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The Cover Challenge #2: Rare Games (VOTING Time July 29th)

SwigglesRP

Joined: Dec 19 2014

Thanks so much for voting me winner last month guys! I truly was not in a very music-making mood until I got inspired by all you guys asking me to try out. So now I copied the rules from last time, and I picked a new theme!

1) Concept
Each month a theme will be decided (by the winner of the previous challenge) and people will make 1 cover based on this theme. At the end of the month anyone on gametabs will be allowed to vote for the best cover. At the end i'll make a .zip file with all the entries, a cover with simple colors, title and logo + credit file with links to all of your youtube/soundcloud channels.

2) Rules to enter
NEW RECORDING ONLY! The song you are using MUST be put online AFTER the start of the challenge.
No length restriction.
No style or instrument restriction, it could be a guitar cover, piano cover, remix with VST, orchestral arrangement etc.
Only open for Gametabs members !
And of course your cover must fits the theme =)

3) Rules about the vote
During the last 4-5 days of the month anyone can vote (Gametabs members only), you can vote even if you didn't entered.
How to vote? You can give points to 3 songs, 1 points, 2 points and 3 points for you favorite. At the end of the vote the cover with the more points will win. You can vote on the forum or on Private Message with the organizer (me, for this time).

4) What do i win? *NEW*
The winner will chose the theme of the next challenge and his video/soundcloud will be posted on the Gametabs FB page to give you extra views =). IN ADDITION, just because a lot of you mentioned this last contest about production, I'd like to offer a Mastering on any future cover to the winner if he/she would like.

5) Other rules
The organizer can enter to his own contest but if he ever wins, that will be the 2nd who will be the organizer of the next challenge. So this way it avoids the same person to organize over and over again!
The songs you are using for the Cover challenge can be used for the Gametabs main albums too!
You can't vote for yourself.
It's not a problem if 2 people cover the same song.

THE THEME IS... RARE games! Rare Ltd is a video game company from Britain that created a tremendous amount of hit video games from the NES all the way to the Xbox 360. Just to list their most famous games, often composed by the famous Grant Kirkhope:
Banjo-Kazooie
Battletoads
Conker's Bad Fur Day
Killer Instinct
Perfect Dark
Viva Pinata
Wizards & Warriors
Goldeneye 007
Diddy Kong Racing
Donkey Kong Country series AND Donkey Kong 64

There are plenty more, and TONS of songs from each. If you're having trouble thinking of a song you can also PM me for suggestions. Now get to work and start making some sweet tunes!

As I already told you,

SlashBib

Location: Lille (France)

Joined: Apr 08 2014

As I already told you, awesome theme =)
I think i'm gonna make the Main Theme from DKC1

Good luck everyone!

GameLark Remixes

Joined: Jun 26 2015

I'm really excited to hear what people come up with! Rare games have so many memorable melodies.

Haha, I saw "rare games" and

auriplane

Joined: Sep 06 2008

Haha, I saw "rare games" and thought it meant "unusual games"...

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Auriplane!!

Heh there are still some

SwigglesRP

Joined: Dec 19 2014

Heh there are still some really unusual games and songs from Rare. I've already picked one myself from one of my favorites.

*Rareness intensifies*

Jaime From Hyrule

Jimbo Uribe

Location: Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico

Joined: Jun 21 2015

Too many good songs to choose, this is going to be interesting xD
See you guys in a few weeks eue

Haven't done Perfect Dark in

ShaKe Elite

Joined: Jun 15 2015

Haven't done Perfect Dark in a while! Think I'm gonna give Air Base a shot ;)

ALRIGHTY! To kickstart this

SwigglesRP

Joined: Dec 19 2014

ALRIGHTY! To kickstart this Rare Theme, I decided to do the lame thing and dig in my old covers for inspiration. I did Mining Melancholy from Donkey Kong Country 2, basically a 100% redo from an old demo I did a year and a half ago. Properly set my bass and guitars up so hopefully that shows in the slap bass section and groove-metal combo. Bit rushed since I have to work on a few other projects this month, but I just wanted a reason to make more music :). Enjoy!

https://soundcloud.com/swiggles1987/mining-melancholy-donkey-kong-country-2

Im not sure if im going to

Hekdar Thunderfist

Joined: Jun 15 2015

Im not sure if im going to get this done in time but will give it a go any way.

