ReMix: Street Fighter EX plus α "Pullum Summer Trance Mix 2002" 5:14

By Ryu7x

Arranging the music of one song...

"Arabesque (Pullum Purna)"

Primary Game: Street Fighter EX plus α (Capcom, 1997, PS1), music by Ayako Saso, Shinji Hosoe, Takayuki Aihara

Posted 2002-07-05, evaluated by djpretzel


What cool song choice! Pullum! Though I didn't really consider her effective as a fighter, I still thought it was cool Capcom had an Arabian / middle-eastern female in a game - this was the first time I could remember the demographic being present in a major fighting game, though I may be mistaken. Mariah and Nena from JoJo's Bizarre Adventure are both a bit cooler and certainly stronger, but 'Pullum Purna' sounds cool and she had some neat moves. Yes, dear god, I'm a Capcom fighting fanboy and proud of it! Bottom line: a bit of bias, perhaps, but before I listened to a single second of this I was giving Ryu7x kudos in the back of my head just for covering it.

Thankfully, he comes through. This would be your typical, above-average techno trance, which is certainly fine by me, but Ryu7x throws in enough coolness to take it up a notch. Squiggly analog synth bubbles, a magnetic octave synth bass, frantically retriggering synths that fly all over the place, and high-pitched phased percussive sounds that function as additional hi-hats almost and add a lot to the rhythmic end of things. At over five minutes, breaks like the liquid analog pads at 2'24" help keep things interesting (followed by some wild arpeggios that are randomly panned). Good construction, a unique piece that turned out to be perfect for adaptation to the genre, and all-around coolness - an unexpected mix, as well, which makes things even better. Highly recommended.

As a vaguely relevant sidenote - if you're into music, see if you can get all the references to bands in JoJo's Bizarre Adventure with the character names. Yes, they actually named characters after Oingo Boingo and Steely Dan :)

djpretzel

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Rexy
on 2011-12-26 19:17:33

I remembered Ryu7x's works fondly from the VGMix era. They may have had a more simple way of writing trance even back then, but there were often moments of just plain lighthearted cheesy fun to be had with them. :mrgreen:

Though, given that this is indeed a 2002 track arranging what appeared to be a more complex fighting game based source than the usual, considerations are indeed taken in regards to writing and articulation. Indeed, the arrangement does show itself to be straight-forward, but enough extensions have been done to the structure to give in that more full-fledged touch to it.

While the samples themselves feel wonderful for their time, they do indeed seem to age in regards to the articulation and presentation as nothing much had been done towards the synth texture, and this is made even more evident with a severe lack of punch during the fills. I can however compliment on something in regards to the production - the enveloping on the swelling strings at 2:25 were a cool touch and managed to pass in a more engaging texture.

So indeed it may have shown its age, and may even be more cookie cutter now than it was back then, but it's a simple track that provides a set of fun towards arranging Pullum's theme and should be worth checking out if you're a fan of the game/source. Very sweet work :)

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Kaleb.G
on 2009-05-25 06:22:48

The composer of the source tune "Arabesque" is actually Takayuki Aihara. This has been confirmed on multiple soundtracks:

http://vgmdb.net/album/1645

http://vgmdb.net/album/346

http://vgmdb.net/album/10983

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DragonAvenger
on 2008-12-03 20:43:40

I will reiterate that this song is just cute. Techno, bubbly, quirky, and cute. Octave bass is a great way to start the song, nicely done there. The bubbled synth is a bit strange, and also very present. Perhaps a little overpowering.

Some of the syncopated stuff begins to sound strange, but I feel like I was focusing too much on it. Perhaps if I have the song more background it won't feel so strange.

Fun mix, good job.

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OA
on 2007-06-04 16:22:45

Pretty typical happy-go-lucky techno, this was enjoyable, but didn't blow my mind. The chirpy bubbles grated by the end of the song, but the melody line itself was good.

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GrrDraxin
on 2006-07-24 15:37:37

Lets see, this make it the 8th time I've played this song in a row. Heh, you should listen to it through the Chronotron plugin for Winamp, keyed all the way down to -600, and tempoed down to 60. Puts a whole new spin on things.

All in all, excellent piece, even though I have not heard the original. Kudos.

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OSS
on 2006-02-08 21:40:20

I don't want to type/say this but....This song sounds sooo CUTE,just listen to it!!

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Txai
on 2005-04-01 16:08:17

This game is awesome. I enjoyed this game and played it several times. I had fun, really. By the way, this mix sounds weird but good. You're welcome, Ryu7x! ^^

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Zandar The Weeble
on 2002-07-21 15:21:46

Ohhhhh myyyyyyyyyyyyyyy.

0:24 - 1:00 is absoultely beautiful, when you lose the kick drum and let the harmony go in, then build it back up to the lead at 1:00.

Then when you fall out into the harmonics at 2:24, I nearly died. That is some truly soul-warming stuff there for the next bit to 2:54. The syncopated stuff that kicks in there is a smidge too much edge, especially on top of the "bubble" in the drum line, but I can deal with it. 2:54 -3:36 is my least favorite of this piece, but it's just that I'm getting old, I guess.

The rest is great however, especially the deconstruction from 4:48 to the end.

SFEX+A was one of my favorite PSX versions of the SF genre, if not for beating the crap out of people with the ultimate master of cheese, Skullomania (Skullo Slidaah into SKULLO DREEEEEAM!) but for the outstanding music.

8/10.

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Blues
on 2002-07-10 15:10:29

Great job, Ryu! All I remember about SF EX Plus @ was the great music....

LOL, remix more from this game! Please?

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Ryu7x
on 2002-07-06 23:57:45

Im glad you liked it. ;)

More to come. =)

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Eccles
on 2002-07-06 04:43:40

When I heard it, I thought, 'wow. This is a good remix of the original'

There are only two things that I disliked about it.

1) The bubble thing going on in the background. It sounded, I dont know, sorta wierd and out of place.

2) The cymbal noise was a little overused.

Thats just me, other people may like the bubbles/cymbals but aside from these, it's a really great track.

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Ginnsu
on 2002-07-05 18:18:36

This may very well be some of the best trance that OC ReMix has seen. The atmospheric reverb creates a suberb environment that makes you feel submersed in the music. And there is another issue, the music itself is particulairly amazing. I am absolutely infatuated with this base line. The only thing I can see that does get a little annoying is the cymbal crash is a little over used, then again I have never really much cared for cymbals anyways. Others may see the use of the cymbals differently. Great work Ryu7x, keep it up.

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Saunders
on 2002-07-05 17:27:18

Street Fighter EX Plus α 'Pullum Summer Trance Mix 2002'

This seems to be some generic techno. Never heard the original tune, so I can't comment on originality or anything, but it's certainly a fun head-boppin tune.

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Primary Game:
Street Fighter EX plus α (Capcom, 1997, PS1)
Music by Ayako Saso, Shinji Hosoe, Takayuki Aihara
Songs:
"Arabesque (Pullum Purna)"

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