Posted 2002-06-04, evaluated by djpretzel
Malc Jennings, who runs the excellent Amstrad CPC site CPC-Zone, is certainly doing his part to preserve this older system that many visitors may be unfamiliar with. In addition to running CPC-Zone, Malc also does some remixing, and contributes our very first Amstrad CPC ReMix, from a port of Robocop. Before I describe the mix, which is good btw, let me wax eloquent for a bit - it's guys like Malc who help make the emulation scene what it is. For every dozen sites that are dedicated to the mainstream of emulation - CPS2, N64, and next-gen in general - you're lucky if you can find one quality site representing an older system. Not that there's anything terribly wrong with the more popular face of emulation, but it's those who cherish the distant past of gaming and computing, when 64 colors was a boatload, that help keep the original buttresses of emulation intact, in this observer's opinion. If you've never heard of the Amstrad, check Malc's site out - you won't be blown away by shnazzy screenshots or redbook audio, that's for sure, but you might learn to appreciate some of the roots of where we are today.
Okay, I'm down off my soapbox now. I just thought it was cool that we got our first Amstrad mix and that it was from someone prevalent in the Amstrad scene :) This is pretty happy music for a Robocop game, considering the movies were all about major metallic booty kickin' (I only take the first seriously, myself). Up to 0'52" is pretty straight from the original, but at that point a nice house beat jumps in, then an offbeat octave bass, then some interesting guitar-ish chord pads. It's when the raveish synth at 2'35" comes in that the mix really feels full-on, and when the filter opens up then segues into a break with a staccato melody that actually sounds like some of the pentatonic stuff from the original Mystical Ninja game on SNES, things are workin'. Mix kinda takes awhile to start, but does groovy things with the original and is very enjoyable throughout. There's even sampled lo-bitrate percussion thrown in for a great nostalgic vibe. Recommended, unexpected, and cool. "Robocop!"
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