Hello there, guys! I'm a little unsure here about the forum rules concerning orchestrations. After all it's not a 100% composition in the strict meaning of the word. I think it should fit here, though. If not, I appologize and promise to never do it again.
Down to business, then. I made an orchestration of some themes from Metal Gear on the MSX: 'Operation N313', 'Theme of Tara' and 'Red Alert'. Three separate pieces that I've merged into a medley. The game was released in 1987, it's a stealth action game (meaning you must avoid being seen) and used only 8-bit sounds on its soundtrack. Although I've heard a lot of orchestrations for the Theme of Tara, I have never found a 'Red Alert' rendition.
I tried to emulate the military feeling we get from the whole Metal Gear franchise, that's why I've abundantly used the snare and brass in strongest parts throughout the piece.
Operation N313 works like an overture, introducing an epic adventure but leaving something in the air. I wanted this part to be just brass, percussion at really high dynamics and just a little bit of winds to set the mood of the entire piece. There's also a trumpet arpeggio that I'm not sure it's possible to play at the original tempo, so I made a rallentando there to try to solve that and also increase drama at the overture's end.
Theme of Tara is the main theme of the game. It plays while the main character sneaks past guards and surveillance cameras. Pizzicato strings and sttaccato winds to simulate that misterious, tiptoe hidden action and sudden tutti and percussion attacks to show some danger. Later on it develops into a more fast paced rhythm and gets more military when the full orchestra plays together until the end of this part.
Red Alert is the chasing theme; it plays when the main character is spoted sneaking around and it's really really fast, meaning it may be impossible for an orchestra to play. I slowed the tempo so it feels more realistic, but maybe it's still not possible to play, I don't know. Anyway, lots of stuff happening at the same time. I tried to switch the melodies between sections from time to time and created accompaniments and counterpoints based on the original.
I have attached a mp3 file with the original 8-bit music edited to have the same strucuture as my medley, for comparison. What I would like to know is if I'm on the right track orchestration wise; if I succeeded in conveying the moods I described with the instrumentation I chose; and what could I have done to better achieve those.
Again, I'm not sure about the forum rules on orchestration, as it's not my original music. I apologize once again and am ready to remove the thread at the mods' command. Thanks for listening and be nice, please! I'm studying and learning, I swear!