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maybe I need a muse

Posted by Ad on May 25, 2010

Okay so, the last few… ugh, months, really, I’ve been having a hard time finishing any tracks. I’ve got some plans for original albums, small vgm remix albums, and of course finished the project tracks I’ve promised ppl. Ugh, promises.

That got me thinking… I sometimes write better just because someone inspires me. I wrote my Bionic Commando track by listening to Rebecca Mayes’ take on the new Bionic Commando game. Which reminds me, the remix isn’t actually done yet, I was gonna redo the drums. *sigh*

I always thought I was a bit of an asocial person, but I’m generally more energetic and inspired when I’m around ppl a lot. Maybe it’s cuz my mind wants to run away from the impersonal crowd and into something personal, like music. Or maybe I’m motivated ad inspired by ppl.

So, I need a muse. And a job. 😀

Maybe I should just pick some random person that I know or know of and see where that takes me. maybe I can finally finish that memory-hogging process-clogging time signature experiment for the BadAss project. lol. To think I considered finishing it for bLiNd’s tribute album. It’s _still_ not done. I need more memory for Omnisphere.

Also, I made it home from England without much of a problem. It cost my dad a bit to rent cars tho. Fortunately, I’m not paying. Unfortunately, I don’t have that kind of money anyway. Anybody with money and who need music for something interested in hiring me for something? Anyone? Hello?

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London, school, stuff…

Posted by Ad on April 10, 2010

No, not yet. Going later.

I’ve gotten a lot of music projects out of the way, but some of them still weigh me down. I guess I can share some quick thoughts about them:

Rap beats for a couple of friends. Fun to try something new, but it’s really not a style I’m used to. Makes it difficult.

Two remix projects I’m involved in. Neither remix is turning out as I wanted it to, and they’re both using some big plugins so they make the whole computer run slow. I should just extract the midi, write them with terrible instruments, then move the midi back in. That’s actually not a bad idea. Hm…

Seiken Densetsu 3 Remix Project – Songs of Light and Darkness Lost and Borked Files. I’m starting to hate it. Way more trouble than it’s worth. Stupid Rozo, promised to run it and cover all the tracks. No more promises. I promise.

What else… yeah, Pokémon remix project, need to fix those. Assorted non-project mixes. Need to downprioritize those. Bionic Commando… I’m not happy with it, should redo it. I have a lot better sounds now. Just need to re-render the drums and replace the audio, that might be enough. Oh and take off the limiters from every friggin’ track in it and most of my other slightly older works.

And I should apply for schools. You see how big a priority that is for me.

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Echoes of Betrayal, Light of Redemption, CD3

Posted by Ad on August 5, 2009

Bored, can’t sleep. Perfect for listening to an album and typing up some track-by-track comments. 😀

Long Dao has done some cool stuff before, but Tundra of Dwarves has emotional depth that I haven’t heard in other orchestral works by him. It’s a great opening for disc 3. Then again, so could In The Land of Dwarves be. Where Long went for melancholy ilp0 goes for something totally different. I’m having a hard time describing it, it’s a mixture of a lot of different styles and instrumentation. It’s a lot of fun to listen and compare parts, trying to figure out what to call it… and failing.

bLiNd is well represented on this album, Path of Deception being more subdued than Golbez ‘N Goblins but still keeps the beat going. From that we move to something slower, Level 99’s Calcobrena After a Night of Dinner and Dancing. It’s refreshing to hear electric guitars after the tracks so far, and this track serves as something of a breakdown on the album as a whole, as it’s about to pick up again.

Kidd Cabbage brings the metal with Treason, a metal track with a lot of variety in its parts, and kicks the album back into high gear, only to have it brought down in the intro to Until the Tower Falls by Nutritious, OA, Moonlapse, nonsensicalalexis, and audio fidelity. It’s one of those “everything but the kitchen sink” type tracks, with some vocal bits, electric guitar and rock drums, synths, orchestral parts, and violin. I generally prefer tracks that stick to one or two things, but these genre-bender concoctions are epic.

What’s a Final Fantasy album without the prelude, and what better to do with the track than to play it on piano? BogusRed’s rendition is emotional and gracefully brings the vibe back down to Earth after the last track. Appropriately enough, it’s followed by Vampire Hunter Dan’s A Savior Ascends, which after a slow, transitional intro brings the epic back, as something I’d call classical. It sticks to the down-to-Earth vibe, but with a much larger scope.

