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Feedback / Re: Erroneous Composer Attributions (Koji Kondo)
« on: August 11, 2020, 03:15:22 AM »
It's hard to say, because I can't find the difference between this "old URL" vs. the new one. I can't find a timestamp or anything that'll tell me if certain arrangements are just old, I can only guess based on my own personal recollection on how long I've seen them on this site (which is very, very rough), or the quality of the arrangement itself. Some have very erroneous note spelling and aren't properly beamed (likely didn't know how to use Finale or whatever software they used), and so it leads me to believe they're just "old."
There are multiple old URLs, but the most common ones are "" and "". Like Latios said, ones that are "", and even more specifically ones with "https" instead of "http" are our most recent sheets.

Furthermore, I don't know what "old" means. How recent were these new policies in place? Are we talking the last five years? Ten years?
Our current standards were put in place in around 2014, so the last 6 years or so. At that time, there was a bit over 2000 sheets, so that is why there's still a high frequency of these kinds of errors.

And I think that's really the crux of the problem that I bring up. Sure, there could be "lack of enthusiasm," but how? If someone is spending hours and hours transcribing and arranging these tunes (even the worst ones take some amount of time), does it really hurt to just do a quick Google search to credit the right person? Fact is, this person must've spent some time Googling something, as that's a highly specific credit to give. Yukio Kaneoka is a rather old staff member at Nintendo who worked on games such as the original Mario Bros. arcade game and Donkey Kong.
You'd be surprised, actually. It's very easy to just find or create MIDI files of video game tracks and just dump them in Finale; that's how we end up with such wonderful surprises like this, another "Koji Kondo" original. It's very easy to just create template files in Finale with the same composer/copyright info and just dump MIDIs into them without a care for the music or engraving, let alone details like the composer. People can and will be lazy when they can get away with it - no one bothered to even do a quick search back then, and it's something updaters still have to sometimes bug people about on current submissions. While we are a site founded on the enthusiasm of gamers/musicians, we've only really required that enthusiasm since 2014.

Like Latios and Yug Guy mentioned, we are entirely aware of the many, many errors on the site, but we prefer to correct them along with everything else (hence replacement submissions and our current replacement project that Yug mentioned - check it out, a lot of your examples are actually part of that project and will be replaced soon). There's no point in just fixing the composer info if the music itself is wrong, it's just a waste of time - unless of course a sheet is recent, and then we'll fix it as quickly as possible.

That brings me to this next point:

Even the "King of Hyrule" one is a bit wrong, as it credits Kenta Nagata when he played no role in the Breath of the Wild soundtrack. It's a composition that comes from Koji Kondo, and it was arranged by Manaka Kataoka, Breath of the Wild's primary composer. This one can't be an old arrangement, as the game came out three years ago.
I actually very much agree with this, a lot of times arrangers here will put official arrangers as "composers" when they're really not; I'm usually a big stickler about keeping this information separate but not everyone here is. You are right that it's one of our current standard sheets.

Hopefully this makes sense, but ask away if you have more questions.

You are correct, but it is impossible to play it like that unless you have three hands or extraordinarily large hands.  The grace notes are supposed to tell you to anticipate those notes slightly to give you time to play the low power chords.
Ah yeah, that makes sense. Looks great! Approved.

Submissions / Re: [GCN] Animal Crossing - "K.K. Dixie" by amc
« on: August 10, 2020, 11:46:23 PM »
  • I would add articulations to m20-56 as well.
  • Starting at m21, you have room to move the LH notes to the correct octaves, now that the melody is an octave higher.
  • m52 LH: Similar to the above, you have the space to move some of those notes into the correct octave; the RH can easily play the higher notes there.
  • The LH accompaniment in m57 (beat 3)-58 isn't quite right; the chords actually play on the downbeats while the bass note G plays on the offbeats. These notes should also be long; I'd recommend using 2 layers of overlapping half notes.
  • m80 LH: Like in m10 LH, the E naturals should be Fbs here, but I think you should just keep the G naturals the same for clarity. And because of this, feel free to change the Gbs in m10 and 64 back to F#s if you'd like, just for consistency.
  • m93 LH: F#s and A naturals should be Gbs and Bbbs.
  • m93-96: The chords here up to and including beat 1 of m96 are all missing a 3rd or 4th voice; also I would move around the notes so they match the voicing of the original; the RH isn't doing anything here so it can play the upper notes.
  • The very last note should have another Ab above the Db.
  • The copyright info and page/titles are outside the page margins.

The other changes you made look good.

man, i need to finish xenogears
That is a good idea

- Could you center the LH markings in m9/11/13 so they're all centered under the whole note?
- m14: Not really a big deal but the top tie in the RH is slightly longer than the bottom two.
- m24/28/32/34: Is there a reason for the grace notes in these measures? They just sound like normal notes in the original, and they fall on the beat with the other instruments.
- m39 should have a tie in the top voice.

Submissions / Re: [PS1] Xenogears - "October Mermaid" by Libera
« on: August 10, 2020, 09:42:21 PM »
The changes look good, I approve.

