Dude this is a really slick departure from the original source. Good work.
many thanks. after processing the first two times it didn't really sound that much different, just more saturated and gritty. the main thing was using the sample sculpting tools (not sure what to call 'em, envelope filters i suppose is the proper term) to make things sound quite a bit different. also I just mixed it out of my laptop speakers and I think it sounds better than a lot of my mixes lol.
oh yeah and my editing choices in soundforge of course were pretty important for the whole thing. I found some parts that would make more percussive samples and the rest of it were things that I thought sounded cool as abstract loops.
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