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*NO* Mega Man 4 & 6 'Red Chamomile'
Remixer 1 Name: Rexy (real name: Beverley Wooff)
OCRemix user ID: 7528
Remixer 2 Name: Brandon Strader
Email: email@example.com (yes, Brandon has a new email, deal with it)
OCRemix user ID: 3123
Remix title: "Red Chamomile"
Games covered: Mega Man 4 / Mega Man 6
Individual songs covered: Dr. Cossack's Fortress Stages 3/4 (MM4), Title (MM4 - Cameo), Plant Man's Stage (MM6),
Well, with the first Wily Castle Remix Gauntlet due to end soon, as well as 2011 itself, I shall take the time now to send off an entry in which I was the lead arranger.
Round 6's source for people to mix their chosen robot masters with was the second Dr. Cossack stage theme from Mega Man 4; when finding that out on the train back from the London Gaming Con, my first thought was "I didn't research this because Cossack isn't Wily", but I still pressed on and gave it a go.
Part of my inspiration on this came from studying some of Queen's faster-paced works from the early 1970s, which is made evident with the drum writing more than anything else. Having understood that Plant Man can be a more delicate Robot Master, it's fair that a hint of his more "feminine" side could be reflected by citing musical influences that could be seen as feminine at its core. (!)
Regardless, with Cossack being a Russian scientist, it's fair that the track would practically launch Plant Man right in the centre of a more chaotic Siberian plunderstorm of energy as he tries to force his way through the lair with nothing more than a protective barrier of petals. In other words, it's all about the mad rawk this time ;)
Again, I give thanks to team mate Brandon Strader who chipped in with live performances on guitars/tambourine and offered his mastering services for a third time. Quoting his experience...
Red Chamomile is an arrangement by Rexy, and it is really fantastic I think. Just like with Hogtied and some of our other collabs, I recorded the guitars, replaced the sounds and mixed / mastered it. I even chopped one of her piano parts and she never noticed but I did it for the good of the song. >:] I love the subtle echo on the acoustic guitar, and I think the song sounds great. I think this collab, like our others, shows both of our styles pretty well. The tambourine was totally improvised and I got it in like 1 take and I love that part. This song is all about the TAMBOURINE!
Given that the track had to be established within a time limit, it wasn't easy trying to get this together, but I'm glad it did because hearing this back managed to give a spur of confidence for both the track's performance and its listenability. Even hearing some of his subtle changes and creative decisions were neat too, so major props there.
And thank you again DarkeSword for running the gauntlet! It may not be quite as evident, but the experience really got me to grow as a producer, and I hope to take the experience to heart for future endeavours :D
-Bev & Brandon-
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MlRGotA3Yzs - Cossack
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K7tQufOC0d8 - Plant Man
Last edited by Palpable; 05-19-2012 at 08:22 PM. Reason: closed
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