ReMix: NiGHTS into dreams... 'Soft Museum Jam'

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NiGHTS into dreams...

Once upon a time there was a ReMixer named McVaffe . . . or was it Jade Gemini?? No matter the nick, McV is responsible for a good number of the badass tracks on the site. But he's been laying low for awhile (yes, even for the hardcore, ReMixing can't always be a priority). Actually, he gave me a heads up that he was goin' on a bit of hiatus, so I held up some of his submissions in the hope that I could release them later and thus spark him back into action. Well, he just emailed me wondering why the heck I hadn't posted them yet, so I guess that plan kinda failed :) This is an excellent folksy-techno ReMix of one of the coolest games ever, NiGHTS, which was one BIG reason to own a Saturn - very fun, very original, very good music. And no real sequel, yet! A great ReMix that even features excellent dueling piano and harp solos and just really captures the floating, free feeling that the game so successfully achieved.

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Discussion: Latest 15 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
timaeus222
on 2012-08-10 15:11:37
Wow, this mix gives such a happy-go-lucky feel. xD
The change-up at 0:46 felt a bit strange to me in terms of the flute, but everything else seemed to flow nicely. I like the panning "duel" type section at about 1:16. That is a cool transition. :D
The breakdown at about 1:32 works great when the bass comes back in (well, it probably just gets louder for a moment as a lead in) at 1:45.
Aw, a fade ending. :| I kinda wish there was a real ending. Or at least, a slower fade. Oh well, the song still sounded great overall. :)
WesternZypher
on 2012-08-06 14:40:35
Doesn't show its age at all, except in the best possible way, heralding the quality and complexity of later mixes. Ahead of the game indeed, this mix always brightens my mood, and manages to remain engaging and uplifting all these years later.
SubNormal J3
on 2011-02-20 18:02:03
Actually, he gave me a heads up that he was goin' on a bit of hiatus, so I held up some of his submissions in the hope that I could release them later and thus spark him back into action. Well, he just emailed me wondering why the heck I hadn't posted them yet, so I guess that plan kinda failed :)