Projects / Re: Yug Guy's Replacements
« on: August 10, 2020, 02:16:44 AM »

Sorry for the wait, I've approved it now.

Projects / Re: Maelstrom's Replacements
« on: August 10, 2020, 02:14:05 AM »
Finally fixed
Sorry for the delay, I've approved it now.

Projects / Re: Static's Replacements
« on: August 10, 2020, 02:13:08 AM »

Submissions / Re: [A7800] Galaga - "Main Theme" by Jacopo Tore
« on: August 10, 2020, 01:14:24 AM »
Looks like now that we've got the Atari 7800 version of Galaga on our games list, we'll need to have someone (a code monkey, maybe?) rename it to Galaga (Atari 7800) to prevent confusion with my "Music from Galaga" sheet made for the original.

And Jacopo, could you please change the title of your sheet to "Game Start"? It'd be more proper to keep names between arrangements consistent.
Honestly, why not just include the whole OST in one sheet like you're doing Levi; I doubt the 7800 has substantially more music than the arcade version, though I might be wrong...

Also, eventually we might have a way to just show the system name next to the game name, which would solve these kinds of problems (Wario's Woods is the same way right now).

Submissions / Re: [PS1] Xenogears - "October Mermaid" by Libera
« on: August 10, 2020, 01:09:43 AM »
There are multiple different translations for track titles in this game (you can see some here), but the original Japanese name is "神無月の人魚", which directly translates to "October Mermaid" (or "Mermaid of October"). I have no idea how the June name got so popular.

Submissions / Re: [PS1] Xenogears - "October Mermaid" by Libera
« on: August 10, 2020, 12:47:32 AM »
Really really great arrangement here, you did an awesome job capturing this song.

My one complaint is that the melody gets obscured in m26; maybe just keep the lower G there, or move the E to another layer so the performer knows to give it priority. Also, the tempo at m28 is a bit faster, it should be around 65bpm.

Submissions / Re: [A5200] Gyruss - "Main Theme" by Jacopo Tore
« on: August 09, 2020, 11:12:57 PM »
Looks great! The only thing I would change is the "and"; it should just be a comma - don't worry, I did that for you. Approved.

Projects / Re: Static's Replacements
« on: August 09, 2020, 05:36:52 AM »
Battle to the Death
-Can any effort be made to line up the cresc. and forte in m42-43?
-This one is up to you, but maybe break the beams over rests and the sets of 3 8ths? I'd personally recommend it.
Notes seem really great. Something feels off about m25 but all the notes seem to be correct. \
- Done.
- Done.
- I moved some notes down an octave so they would be under the melody, but I didn't add or change any, so maybe that's why it sounds a little off.

Main Theme of FFV
I hear 3rds in the first beat in the LH, no different from m2. Same for m3]
I can hear a 2nd constant note making disonnaces in the LH. This is hard to explain, but for m1-5 I hear that extra note as a G above the chord. For m6, an A. This gets really important in m8, however, because that note is now an A and that forms a nice dim chord on beat 3 that is completely lost otherwise. What do you think about adding this in in some way? That harmony is present throughout the first page. It stays in a 6th above the root until m13, where it returns to the 5th for 3 measures, before going back to the 6th in m16, which is the reason there's a difference in the bassline between m15 and 116.
-I know its because we use ped differently markings, but it's really bothering me that it ends prematurely in m28. Either extend it to the end of the measure or have the next measure's marking appear there.
- The RH chord has the same note, so I gave it priority over the LH.
- Yeah I hear that too, I only used 2 notes because I thought the LH might overpower the RH, but I think I'll add them back in.
- Fixed. I moved it so the ^ would be under the note like in the other markings.

All those things have been fixed

Submissions / Re: [GCN] Animal Crossing - "K.K. Dixie" by amc
« on: August 04, 2020, 10:07:24 PM »
  • I think including staccatos on most of the quarter notes would give the melody a lot of pop. It more closely matches how K.K. sings it.
  • Watch note lengths in the whistle section, some of them are shorter than in the singing part.
  • m10 LH: D#s and F#s should be Ebs and Gbs since they resolve to D and F in the next measure (yes it is fine to have Gb and An in this case, since its a diminished chord).
  • The chord in m36 should be notated as a rolled chord (use one of those vertical squiggly lines)
  • m53-56 should be spelled using the same intervals; currently m55 is different from the rest.
  • All of the original K.K. songs (except K.K. Song) from the GameCube game were composed by Toru Minegishi, not Kazumi Totaka. In the credits, Minegishi is listed as the "Indoor BGM" composer, which includes all building music and K.K. tracks, live and aircheck versions. You can also see more evidence here and here, for K.K. Soul and K.K. Chorale respectively.
  • Maybe you've noticed by now after looking through the sheet again: you structured this song incorrectly. Yes, the melody does repeat after m58, but then there's a key change and a new ending after that. If you're arranging anything here, you have to make sure to include the full track.

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