ReMix: Balloon Fight "Ska Poppin'" 4:06

By Jake Kaufman

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Arranging the music of 2 songs...

"Balloon Trip", "Game Start"

Primary Game: Balloon Fight (Nintendo, 1985, NES), music by Hirokazu Tanaka

Posted 2001-07-14, evaluated by djpretzel


As we all know, virt does nothing small or minimalist. That is not to say his ReMixes are without subtlety - there's quite a bit of top-notch playing, programming, mixing, and, well, everything. He seems to have a fancy for ska, as his Faxanadu ReMix and now this track have ska influences, while also featuring amazing jazz riffage galore. One of the true talents of a keyboard player (not a piano player) is playing synthesized emulations similar to how the real version of the instrument would be played / articulated, and virt has that down. The guitars are actually live here, with clean+chorused and dirty+wah sounds that complement each other well. Very slick, very professional, and not to be missed.

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Trism
on 2015-12-31 10:03:11

Ska! I love me some ska, makes me do some incredibly embarrassing dad-dancing (according to my wife at least). This is track is very well done, though the sudden appearance of the fuzzy rhythm guitar at 01:02 was a tiny bit jarring. Everything is full of energy, as it should be with any ska tune and the mix itself is very well produced with the brass popping at all the right moments and keys coming through nicely. Excellent work!

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nitrozsz
on 2015-12-14 00:42:22

This track will relax you, then it will pump you up when you least expect it, and then it will relax you again. And in the case of this track, that’s not a bad thing. The brass solo during the first minute of the track seemed a little soft and lacking in energy. Very fun track with a nice balance of relaxation and excitement.

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Master_Yoshi
on 2015-12-09 12:44:35

Oh man, a virt remix!? SIGN ME THE HELL UP!!!!

I'm so happy this mix is on OCR! Instrumentation is great, the arrangement is fun, and the entire track is possessed of energy. Listen to this, download it, love it, and name it Fred if you must.

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timaeus222
on 2015-12-02 20:55:17

Ah, Brandon Strader finished a remix of this theme for the Satoru Iwata tribute album. :) This shows virt's skills even back in 2001. The brass sequencing ain't too bad. The soundscape is noticeably thin, especially the distorted electric guitars, but compositionally this really shines among the tracks of its time, and even holds up pretty well today. Don't miss this one!

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Liontamer
on 2014-10-06 23:56:33

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Sources Arranged (2 Songs)


Primary Game:
Balloon Fight (Nintendo, 1985, NES)
Music by Hirokazu Tanaka
Songs:
"Balloon Trip"
"Game Start"

Tags (13)


Genre:
Reggae, Ska
Mood:
Goofy, Happy, Jazzy
Instrumentation:
Brass, Electric Guitar, Organ, Piano, Trumpet
Additional:
Production > Live Instruments
Time > 4/4 Time Signature
Time > Tempo: Fast

File Information


Name:
Balloon_Fight_Ska_Poppin'_OC_ReMix.mp3
Size:
4,022,120 bytes
MD5:
ad8f1191d79ec0f0f080989ac6e83666
Bitrate:
128Kbps
Duration:
4:06

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