ReMix: Alex Kidd in Miracle World 'No One Can Do It Better'
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Where to begin? At the beginning. This ReMix has special significance to me personally, as this theme - the underwater music from the first level of the indefatigable Alex Kidd in Miracle World - was probably the first videogame music I listened to regularly outside of a game. I actually placed a cheap, Radio Shack tape recorder next to my Master System and recorded THIS SONG in particular so that I could listen to it in the car on the way to school, etc. This was like, age 7 or 8, mind you. So, if there's a single piece of video game music that I could trace the inspiration for my involvement with game music at large back to, this song would be it. It occurred to me that I should ReMix it recently when I considered that I wanted my next mix to be hip-hop. I've always felt Alex Kidd and hip-hop would go well together - the Kidd is just down with the street, that's all, and he needed some representin' in the genre. I attempted to fulfill this vision with my initial Alex Kidd ReMix, one that I was never really happy with. It never clicked like I wanted to - it ain't that bad, but Alex deserved better. I needed to revisit the material.
Now, what I came up with is a ReMix that is very much love-it or hate-it, the way I see it. If you're not with me at 1'55", you probably fall into the second category. I'm happy with it though - it doesn't sound much like my other ReMixes at all, and I exercised great restraint with it. This piece took longer to make than any of my other mixes, believe it or not. Why? I kept adding things on top - extra melodies, effects, more scratching, you name it. But every time I added something, I scrutinized it something fierce, and ended up removing it in favor of keeping things more roots R&B / hip-hop style, with a stripped down feel. It's essentially an electric piano (courtesy Emagic EVP73 VSTi), deep electric bass, a swirly Reaktor synth, and some loops and FX. Oh, and some cheeze synth brass from FM7 :) I do want to add that the title/sample refer to Alex Kidd himself, not me, just in case you were thinking I was getting into that competitive thang. Anyway, I truly love the source material to death in this case, and the simple fact that I could ReMix it in a fashion that I'd even be willing to listen to makes me happy. I suppose highlights would be the chromatic riff at 1'26" and the syncopation between all parts on the chorus. I feel I have closure with the Kidd after making this mix, and can move on, which is what I was shooting for. Hope you enjoy ^^
by now, it's actually a double dish of nostalgia, taking me back to both '93 (my cousin's SMS) and '03ish (omg vg remikses wtf awezom!).
it's a classic.
- Nase on April 25, 2011
- SubNormal J3 on March 20, 2011
Anyways, I generally dig the non-quantized feel to this, and the lofi drums are pretty hot, as well as the scratches. The vocal clips are middle of the road for me, and the sustained synth that comes in later on is a little too cheesy.
some of the soloing has a few strange note choices, like that chromatic run, but overall this is a fun mix. Nothing to completely wet my pants over, but i've been listening to it on loop for the last half and hour, and it put me in a good mood. :-)
- OA on April 23, 2008
- Audity on November 1, 2006
I also like the little "Jan-Ken-Poh!" at the end ;) (paper scissors stone)
Very very nice!
- gothakane on May 18, 2006
- DarkWolf on November 15, 2005
I used to play Alex the Kidd for hours - now I look back and it's oh such a silly game. Anyway, thanks for the song!!!
- Trilliann on March 10, 2005
On its own, this song is pretty damn funky, but it's the memories for me that make this one of my favourite remixes. About seven years after I got my Master System, I received a Nintendo 64 for Christmas and thus Nintendo from then on had my attention with their games, especially Rare's N64 classics, but I always look back at how my gaming life started with fondness.
- watkinzez on December 16, 2004
This a very soothing remix, its quiet but fun at the same time
- jordex on September 21, 2004
- Bilbo_Baggage on February 16, 2004
The only bad thing I can say about it is that the melody from 1:54-2:32 and 3:31-4:08 seems too loud to me, but that's probably just because of my headphones. It's almost certainly going on my regular listening list.
- Durinthal on December 15, 2003
- Hadyn on September 12, 2003
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- jwhyrock on June 24, 2003
I can say that some of the things that I have heard (not many) through DJ Pretzel allowed me to quickly turn the other way (downloaded through KaZaA) but through just this "remix" I have to commend him because it is just very kick-toosh. I agree with endblink that it would so fun to listen to it on a sunny day with the wind blowing in one's face but also in a convertable bumping the music. If I would bump any music in a car then THIS would be it because I have always been a big fan of classic video game music (Streets of Rage 1, 2 and 3, yo!). Thanks for such a great arrangement and a great site Mr. Pretzel... and make mine with EXTRA salt and butter!
`seraph / segamon <--that's me!
http://www.tonalbliss.com/ <--listen to MY music here!
http://www.abortionfacts.com/ <--find out the facts!
- SegaMon on June 23, 2003