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Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
Castlevania (Nintendo 64)
Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin
Pokémon Red & Green
Nintendo 64, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Game Boy, SNES (Super Famicom), Sony PlayStation
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Guest voice actors:
Stephen Kelly (4)
Abigail Endsley & XPRTNovice (7)
Comments from album director D L (YoshiBlade)
Album freely available at http://ocremix.org
Boo!..... OK, now that that's out of the way.
After seeing there was no plan for a Halloween project, I sent Gario an email on Oct. 1st and basically said "I have these spooky remixes, can we do this in less than 30 days?" and we did. I want to give a huge public thank you to Gario for being my point man here, I'm fairly certain this project would not have happened without his feedback, encouragement, and networking. Thank you, Gario.
So this project is the progeny of those anthology style movies and TV shows, a la Tales from the Crypt, Creepshow, Tales from the Darkside. In that vein, every track I consider a story leading into the next one, with the radio style dramas serving as the reset button, the point of mental collection, then starting a new section.
I will say that I am very, very proud of the teamwork that took place. I have several scripts/skits that I dream up daily and it really felt incredible to hear them come to life with the help of the voice actors! I want to thank my voice actors Joe Zieja, Stephen and Bryan of the OverClocked PodCast, Abigail Endsley, and VinnyMac for their roles as The YoshiBlade Players (now accepting applications).
That's about it! I really hope you enjoy the project, and thank you for taking the time to listen to it and to read my notes!
- D L (YoshiBlade)
1. YoshiBlade, VinnyMac - "Intro"
Happy Halloween, everyone! I think Halloween is probably the only true holiday that exists. I mean, it makes no qualms about its commercialization, it's got no horrible backstory that needs whitewashing, all age groups can enjoy it, and it's transformative with age while retaining the core quality of being someone else for one day of the year. We get to be what we are and are not simultaneously. Good times. That was the idea behind the story interludes, such as this one. Big thanks to VinnyMac for offering up up his vocal talents to help on this one.
2. YoshiBlade - "I Never Drink... Wine"
Sources: Castlevania: Symphony of the Night - "Dracula's Castle," Castlevania (N64) - "Dungeon - Main Theme"
Original Composers: Michiru Yamane, Masahiko Kimura, Motoaki Furukawa, Mariko Egawa
Yeah, not a big wine drinker here, but this track was made for the Castlevania compos a while back and I really do love Castlevania. I also love those 80's style FM basses that are synthy and fat. Loving the heartbeat. (FYI, if your heart ever starts sounding like that, you should see a doctor immediately.) So, I missed out on the release of SotN, but I do love its progeny that are the DS releases. The "Castle Center" theme was in here at some point, but I believe it has been so reduced to just be a generic pad.
3. YoshiBlade - "Dance of Maddness"
Source: Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin - "Dance of Sadness"
Original Composer: Yuzo Koshiro
Hello, horror creeps! Your old pal the Riftkeeper has got quite a ReMix for you. This mix was a huge undertaking, because it's so important that I set the proper atmos-fear.
Originally, this started out as duo with my ghoul-friend, but she didn't like that I opted to use loops. She said using loops was "lazy" 'cause I didn't make them, so I had to give her the ax and show her who the real hack job was.
I ran into some trouble when I blew out my fright speaker, so I had to use my deadphones, but I think I got the levels just right using proper execution of scare-allel chain compression. I opted to put a die-pass filter to even out the higher frequencies.
I know some of you ghosted ReMixers aren't huge fans of DnB, but to me, the fast-paced energetic feeling is far better than your standard gore-on-the-floor patterns.
(2 "D"s bedlam for sure, but the quivering synths in the track were utilized with these decorations in mind. No part of me is joking, I love these things.)
4. YoshiBlade, Stephen Kelly - "Proto-Prologue"
I fought to keep this one as long as possible, but what was an interesting dialogue in the Chrono Trigger universe became mostly a monologue. I'm cool with that. The show must go on and, without the whole dialogue, this is a preferable and time-wise management of the next piece. Big thanks to the OverClocked PodCast for contributing their time and effort to help out with this one.
5. YoshiBlade - "They Saved Robo's Brain!"
Sources: Chrono Trigger - "Those Without the Will to Live," "Robo's Theme"
Original Composers: Nobuo Uematsu, Yasunori Mitsuda
So, this is the oldest of the tracks on the album, but it really holds its own compared to the others. Not much more for me to say. This is an entire story in one track.
6. YoshiBlade - "Hail to the Present"
Source: Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin - "Hail from the Past"
Original Composer: Michiru Yamane
Dec. 5th, 1936
Esteemed colleagues, I present to you the most peculiar occurrence I can recall in all my years. Approximately 10:31 P.M., I attempted to reach Cairo Relay Station. I felt it best to contact Dr. Carter and report on our current situation, when, as quickly as I have ever seen, an errant sandstorm blew in from the East. Our radio produced nothing but static on frequencies I know to be valid, until I heard the most haunting sounds that, I should think, have ever existed. My immediate reaction was to engage my personal wire recorder and capture these bizarre sounds. The wave-like squelching seems to be a warped radio signal, yet I clearly hear a violin and drums that beat with a rhythm I found to be irresistible and drives with a spirit I have not yet encountered in my travels. There seem to be an interaction between a one Jonathan and Claire and a yet unknown female (whose voice is like that of a siren to my ears). The strange effects, which I can only deduce are of an electronic origin (which are of no discernible origin, at least no current origin) clip and stutter, twisting the waveform of these fantastical sounds, as if one were fumbling with a tuning knob, which is very apropos, due to the nature of my interaction with this eerie encounter, the likes of which may very well change not only how we Egyptologists understand this mysterious place, but our very understand of the past, present, and future.
Prof. Harker, PhD, Esq., MD, Rev., LMNOP
7. Abigail Endsley, XPRTNovice, YoshiBlade - "Clown Dinner"
This is probably the part of the album where I poured most of my work. Huge thanks to XPRTNovice (Joe Zieja), whose voice is like warm, velvety butter being poured in my ear, and Abigail Endsley who came outta nowhere to slam this one outta the park. Two very talented vocal artists to whom I owe a huge debt of gratitude for helping me make those voices in my head finally work in my favor.
8. YoshiBlade - "Marowak's Revenge"
Source: Pokémon Red Version - "Theme of Lavender Town"
Original Composer: Junichi Masuda
So, basically, I love John Carpenter's The Thing and the most fun I had with this track was creating the mashed up SFX of the Pokémon cries as they are slowly assimilated, Cronenberged into one horrifying mass! For the record, I did not pick those Pokémon cries at random, they each have relevance to the story/music.
9. YoshiBlade - "Fritz Was Here"
Source: Chrono Trigger - "Creeping Through the Sewers"
Original Composer: Nobuo Uematsu
So, in the future, 2300 A.D. in CT, notes will appear in the sewer section, but only if you saved Fritz in 1000 A.D. This is the more interesting part of storytelling... let the story tell, not the writer tell. Why are they there? How did they get there? Is it even the same Fritz? They must be related, but... see, it's the little details of CT that made it a great game.
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