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The Moon (DuckTales)

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Edit: Loop transition is now smoother.

There are already quite a few mixes of this classic piece of NES era musical goodness, so - just to saturate the market even further - here's mine! I've heard quite a few versions myself, and this one isn't quite like anything else I've listened to previously. I like to think it's still reminiscent of the classic video gaming experience, though.

I promised this remix to my good buddy MadMath quite a while ago, and due to a host of technical issues, it's taken me far longer than I ever imagined to finally release it. I hope everyone enjoys it...especially Mad!

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Ha haaa ! Finally you made it.
I was worrying !

Good job here, it always cheer me up to discover a new remix of the moon. And when it's dedicated, I just don't know what to say, ha ha ! Though, I've got a review to type, so let's go.

You really appropriated yourself this theme, with your variations in drums, your modulation and your retranscription of the melody and the bass whereas you rather sticked to the original by respecting the same scheme. In that way, that was nice to hear a quaint remix of this song over redone by everyone. You're right, I didn't hear any version like yours. But I wasn't excepting less from your legendary originality ;) Funny use of the pano, that accentuate the harmonic march of the bass when it tips from right to left. I also liked some of your sounds which were kind of peculiar and unexpected here, like the whistling melody at the beginning and these ascents that sounds like a spell (at 0:34 for an example).

Anyway, in my opinion, and I guess it's more a matter of taste (cause you know there isn't no false step on a strictly musical and theorical way, as far as my very little experience allows me to recognize it), this song lacks something. Couldn't really say what, but I'm not totally enthusiast with some points. And it's mainly the bass. First of all, I don't like your instrument as it doesn't even sound as a bass and seems "cheap" (still in my opinion :P). Then, it was nice to change the rhythm as I told you in first part, but as you get rid of the uninterrupted succession of semiquavers, I got the feeling that it made the track too heavy, preventing it to "lift off" (which is a problem for the Moon level ;) ). That, added to the drums in the beginning which were also too weighty and slow, didn't fully convinced me ! And a last lack I felt were around 1:10 where you just removed the bass (did you forget it ?! :P).

Here it is ! I'm glad I finally heard this song that I was expecting for months now !! Good job Chrono, as always.
Thanks for the dedication ;)
Cheers !

ChronoNomad responds:

First of all, thanks for dropping by for such an incredibly thorough review! I truly appreciate anyone who takes the time to leave a review, and one of this scope is always impressive to behold.

To be honest, I prefer listening to this one over speakers as opposed to headphones for some reason. I don't know which way you enjoy your jams, but since I'm typically wearing my headphones, this is something of a deviation for me. It just sounds better over speakers, maybe because I did this one in stereo and a little more distance between the left and right channels seems to do it justice. I'd suggest giving that a try just for the heck of it if you haven't already.

Having the main arpeggios played out by piano just feels like my style in a nutshell. I need to have some piano in just about everything I do, and it fit so perfectly that I didn't even give it a test run on any other parts. The whistling was greatly inspired by the underlying Sci Fi nature of the piece, and I completely blame The X-Files for that. ;) Nevertheless, I completely love that part in the beginning, and I'm glad that you agree!

As for the bass, yeah...I kind of agree, and yet - oddly enough - this weirdly tinny bass felt like it fit. I tried various options, and nothing really made me happy as far as the bass goes, so in the end I came back to the same one I started out with: this one. I vacillate between liking it and not, so I can understand your comments. Fair enough.

As for at the end where I dropped the bass, that was thoroughly intentional. It had to go, at least briefly, so I could turn this into a decent loop. It still doesn't loop as nicely here as it did when I was mastering the track in Soundbooth, but I'm pretty happy with it. I graciously accept your solid rating of four stars, and look forward to submitting more music in the not-so-distant future now that this one's finally had a pin put in it. Thanks again, Mad! :D

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4.39 / 5.00

Oct 23, 2012
3:09 PM EDT
Video Game
File Info
2.6 MB
2 min 15 sec

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