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)

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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)

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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)

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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.

Honorable Mentions:

(in no particular order)

Alex Maynard remix

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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.

ConDem remix

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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.

Beast remix

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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.

Ams remix

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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.

Stargame remix

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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.

Oykun remix

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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.

Everything else:

Aaron Prime remix

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Adam Tyler remix

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Alpha remix

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A.n3gro & Spark Lez remix

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Ash remix

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Churpenstein remix

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Cubosity remix

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Daji Screw remix

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Disco Mike remix

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Djalil remix

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DJ EndroO remix

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DJ Exception remix

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DJ Garffi3 remix

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DJ Mastermonkey remix

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DJ Pipes remix

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Durt Grizzly remix

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Dynamonster remix

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Ebudae remix

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Giomi Casu remix

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Jericho Ismael remix

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Joel T remix

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Joey Marcello remix

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Kelby Clark remix

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Kohlensaur remix

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Le Penseur remix

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LG remix

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Liam Broad remix

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Ma5haria remix

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Malxist remix 1

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Malxist remix 2

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Manymore remix

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Mattia Bruno remix

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Michael Fearon remix

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Moran remix

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Nikos P remix

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Project Leam remix

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Sava Boric remix

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Spellz remix

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Stereopole remix

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Stereo Republic remix

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Techno Bears remix

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The Opensky remix

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