Hahahaha. Worth a shot, right? :D
The opening reminds me a lot of Monkey Island for some reason. Regardless, this is a nice feel-good piece.
0:45 I really like the direction it takes here with the piano
0:52 The bass comes through so nicely
1:15 the variety here is wonderful. This mix never gets boring.
Otaku_Symphonia
on 2010-10-15 02:57:35
[LEFT]I remember when I used to have this game on the SEGA Saturn.
Good times...good times...
Thanks for refreshing a grand piece of music, you rock! :nicework:[/LEFT]
metalsnakejuice
on 2009-09-24 02:35:14
This mix is amazing still, the vibe of this makes makes me happy inside. The style of this is great.
Great work Mcvaffe.
Marmiduke
on 2009-05-19 05:09:37
This mix throws me every time I listen. From the introless beginning, I get the impression that I'm in for some predigested boppy party fare; pleasant to chew on but no nutritional value. But after a while it reveals its full hand, and the mature, deeper tones of the piece are exposed. It's a class act wrapped up in some cellophane, and strangely the juxtaposition works. The compositional prowess shines through tainted, but in a pleasing hue.
I seem to be saying the same thing over and over in relation to McVaffe. I love this mix. Making a good remix seems hard; I can't fathom how someone made dozens, whilst making them consistently good and whilst ensuring they stand the test of time. Lifetime achievement award?
Lucentas
on 2008-12-06 19:39:13
This is a prime example of why I enjoy McVaffe's work so much. It's expertly arranged, the instruments are varied, and tons of other things I can't even begin to describe all come together for dynamic and lively pieces that are sheer works of art.
OA
on 2008-02-05 12:28:47
Ok, what the heck, how does McVaffe make this always sound so easy?
Beautiful mixing of all kinds of instruments and beats with a cheerful and energetic melody. This is something I'd expect to hear quality-wise today, and this was first submitted in the "dark ages"; almost 7 years ago, when midi rips and bad techno were much more prevalent. It just shows how far ahead of the game Mcvaffe is.
I'm stretching hard to find some sort of fault in this, and the only thing I think that could be improved would be maybe some of the pan flute. A little more feeling to it would have strengthened it. However, the accordion and piano are flawless. The accordion especially.
This is a completely amazing remix that pushes all of my buttons, and then even pushes a few I didn't know about. McVaffe for president!
MechaFone
on 2007-10-05 21:29:28
I also agree in wishing there were more NiGHTS remixes. Sometimes I think there aren't that many because it's so awesome to begin with-what's to improve? But I think our dear McVaffe found a way to do it, because I personally enjoy this over the original. The bg percussion is what does it for me. He tweaked it up to where there was more to the song, not just enchancing it's overall quality. One awesome song, made more awesome by one of my favorite remixers. (pleasepleasepleaseplease come back McV!!)
Liontamer
on 2007-10-05 15:42:05
I remember being pretty on the fence about this one back when I first listened to all of the ReMixes in mid-2002. The sound choices and overall groove were pretty smooth, and definitely had that NiGHTS in-game style energy, but for whatever reason, I didn't keep it then. But checking it out a couple of years ago, having found even more appreciation for McVaffe (is that even possible?), I realized how solid this mix was.
A shame Mike never released an arrangement album with exclusive material or anything like that. I've never seen anyone so good at creating grade-up style arrangement that still had their own voice while retaining the feel of the original.
Ventrex
on 2005-05-19 16:31:44
I'm almost sad that there is only one NiGHTS remix, for the same reason I am with EVO. Not because I'm a huge fan of the games' soundtracks (though I do remember playing the NiGHTS Saturn disc in a CD player, and always have dug the Ocean of Origin track from EVO, but on a whole I find both soundtracks largely forgettable under the test of time), but just because they're such beautiful and original games.
But about the mix itself: This is very much my favorite McVaffe mix. Admittedly, I've never been a huge fan of McVaffe's, which isn't to say I haven't enjoyed his mixes so much as to say I haven't enjoyed them as much as others'. But this mix is a shining example of what makes a mix 'work' for me--by evoking emotion, rather than simply nostalgia. By making me imagine something original and beautiful, rather than simply remember the game. And around 1'33, that imagining builds into audio Nirvana... Although I have found other mixes to be more poignant and beautiful, I must say this is perfect. A definite repeat play, and another buried treasure I only recently discovered.
Crincat
on 2004-06-25 22:12:26
This deffinitly has to be one of the coolest mixes on this site. Not only because NiGHTS is one of the damned coolest games ever, mind you.
The syling of this song is just phenominal. The pace and beat deffinitly suit it. Very well done.
Let's hear some more fast paced NiGHTS remixs guys.
:D
CJ_Sparx
on 2004-05-29 09:30:35
I was psyched when I saw this mix, and upon listening, I ended up repeating several times. Soft Museum is one of NiGHTS' most addictive and fun levels, and it shows in the music as well.
I notice McVaffe pretty much stuck with the "bad" version of the song... which now makes me want to play Christmas NiGHTS and "remix" it a bit myself.
My only complaint about this remix? I wish it could have played through one more time. The original OST tracks annoyed me a bit because they only played through once. ^^; A great mix for a great song!
zircon
on 2004-05-09 22:59:40
I sometimes think I shouldn't even write reviews for McVaffe's songs anymore, because they're all so good that I end up saying the same things. But for effect, I'll say them again. Excellent combination of both non-traditional and traditional percussion, excellent orchestration and instrumentation, dynamic, energy-filled arrangement, flawless production. The bottom line: this mix rules, even if you've never played the game.
Vash the Stampede
on 2004-05-08 01:58:00
Holy shit dude!! The soundtrack of NiGHTS into Dreams rates up in my Top 10 OSTs of all time, so you have no idea how phyched I was to find such a great ReMix of one of the game's best tracks!! Perfectly recreated with all the right additions!!! OUTSTANDING!! 8)