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When you've worked on music for this long, you learn new things every day. You look back at your collective body of work, and issues arise and stick out like a sore thumb.

I'm not saying there's anything wrong with my old Kraid remix; hell, it's one of the most popular Kraid's Lair remixes on Newgrounds, and it has been for quite some time.
But I've learned new techniques and discovered new tools since I made the original version.
Almost five years ago.

I know I should be heeding the old saying, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it."
But, with sayings like that, there's always one that completely opposes it.

"There's always room for improvement."

I like that one better.

Welcome back.


Your first rendition of this is still one of my all-time favorite songs on NG. But even as a novice musician myself, I can appreciate the want to make a new-and-improved version of an old song. Overall, I like this version, but not quite as much as the old one.

If I may echo Bob's earlier sentiment, I don't agree with the "stutter" effect in the last minute. The fading between chiptune and complex instrumentation was also a bit uncalled for.

However, I see nothing wrong with going for a simpler, fewer-instrument approach. Indeed, being to-the-point was what made this song excellent all those years ago on the NES. Streamlining the song works here.

Still, I just can't shake off my love for your older mix of this song. I'm mostly blaming nostalgia, but it just might be the ending shenanigans as well. But it's still a great mix, don't get the wrong impression.

im speachless...it's just that good

While I love the first one, I don't really like this rendition very much. The first version one felt really deep and multidimensional, this one feels flat and shallow. The stuttering and in and out fadeing at the end was very annoying, too. Personally, I think the song is too based around electronic device-like sounds, and it needs a lot more bass. I don't mind second versions of songs that are very similar to the original, but I still have to give you some credit for trying to make it different, even if I don't lke the changes.

ShAdOxViRuS responds:

I really do agree with your review in a lot of areas. It's a very drastic change from my original rendition. However, there are a few reasons that this song sounds the way it does. For one, it's very electronic sounding because I was working mainly with new electronic synths at the time, and I felt the need to experiment with them here. I was actually aiming for this song to be more of a "remix" than my previous "remixes", which are mostly just recreation attempts. I suppose that's my explanation for the glitchy-ness at the end as well as the instrument choice. As for lack of bass, that's still an issue that I have with a lot of my songs that I'm trying to overcome and/or figure out.

In a nutshell, though, I absolutely agree with you. I would still like to release songs from time to time as I've been doing, but I would also like to bring more to the table with each song that I release.

Thanks for your review. It's not often that I see such honest criticism, and I really do appreciate it. I'm going to start taking my time and try to ultimately better myself as a producer, if I can even call myself that.

Words fail me.
Excuse me waiter? I'll have an order of epicness please, with a side of awesome.
And this is what he brought me.

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4.63 / 5.00

Feb 16, 2012
10:48 AM EST
Video Game
File Info
9.3 MB
4 min 4 sec

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