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Darkesword says: I checked out the song Hurry!! when I saw fellow judge Liontamer post about the YouTube shenanigans on the OCR forums. It seemed like a fairly simple, straightforward track, mostly based on building tension through a repeated string line and some sustained dissonant brass. I tried to scale back the bombastic aspect of the song and go for something more tense, as well as utilize some high-quality samples of instruments from around the world (Indian drums, Japanese koto). Melodic content of Hurry!! was low, so I decided to bring in the classic To Zanarkland theme and play around a little with the melodic line. What we end up with is a kind of east-meets-west piece of music with a measured-yet-driving tempo, maintaining the intensity of the original piece without any of the frantic pacing. Hopefully the listener enjoys.
AaronD says: The influences that contributed to this song are numerous. Most notably, Nobuo Uematsu and Richard D. James (Aphex Twin) came to mind during the production. The song ends up becoming a blend of cinematic orchestration and what some might call IDM or "braindance", though it doesn't quite fit either mold.
Zeroboros says: The genre of the track is Trance/DnB with a little bit of orchestral to it. As for the instruments, I've always liked cinematic or dramatic types of music that you find in movie trailers, or really melodic tunes that you would find in video game music. Plus, I love listening to house, trance, DnB, VGM, and sometimes orchestral, just so I can get a good idea of what I want the end result to sound. Most of all what really inspired me to do the song at all is that OCR never ever made a remix of it at all and it kind of boggled me as to why since the song itself is kind of looped but still badass. So i posted a comment from youtube and thus began one of the most craziest projects I've ever done in my life!
Swann adds: My involvement started on IRC, when, after talking about my newly subbed solo piano work, Zeroboros approached me for criticism of his mix for a project I hadn't even heard of. I provided a simple solo suggestion, and we ended up working closely together for the rest of the mix.
Chernabogue says: My musical influences are power metal, progressive rock and symphonic metal. Bands like Helloween (power/speed metal) and Rhapsody of Fire (symphonic/Hollywood metal (yes!)) are some of examples I can give.
Some links to the bands I mentioned
Rhapsody of Fire
Rozovian says: I'd say my track is something of a Drum and Bass / electronic jazz hybrid. My primary influences for it, at least that I'm aware of, are by zircon and Joshua Morse. I'll also mention Another Soundscape and ParagonX9 for being possible influences and having cool music too.
Brandon Strader says: When I listened to Hurry!, I heard a lot of potential as an ethnic percussion performance. There's not a lot to work with in the source, as it has a singular repeating melody throughout the song. Most of the remaining distinguishable elements of the song were rhythm-based as far as my mutt-like musical awareness was concerned. At any rate, I had a lot of fun doing this "live" version of the song and I've acquired an increased appreciation for the source after having worked on this.
I don't know what genre mine is. I never make music like that so I don't even know what it is. I thought it was just called "ethnic" which is why I called it Ethnic Rush. If that's not the genre then I have no idea. Tribal? Haha...
The Coop says:
For "Don't Rush... Slow Down," since "Hurry" is a pretty barren song with about 14 notes to the main, heavily repeated melody (as well as no real swells or ebbs), I went outside the Final Fantasy franchise for some help and decided to make this a remix of three songs. Besides "Hurry," you might also recognize traits from "Fighting Thunder" from Raiden and "Cryston" from Vortex (which does have some similarities to the Raiden song). These two are mostly relegated to the harmonies behind the melody, which I took liberties with so it wasn't just that same melody over and over. It'll probably be considered WAY too far from the source material, but I liked the way it turned out.
Gario says: A couple of notes about the track - the genre is an avant-guarde style developed in the 60's as a backlash of 'serialism' and 'pantonalism (atonalism)' known as 'Minimalism' (pioneered by Terry Riley & Steve Reich). In particular, this track emulates Riley's classic 'In C' (and, to a lesser extent Reich's 'Phase Variations'). Here are a couple of links to get a broader idea of what Minimalism is.