I'm kind of debating whether

ltdanslegs

Joined: Apr 20 2015

I'm kind of debating whether or not to finish writing my cover of Bayou Boogie from DKC2, or do a little Rare NES Medley.. there's so much great music from David Wise on the NES games.

I started fiddling with the medley idea yesterday.. taking a lot of work for some of the games that weren't very popular.

That sounds awesome

SwigglesRP

Joined: Dec 19 2014

That sounds awesome Itdanslegs, who knows maybe you can pull off both in one month :)

Okay, here's my entry!!

Huuuum i'll try to make a DKC

hashel

Location: Liège (Belgium)

Joined: Mar 04 2008

Huuuum i'll try to make a DKC cover :D

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I do VGM covers and stuff at https://www.youtube.com/c/hashel

Taboo: The Sixth

Thecoolestnerdguy

Joined: May 27 2015

Taboo: The Sixth Sense...?

Anyone...?

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" If every porkchop were perfect, we wouldn't have hotdogs! " - UNIVERSE, Greg

youtube.com/thecoolestnerdguy

Excited to see what you all

SwigglesRP

Joined: Dec 19 2014

Excited to see what you all pick, particularly any songs from Rare games I haven't played or deep cuts.I also remixed and posted mine in the same Soundcloud link, the balance was driving me crazy.

Is this still going on? cause

sharprainmusic

Location: Manchester, UK

Joined: Jul 06 2015

Is this still going on? cause I has this https://soundcloud.com/steve-sharp-music/killer-instinct-main-theme-guit...

Yes it is, and adding your

SwigglesRP

Joined: Dec 19 2014

Yes it is, and adding your sick cover to the mix!

Ok swiggles I may sound a

Hekdar Thunderfist

Joined: Jun 15 2015

Ok swiggles I may sound a little nooby here but where is this sound cloud mix your adding the songs too. I know it's not really a big deal but has confused me. Also what do you mean by "deep cuts"?
Sorry noob questions aside I'm working on a battle toads medley for this but I just found out I have to travel to Dublin for a week for work so might not get it done in time but hopefully it will be sorted. I just don't want to rush it you know.
Great job on the the entries so far as well guys.

I'm just adding the songs to

SwigglesRP

Joined: Dec 19 2014

I'm just adding the songs to a bookmark for now, I'll do what Hashel did last time and try to collect them all for easy listening when it's the end of the month.

Deep Cuts is just another word for songs that aren't super popular.

Nice covers sharprainmusic

ltdanslegs

Joined: Apr 20 2015

Nice covers sharprainmusic and skake elite. Perfect Dark man.. the music in that game is so good.

Unless I change my mind, which I tend to do, I'm doing an NES mini-medley with music from Cobra Triangle, RC Pro Am, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Battletoads, and Time Lord.

Might sneak one or two more in there if I'm having trouble with transitions.

Thanks man! and that sounds

ShaKe Elite

Joined: Jun 15 2015

Thanks man! and that sounds like an awesome medley!

Thank you itdansleg! Gladed

sharprainmusic

Location: Manchester, UK

Joined: Jul 06 2015

Thank you itdansleg! Gladed you liked it!!

