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Shadows Amoung the Ruins February 18, 2005

Rexy ?Judge? RedBeastMage Total Score
Remix
32
31
32
95/105
Creativity
46
43
43
132/150
Production
13
12
13
38/45
Total
91
86
88
265

Rexy

Remix

The similarity to the source is very close to the original, even through some of the countermelodies and structures provided. While the moods didn't feel as subdued as the original this has still worked well provide some good links early on. The sounds have been executed very cleanly, with no pauses or any wrong notes at all, so that's a very good sign. The source isn't commonly portrayed as a common theme to remix, but from what has he has done there is enough interest to make the piece work in standing alone depending on the listener's tastes. The theme didn't seem to stick in its original melodic form, which has worked well to provide some light variance on the line; the key change at 2:17 has also managed to provide some light wonders among the line. The structure is generally very solid, and with enough fresh sections provided along the line the provisions of the track have managed to intertwine at a solid state. I can't say that I'm too sure about the ending being a little bit abrupt in terms of dynamics, but it's definitely powerful enough not to get abused by the target audience. Solid stuff.

Creativity

There are a lot of additional arranged elements placed into the song, like some creative countermelodies near the start and some additional thought to textures layered when shown; he even advanced to providing some different chord progressions upon segments like 1:07 for example. The sections manage to link well together and provide a strong focus towards the audience, but there did seem to be a few portions of the arrangement where the transitions in-between areas seemed to be a bit shaky, like the links at 1:55 and 3:40 for example. But much of this is made up for it keeping a fresh pace all the way through; the mix doesn't stop still for a moment, and it can end up shifting from orchestrated to electronic provisions without the disruptions being flawed; variance in the instrument textures all the way through have also managed to provide a good set of involvement here. There did seem to be some minor fragments of repetition on the start, mainly relating to the high usage of the first portion of the theme, but all the way through the material still sounded firm enough to vary outside. Thus weighing everything up, there is no doubt that the listeners that come across this will highly enjoy what has been granted.

Production

The whole mix is filled with samples, and as they have been portrayed they are very clear and precise as well as being experimental on the side through providing a more energetic segment towards electronica. The EQs seem to be very strong and have provided a clear quality all around, thus as a whole there didn't seem to be much in that aspect that seemed to stand out; while most of the instruments themselves have been processed well enough with enough attention to reverb, delay, some light chorus and various other individual elements, I felt that the drums didn't quite feel to be as energetic as I hoped, but they have still managed to do the job as they were. I can't say much about the recorded portions of the track, but the encoding has managed to provide a very clean production quality all around. The sound levels are shown to be clever for the most part, but it's felt that some of the melodic fragments could have been pushed a little bit higher in terms of volume; mind, that's going as far as nitpicking as far as I can see. And with the panning being set to a slick and realistic setting all around, with enough attention towards individual instrument placements and careful work to the textures too, the listener is in for a solid foundation all around. Well done.

?Judge?

Remix

Great impression and very evident understanding of remixing style, technically well-arranged and -produced.

Creativity

Plenty of variety between sections, very engaging, flow of the piece is excellent, ending is a tad bit abrupt but acceptable nonetheless.

Production

Nice samples, great balance across the board; no noticable flaws in production.

Redbeastmage

Remix

Fantastically remixed song. Stands alone from the original by having its own feel and incorporating the original music into it.

Creativity

The piece never has a dull movement as it moves along. Excellent transitions between major recognizable sections using original material. I find it interesting how the beat that underlies this song fits so extraordinarily well under every individual section. Occasionally the underlying beats begin to feel repetitive as the song progressed, but that is nothing to worry about. Excellent work.

Production

Excellent use of panning to give a wide stereo field to the piece, without sounding contrived. Good samples are used, balance between parts is maintain through solid mixing.



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