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Heart of Heartless April 4, 2006

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Rexy
Kingdom Hearts - Costa del Sora
Artist's Comments: Who would have thought I'd actually send something in for this audition? ;) Nonetheless, what I ended up doing was providing a smooth midnight-at-the-oasis-style variation on the Destiny Islands theme from Kingdom Hearts. This is arranged for three percussionists (drum kit, tamborine, bongos), two alternate leads (tenor sax, recorder), bass, marimba and e piano, so I can say it has adapted well to the small band requirement. Special thanks go to Kevin "Lorenzo" Sisk at OverClocked Remix for rendering my MIDI project into MP3 format.
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Darangen
Kingdom Hearts - A Hearts Resolve
Artist's Comments: Traverse Town's theme has always stuck in my head ever since I first played Kingdom Hearts.  It's catchy, peaceful, and you spend a LOT of time in the town just trying to figure out what the heck to do at first!  The original is very peaceful, ballad-like and waltzy as well.  I've taken that peaceful theme and turned it into a rockin' battle theme.  Mixing this was a pain in the butt, and I had to actually take out some tracks in the long run because they were fighting too much with the other tracks around them.  A wise, wise man once told me, "The best tracks in a song are often the muted ones."
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> Without music, life is a journey through a desert - Pat Conroy

I have resurfaced from the deep pit of schoolwork and Kingdom Hearts 2 to bring you this update. It was a difficult thing to do, ripping myself away from the Playstation to get this done, but I have managed to do it. I know that my resolve won't last. So let me get right down to business.

Well, actually, there isn't a lot of usual business to get back to. Seems that once again my mailbox is bereft of any submissions. So, in the spirit of Kingdom Hearts, I have decided to feature two Kingdom Hearts remixes for your aural pleasure. Both of these were found in last years Splendid Performance competition: the first being a round 2 submission from the overall contest winner Rexy and the second being a final round entry from runner up Darangen. If you haven't heard these tunes, make sure to give them a download, and if you have, you know you want to listen again.

That about does it for this week. Hopefully next week, I will be back with some new original music. If I manage to finish up the game and get to back to working on music, I can assure you that there will be something Hearts-themed coming from me. I encourage submissions of any sort, be they remixes, ring tones or reviews.


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