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Sonic Revolution   12 Jan 2005
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Week two of the new year, and as promised, I have a surprise for everyone. No, I'm not pregnant, since that's physically impossible. No, it's a better surprise then that. It is Sonic Revolution the first new competition here at Sound Test in almost 3 years! All the information on this competition can be found on over on that page, but I want to speak briefly about it here.

The purpose of Sonic Revolution is to kick off the new year with a bang. I wanted a way to really get people excited about this section and working on submissions so I wrote up an idea for this contest about a month ago. I had all kinds of crazy ideas for what I wanted the theme to be, but decided that I would rather have an open theme to start things off. I say 'start things off', because I intend to run more competitions this year with different themes.

Another reason for the open theme is that I wanted to encourage first time and would be remixers to get involved to. Then it occurred to me, that I wouldn't want to enter a contest with possibly an uncomfortable theme as a total unknown with little experience. Hence, not only is there no particular theme for this competition, but there is also the amateur prize. I encourage everyone with any musical desire to get up and get to work. As for all you accomplished remixers, I look forward to your new, original submissions for this contest.

With all that said, I move to this week's submissions, coming once again from our dear friend Darangen. This week Darangen has submitted to us a brand new piece of his, a solo piano remix from Lufia and the Fortress of Doom. A beautiful and moving arrangement written for piano, I must have listened to this nonstop this week since I received it. What strikes me is the relative simplicity of piece. I took a look at the MIDI in sheet music form and its technically not a very difficult piece, as most solo piano music is. A very impressive piece indeed.

Now, I leave you with a brief closing, so not to keep you here and to let you get to work on your competition submissions. I eagerly look forward to the next few weeks.

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Music Submissions -

This week's audio selections
mp3 midi classical Hero's Solace(mp3) (Lufia & the Fortress of Doom)
Hero's Solace(midi) (Lufia & the Fortress of Doom)

"This is a piano arrangement of the 'Fortress of Doom' and 'Fear and Courage' from Lufia and the Fortress of Doom.  I didn't plan out how I was going to perform the song, I didn't structure anything out before I started, I just sat down at my keyboard, opened cakewalk sonar, hit record, and started playing. This is the product that came from that."


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