ReMix: Arkanoid "1999 (2000 Mix)" 2:25

By Chris Abbott

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Arranging the music of one song...

"Loader"

Primary Game: Arkanoid (Imagine Software, 1986, C64), music by Martin Galway

Posted 2000-02-09, evaluated by djpretzel


Arkanoid was another classic that ate up quarters like no tomorrow and gave Taito some major attention. It apparently was also one of the first games to use samples in the soundtrack (sampled instruments, not voice!) This heavy-hitting industrial strength update of the commodore version's soundtrack was contributed by the incomparable Chris Abbot, who runs WWW.C64AUDIO.COM , where more such treasures are stored for your listening pleasure

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Discussion

Latest 15 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
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Brandon Strader
on 2011-12-03 19:18:04

Digging the beat, and I'm so glad the highs of the percussion are not too loud. That's something that plagued a lot of these earlier mixes. The arrangement is not particularly enticing, but the synths are used well and have good use of panning to add some body to the mix. The drums might actually be a little soft as a whole and could use more punch. The drum clarity is better at 1:27 when the song is much less busy, but there is a bit of mud earlier on. The song was easy to listen to a couple times but it doesn't really introduce additional song structure or go anywhere interesting.

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Gario
on 2011-12-02 00:49:23

Woa, first remix that's not a DjP classic. I'm liking it, too.

Nice synth combination - wet lower synths with springy, catchy dry synths. They create a nice synergy and fill the soundscape quite effectively. It's a rare thing to have an older remix where I'm perfectly happy with the sample quality, but here's such a remix.

The arrangement doesn't seem to move too far, harmonically. Fortunately the textures are changed up considerably, so that keeps the mix interesting enough. Even still, more harmonic motion would've been great.

Good stuff - eight destructible blocks out of ten.

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Crulex
on 2011-10-18 10:23:50

Impressive! This is a very nice little ReMix that seems to be a few years ahead of its time. Although it's a bit short and could do with a little more expansion, for what it is and when it was made, this is an amazing piece to listen to.

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Skinner3D
on 2010-10-13 15:41:44

I listened to the original and then listend to this song. I really like how this one feels more 'full'. It carries over the tone and feeling of the original nicely.

:)

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Tables
on 2010-07-06 15:05:36

Our first non-DJP remix and it... is pretty cool

The intro is fantastic, and as a whole this reminds me of something Frank Klepacki would do if he was happier (especially with that snare and the squishy synths near the end). Some samples could be better, but for this that's nitpicking. A good oldie, I just wish it weren't so damn short

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OA
on 2008-02-14 14:55:05

Before I had even loaded up the song I was cringing, due to the reputation the oldest songs on the site have, but as soon as it started i was very pleasantly surprised. Shows what I know. :P

Cool start up intro with some blippy glitchy percussion, and well-processed and panned synths filled out the soundfield pretty well and though it won't be winning any creativity awards anytime soon, I do have to admit I was jammin a bit to this one.

Great synths, pretty rockin beat, this is a really nice one.

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Jaybell
on 2007-10-24 15:14:52

The eighth song posted EVER still holds up to this day. Awesome awesome.

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Inv1ctus
on 2007-10-09 04:11:40

wow this guy has skills... no sorry lets make that skillz with a z.

Im seeing in 16 bit color again and its a beautiful thing!

Whats really cool about this track is that the panning of the tricked out sound effects makes it sound like a paddle hitting a ball and making it bounce all over the place like a really difficult level.

Really crisp clean sounds that give the feel of arcade simplicity that is very appropriate.

*busts out the SNES emulator and arkanoid rom*

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Liontamer
on 2007-02-08 16:50:27

Classic VG arrangement goodness, and an old favorite. Even just from a historic sense, it's a must download.

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RimFrost the Tourianist
on 2005-10-25 01:19:02

Just like watkinzez said, it needed some expanding..

But otherwise it's fun electronica ,and a good solid reminder of the 80's golden gaming era.

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watkinzez
on 2005-10-20 21:24:17

The soundscape at the start of the song works well- it feels full and rich after the preceding beep intro. Problem is, the song is so underdeveloped. At its current state the it just doesn't go anywhere beyond the basic drum loop with a few variations. There was some great ideas here that desperately need expanding.

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meccaneer
on 2005-10-09 14:20:38

More chirps!

Excellent beginning. Poor ending; too abrupt.

The pads are slick. I would have made the entirety more minor. The drums work really well with the ambience. It's a good track so, let's make it longer!

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atomflux
on 2004-06-14 09:54:37

This is the first remix I ever downloaded from this community, I like it.

What scares me though is I actually heard this before I'd even heard of this community as the remix appears as a backing track to a trainer patch on a psx burn I have. So it was hauntingly familiar to me for a while, until I figured out where I'd heard it before.

10/10.

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Durinthal
on 2003-12-15 23:42:11

Well-done electronica song for being one of the first remixes around, including an ambient section with vocal support. Nothing too outstanding, however, and it ends up being a fairly mediocre piece. Not on my regular playlist.

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CXI
on 2002-12-31 14:34:30

A good mix from Chris Abbot. Not the kind of ReMix you would find yourself jumping out of your chair and dancing to, but an enjoyable listen and an overall well done techno/electronic piece.

The zooming sound in the background fitted well with the other, less flowing instruments, which even included (or perhaps just sounded like) some of the tones from the original game. The more ambient bit after 1:06 sounded great and added a nice change to an otherwise sound-rich mix. The voice added that extra touch of ambience. The instruments fading back in was well done, the ending sounded okay, but nothing special.

There was some indefinable quality about the first half of this ReMix that didn't sound so great. Perhaps it was just a bit too muhc c64 chirpiness carrying over, or perhaps Chris Abbot is just better suited to a slower kind of beat. Regardless, this ReMix is well worth the listen, if not for the nice beats then for its historical significance as the first ReMix posted on the site.

Sources Arranged (1 Song)


Primary Game:
Arkanoid (Imagine Software, 1986, C64)
Music by Martin Galway
Songs:
"Loader"

Tags (10)


Genre:
Downtempo, Industrial
Mood:
Dark
Instrumentation:
Choir, Electronic, Synth
Additional:
Effects > Glitching
Time > 4/4 Time Signature
Time > Duration: Short
Time > Tempo: Moderate

File Information


Name:
Arkanoid_1999_(2000_Mix)_OC_ReMix.mp3
Size:
2,118,333 bytes
MD5:
b81c2d3ffe3e37f6c0b61bc2b8062191
Bitrate:
112Kbps
Duration:
2:25

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