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SHIFT SHIFT

Rated 5 / 5 stars

Great unique game!

I thought it might be possible to get the trophy by pressing shift, so I played the whole game again.=)
Too bad it didn't work...=(


Recent Audio Reviews


The Golden Rival The Golden Rival

Rated 2 / 5 stars

Good effort, but could be a lot better...

You really need to turn the volume down. I was using headphones and it really hurt my ears. It also gets a bit distorted (I think the word is "clippy"), especially around the 0:45 mark.

That instrument 0:40 is off key, and again when it returns at 0:53. The one at 0:45 is alright (but distorted).

Everything Holy Crap said is right. Either bring the guitar up an octave, or switch it for another instrument.

Now, the arrangement...
Most of the song sounds pretty empty/bland. There may be parts of the original missing, or it might just be that the song sounds more "full" with the old 8-bit sounds. Try adding some chords/harmonies if you can. Drums might also help.

It's very conservative (in other words, you haven't actually added anything to the song). If you're able to try adding melodies, harmonies, etc. If not then at least try playing around with what's there a little more.
Judging by the out-of-key synth, I'm guessing that this ISN'T a MIDI rip, so you get points for that. =)

NOTE: My score may seem a bit harsh compared to other reviews I've given (I can't remember if I've reviewed any of your songs before), BUT it's because I've changed my marking system. I'm now marking VG arrangements like this:

2/5 for arrangement (How the parts are put together, transitions, how original it is, how much it differs from the source, etc.)

2/5 for production, how enjoyable it is, choice of sounds etc.

And that's 4/10 overall, 2/5 on the vote.

(In short, from now on it'll be much harder for ANYONE to get a high mark from me)

Still, good effort Squiggley! Keep at it and you'll improve. And even if you don't plan to redo this song, keep this stuff in mind, as it may help with later mixes.

Feel free to ask me for a review if you ever want one on any of your songs. Send a Youtube vid of the source in case I've never heard it too.


Squiggley-Inc responds:

Thanks, It's about time someone actually gave me some constructive criticism. Whilst I beleive it was a bit harsh, I really appreciate it, and will take it into consideration for my next stuff (I'm making a few medleys based on movie series').

PS, this IS the first thing I've done which you've reviewed.


DKC2 - Brambles Ressurection DKC2 - Brambles Ressurection

Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

I like it! =D

The sound you've got is great. It's other-world-y (Not sure if that's actually a word...). It fits the Brambles perfectly. And the percussion buildup around the middle is good too. =)
One thing I found a little weird though: the main melody bits (1:49, 3:39) sound like they're coming in to early. I think you need to put them forward by a whole bar (Which may mean changing the rest of the song. =( ). The guitar is a bit sudden and it's not a very good sample.
But other than those 2 things I really enjoyed it! And once again, congratulations on the great sound! =D



DKC Album Project Preview DKC Album Project Preview

Rated 5 / 5 stars

Looking forward to hearing these finished!

Wow, there sure are a lot of DKC Album Projects going on. Overclocked DKC2, Overlooked DKC2, a DKC project I'm working on with some guys from a DKC fansite, and at least 2 others I know of.
Excellent choices on the tracks! I recognized all of them. I was really happy to hear In a Snow Bound Land in there, that's such a beautiful and underrated song.
My favorites out of this preview are Aquatic Ambience and Forest Interlude. Great job on those 2! And the rest as well!

And I think the tracks are:

Track One (0.00 - 0.27): Theme (DKC)
Track Two (0.28 - 0.46): Cranky Conga (Monkey Museum) (DKC2)
Track Three (0.47 - 1.31): Donkey Kong Rescued (Credits) (DKC2)
Track Four (1.32 - 2.01): Aquatic Ambiance (Underwater) (DKC)
Track Five (2.02 - 2.34): Forest Interlude (Haunted Woods) (DKC2)
Track Six (2.35 - 3.02): In a Snow-Bound Land (Ice) (DKC2)
Track Seven (3.03 - 3.33): Mining Melancholy AKA Kanon's Klaim (Mines) (DKC2)
Track Eight (3.34 - 4.03): Bonus Room Blitz (Bonus) (DKC)
Track Nine (4.04 - 4.31): Life in the Mines (Mine Walkway) (DKC)
Track Ten (4.32 - 5.02): Credits Concerto (Credits) (DKC)
Track Eleven (5.03 - 5.30): School House Harmony (Kong Kollege) (DKC2)

It's hard to tell from this preview but it sounds as though you're also mixing in original melodies and such, rather than just making straight covers. If so, then AWESOME! =D
Just one question though: Is this album going to cost money or is it free?

Good luck with the project! Can you please put me on the PM list too? =)
(*Crosses fingers for Stickerbrush Symphony and Haunted Chase*)


UnrealReno responds:

Haha yeah, that is right. I'm glad this OST gets it's deserved attention! It's probably the best OST I know!

And we have a winner! Very well, you knew all tracks :) That's pretty good as there were a few pretty 'unknown' tracks like Cranky and Wrinkly's Theme. I'll edit your list in my Description, to make it easy for any other listeners.

I have one answer on your question: this album will be totally free. If you like it that much (which I can't really think of) you can donate, but it's really really not needed. This project is Fan made, we are no pro's or anything. And we would like to keep it that way ^^

You are on the PM list! Thanks for the comment Sockpuppet.

(Yes, Stickerbrush Symphony is like 90% done ^^ Haunted Chase we're not that sure of, but we started that one aswell)