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Anime Remix: Remix Detail - Moonlight and Water
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Moonlight and Water

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by: DistantJ

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DistantJ returns to AR with another hard hitting dance song. Straight off the bat, I can hear a great improvement in his sounds. I know he's been working on mastering techniques and it really shows here - compared to his older songs and WIPS. The track is tight, refined, clean.

I'm going to get all my gripes out of the way now.

- Being a big fan of the sounds of the Enigma flute myself, I love hearing it out of the usual context (ie: ethnic music) and it really compliments the track at points in this mix. However, the faster eigth note riff (the end of the second measure of the Shakuhachi sections, ie: :43) comes off as unnatural and artificial and it really showcase the sample's limitations. I know, given the nature of the track, realistic sounding samples aren't generally a must, but in this case the other sections all utilize the sample naturally and quite beautifully, and to hear it used in such an unnatural way for that one point seems a bit out of place.

- 3:01 comes out of nowhere. As a stand alone piece, it's a cool little breakbeat joint, but in the middle of all this upbeat dance, it seems a tad forced and stands out like a shark on a highway. I'm not going to hold it too harshly though.

On the positive side

+ Loving the upbeat ethnic dance feel. When it's not riffing fast all over the place, I love the way the Shakuhachi fits into the track.

+ The track sounds excellent. Very clean, professional sounding. Great synth usage.

+ The breakdown at 2:30 works well to change up the pace of the track. Maybe a little bit more attention to velocities in the piano, but not a very important gripe.

Good to hear a new DistantJ anime remix. It's been too long.

-Mythril Nazgul

Anime Information
Slayers - The Motion Picture
ann | imdb | anidb
  • Episodes: 0
  • Time: 65 minutes
  • Age: Teenagers (May contain bloody violence, bad language, nudity)
  •     In this prequel movie to the Slayers televison series, Lina Inverse travels to Mipross Island with her rival/traveling companion Naga the Serpent. While they originally came for the hot springs, they soon find them selves mixed up in a conspiracy involving a mazoku named Joyrock. Years ago, he killed all of the elves that inhabited the island and absorbed their power. They are soon joined by an old mage named Rowdy Gabriev, who was in love with one of the elves slaughtered and also wants to defeat Joyrock.