Finished it just now, hope

ltdanslegs

Joined: Apr 20 2015

Finished it just now, hope you guys like it.

https://soundcloud.com/zhoffer/rare-ltd-nes-medley-1

Songs in order of appearance:

Ending - Cobra Triangle
Zzz - Nightmare on Elm Street
Freddy! - Nightmare on Elm Street
Wake Up! - Nightmare on Elm Street
Race Start - RC Pro AM
Arctic Caverns - Battletoads
Title Screen - Time Lord
Continue? - RC Pro Am

Any comments or suggestions on mixing? Depending on what kind of speakers I listen to it on, the bass is kind of loud, but if I listen on my nice studio headphones, it's mixed in nicely. Looking for suggestions.

EDIT: I re-uploaded after lowering the bass levels, hopefully making it a bit more cohesive.

Epic Work! Love this medley

sharprainmusic

Location: Manchester, UK

Joined: Jul 06 2015

Epic Work! Love this medley dude!

Already finished arranging my cover ;)

DarkMetalLink

Joined: Jun 07 2015

Already finished arranging my cover ;) Now i'm gonna record it in the next few days! :D Good luck to everyone! all the entries so far have been just amazing!

And i've picked the song i

hashel

Location: Liège (Belgium)

Joined: Mar 04 2008

And i've picked the song i will do :D
It's from DKC and what i can do is that i can spend my life in...
(There is a clue to guess the song i'll do :o)

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I do VGM covers and stuff at https://www.youtube.com/c/hashel

the mines!

ShaKe Elite

Joined: Jun 15 2015

the mines!

One cookie for ya' !

hashel

Location: Liège (Belgium)

Joined: Mar 04 2008

One cookie for ya' !

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I do VGM covers and stuff at https://www.youtube.com/c/hashel

Yay Hashel, we're Mine song

SwigglesRP

Joined: Dec 19 2014

Yay Hashel, we're Mine song buddies!

Yeaaaah ! "Life, life, life

hashel

Location: Liège (Belgium)

Joined: Mar 04 2008

Yeaaaah !
"Life, life, life in the mines, i know it's a hard life... But it's mine!"
~Lyrics by Michelle Heafy~

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I do VGM covers and stuff at https://www.youtube.com/c/hashel

So i've done this for the

hashel

Location: Liège (Belgium)

Joined: Mar 04 2008

So i've done this for the last Cover Challenge: https://hashel05.bandcamp.com/album/gametabs-cover-challenge-1-nintendo-64
Of course i removed the option where people can pay extra money if they want, i'm not going to make money with your wok XD
But i think it looks better than just a mediafire link ^^
So i think i'll do it with all the others challenge, if you are okay with that?

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I do VGM covers and stuff at https://www.youtube.com/c/hashel

Please do, and that way it'll

SwigglesRP

Joined: Dec 19 2014

Please do, and that way it'll be easier to collect votes and stuff :)

Here is my entry:

hashel

Location: Liège (Belgium)

Joined: Mar 04 2008

Here is my entry: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wIAVAky61sw
Life in the Mines from Donkey Kong Country :D

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I do VGM covers and stuff at https://www.youtube.com/c/hashel

Here's my entry!

DarkMetalLink

Joined: Jun 07 2015

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jUrqKgu-VWY Here's my entry for this contest! Runway from Goldeneye007 :D i hope you guys like it!

Yeah :D I'll make a bandcamp

hashel

Location: Liège (Belgium)

Joined: Mar 04 2008

Yeah :D
I'll make a bandcamp mini album soon with the entries ^^

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I do VGM covers and stuff at https://www.youtube.com/c/hashel

The page is back :'D So,

Jaime From Hyrule

Jimbo Uribe

Location: Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico

Joined: Jun 21 2015

The page is back :'D
So, here's my entry, I think Mixing its better this time xD
Its isle O' hags from Banjo Tooie :'D
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aqle5e1S3qI

I'm back from Ireland and

Hekdar Thunderfist

Joined: Jun 15 2015

I'm back from Ireland and should have mine ready by Monday. Not sure if the video will be done by then but. It's ok just to enter with the audio right?

