ReMix: ActRaiser 'Fill More Funk'
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Yes, another break from electronica genres for the pretzel (I'm on a roll). This is Yuzo's all-powerful Fillmore theme from Actraiser, and let me start off by saying that if you want a (friggin' fantastic) techno mix of this, check out McVaffe's Freestyle submission - it won't disappoint. Given that McV already covered this territory and that it was one of his very best ReMixes, I felt no need to go down that road, and something about the song just screamed funk to me. Probably the jiggy slap bass from the original, which I decided to keep (if dramatically change the notes of). Also, the piece has a lot of brilliant transition segments, which I really emphasized here, almost more than what I would consider to be the main verse / chorus. Like my Swankyvegas mix, this is no loops, no quantization, recorded at-tempo, and all done on a Yamaha Motif. Main ingredients are as follows: acoustic drums, slap bass, electric piano (70's style Rhodes), wah-guitar, distorted electric jazz guitar, flute, and three organs - two B3's with different stops and a Farfisa. It's a pretty short mix, not very indulgent, and though I did do some mastering in T-racks you might have to fiddle with EQ a bit depending on your bass-treble preferences. I'm happy with it mostly because I always wanted to hear the verse melody with some alterations - specifically, going up in the fourth measure and doing some slides, which jazz guitar works well with, and I also always thought the downward run I use as an intro would be great with some syncopated funk drums. Since I always wanted to do this, I'm now content and can die (mostly) happy, but hopefully you'll enjoy it too.
Filmore is basically a great stand-alone video game song that you can always refer someone to, regardless of whether or not they played Actraiser.
I like this remix a lot, in fact I have never listened to it before now, but my first impression is that it's a definite keeper.
It's a spazzy funk song that has a lot of good flow to it. I actually can't believe this was posted way back in 2002.
The guitar synthy lead is actually quite nice and subdued... But in a good way, as in, it doesn't need to compete with the other instruments to stand out. The bass guitar has a nice funk to it, the lower rhodes also adds a very nice drop in the bottom that keeps the song nice and filled, that the real bass doesn't have to fill out in the spectrum. Teamwork.
That flute has nice random stabs... And it's timing really adds that just needed pinch of... well whatever it is, to open the spectrum a little more and even with all tiny stabs, helps the atmosphere a lot. Good choice. Overall you can tell there was a real good energy in the creation of this song. Things fell into place. Everything is in sync, and there's nothing awkward.
The drums/bass really work well with the rest of the other instruments, making the song more than just a sum of it's parts. I especially enjoyed the breaks, and the solo at around 1:25.
This song has a lot of good energy to it, it also makes me think of Castlevania.
Also I <3 rhodes forever. I'm not gonna do a number rating or anything. MERRY CHRISTMAS! DRUNK!
- Monobrow on December 5, 2010
- SubNormal J3 on November 15, 2010
The B section was a little sloppy too, but there are some nice original riffs (especially in some of the transitions) giving this a personalized spin beyond the genre adaptation. A pretty nice solo too, leads into a bongofied breakdown. The section next that keeps teasing with the first 3 notes of the melody is easily the best part of the mix though. I love when mixers take a snippet of the melody and create something new around it, and it is one of the cooler instances of the technique i've heard in awhile.
A few rough spots, but overall a good listen, and some excellent ideas.
- OA on March 18, 2009
- uthlu on June 22, 2008
This with its counterpart "Fill More Freestyle" by McVaffe really showed an early different perspective on the same tune.
- bladiator on June 12, 2008
- Liontamer on May 14, 2007
- DragonFireKai on April 30, 2007
Glory to Actrasier. Now how about a GBA release?
- Keiseth on January 25, 2006
/me tries to think of criticism... I'll get back to ya on that.
- meccaneer on October 2, 2005
- watkinzez on September 19, 2005
- jordex on September 22, 2004
- Viceroy on September 22, 2004
- MrNemo on August 23, 2004
- HumpteeFree on March 2, 2004
I feel this is the best OCR the site has to offer
- Al Capwn on February 27, 2004