ReMix: Castlevania: The Adventure "Tempest Mix" 3:28

By MkVaff

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chiptune distortion edm funky glitching hip-hop strings suspenseful synth tempo-moderate
Arranging the music of one song...

"Revenge (Stage 4 BGM)"

Primary Game: Castlevania: The Adventure (Konami, 1991, GB), music by Hidehiro Funauchi, Norio Hanzawa, Shigeru Fukutake

Posted 2000-10-05, evaluated by djpretzel


Oh yeah. Bring on the quality. Just the listen to freakin' cool way Quasikaotic plays with the wind / storm ambiance that he begins this most badass of castlevania ReMixes with - it's GRRRRRREAT as Tony the Tiger might say. There's some mighty find DSP and processing on this track in general, with EQ and filtering and distortion and everything a healthy ear needs. I really LOVE the way he keeps it interesting, compositionally and sonically, throughout the entire piece, the choir he introduces is fantastic - what can be said? This is really good one you should definitely grab. Really.

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Discussion: Latest 15 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
Crulex
on 2014-07-27 17:51:48

Really liked the effects used in the mix, between the storm and the clock bell tower chimes. The way the synths were manipulated and used was awesome and the overall effect of the mix is great. Definitely one of the better old-school OCR gems.

SubNormal J3
on 2010-11-15 01:55:23

It always fascinates me how McV can make such a compelling mix without doing anything particularly "groundbreaking" in production and melodic interpretation. A real testament that remixing doesn't require you to be a professional.

Anyways enough of that speech again. This has been one of my favorite McVaffe mixes for some time. It "just works." Can't really say anything besides that.

42
on 2009-12-23 19:45:12

This one is very playful with layers of meta; it recognizes that this is an arrangement and takes the atmospheric storm samples and chunkily and tongue in cheekily blends them into the mix. This is an incredibly fun song to listen to because it takes so many liberties with the sound samples plus its got a nicely groove a happening. The only thing though is that it feels too short, though. :razz:

DragonAvenger
on 2009-12-17 22:02:01

Very funky groove going on here, I like the synth used for the main melody. There are a lot of good effects used here, including the opening rain/storm, but also including various effects added to the sounds that change the textures. Pretty catchy overall, nice work.

Nobbynob Littlun
on 2009-10-23 16:48:08

Have I ever mentioned how awesome that "donggggg" at 1:41 is? Just sayin'.

Marmiduke
on 2009-01-26 09:02:38

Ah. If only I had the motivation to create a retrospective on the use of rain effects in remixes, this one would be the granddaddy of them all. Not only does it actually use it as an instrument and not just atmos, but there's a totally standalone badass mix in there as well. The whole thing is just a whirlwind of bells, whistles and rain, from a time back when McVaffe was poised to explode onto the OCR scene. A classic.

SoulinEther
on 2008-12-09 17:22:00

I played Castlevania Adventure maybe twice, and I think they poorly adapted the Castlevania franchise to the small, black and white (green-gray pre-Pocket i guess) screen. And the music wasn't all that great IMO.

That is, until McVaffe got his hands on it. The rain? Awesome. Even if it still sounds Gameboy-ish, there's more than enough going on to sate you.

OA
on 2006-12-27 11:02:01

There are a ton of fantastic surprises in this mix! Though the chopped and panned rain at the bottom gets most of the credit, the creative processing of synths throughout, filtered beats, and overall sheen are equally worthy of praise. The breakdown and buildup is especially effective, and though I am not a huge fan of the 8bit sounds, they work very well in the context of the mix.

Very inspiring. :)

Cheeszeman_
on 2004-10-01 12:34:54

yo. just cuz nobody said it im gonna say that the Water/Rain effects kick @$$!! lol ok apart from the beginning the songs pretty good too, kinda typical McVaffe mixing. not a bad tune, others are better though... DL this just for the beginning.

Mini Mog
on 2004-08-08 19:34:05

Out of all the mixes McVaffe has done for the Castlevania games, this one is my favorite. The way he mixed the rain sound effects at the beginning is pure genius, and it just gets better from there!

What's really nice about this arrangement is the fact that it has the ability to appeal to fans of the original tune as well as to those who prefer a more polished version.

All worshipping aside, if you don't have this mix yet, go download it now! :D

Ashgad
on 2003-09-11 22:35:20

Holy crap! This song rules-- it has a great combination of chip tones and more conventional techno synths. Gives me a great old school vibe. The drum work is just awesome. Love the way McV puts those ambient rain sounds to work, too. I just wish I'd downloaded this track sooner :(.

zircon
on 2003-07-14 09:15:03

Definitly some of McV's best work, in my opinion. The rain as percussion thing (along with the panning) is creative, and sounds cool. While I usually don't like original synths being used- something that McVaffe seems to like quite a bit- I think in this case, they were used well. The percussion is great, as is the middle part with what sounds like explosions as percusison. Two thumbs up!

Gnam
on 2003-07-12 01:28:20

The thing I find interesting about this mix is its use of the original gameboy synths for the main melody- to it's advantage rather than it's detriment. I've heard a lot of songs that used either original 4-8 bit synths for the lead (or sometimes just synths so bad they sound like NES or MIDI music) and usually it's just brings the whole mix down. In this mix, it provides a simple, but pure and catchy instrument for the main line that really makes the peice. Of course, this is made possible by the high-quality instrumentation of all the other components of the song, creating a layered atmosphere where almost any instrument can join in and it will still work.

To tell you the truth though, somtimes I wonder if had he put in an electric guitar in for the main line instead of the GB synth, would it have sounded even better?

The Coop
on 2003-03-26 00:19:41

Like the last one, this tune is a nice mix of retro gameboy chips sounds mixed in with techno-esque beats and a gothic flavoring behind the harmonies. but this one goes a step further by adding in a good sounding chorus later in the song. Like the first one, I would have liked to have heard it have an ending rather than a fade, but it's minor.

Another cool tune :D

skawttieboy
on 2002-06-26 12:39:06

wonders never cease to amaze me with McVaffe's remix of Castlevania. Everything done precise, and perfect. Nice job! :)

Sources Arranged (1 Song)


Primary Game:
Castlevania: The Adventure (Konami, 1991, GB)
Music by Hidehiro Funauchi, Norio Hanzawa, Shigeru Fukutake
Songs:
"Revenge (Stage 4 BGM)"

Tags (10)


Genre:
EDM, Hip Hop
Mood:
Funky, Suspenseful
Instrumentation:
Chiptune, Strings, Synth
Additional:
Effects > Distortion
Effects > Glitching
Time > Tempo: Moderate

File Information


Name:
Castlevania_The_Adventure_Tempest_Mix_OC_ReMix.mp3
Size:
5,070,306 bytes
MD5:
ce77347dd60308cf73acc62983be1979
Bitrate:
192Kbps
Duration:
3:28

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