Yes the audio only is fine :)

hashel

Location: Liège (Belgium)

Joined: Mar 04 2008

Yes the audio only is fine :)

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I do VGM covers and stuff at https://www.youtube.com/c/hashel

Here's my entry for the

SlashBib

Location: Lille (France)

Joined: Apr 08 2014

Here's my entry for the contest =)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9J_JbCHv6b8
(.wav soon ^^)

Ty Slashbib, nice enter btw

hashel

Location: Liège (Belgium)

Joined: Mar 04 2008

Ty Slashbib, nice enter btw ;)
GUYS please make your soundcloud allows downloadings, or send .wav or .mp3 files here, i need them for the mini EP =)

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I do VGM covers and stuff at https://www.youtube.com/c/hashel

Cool so my Battletoads Medley

Hekdar Thunderfist

Joined: Jun 15 2015

Cool so my Battletoads Medley is now finished. Here is a link to the audio.
https://mega.co.nz/#!JYpT0DZa!W6nc-LziAtL4ptQrf9mfQpM8UK2nq-fNSzxH8cxEuE4
video will be done maybe later today but probably later on in the week.
Songs in order of appearance are
Title theme
Intermission theme
Turbo tunnel part 1
turbo tunnel part 2
Surf city

Let me know your thoughts.
Cheers

I got it thank you :)

hashel

Location: Liège (Belgium)

Joined: Mar 04 2008

I got it thank you :)

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I do VGM covers and stuff at https://www.youtube.com/c/hashel

Hey ! The .wav file is

SlashBib

Location: Lille (France)

Joined: Apr 08 2014

Hey !
The .wav file is available ;-) https://soundcloud.com/slashbib/donkey-kong-country-medley

OKAY, Voting Time begins NOW

SwigglesRP

Joined: Dec 19 2014

OKAY, Voting Time begins NOW for the next 3 days. You can give your Top 3 songs here, or private-message me! You give 3 points for your favorite, 2 points for second place, and 1 point for third. Here are ALL the links, and remember not to vote for yourself! You can give a little detail to what you liked about your picks too!

Hashel - Life in the Mines (Donkey Kong Country) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wIAVAky61sw
ShaKeElite - Airbase Espionage (Perfect Dark) https://soundcloud.com/shake-elite/perfect-dark-airbase-espionage-guitar...
Steve Sharp Music - Killer Instinct Theme https://soundcloud.com/steve-sharp-music/killer-instinct-main-theme-guit...
Zhoffer - Rare LTD NES Medley https://soundcloud.com/zhoffer/rare-ltd-nes-medley
Slashbib - Donkey Kong Country Medley https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9J_JbCHv6b8
Hekdar Thunderfist - Battletoads Medley https://mega.co.nz/#!JYpT0DZa!W6nc-LziAtL4ptQrf9mfQpM8UK2nq-fNSzxH8cxEuE4
Jaime from Hyrule - Isle O' Hags (Banjo-Tooie) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aqle5e1S3qI
SwigglesRP - Mining Melancholy (Donkey Kong Country II) https://soundcloud.com/swiggles1987/mining-melancholy-donkey-kong-country-2
DarkMetalLink - Runway (Goldeneye 007) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jUrqKgu-VWY

Wow 9 Entries, this is pretty

SwigglesRP

Joined: Dec 19 2014

Wow 9 Entries, this is pretty great turnout I think. Glad the theme wasn't too hard for you all, and I like how there's a good balance of SNES and N64. Here's my top 3 picks, though everyone did a fantastic job with the Rare music!

1. Slashbib's DKC Medley: Just a great mix, fantastic vibrato and intonation that really kept me going, and you blended a lot of these songs well too man. Very cool medley

2. Zhoffer's Rare LTD NES Medley: Didn't recognize any of the songs, but you made such a tight sounding medley I was rocking the whole time.

3. Hashel's Life in the Mines: Lots of soft textures, little electronic synths, and just a great choice for a more mellow and chill Donkey Kong song.

I'll update scores after the next few votes.

