The wait is over–Eye of the Storm, my fourth album, is now available at whatever price you’d like to pay, including the great low price of free! Check it out over on my Bandcamp page, or simply click this picture below, and get your hands on some electronic goodness!
First off, I’d like to thank each and every person that participated in this contest. The response was the best I’ve ever had for a remix contest (I’ve had two before this one), and I got so many entries from people I’d never heard of before…it was amazing. From the bottom of my heart, I thank you so much for taking the time to sit down and remix this product of creativity from Hollidayrain and me. I received FIFTY (that’s 50) remixes for this contest, and had a lot of stellar work show up in my inbox. I’ve commented on the winners and honorable mentions, and this will hopefully give anyone else a good idea of what to potentially improve in their own work eventually. In any case, I’m very pleased with the way this contest turned out–thank you all!
Here are all the remixes from the Weeping Clouds contest. No downloads available, as I need to (potentially) include this stuff on my album, too. However, if you look around, a lot of these mixes are available to download on their respective artists’ SoundCloud pages or whatever. If your mix isn’t included on this page, and you think it should be, please contact me and I’ll do my best to fix it. Winners, I’ll be contacting you very shortly to get you your prizes. Thanks again to everyone!
Winner / Runners-Up:
PrototypeRaptor remix (1st place)
When PR submitted this track towards the beginning of the contest, I knew I had something special. This is the remix that delivered the most complete package to me–it’s really well arranged, the production values are very high, there’s a great dose of originality, and yet the source material is represented well. The song flows well, and–to be honest–is better than the original in many ways. Congratulations to PrototypeRaptor for winning the Flexstyle feat. Hollidayrain – Weeping Clouds remix contest! PR will get a spot on both versions of my upcoming album, “Eye of the Storm,” due for release in January 2011, as well as my entire discography in digital form. He’ll also receive Wusik Station and Wusik EVE VSTi plugins, courtesy of Wusik.com.
Moar remix (2nd place)
Honestly, I had a tough time deciding between this and the winning track. I felt that this track could have been a little more effective in “energy management,” which is to say I kept expecting a massive punch in the face the entire time. Regardless, it’s a very creative take with very high production values, and I think it would make a fantastic DnB set opener. Oh, and that bass is just TASTY. Plus, the tempo conversion was executed cleanly, which is always a good thing. I have no qualms about selecting this as the second-place finisher in this contest, and rewarding Moar with a spot on the deluxe version of “Eye of the Storm,” as well as my entire discography in digital form and the Wusik Station and Wusik Eve VSTi plugins from Wusik.com.
Loopkitchen remix (3rd place)
This is probably the single most creative remix I got, as Loopkitchen took the source and COMPLETELY flipped it around. Instead of a thumping dance number, he turned it into a solid, spacey chillout track. While I happen to be a person who believes in a God who created the world in six literal days, and therefore do not endorse the Carl Sagan quote he stuck into the mix, that doesn’t change the fact that this is a very imaginative, well-produced track, which I simply cannot let go without a reward. Loopkitchen will receive a spot on the deluxe edition of “Eye of the Storm,” as well as my entire discography in digital form.
(in no particular order)
Alex Maynard remix
A hard trance remix of Weeping Clouds was unexpected, but this was a good track here. I personally really dug the bassline here–raucous and full of attitude. The arrangement wasn’t terribly innovative, keeping mostly the same structure as the song, but still very enjoyable. Plus, extra bonus points for changing the key and tempo of the song. I’d play this at a rave in a heartbeat.
The lone psytrance-esque entry in the contest, I dug the fact that it was in fact a good translation of prog trance/house to psy. While not the most creative arrangement, the production values were clean and the soundset used was trippy and acidic, just like a good psytrance song should have. Very enjoyable.
This track is just bursting at the seams with energy, and could have been an even more serious contender with some mix and mastering cleanup. I dug the bassline, as well as the arena-style breakdown. Nice effects on the pads with the stuttering and scratching–I dig! I wish this had been a cleaner mix, but it’s still very enjoyable as it stands.
To be honest, this mix was a little bit uninteresting for a while…until that piano hit. Oh my goodness. That piano is gorgeous. For that reason alone, I have to put this track in the honorable mentions category. Good work.
This was the first entry I received in the contest, and from probably the single most enthusiastic contestant in this whole deal, too, haha. Stargame quickly came out with a very musical, very enjoyable trancey remix of Weeping Clouds. While the production values aren’t the single highest ever, it’s still a very melodic, well-arranged track, which I can still safely endorse as being highly pleasing to the ears.
While this remix isn’t the single most crisp track I received, it’s got a very beautiful, melodic quality to it. A successful conversion of prog house/trance to melodic, uplifting trance is what this is, and (being a sucker for an uplifting track), I thoroughly enjoyed this entry.
Aaron Prime remix
Adam Tyler remix
A.n3gro & Spark Lez remix
Daji Screw remix
Disco Mike remix
DJ EndroO remix
DJ Exception remix
DJ Garffi3 remix
DJ Mastermonkey remix
DJ Pipes remix
Durt Grizzly remix
Giomi Casu remix
Jericho Ismael remix
Joel T remix
Joey Marcello remix
Kelby Clark remix
Le Penseur remix
Liam Broad remix
Malxist remix 1
Malxist remix 2
Mattia Bruno remix
Michael Fearon remix
Nikos P remix
Project Leam remix
Sava Boric remix
Stereo Republic remix
Techno Bears remix
The Opensky remix
Tell your friends! Tell your neighbors! Tell your husband or your wife, if you haven’t already hidden them from that one guy in Lincoln Park! I’m proud to announce the commencement of a remix contest for my brand-new track “Weeping Clouds,” a collaboration with the excellent and talented Hollidayrain.
– Entries are due by December 18, 2010, at 11:59 PM MST
– Loops and MIDIs from this contest are released to you under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license.
– Multiple remix attempts are permitted and even encouraged!
– Remixes must be submitted as 320kbps MP3s – the winning remixers will be asked to send uncompressed versions of their respective tracks.
– Send a link to your remix(es) to me at music -at- flexstyle music -dot- com. Soundcloud.com is a great place to upload, but make sure people are allowed to download what you upload.
– Keep all remixes PG-rated. I don’t think this will be a problem, but absolutely nothing “objectionable” in the remix.
– Collaborations are permitted. I’ll let the collaborators decide how to split the prizes.
– I reserve the right to change any aspect of the contest at any time. I don’t think this will happen in any sort of dramatic fashion (maybe more prizes or something?) but I have to cover my bases.
– By submitting a remix, you are authorizing me to use it in any way I see fit.
– Have fun, doggonnit!
That’s all well and good, you say, but what about prizes? Prizes include the following:
– Inclusion on upcoming Flexstyle album “Eye of the Storm,” due for release in January 2010 (1st place)
– Inclusion as a bonus track on the deluxe edition of “Eye of the Storm” (2nd and 3rd place)
– Entire Flexstyle discography in file format of your choice (1st, 2nd, and 3rd place)
– Wusik Station and Wusik EVE VSTi plugins, donated by Wusik.com and valued at $80 USD each (1st and 2nd place)