ReMix: Sonic CD "ColKaos Stoned Future" 3:02

By Xenepp

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Arranging the music of one song...

"Collision Chaos "G"mix (JP)"

Primary Game: Sonic CD (Sega, 1993, SCD), music by David Young, Mark Crew, Masafumi Ogata, Naofumi Hataya, Spencer N. Nilsen

Posted 2002-08-20, evaluated by djpretzel


Newcomer Xenepp used Propellerheads' tasty new Reason 2.0 exclusively for this hip-hoppish laid-back electronica piece off the Sonic CD OST. Xenepp aka Joel Whybrow points out that this is the Collision Chaos music from the PAL version of the game. For those that haven't played Sonic CD, see if you can track down a copy on ebay or something, as it's entirely playable on the excellent GENS emulator (Win32), and is one of the best games in the Sonic series. When now-defunct Gamefan magazine originally reviewed the Japanese release, they gave it straight 100's - afterwards, when the US release came out with modified (but in my opinion still amazing) music from Spencer Nielsen, they re-reviewed it and gave it marks in the eighties. I for one think either version is a fantastic platformer with depth, variety, and a memorable soundtrack, with perhaps a slight edge to the Japanese release. Nielsen actually got The Corrs to do some of the vocals, which I thought worked very well with his pieces. This mix features warm analog pads, comp piano chords, a tasty, unobstrusive-yet-funky drum loop, and silky-smooth analog leads with some slick portamento. It's definitely more of a groove-out piece, like the original, and doesn't develop as much as it could have (would like to have heard Xenepp do more interpretation) but what's here is quality, with the layered breakbeats (complete with stutter effect on some fills) and overall mix very full and developed. Fade out ending is disappointing and a bit too abrupt - I don't *mind* fades for ends, like some do, but methinks it should be a bit more gradual than this. Aside from needing a smidge more variety and a tad slower fade out, though, this is a good re-visualization of the piece that shows off some depth on both Xenepp and Reason 2.0's part.

djpretzel

Discussion: Latest 15 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
WesternZypher
on 2010-11-19 16:21:28

This make me think of a cold uncaring future. But it's still a groovy one. There's rhythm but no passion, but that's the point. I listen to this when at work when there seems to be no end in sight to things to do but I'm not leaving any time soon anyway.

Bahamut
on 2010-01-07 12:56:48

I guess this song fits the bill if you're a stoner...but this song seems too repetitive for me. I guess that's probably the thing that sticks out the most here - this song probably doesn't do too shabby in the background, but otherwise eh.

42
on 2009-01-11 20:30:53

The mix is far off/dreamy/hazy and, daresay, trippy, but it isn't as interesting to listen to as the first impressions the first 15 or 20 seconds give.

It starts off interesting and original, but it doesn't really go anywere with it. It's like the melody is chasing itself around in circles inside a fog bank.

As it stands, this mix is a good start, but it doesn't do enough to be worthwile.

Tango
on 2008-12-13 19:30:55

This just became one of my new favorites.

DragonAvenger
on 2008-12-11 22:00:22

Relaxing, I like that.

The vocals are strange, and mixed strangely, but they fit really well into the texture of the overall soundscape. Nice job on that.

Repetativeness is apparent here, but such is the nature of the mix. As background music, which it seemed to be more intended for, it's fine.

Nice work.

OA
on 2007-06-04 15:46:22

chillax for sure, with some cool beats, i've not heard the original so I won't comment on the arrangement, but the production is pretty decent. A little repetitive, but that is one of the cornerstones of being chillax.

Nice work

Bummer
on 2006-07-12 09:55:06

I got some mixed feeling about this remix, but i think Abadoss summarized my thoughts well.

However, as is a problem with most pieces of this style and type, the repetitive nature can be a little grinding. It's not as bad on this piece as it is on other, but it's still there. I could easily listen to this in the background, but it's difficult to listen to it as it's own piece.

It's cool that you decided to give it a try to the least, it's a very smooth and at some points jazzy, but since most of the samples have been grinded into a homogen soup, there aren't any elements that stands out and gets this thing going.

But not bad, not bad at all, especially since you just wanted to try it out for the first time. If you focus some more on your work, stuff like this can become awesome, but as I and Abadoss said, this is excellent music to have in the background while working or just 'chillin', whatever word that makes more sense.

Nice and groovy stuff, well done.

Xenepp
on 2006-04-07 15:45:21

Wow, been a while since I stumbled across this, cheers again for the kind words.

That second loop is way off beat, but heck, sounds alright ;)

-Joel

OSS
on 2006-02-08 21:16:33

For some reason I listen to this song all the time forget listening to Hip Hop/RB like I always do. I luv this song! everytime I play an Xbox 360 game I play this song from my PSP (Playstaion Portable) over over again it's just too sweet

jordex
on 2005-04-30 05:53:30

Shit son... This is one tight song you threw together, I'm loving it dood! I'm feeling it, diggin' it! Fucking awesome song you got here! I love sonic music! Agh!

Xenepp
on 2003-02-21 14:38:33

Thanks for the kind words all :oops:

Yeah, it is pretty boring, but intentionally so, since it was really only a bit of fun and only submitted here since I stumbled across the site and thought "What the hell.." :D

GeckoYamori - You'r versions damn good. LOADS more varied than mine.

lazygecko
on 2002-08-22 14:54:45

Great mix! Feels a lot cleaner and funkier than my version of it.

Spencer didn't produce this track; it was made by the jap team.

Homo Pocket
on 2002-08-21 09:41:39

DJPretzel, how dare you mispell the name of a GOD!!! :evil:

It's 'NILSEN' :P..

Repent NOW!!!

Anyways the mix at hand is beautifully smooth and sets a nice fantasy-like atmospheric mood...(Yes I said that :))

LOVE the Pads n Synths!

Abadoss
on 2002-08-21 04:49:55

It's nice... It has a lot of good points to it. I find that any song that I can leave running and not be distracted usually is a good piece of music. When I listen to a piece, I'll internalize it and let myself sink into it. For this piece, it's not hard to do. For that, I recommend this piece.

However, as is a problem with most pieces of this style and type, the repetitive nature can be a little grinding. It's not as bad on this piece as it is on other, but it's still there. I could easily listen to this in the background, but it's difficult to listen to it as it's own piece.

I do like it for it's relaxed and light feel. I have to say good job to Xenepp. Though, I would work to make the piece stand out a little more. Try to add something to avoid making people want to fall asleep. It would make great in-game music, though...

Ginnsu
on 2002-08-21 03:40:36

Sonic CD (JP) 'ColKaos Stoned Future'

This is a very interesting piece here by Xenepp with lots of atmosphere. I would have to say that the most interesting thing about this piece is the drum beat. Besides that its very plain, lots of synths, pads, and strings. Guess I'm just looking for something a little more exciting. Good work, Xenepp.

Sources Arranged (1 Song)


Primary Game:
Sonic CD (Sega, 1993, SCD)
Music by David Young, Mark Crew, Masafumi Ogata, Naofumi Hataya, Spencer N. Nilsen
Songs:
"Collision Chaos "G"mix (JP)"

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