ReMix: Contra "AMEN Reflux" 3:16

By djpretzel

Arranging the music of one song...

"Dense Forest Battle (Main BGM)"

Primary Game: Contra (Konami, 1988, NES), music by Kazuki Muraoka

Posted 2000-03-10, evaluated by djpretzel


I still remember entering that good ole universal Konami cheat : up,up,down,down,left,right, left,right,b,a,b,a,start. Why? Because I sucked, but I wanted to play through this badass game that was really one of the titles that DEFINED the NES, for me at least . . the first stage music is really actually fairly complex; I had to simplify it a bit to fit the limitations both of techno and of my own available time, but I don't think it stinks tooo bad . . download, pump of the volume, turn up the nostalgia, and reminisce for a bit!

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Latest 15 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
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Tables
on 2015-05-20 11:11:42

Oooooh yeah that twisted my ears in the beginning. Actually this whole thing was kind of abrasive, not one of my favorite DJP jams, sorry friend. But it evolved into a pretty creative doodle of the source. Even when the instruments aren't super fun to listen to and the dynamics are nearly nonexistent, at least the notes being played are arranged in a very cool way.

It's just funny how some of these first mixes, including a lot of DJP ones, use these strange instruments and are this weird genre of electronic music, a specialized sound you really don't hear outside of the VGM realm, besides some Newgrounds folk. It's just very distinctive for me and I can't for the life of me figure out why it stands out that much for me. Iunno

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Magellanic
on 2011-12-06 07:52:16

Aw, Contra, or Probotector if you happened to be in Europe. So many fond memories of trying to beat this game. I never did know the cheat but then I was like 5 years old. The soundtrack is just fantastic and so its great to see that this series has had some remix love. The track is pretty good and the arrangement defintely gives a fresh feel to the source. I'm not sure the style is quite my thing, but theres a lot of energy and it defintely keeps the vibe of the game. The ending is just amazing. That final motif is expertly placed. A fun and zany mix worth checking out if you're a fan of the game.

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Crulex
on 2011-10-26 10:22:56

I can't unhear the Brentalfloss version whenever I hear the original theme. But this isn't bad at all. This is the kind of ReMix that grows on me and I enjoyed it quite a bit. I liked the scratching bits after the looping laugh, but not so much the laugh. All in all, one of the better early OCR's. Long live the Konami code.

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SubNormal J3
on 2010-11-18 04:05:28

Every time I listen to this, I feel so pathetic that I haven't played a Contra game yet. Regardless, I think this mix really captures the feel of all those bullets and missiles bombarding you as you progress through the levels. That sample at 1:25 is pretty cool, too.

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Marmiduke
on 2009-10-12 06:55:47

I liked it. There, I said it. As far as bringing an awesomely complex melody into the larger-than-life over-the-top style that was the original OverClocked Remix, this is a huge success. It may represent a more juvenile direction, especially in retrospect, but for me this is fun, infectious videogame music turned up to eleven.

You need a selective palatte for this sort of stuff, maybe. But to me, this is still strong on all fronts, almost ten years on. Doesn't hold up to the output of the site nowadays obviously, but I consider that an irrelevant observation. More than worth a chance.

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OA
on 2007-12-13 11:44:46

This one is kind of uneven; there are some great parts (the scrathing at 1:35) and some that leave me scratching my head (the looped laughing at 1:22).

Synthwise it has the entire kitchen sink thrown in, for good or for ill, and there is plenty to listen to. It's creative enough, but I think it needed a bit more focused direction.

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geven staines
on 2006-07-01 01:33:09

it makes me think of the similar DOOM track, and at the same time the METALLICA track that both songs seem to have stolen from. it's still unoriginal, but it shows big influence on gaming music from metallica. where else would you get trax kickass enough for DOOM and CONTRA?

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Katsurugi
on 2006-06-15 11:54:26

As a whole, I did not really get into this song as much as I did some of the other Contra remixes. It is a bit off, but still pays tribute to one of the most memorable songs ever the NES era. If this remix were done on the fly or just for plain fun, I can see why certain liberties were taken. I personally would stick to the original sound file.

Though DJP has come a long way, this is just a fair warning to other Contra enthusiats who might have unrealistic hopes as this being one of the greatest remixes ever.

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GreatCow
on 2005-02-04 07:28:16

At first I did not care to much for this song, it was ok. But after awhile of listening to it you become rather fond of it.

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Viperzshadow
on 2004-06-14 21:07:16

I don't know why but this remix just kinda grabs ahold of me and won't let go. I wasn't too sure about this song when I first listened to it but it's grown on me and wierdly it's one of my favorite remixes. It's just so wierd and wacky and stuff that it has it's own charm to it.

8.7/10

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FreedomForTheMasses
on 2003-12-18 16:57:29

Arrgh, I'm going back and listening to the "bases loaded" mix, this one's too goofy for me :(

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Kamikaze Noodle
on 2003-07-01 04:13:20

DJP's older stuff has a sort of, "cartoonish" sound to it. Like some kinda crazy all over the place effects processing, and interestingly matched synths. Pretty much all of his old mixes had this sound and this one's no exception. A pretty bland reinterpretation that doesn't really feel like it takes any risks and uses some pretty lame synths. Thankfully, DJP has gotten a lot better nowadays.

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videogame_fab
on 2003-05-26 22:05:34

this remix was okay, contra has good music but not really for techno, a good site to get a rock remix for contra is www.minibosses.com, they also have a great megaman2 remix, check it out

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Centrifug
on 2003-05-24 04:38:28

I didnt really like this remix.

The instruments were to "unclear" warped? and disted.

the hihat was the most irritating sound.

i mean there was no relaxation.. the kind of nostalgia kick you usually get when you really recognize and love an old song..

to fuzzy and blurry instruments

i went kinda dissapointed when listening to this..

probably the worst remix dj pretzel has made..

all his other is high quality goods..

but this . i dont like

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GameBlazer
on 2003-01-04 17:40:49

Actually there are two different codes, infinite lives, and 9 lives per continue. Both are on sale @ GameSkins.com (I've got the Konami code one)

I downloaded this mix a while ago, but never really got around to listening to it. Strange, as I'm a HUGE Contra fan (I got a plug-in amp for my Game Boy just so everybody at school could hear the Operation C Contra goodness oozing from the speakers, and also got threatened a lot as a result.) I like it. It's not a straight up note-for-note beat for beat mix, which I usually prefer, but there's definitely something to it that keeps me listening. Not really the sort of mix where you can hum along even though you've never heard it before. I could definitely see myself using this mix as one of a few that I use to convince my friends (huge gamers, themselves) that there is actually some merit to game music. Download it, you IDIOTS!

Sources Arranged (1 Song)


Primary Game:
Contra (Konami, 1988, NES)
Music by Kazuki Muraoka
Songs:
"Dense Forest Battle (Main BGM)"

Tags (8)


Genre:
EDM, Electro
Mood:
Quirky
Instrumentation:
Electronic, Synth
Additional:
Arrangement > Extended Soloing
Effects > Distortion
Time > Tempo: Moderate

File Information


Name:
Contra_AMEN_Reflux_OC_ReMix.mp3
Size:
3,675,351 bytes
MD5:
3fac49d7519268e16a17b2f53e200d1f
Bitrate:
146Kbps
Duration:
3:16

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