Here is the bandcamp: I'll

hashel

Location: Liège (Belgium)

Joined: Mar 04 2008

Here is the bandcamp: https://hashel05.bandcamp.com/album/gametabs-cover-challenge-2-rare-games
I'll add the missing tracks when i'll get them.
I'll make my vote a bit later ^^

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I do VGM covers and stuff at https://www.youtube.com/c/hashel

Here's the download link

ltdanslegs

Joined: Apr 20 2015

Here's the download link Hashel: https://www.dropbox.com/s/l3qiyp4ubxyd07f/Rare%20LTD%20Medley%20F.wav?dl=0

And I re-uploaded my medley, new link is https://soundcloud.com/zhoffer/rare-ltd-nes-medley-1

Just saw that you had the old link still, Swiggles. Had to mix it a bit better.

I added your song to the

hashel

Location: Liège (Belgium)

Joined: Mar 04 2008

I added your song to the bandcamp =)

So my favorite songs was Mining Melancholy by SwigglesRP! It's so moody and chilling at 1st and then so Dream Theaterish, the tones are amazing and the melody... the melody i love it so much !
But as the organizer can't win his own challenge i've decided to give my votes to other people.

So it was possible to have those songs in a different order, i had so much struggle to pick my favorite one :/
~1st place~
Itdanslegs for "NES Medley" because it's really good and i love the effects you used, the medley is really good too and i find you always put creativity in your work !
~2nd place~
SlashBib with "Donkey Kong Country Medley" because the mix is really good, the medley is really well done and the playing is great !
~3nd place~
Hekdar Thunderfist with "Battletoads Medley" because it is so Heavy Metal! Really loved the style, so oldschool :D
Just change your VST for the drums ^^

Honestly i think you guys deserves an equality cause you all got different qualities in your work, so big respect to you 3 and to all the others too =)

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I do VGM covers and stuff at https://www.youtube.com/c/hashel

Hey guys! Great job everyone!

Lord_Bif

Location: Paris

Joined: Mar 02 2015

Hey guys! Great job everyone! I didn't play any Rare game, so my vote is only about feeling^^
Here's my vote!

1: SwigglesRP - Mining Melancholy (Donkey Kong Country 2) : I love what you did with this one, and I'm fond of your mix here! And The guitar tone is awesome, brutal but clear at the same time, I love it!

2: Hashel05 - Life in the Mines (Dokey Kong Country) : You're always full of great ideas for your choices of songs and for the arrangements, and I really enjoyed the sounds you put in this one (woodblocks for the win)

3: Itdanslegs - NES Medley (Rare Games) : So many great ideas in this one! I loved the prog part and the wahwah section in particular!

The choice was hard for this vote, everybody did a great job, I'm sorry I can't choose more^^'

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Video game theme covers: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAe-WMrDelXvw9ik2MpwBHQ
"Put more stuff in the thing more stuff goes in." - Commander Shepard

Well ... first apologize for

andersongs87

Joined: Oct 07 2014

Well ... first apologize for not participating in this ... I had many personal problems que redbourn my time ... but I'm already stabilizing.
Next I will again Participate.

My vote goes ....

1st Slashbib - Awesome Medley. I watched about 4 or 5 times.
2nd Hashel05 - Life in the mines! Amazing cover.
3rd ShaKeElite - Great Medley.

PS: swiggles did an professional job, amazing song! ... Would be in my top 3, but I Decided not vote to let the points to someone else, since he can not win this competition.

Swiggles is our master, there is no way to compete with him. = P

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Just update: Slashbib:

SwigglesRP

Joined: Dec 19 2014

Just update:
Slashbib: 8
Itdanslegs: 6
Hashel: 5
SwigglesRP: 3
ShaKeElite: 1
Hekdar Thunderfist: 1
Steve Sharp Music:
Jaime from Hyrule:
Dark Metal Link:

And thanks, again this round I think we got even better covers from returning vets, Rare music is always melodic and fun :)