James George takes us to another world in the next track, The Still Land. Pluck-like synths, an otherworldly atmosphere, and later via a Metroid Prime-like synth part into something more like the other genre-benders, just more in keeping with the established mood, something bLiNd in his Bridge to Eternity turns into something hauntingly epic. Just get to the 2:11 chorus part and you’ll know what I mean.

While on the topic of haunting, DragonAvenger and OA did an excellent job at just that with their Éminence Grise, part one of the album’s finale. While DA’s contribution may only be voice, it’s a significant contribution, completing OA’s already chilling arrangement.

Genesis of Destruction, the second part of the album finale, is huge. While it could be mixed more impactful there’s no denying I get goosebumps from it. Especially the 4:26 choir part. I remember recording my part for that, sitting in below freezing in a summer house next to ours to have a quiet location to record in. While I can’t make out my own voice in there, I know I contributed. Albeit with very little.

audio fidelity and Nutritious are the heroes of this remix, with Cyril the Wolf and lisabela singing leads. It’s an epic concoction at 7:48 long. This one has everything _including_ the kitchen sink… figuratively, and is the largest track on the album (counting CotMM’s 10 and 35 minute bonus tracks as longer, just not bigger).

It is followed by Facing, which Fishy handles well, going from an atmospheric start to a rock finish. The final track is a bossanova-like jazz collab between Abadoss, audio fidelity, bustatunez, and theultravisitor. It was recently posted on ocr, along with its story. It’s a sweet track, perfect to end the album’s official tracklist with… it’s Kind of Green.

No promises I’ll review the bonus tracks as well, three quarters of an hour of CotMM might be too much for me but… we’ll see. 😉

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Echoes of Betrayal, Light of Redemption, CD2

Posted by Ad on July 25, 2009

Just woke up. I’m strangely tired and bored out of my skull. What do I do? I play the second cd from the ocremix FF4 album that was released last weekend. For free. Go get it if you haven’t already.
There’s something very chippy about AeroZ Mystic variations, the opening track to the second CD of Echoes. It’s followed by the cutest metal track I’ve ever heard, Metal Mage by Cyril the Wolf, his brother Lil’ Wolfie, and OA. There have been some complaint about how wildly varied the album is, and with synth madness, metal, and now a solo piano piece I’m inclined to agree. Then again, there’s nothing wrong with that, and they all fit together well, and utilize and reference many of the same melodies. Long Dao’s Smiling Hilltop for Four Hands is the piano track in question.
Then again, it’s fits so well with the following track, Step into the Light by Nutritious. Long, soft intro make it transition easily from Long Dao’s piano track. Now for something totally different, the prophet of mephisto’s Long Time Gone, which I’m having a hard time describing. Synths, beats, some guitar… Well, in any case I like it.
The Rhymes with Elixir is apparently a joke track by remixers under the alias The Scuba Divers. Liontamer had a guest spot as the mc in the intro. It’s strange track, since the sound and production is expectedly high, and the rap is to me about as serious as “real” rap. That doesn’t say actually say the rap in it is particularly good, but I do like the varied voices, especially how much character they all have. Something about Shiva’s voice and/or processing gives me goosebumps. Then again “Chocobo, Chocobo, you’re so fine, you’ve got more bling than all of those guys;” how can you take a song like that serious?
Despite usually only contributing voice, DragonAvenger did some arranging on the project, her second interlude Nom! following the rap. The idea of interludes is cool, and short as they are, they serve as a nice break from the big, loud and/or epic tracks on the project. Nathan Rich takes us for a flight in Blue Planet in Mode 7, a take on the Airship source that only bring my mind to open skies, freedom, and the ability to fly.
Goodbye Cid… That’s next, a collaboration between Wiesty, audio fidelity, and OA that features electric guitar, synths, and organ. It has a melancholic vibe, and ilp0’s Almost Fell for a Trojan shares that vibe, but takes it to a different environment and context.
One of the most stunning tracks on the entire album is Hy Bound’s and Loka LaFevre’s Somewhere to Hide, which with beautiful vocal parts, hard beats is a really emotional track, just one more haunting than the sappy ones usually associated with the word “emotional”. Strangely juxtaposed after hiding, we hear AeroZ solo on cello… at least until the tracks takes an expected turn into the territory of synths – after all, this is AeroZ we’re talking about. Th combination of cello and synths works well together, and the remixer uses them both skillfully.
Fallen Ascent by Children of the Monkey Machine, another atmosphere-orineted track, takes the same melody we heard in Somewhere to Hide and puts it in a dark cloud where we feel more than we hear. Next comes Survival Instinct by Audix, taking us forward at a higher tempo than the ethereal nightmare before. No wonder, as it’s another battle source.
Cyril the Wolf’s strong suit isn’t electronic music, which although shows in OMFG! GET OUT OF THERE!!! doesn’t ruin the track. I keep associating it with the Space Pirate music from the Metroid Prime series, which felt just as frantic the first time you played it. Again, two very different tracks juxtaposed, an ethereal intro consisted mostly of bells and bell-like synths is played after the more frantic track.
Anyone looking at the data of the current track should know that the ethereal intro belongs to my track, Lacrima. it continues into more synths, drums, and strays far from the tone of the source. So far, I’ve been getting all positive feedback for it, save for a few nitpicks I agree on anyway.
Oh and don’t skip the outro, it’s one of the strangest things I’ve ever done, or even heard – and it’s completely accidental, which makes it even cooler. Yep, my favorite part of the track is a compelte accident, that’s how awesome I am. 😀
Theme of Love for Guitar Duet is the last track on the second CD, Pot Hocket softly and beautifully bring it to a close. it segues nicely into the first track of disc 3… but that’s another story for another moment of boredom.

