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The Cantakerous Three 03.20.2009
Past Updates: 03.13.2009 | 02.27.2009 | 02.13.2009
"Most people use music as a couch; they want to be pillowed on it, relaxed and consoled for the stress of daily living. But serious music was never meant to be soporific."
- Aaron Copland
Dragon Lord, Teepo
Anthony "The Sinned Knight" Marceau Breath of Fire III | Conflict of Dragons
Author's Comments

This piece was actually my sense of homage to it...and I did so about a year ago, perhaps longer. As I am an artist, in terms of things, I do still plan on putting lyrics to it, but for this contest, I chose the lyricless for obvious reasons. It is a piece close to my heart, as BoF3 is one of my favorite RPGs to this day.

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Victory Mission
Tom Plets Final Fantasy XI: Chains of Promathia | Turmoil
Author's Comments

This is a remix of the boss battle song "Turmoil" from Final Fantasy XI. This song always signals a desperate fight, especially when the Paladin realizes he forgot his potions!

I chose to do a industrial techno-ish remix which was rather a novelty for me. This style accurately depicts the intense action associated with the "turmoilific" (I just invented a new word) battles we're dealing with here. The vocal hits at 00:14 and 00:50 is me saying "the beat" with heavy filtering. The sound effect right after the countdown at 2:14 is a recording of the sword weapon skill "Vorpal Blade." Sound clips of a sword being drawn are also recorded from the game. The song ends on a slighty dissonant major chord that seems to say: "yea we won! but half our team is dead..."

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Valkyrie of the Battlefield
Joe "Jormungand" Schwebke Valkyria Chronicles | Desperate Fight and Main Theme
Author's Comments

Description: This piece marks my first foray into prog-rock arrangement as well as my first Sakimoto remix. Each and every note was lovingly hand-crafted with synth and sequencer; no live instruments, and no CD samples.

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As promised last week, here are the contenders for the first round of "The Grand Audition 2009." Such a varied group, no? Give them all a try and then assess them all! Unlike in the previous competition, I shall have the scores emailed to me personally. Go to the round page to enter your scores. Voting ends in one week.

Now, I decided to include the Breath of Fire III remix in our roster of pieces. I had previously stated that such remixes would not be qualified for judging, but I felt that I couldn't discount his efforts (as he submitted two pieces, both of which were, sadly, unfit) and I figured that it satisfied at least half of the theme. His other submission, Gold Leaf, was lacking in details and, as you can read above, he stated that Conflict of Dragons was a piece close to his heart, so I went ahead and decided to post this one over the other despite Final Fantasy Tactics having a newer PSP port than Breath of Fire III. However, as a consequence, Dragon Lord, Teepo shall only be allowed a maximum score of 5 for the "Theme" criterion. I shall assume that any votes with scores greater than 5 came from people who were not informed and thought that its maximum was still 10; I shall simply cut that score in half, following ratio and proportion, e.g. a score of 8 shall be registered as 4.

Again, voting ends in a week's time. The results shall be posted a week after that, i.e. two weeks from now.

That's it for this update, folks! Enjoy the weekend!

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