ReMix: Sonic the Hedgehog "Particle Brain" 3:54

By Jivemaster

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Arranging the music of one song...

"Scrap Brain Zone"

Primary Game: Sonic the Hedgehog (Sega, 1991, GEN), music by Masato Nakamura

Posted 2001-03-24, evaluated by djpretzel


Holy shit . . . I think we have a winner for best techno intro, hands down. The first half minute of this high-energy sonic rollercoaster of a sonic ReMix from brother Jivemaster is just plain scary. The whole mix features excellent textures, amazing and over-the-top percussion in Jivemaster's signature style, and some drop-jaw run-for-cover synth riffage that'll make your eardrums scream for mercy AND more. The fantastic variety that Jive managed to squeeze from this track, and the high quality that he maintains throughout, is just flat out flooring. You MUST grab it, you simply must. I'm very impressed at some of the tricks here, very impressed. I like this ReMix so much that I keep repeating myself, repeating myself. Hells Yeah.

djpretzel

Discussion: Latest 15 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
Marmiduke
on 2010-07-10 00:41:32

This is an extremely hard tune to remix, and I can hear Jivemaster wrangling with it, trying to salvage some of the good ideas out of this techno scribble.

I don't think the lead melody meshes that well with the sound, and for me there was enough reason here to think this could have been an abandoned experiment. It doesn't really do anything with the tune and it disappointingly turns it's focus onto the breakneck side of things.

Technically, it sounds pretty good for its age. But I don't think the ideas were executed too well and maybe it was a bit too ambitious for the time.

Can't say it worked for me.

OA
on 2008-06-10 19:14:16

Production on this one is all over the place, but it does have some energy to it, and I can totally see how this was the shizz back in the day. The filtered, arped, and gated whatever-the-hell-it-is synth is very effective, and easily drives the track. The lead sound is a bit too laid back though for the rest of the track, and the percussion is mixed strangely, with a ton of air in it.

The amount of progression is a small detriment, as there really ins't much more beyond sudden breakdowns and buildups; the transitions are break-neck as well, which I think make it sound a little out of control. Beats are decent but very straightforward. Not one of Jivemaster's best, but it holds up alright. Overall that synth carries the entire mix.

KogeJoe
on 2007-01-29 03:25:20

It's alright music, but lacks creativity if you asked me...

Scrap Brain is actually my favorite track out of all of Sonic 1, and I felt this mix doesn't do it much justice just sitting the main melody on mostly one minor chord. Kind of boring... It takes a good melody line and just blandens it (if that's even a word...). There it sits, mostly stripped...

Mind you, a new chord progression isn't bad, when done well. Only thing about this one is that it rarely progresses, if at all...

SillyJayJo
on 2006-10-25 05:47:22

hahahahah Pretzel was the easily amused one this time.

I like what's happening during the middle of this mix. The beginning eh. I don't hear what's so chaotic about though. This is mild to me.

edit: actually I take that back, its grown on me while I posted this and now I like the beginning! whooOOOoaaaaa my will is easily bent.

Bummer
on 2006-07-14 10:53:15
I didn't like it at all. WAAAY to chaotic, even for techno. Sorry that's all I can think of.

This guy may have a point. When djpretzel started to talk about this great intro, I thought it was going to be some sort of incredible launch of many different synths and cool beats. But instead, it was rough and loud beats that kind of scratched me in my ears and beyond.

Everything happened too sudden, the melody started to play alone without even have some sort of soft synth before nor with it, and then stopped just as sudden. Chaotic may be one way to describe it, but I've heard better than this.

Edit: HEY, page 2! :D

Mary_mari
on 2004-11-05 13:38:09

Man, if I could JUST remember the Sonic games, then I bet I'd getta heck of alot more out of this... :x I do really like this though. It's like something that plays during trance sessions @ clubs! A defenite dl must for anyone who *hearts* trance stuff! :lol:

~^~Mary_mari's seal of approval~^~

Neo Samus
on 2004-09-08 03:28:18

Personally I like how Chaotic it is. It gives it edge.

Mr. Dillznick
on 2004-09-07 14:16:11

I didn't like it at all. WAAAY to chaotic, even for techno. Sorry that's all I can think of.

Rogue Turtle
on 2004-08-11 16:43:58

This is probably the best remix on this site. Great combination of styles and a shit-load of bass. Download it now.

Really, I mean it. Stop reading this review and download it. Dont make me come over there...

arrlaari
on 2004-02-04 23:28:12

This is Jivemaster's masterpiece. I have never heard anyone do so much with percussion alone, though I may be defining "percussion" a bit widely. Taking my perhaps broad accounting of the word, the actual synth tune is something of an icing upon the cake that is the sequence of percussion ... thingies ... through which this mix moves.

wpifirebane
on 2004-01-31 17:25:42

This is a good piece to listen to. The taste and feel of the song fit the origonal quite nicely. The beat chosen is all right. The additions to this piece do add to the piece as a whole, and it is origonal.

For a lot of the song, the emotion seems flat. It picks up a bit by the end and is able to build.

The end is lazy though. Too much space of low key without substence.

Overall, though, The pros of this piece far outway the cons.

83.3%. Great!

Snyderman
on 2003-07-16 19:19:27

Very good remix, and as much as I hate to gripe... something sounds off, perhaps the recording is a bit loud or the sound effects are low quality? Something about the quality of the sound is a bit weird... Otherwise, this is a very solid mix, in fact probably one of my favorite from Jivemaster.

artificialist
on 2003-06-21 23:03:25

Midway to the end it is a great improvement over the original

SoUnDoLe
on 2003-06-21 22:13:30

This techno remixing at it's best. Great sounds, very high energy but keeps the awesome tune of the original. Fantastic, you have to download it!

Arlak
on 2003-06-21 18:08:32

Holy god. This is one of those RARE remixes that actually grabs my attention to post a review for.. This is the kind of remix that is so banging and bouncing that I will probably never grow tired of it.

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Primary Game:
Sonic the Hedgehog (Sega, 1991, GEN)
Music by Masato Nakamura
Songs:
"Scrap Brain Zone"

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