profile synths. :)
My big challenge was to make sure things stayed interesting for the entire duration, because I'd be stretching about one minute of content to a bit over 4 minutes. For this reason, I had to be very careful with how I managed the energy progression throughout the track. I know that sometimes I have a bit of trouble handling the low-energy parts of an overall high-energy arrangement, as I have a strong urge to go full blast most of the time. The restrictions I used for making this arrangement were a lot of fun to work with, and I think they helped me achieve my objectives for this track.
Also, big thanks to zircon for inviting me on the project! :)
Cheers, and enjoy!"
It's hard not to :) I dig the accelerando, the funk bass, and I've always kinda perceived Emery's "simple low-profile synths" as chiptune elements, basically - that's how he tends to sequence them, and since they're "purer" waveforms, that's how they tend to come off, at least for me. I also dig how reverb is applied, which is potentially the more experimental/risky side of the production, here, as elements exist in a mixture of near & deep spaces. Gario says it well:
"There's something to be said about staying within your comfort zone: while it's true that you won't every truly "expand your creative arsenal" by sticking with what you know, you'll generally produce something excellent when you're comfortable with what you're working with. And I've got to say, you've produced something excellent, here.
Production values are crisp, and the arrangement is easy to follow (all while changing the entire feel of the source - always a plus on OCR). If people didn't already love it on the album, they're certain to love it on the front page. Great work!"
With elements of EDM, funk, disco, & chip at play, and ornate, actively-sequenced leads, this might indeed be Emery's comfort zone, but it's a damn good zone to get comfortable in, lending additional energy, groove, & panache to zircon's source. Fun!
on 2020-02-19 18:00:23
Yay for a fun track!! :D
on 2020-02-12 23:15:43
I really dig how the electric bass and synth bass shift in and out of one another. I'm trying to tell where one starts and the other stops and after three listens I can't. Really cool.
on 2020-02-12 14:37:37
Oh, I've been enjoying this track a lot since the album was released. The build-up is indeed very long and slow, but at around 1:40 the fun really begins with all the subtle variations and changes, and it's hard not to fall in love with what's going on there. Fantastic the section at 2:32, by the way - it works perfectly as a climax of this piece. This is not one of these crazy over-the-top dance tracks that make your speakers tear apart, but a very pleasant listen nonetheless. I certainly bopped my head a few times here and there
on 2020-02-11 10:25:58
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Sources Arranged (1 Song)
- Primary Game:
Tangledeep (Impact Gameworks
Music by Grant Kirkhope,Hiroki Kikuta,Norihiko Hibino,zircon
- "Commander of Monsters (Training Theme)"
- Effects > Distortion
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