ReMix: Mega Man: The Wily Wars 'Break the Beat in Half, Dr. Wily (Extra Pie Mix)'
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Shael continues his disturbing trend of NOT singing about his groin (JK) with this exceedingly schizophrenic ReMix from the ubiquitous Mega Man series, this time taking inspiration from the music in the last stage in Wily's tower from MegaMan: The Wily Wars compilation on Sega Genesis. This ReMix is the epitome of sonic deconstruction, with more stops, starts, breaks, totally non-sequitur introductions of different styles, and unexpected twists, turns, slides, and slaloms than you can shake a tiny blue fist at. Sort of like a musical roller-coaster, in other words. The overall style probably comes closest to breakbeat techno, but there's certainly a lot of variety. My one concern is that this flip-flops so often and pulls off so many tricks that at times it's hard to get into its groove and stay there for very long. For my purposes, though, I enjoyed it and found myself double-guessing what breakpoints Shael would put it in where. Sounds used are all quality, and game sound fx and various external voice samples add some definite flavor. I definitely dug the all-the-sudden laid back guitar digs at 2'26", against the windy backdrop - a moment of calm in a sea of chaos. It's definitely a mix you need to sit and actually listen to, as it's a little unpredictable to serve as background of any kind, but major props to Shael to throwing this many nuances into a single mix and retaining musicality. Recommended.
Some of my favorite moments:
1:24 - The explosion sound epitomizes the aforementioned release of tension like a cork popping off a champagne bottle.
2:01 - A spotlight on the drumwork is an easeful break like the wind+guitar section later.
2:10 - Viciously sped up "Proto Man" = LOL
2:44-2:48 - The vocal pitches in the unchopped " 'You're welcome!' 'Boy, that's gratitude for you' " echo the mood of the notes played, amusingly.
Overall, it's malleable while it maintains a cohesive flow. "Works for me." :P
- Polo on May 30, 2009
I'm inclined to disagree, this is some pretty cool stuff, and though in the vocal breakdown there are a few seemingly dropped beats, the rest is solid and very creative. Maybe ahead of it's time? It's super catchy and the breaks make it really interesting. They pretty much demand your attention, so as a way to encourage (ok require) active listening, it's really ingenious.
I could live without the vocals, but it makes the mix pretty funny, so no worries.
This mix is all about taking one idea so far (silent stops) that it actually becomes the focal point of the song itself. Imagine the song without the breaks, and it's a lofi synth version of the theme, but with them, it's way more than that. It's very experimental, but unlike some other "out there" tracks, this one works.
Are you a bad enough dude to appreciate this inspired mix?
- OA on February 21, 2008
- MooMan1 on March 20, 2006
But I did strangely like most of it. Got a little confused by the opening line, but the introducing synh was actually darn good. The occasional monkey sounds and random places of vacuum actually help this remix to create a weird and freaky atmosphere. The latter continued with it's baffling and unexplainable rhytm with an another interesting synth. So as the music in question I think it was good. Unfortunately all those Megaman voices in the middle of the arrangement destroyed my will of downloading it, the line ”Protoman to the rescue” got reallt disturbing after some listens. Shael has created a monster, but it was one funky remix.
- Bummerdude on January 7, 2006
- Liontamer on November 22, 2005
- Slime Master on February 19, 2005
Great arrangement, but the voices did it in for me.
- Red Shadow on February 10, 2005
- Sam Ascher-Weiss on July 27, 2004
- CJ_Sparx on July 1, 2004
But other than that this is one of the best mixes ive ever heard
- Icct Hedrix on December 29, 2003
- Bruk on November 1, 2003
- The King of All Kupos on November 1, 2003
As for the song itself, I definitely agree with djpretzel's use of the word schitzophrenic. It does have more awkward twists, turns, and cd-skip-like halts (more like crashes) than anything else I've ever heard anywhere.
The use of voice samples was... shall we say... unique. I never imagined that the MegaMan cartoon would find its way onto OCR. And the way that the voices are mixed can only be described as dizzying. But one thing is for sure, they set the mood perfectly. I knew what I was in for the second I heard "Now [i]I've[/i] got your power!"
This is a very entertaining mix. That's really all there is to say about it. I look forward to hearing more from Mr. Riley on my quest through the site.
And I doubt that there's anything of Shael's that won't get this award...
:? =Stamp of General Weirdity= :?
- rebirth9283 on April 18, 2003
- Heero123 on July 4, 2002
Just not really to my liking, just going a little too far maybe? :?
- skawttieboy on July 4, 2002