Just woke up. I’m strangely tired and bored out of my skull. What do I do? I play the second cd from the ocremix FF4 album that was released last weekend. For free. Go get it if you haven’t already.

There’s something very chippy about AeroZ Mystic variations, the opening track to the second CD of Echoes. It’s followed by the cutest metal track I’ve ever heard, Metal Mage by Cyril the Wolf, his brother Lil’ Wolfie, and OA. There have been some complaints about how wildly varied the album is, and with synth madness, metal, and next a solo piano piece I’m inclined to agree. Then again, there’s nothing wrong with that, as they all fit together well, and utilize and reference many of the same melodies. Long Dao’s Smiling Hilltop for Four Hands is the piano track in question.

Then again, it’s fits so well with the following track, Step into the Light by Nutritious. Long, soft intro make it transition easily from Long Dao’s piano track. Now for something totally different, the prophet of mephisto’s Long Time Gone, which I’m having a hard time describing. Synths, beats, some guitar… Well, in any case I like it.

The Rhymes with Elixir is apparently a joke track by remixers under the alias The Scuba Divers. Liontamer had a guest spot as the mc in the intro. It’s strange track, since the sound and production is expectedly high, and the rap is to me about as serious as “real” rap. That doesn’t say actually say the rap in it is particularly good, but I do like the varied voices, especially how much character they all have. Something about Shiva’s voice and/or processing gives me goosebumps. Then again “Chocobo, Chocobo, you’re so fine, you’ve got more bling than all of those guys;” how can you take a song like that seriously? 😀

Despite usually only contributing voice, DragonAvenger did some arranging on the project, her second interlude Nom! following the rap. The idea of interludes is cool, and short as they are, they serve as a nice break from the big, loud and/or epic tracks on the project. Nathan Rich takes us for a flight in Blue Planet in Mode 7, a take on the Airship source that only bring my mind to open skies, freedom, and the ability to fly.

Goodbye Cid… That’s next, a collaboration between Wiesty, audio fidelity, and OA that features electric guitar, synths, and organ. It has a melancholic vibe, and ilp0’s Almost Fell for a Trojan shares that vibe, but takes it to a different environment and context.

One of the most stunning tracks on the entire album is Hy Bound’s and Loka LaFevre’s Somewhere to Hide, which with beautiful vocal parts, hard beats is a really emotional track, just one more haunting than the sappy ones usually associated with the word “emotional”. Strangely juxtaposed after hiding, we hear AeroZ solo on cello… at least until the tracks takes an expected turn into the territory of synths – after all, this is AeroZ we’re talking about. The combination of cello and synths works well together, and the remixer uses them both skillfully.

Fallen Ascent by Children of the Monkey Machine, another atmosphere-orineted track, takes the same melody we heard in Somewhere to Hide and puts it in a dark cloud where we feel more than we hear. Next comes Survival Instinct by Audix, taking us forward at a higher tempo than the ethereal nightmare before. No wonder, as it’s another battle source.

