So the winners have been announced!
Well done to everyone involved! Extremely high standard again. Here is what Paolo had to say -:
My overall winner is
d rapsody remix
one of the best sounding mixes from a mix point of view and sound design, arrangement all very accomplished. Sticks to my chord progression but uses some great new instrumentation - the 5 note overlapping arpeggio is very effective, with slight modulation of the volume envelope (attack) giving some of those characteristic bodzin esque smears. The change up to C sharp I like a lot too. I think this is my overall winner.
I love the techniques in this mix - its just a shame the final mix has been over compressed and is brickwalling quite a bit - a more sympathetic mix on this and this could have won it. But I always listen first for the ideas, sound design and mix are secondary. Second place for me.
dougglas and graynard
this is a nice job as well, as with many mixes it uses the major 7ths progression to shape an overall deeper vibe. kick is possibly poking out of the top of the mix slightly but a very minor thing. A great job overall.
Some honourable mentions…
I like the simplicity of this remix. It doesnt try too hard and the mix is balanced. the simple 'rocker switch' between F sharp and B lets it all bounce along effectively. Breakdown lacks a bit of confidence I think, could shape the portamento lead much more dynamically.
percussive rimshots and scattering hi hats drive this along with the counter pointing portamento lead (a common technique on some of these remixes, but this is the most effective use of it.)
lovely liquid feel to this mix very deep but with a drive that comes from the 16ths in the bassline and a great balance overall.
cascading 3/4 octave arpeggio idea is fun