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#1 djpretzel



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Posted 31 October 2011 - 07:05 PM

What did you think? Post your opinion of this ReMix.

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Posted 31 October 2011 - 07:35 PM

Dubstep: the musical Marmite; you either love it or hate it. Personally I like everything in moderation, and zircon's forays into dubstep don't just end with "lol the bass has wobble so the track's finished", but are typically well-rounded and varied affairs (see also: Buzzsaw). As mentioned in the write-up, the synths alone are hugely varied to give the track a really fresh sound throughout, in addition to high melodic content as well as the signature bass and drum processing indicative of the genre.

I urge anyone put off by the "dubstep" tag to give it a listen - it's a natural progression from other forms of electronica, and when used in this way, as zircon does, it restores a sense of respectability that I think is perhaps lacking at the moment, given the volume of lazy dubstep remixes out there.

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Posted 31 October 2011 - 08:11 PM

Dubstep certainly is tricky. When I first started hearing it, most of the songs sounded pretty much the same. But more recently I've heard actual variations within the style. This song makes very good use of the dubstep style, while being totally catchy and enjoyable. As DarkSim said, if you're reluctant to hear yet another dubstep, you should still give this a listen.

PS: This is the first comment I've ever posted on a song. That's how much I enjoyed this song.
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Posted 31 October 2011 - 08:33 PM

The only thing that could possibly make this better is a sudden and inexplicable change in time signature.

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Posted 31 October 2011 - 08:40 PM

This is like dubstep with widespread appeal. Awesome work, possibly one of my favorite VGM remixes by Andy (which says a lot!)
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Posted 31 October 2011 - 09:01 PM

Dubstep is certainly all the rage and I'm not gonna lie, I've been so put off the genre by thinking its just "wub wub" that I haven't given it a proper chance. Having taken DarkSim's advice, I really hate to say this.......but if this is Dubstep.....I need to get me some more!

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Posted 31 October 2011 - 11:09 PM

This is how you dubstep :-D One of the most tasteful excursions into the genre that I've ever heard, period, and probably the best dubstep song on OCR. Like all of zircon's music, what makes it so enjoyable is not simply the genre adaptation and the great production, but how it goes so far off-the-rails and doesn't fall in line with the kinds of tropes that you'd expect from whatever genre he's tackling.

Also, as is the case with all of his other mixes, this one gets better and better as it goes along, Andy doesn't use all of his tricks right off the bat, which I immensely appreciate. A lot of electronic music is structured in a way that you can fast forward through the first minute of the song and cut it short after the first chorus and you don't feel like you've missed anything of worth. That's not the case here.

Creative, detailed, and expertly-crafted. That's what I like to hear :-D


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Posted 31 October 2011 - 11:54 PM

This was straight delicious dude. It has that cinematic sound to it. This is some mad dirty stuff here and it's done tastefully which seems like some kind of contradiction. Samus and grime goes well together. Awesome stuff Andrew =D.

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Posted 01 November 2011 - 03:57 PM

This kinda dubstep i can enjoy its got variety,
Its taken techno and done more rhythm and really works well.
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Posted 01 November 2011 - 04:42 PM

I like it. I like it a lot. ...but I feel that what I like about dubstep this track doesn't really exemplify. All of the wub wubs and badass dirty synths are spot on, but I feel what makes kickass dubstep is progressive melodic parts followed by a simple, heavily-textured, captivating, and very loud, breakdown. This is spread so thick though that I feel like dubstep isn't the best genre title for it anymore.

Which isn't knocking the track at all, it's quite dark and very delicious... just... why can't we call it: 'dark electronica with dubstep-like warbling bass' or 'dark wub wub electro' instead of just 'dubstep'? This really doesn't sound like any other 'dubstep' out there... probably to the delight of many. :roll:

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Posted 01 November 2011 - 04:59 PM

When I first downloaded Harmony of a Hunter at first I didn't like it, but after I repeatedly listened to it, I started to get fond of it

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Posted 02 November 2011 - 03:49 PM

This mix packs as much variety and energy as Samus's own arsenal. I love the unexpected change-up at 2:39 in particular. Regardless of whether it's "pure" dubstep, I could have kept listening for several minutes longer.
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Posted 03 November 2011 - 11:55 PM

Several months ago I was watching Zircon's video demo/tutorial on making dubstep synth patches with Zebra, and I really wanted to hear them piled on with effects, in a completed track. Well, guess I got what I wanted :-D This is a well put-together mix, and it's very dark yet chill at the same time. My only gripe is that I wanted it to go on for 1 or 2 more minutes. But this uses the popular dubstep trend of throwing in a lot of different textures and they flow together nicely.
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Posted 06 November 2011 - 08:04 PM

GROSSBEAT PRESET!! Heard it from the first time I listened... it might even be one of the reasons I like this track so much. Or maybe it's that I have huge respect for zircon. Either way, this is awesome. This and "The Clubbing of Isaac" by BGC inspired me to try out some dubstep elements myself, even though historically I've been VERY against the genre. Kudos to the both of you for expanding my musical repertoire, and for being so damn awesome


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Posted 17 November 2011 - 08:51 PM

Zircon always comes up with neat ideas to tweak with certain key tracks. Metroid's OST was always hidden with different thematic elements. But tweaking it into dubstep was not easy. I'm sure it took a bit of time to put this one together.

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Posted 02 December 2011 - 12:53 AM

Hello Zircon. I made a video, for a final wrok of my post-grad in Visual Arts, and i used one of your mixes( Ashes to Ashes) like soundtrack. Fit like a glove! This is the link:

Hope you enjoy, your mix is f..AWESOME!

See ya!

PS: i'm a big fan of metroid and rockman...

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Posted 02 December 2011 - 05:31 AM

Just like Andy, I completely missed the meteoric rise of dubstep until I got out of my 5 month trek through boot camp.

I've been rarely disappointed by Andy's music, and this mix is no exception. It doesn't use the wubs as a crux for the whole song, and does some more intricate things here. My only real letdown here is how the song ends - it's lame!

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Posted 07 April 2012 - 04:57 PM

I haven't posted my own review of this yet? I could have sworn I have. Oh well. Here goes:
This remix leads us in with a nice wah-wah bass and some slow drums with the perfect touch of reverb. There's no sudden volume jump, which is nice. Then the melody comes in, which gives an eerie feel. Then of course the wub-wub comes in, and I expected some variation soon; heh, I didn't know what hit me. I loved that there's always a sense of progression in this. There's nothing we can skip. :o

Then at 1:00 a bass from... Massive? I think I may have used this one before! It could be the Dynamite Breaks preset with some modifications to make it short and to remove the automated panning. That's a kewl preset. Oh, and I think I sense some dBlueGlitch and GrossBeat in here. :D I'm also seeing some ArtsAcoustic Reverb! :}

2:39 - This is such an insane section. I could listen to this for weeks and still not discern all the esoteric complexities that interweave within this monstrous masterpiece. xD

2:50... That bass that feels like it's closing in on you... What is that? That is awesome, and it really stands out at the right moment.

And of course, it ends with no tail. :P This is a remix to remember for ages to come.

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 03:31 PM

Interesting to hear a dubstep ReMix where the dubstep isn't overpowering the entire song. It seems to be an addition to the aggressive electronica and piano sections rather than taking over the entire ReMix. That being said, terrific work on this one, Zircon. The last minute really dropped the hammer on this dark track and like I said before, switching between piano and electronica was cool.


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