Cyril the Wolf’s strong suit isn’t electronic music, which although shows in OMFG! GET OUT OF THERE!!! doesn’t ruin the track. I keep associating it with the Space Pirate music from the Metroid Prime series, which felt just as frantic the first time you played it. Again, two very different tracks juxtaposed, an ethereal intro consisted mostly of bells and bell-like synths is played after the more frantic track.

Anyone looking at the data of the current track should know that the ethereal intro belongs to my track, Lacrima. It continues into more synths, drums, and strays far from the tone of the source. So far, I’ve been getting all positive feedback for it, save for a few nitpicks I agree on anyway.

Oh and don’t skip the outro, it’s one of the strangest things I’ve ever done, or even heard – and it’s completely accidental, which makes it even cooler. Yep, my favorite part of the track is a compelte accident, that’s how awesome I am. 😀

Theme of Love for Guitar Duet is the last track on the second CD, Pot Hocket softly and beautifully bring it to a close. it segues nicely into the first track of disc 3… but that’s another story for another moment of boredom.

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Echoes of Betrayal, Light of Redemption, CD1

Posted by Ad on July 23, 2009

That’s the name of the remix album I contributed to. Lemme share some thoughts about it. As I’m kind’a bored at the moment, there’ll be a lot of thoughts to share. 😀

Nutritious is full of it. By ‘it’ I mean the opening track is his “Full of Courage”. It’s a grand, majestic, epic orchestral thingy, and it’s followed by the march-rock “The Might of Baron” by audio fidelity. March-rock is the best way to describe it, methinks. It has orchestral parts, electric guitar, but more importantly: boot percussion. Then comes AeroZ’ Overture – Tellah’s Prophecy, which is synths+real cello. Weird combination, but a nice track.

Then comes Avaris’ Journey to Solace, perhaps a Journey to Silius reference/pun. The track is an orchestra and synth hybrid with a heavy feel to it. When working on the project, I saw he used the same source as I did, and was a bit concerned about the competition. The two tracks are fortunately very different, and complete each other. More about how awesome my track is later.

Then comes crazy song from crazy remixer/judge/composer robot. Mostly real hardware synths, old stuff, and it sounds awesome. Ana(pro)logue, by Another Soundscape. orchestral next, with John Revoredo’s The Flying Machine, which is another one of those majestic tracks. This one is more percussive than Nutri’s opening piece. next is Mazedude’s Read the Sine, all sine wave instruments, with various effects and stuff. I’d describe it as simple amazing, which is a pun in so many ways.

Cyril the Wolf’s track Emerald beauty is number 8 on the first cd, and is a beautiful rendition of Rydia with a somewhat casual and down-to-Earth feel, unlike the mostly bombastic, artificial, and/or grandiose tracks so far. The follows 5 minutes of noise… I mean, a Children of the Monkey Machine track, an stunning, creepy atmospheric track, which is pretty much what you’d expect from him considering his other remixes. Apparently, audio fidelity did something there as well.

Tweek, with Of Fiend and Man, does something very fitting with a battle track – he makes it rock. Orchestral parts, electric guitar and drums, aggressive all the way. And it’s appropriately enough followed by an interlude based on the victory jingle by DragonAvenger. Naming a track Yay! earns her a few more points. 😀

Moving on to level 99 and audiofidelity’s The Skies Holds No Angels For Us, the intro of which makes me think of Maridia in Super Metroid. Apparently a commonly used intro melody, since I know it from Seiken Densetsu 3 as well. This is a rock track, without all the synths and orchestral parts other tracks utilize.

Edward’s Dream Quartet is next, and it’s a beautiful, emotive arrangement and performance by Abadoss and James George, respectively iirc. personally, I like the 5:40 part most, perhaps because it stands out so much more, being mostly pizzicato. From classical acoustic instruments to hard electronica, next comes bLiNd’s Golbez ‘N Goblins, a catchy and pounding track that keeps popping into my head when there’s no other music around.

Even more amazing is what OA, Nutritious, and The Fabul Men’s Choir formed for the occasion over the net have in Latin vocals, various world music, orchestral and rock instrumentation. Fighting For Tomorrow. Sempre Fabul. And fabulous it is. Like with the track before, everyone in my house must have heard it by now, it’s one of few tracks I’m not happy with just playing normally, it’s gotta be loud.

