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Zel - Diamond Caves (Spadezer Remix)

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Hey Newgrounds! Here's my remix made for Zelazon's Great Caves Remix Contest

First shot at doing a remix and I had a bit of fun. For those out of the loop, the stems came from the song linked below. The goal was to take midi stems and make the into a cave themed song.


My main inspiration that's introduced in the song was the triplet polyrhythm the bass stem was using, which laid the foundation for the song. I used all 3 stems in mostly their untouched form. The bass and harmony stems were original and show up at ~1:20, and the lead stem I adjusted to fit more my style, but is still basically the same.

For more arrangement details, there's the cave intro from the beginning to 0:22 to play around with cave sound effects. The song intro starts next that gives the inspired polyrhythm from the bass line, and a different take on the lead stem.
0:56 is the drop that features a rock out dubstep section focusing on the bass sound design inspired by the bass. The chord progression being that it doesn't progress lol. 1:22 is the original song in it's truest form. The breakdown from 1:47-2:24 is two different chord progressions and takes on all of the original stems.
The intro and drop from 2:25-2:54 revisist the original polyrhythm triplets with a fresh retake, leading to another breakdown hybrid intro for more experimentation with note rhythms. This leads to the climax chorus at 3:08 which circles back around to the original melody but a fresh chord progression incorporating augmented and diminished chords (I think. If the judges desire more exact chord progressions I can edit those in).

More details below:

DAW FL Studio

BPM 150

Air Hybrid 3

Various percussion and sound effect samples both free and paid from Cymatics
And samples from AU5 Freefall sample pack with a synth fead through Granulizer

I hope you enjoy

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Cool white noise at the beginning and sound effects that sound like water dripping. I like the catchy bass riff that starts at :36. The progression is really nice and anticipatory. The drop was cool, but I think there's a bit too much reverb in the texture for my tastes. I'd prefer the breaks there to sound sharper, and the reverb gives off a more atmospheric vibe. The ghostly melodies at 1:55 were nice, and I like the steady undercurrent of bass that's maintained throughout this section. Later, the bass gets even heavier, which is definitely a highlight, but the final melodic refrain at 3:10 or so definitely hits this piece home. The texture is very busy and maybe even a little bottom-heavy throughout, but the production quality is still really good. Impressive work here, Spadezer! Keep up the great work. ^_^

Spadezer responds:

Thanks for the feedback TL! I could see what you mean about the reverb, and even since I've uploaded this, listening to it again I think I'd agree and change up some of the mixing a bit. Like the kick needs trimmed up, and some of the bass I let get a little messy. I'm also really glad you like 3:10 section!

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4.64 / 5.00

Feb 24, 2019
7:44 PM EST
File Info
4.2 MB
3 min 43 sec

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