ReMix: Lemmings "Lounge Lemmings" 3:55

By Mazedude

Arranging the music of one song...

"Lemming 2"

Primary Game: Lemmings (Psygnosis, 1991, DOS), music by Brian Johnston, Tim Wright, Tony Williams

Posted 2002-02-15, evaluated by djpretzel


Compelling stuff from Mazedude. I saw lounge and figured straight instrumental jazz, but this is much more hybrid electronic / acoustic, with drums and of course synth being decidedly former, and vibes and piano being latter. There's also an electric guitar serving duty as a pad, which gives things an edgier feel. This is pretty upbeat, as well, not so fast that lounge is a completely inaccurate term, but still a forward-momentum groove. The one most conspicuous element here is the vibes, which have a lot of intential delays and syncopation on them that makes the mix. Things go up a notch, as well-known TV chef Emeril might say, at the 3 minute mark, when a second synth joins and doubles the melody in a higher octave. My favorite bits are actually the in-between piano takes, which have lovely chord work and do a lot with interpreting the melody. Also liked the seemingly randomized panning on the ride cymbal, which again makes this mix a little edgier than you might expect. Nice vibe (AND vibes) from Mazedude.

djpretzel

Discussion

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Mr.Game and Audio
on 2016-06-24 17:41:23

Just heard this on OCRemix Radio. I know of Lemmings from the old paintball game. I love the relaxed tone you take with this one!

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Liontamer
on 2013-07-25 14:18:00

Surprised I never posted here. Been a fan of this one since 2002. Nice, chill and relaxing.

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Skinner3D
on 2010-11-29 18:48:44

Every once in awhile I get the urge to hack into a public PA system and load it with video game music instead of whatever it is that they are playing. I haven't yet actually done this trick, nor do I know how, but still :D

I would definately start off with this song, and the slowly increase the pace, until the shoppers or whatever finally noticed :D

Anyway, on to the remix itself. Other people have mentioned the off beat vibes and the skips in the beat. Honestly I think it works really well. It keeps it from being a song that your brain just tunes out. I like it a lot and its part of my growing collection of relatively slow songs from this site. :)

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WesternZypher
on 2009-12-24 13:15:15

Lemmings building their way through the world with this music driving them on would be so chill and focused that nothing could stop them!

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Sir_Downunder
on 2009-12-16 23:39:52

I have to echo OA here in saying I don't like the distorted guitar either, however, it's not so bad that it ruins the entire song, other than that, the rest of the mix is awesome. It's very stylized and chilled, but the bass and drums save form going into what I'd consider 'true' lounge territory.

A definite must grab from Mazedude.

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OA
on 2008-01-23 15:17:23

I'm not completely into that synth distorted guitar, but it's passable, and beyond that, this mix is excellent. What really saves it from lounge boredom is the drums and bass; I went to a wedding about 5 years back and at the reception they had this lame-ass vibes player and an upright bass and no one chilled or danced or anything. Rather, people ate as fast as they could and then headed out. Not even an open bar could people around. However, if they had Mazedude kickin this out, they'd have partied all night, synth guitar or no.

The vibes are behind most of the time, but it's a good stylistic choice I think, and it gives the song a lot more character.

This is a great track, check it out.

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Bummer
on 2005-11-04 13:54:59

I just gasped when I saw who had remixed this remix, Mazedude!

Unfortunately, the other reviews ruined my first listen. There I was, expecting to hear bad vibes which is supposed to wreck the whole mix. And they never came.

I clearly has different taste than the rest of you guys, but exactly what made those vibes bad? They were rough, the other one maybe was a little MIDI-sh, but I didn´t feel that much bothered by it. And if my head didn´t get it, my tumbs and right leg sure did, cause at the end they didn´t do much else than shaking along the rhytm. Maze gave those muppets a tougher look, and he succeded. I just say: HIT THAT DOWNLOAD BUTTON!

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Linearity
on 2005-10-06 00:25:54

Chill as heck. I love the mood of this song. I also like the contrast between the sort of soft, acoustic sounds in the beginning (yes, forgive my inclusion of the drum kit, but it's appealing) and the rougher synth lead midway through. This is definitely a song to lounge to.

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mud2
on 2005-10-05 17:38:53

I love the song I really do, but at the beginning the xylophone and some of the piano off vibes just drive me nuts. Later though they are almost covered up and so they fit and make it great like right around the 2 minute mark. But when they are so out in the open like that, it is very distracting and almost makes you think that something wrong must have happened. I love the song otherwise.

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Mr.Michael
on 2005-02-03 17:54:54

This song is amazing. I listen to OCR music while I read books usually and when this song hits about 2:51 or so I always stop and look up because it's so awesome. Most songs just play in the background while I don't really pay them much mind, but not this one. Chris surely is the man. Excellent Job.

I'm not sure why you guys are bothered by the off vibe, I can't even tell that it's there really...

Maybe I should listen to the source material to get an idea of what you're talking about.

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StarKirby
on 2004-04-05 19:35:52

I shoulda posted a while ago, but here's what I have to say.

I love this ReMix, Mazedude is one of my fav remixers I tell you what.

One prob...I can't find what this is a ReMix OF. :?

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Elvenstar!
on 2003-05-20 23:58:02

No way he did that by mistake. I'm with Keith on this one.

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Merid
on 2002-12-14 15:46:55

I remember when I first downloaded this song so long ago. I had it on loop for a week. But it's still a good song cuz I didn't get sick of it. That's when you have a good song, when you can go back to it a long time later and still love it like the first time.

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NexusOfBourland
on 2002-12-14 14:33:14

This mix was pretty good the beginning was ok the piano wasnt that annoying but at the end it gets very good love the lemming vibe here :D

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Deryck Khusial
on 2002-12-12 03:25:02

there’re some instances when the lead in a song lags and it’s whorrible (i.e., Ian Van Dahl - Secret Love), and there’re some instances when you can Tell it was done intentionally and the result is good. this is very good. fits the mellow lounge sound perfectly

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Primary Game:
Lemmings (Psygnosis, 1991, DOS)
Music by Brian Johnston, Tim Wright, Tony Williams
Songs:
"Lemming 2"

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