That’s CD one. So far it’s amazing, and there are some incredible tracks on the other CDs as well. The album is available for download via ocremix’ website and the Echoes subsite. You should get it. It’s amazing. I’m on it. 😀

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…it’s supposed to be out now…

Posted by Ad on July 19, 2009

I’m talking about the new ocremix.org free video game arrangement album Echoes of Betrayal, Light of Redemption. I’ve got a tack on there, and have so far gotten some nice feedback from people who’ve heard it. Now I’m waiting to hear it in context.

Despite having accesss to most, if not all the tracks on the album earlier, being one of the remixers (or arrangers, or… whatever) on the project, I’ve kept myself from listening to them. I only know two of the remixes – mine and the other one I contributed to, the latter of which I heard in an earlier version of. This is gonna be exciting…

I’m talking about the online listening party we’re having in… in a minute. Gonna be interesting to hear all the remixes, and to hear what the others think of mine. I’ll probably highlight a few tracks in a later post. Now… it’s Final Fantasy IV remix marathon time! 😀

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Video Game Composer

Posted by Ad on April 2, 2009

Yup, that’s what I am… or rather, what I will be when the games are done. If they get done.

One of my RL friends is involved in one, and I suggested I could make music for it. Yep, I don’t get paid, but that’s fine. Once I’ve made music for a couple of games I’ve got something to show and might get work on paid composing jobs. Maybe.

The other one is an OCR collab composing project. I volunteered to coordinate it _after_ ppl had started to work on their tracks, so my job is now to try to get everything together and turn it more cohesive. That, and to make a track that fits. First thing I did when I got the position of coordinator/director/whatever was to  deem my own track unfit. Still gotta work out how to get the sound right, but I don’t want to abandon my cool, more classic platformer arrangement. 😦 I’m afraid I’ll have to, tho.

That, the Seiken Densetsu 3 remix project (which is progressing nicely, thanks for reading about it), the Pokémon remix project (yep, got a track there), the Mega Man 4 remix project (just joined there too), the Boss Themes project (yep, I’m there), and… where else… 

Well, I’ve got music projects galore, meaning any original works for my planned little tour of freiends’ homes might not get done for a while, so no such tour will be done for a while either… unless I just mix my old tracks better. I’ve got a lot of those.

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Summoning of Spirits

Posted by Ad on March 10, 2009

Just wanted to plug the new OCReMix album release, Summoning of Spirits. I’m enjoying it. I think you would too. While typing this I’ve got Dhsu’s and Anthony Lofton’s Sweet Dreams playing, a nice sax+piano track.

Haven’t yet gone over all the tracks thoroughly, but I’ve found a few favorites. Rexy’s Gentry Is A Five Letter Word is in 5/4… which would be enough for me to like it, but then it’s also nice and relaxing. I’m digging Usa’s Desert Nights as well. Never thought I’d pick a disco track for one of my favorites, but here’s one that I like.

The Final Fantasy IV album project should be out later this spring, and I’ve got a track on there. Things have been moving slow on OCReMix lately, but I hope to have a few more tracks under my name by summer. The MMX track I mention last post is submitted now, so I’ll just be waiting for something to appear on the front page some time soon.

In the mean time, I should select some tracks for my mini-tour and make sure to have those in a near-finished state so I can play them.

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Four games, four remixes

Posted by Ad on February 24, 2009

If anyone’s reading this blog, here’s an update for you:

I should soon have four remixes on ocremix. Just finished a Mega Man X remix. I think it’s finished, anyway. Should show it to an ocremix judge. I’m in no hurry.

So Rozo, what games have you remixed? For ocremix, thatis.

Well, there’s the MMX one that I already mentioned. There’s the already posted F-Zero, an F-Zero GX remix waiting to be posted, and a Final Fantasy IV remix in the queue afaik.

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Eat Your Own Blog

Posted by Ad on January 4, 2009

All right, first post… This’ll be my music blog, the international one, one mostly relating to video game music rearrangements (remixes) by me and others as well as original works by me. When I get around to finishing any of those.

Check this out. That’s the second time EYOD was used on youtube… to my knowledge. Feels great to be appreciated that way. Apparently, I make passable music, tho according to some, I named it poorly.

The remix is available for download on ocremix.org. All the remixes on the site are free and available for download. No membership costs, download costs, DRM, none of that. Get it, and while you’re at it, have a look at some other remixes.

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