ReMix: Earthworm Jim 2 'Wormaphobic Disorder'

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Protricity actually submitted this a long time ago, but placed it on a server that was unavailable for awhile (Rob's vacation, yo) - glad to finally get it, as it's a synthfest with guitar, choir, and a general aura of electro-funkitude. It's worth the download JUST for the R2D2 breakdown at 2'25", which really does conjure images of tha little droid getting jiggy with his funky self and perhaps trying to lay down a mean rap. Very precise control and programming on filtered synth pads (love the quick release effect / gating) and undulating, hefty synth bass. There's a fake ending and a clear break into a separate section that the piece ends on, as well. Dig the rapid fire distorted drum break, and both endings are working for me. Makes me think of more dramatic source material than Earthworm Jim 2 - more like a swordfight or getaway chase or something - but when things are polished and presented with style, I ain't complaining. Good stuff, and not exactly what one would have expected given the title and game, from Mr. Asulin. Recommended.

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Discussion: Latest 15 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
Crulex
on 2010-02-18 19:21:17
The piano rocks, but I can't help but think that some more of the original source could have been used. Not the best that has been done, but it's still great and a good ReMix of my fav. stage from this game.
Emunator
on 2009-10-03 21:49:27
The piano was definitely the highlight of this mix for me. It wasn't bad up until then, but that particular instrument gave the song a much-needed boost for me.
Not my favorite from Prot, but this one's got its charms nonetheless :-)
Polo
on 2009-10-02 18:46:59
Wormaphobic Disorder flexes many modulation muscles in its elastic and contained playthrough. The opening lead is like uber-rubber, and the one at 0:56 is chewy enough to tug my mouth in anticipation of its fruity flavor. Most backup players follow suit (i.e. they adjust their panning and tonality), and while solid players like the drums, shaker, and piano might not be as modulated, they still remain active standouts alongside.
The arrangement's just as contagious as the production, whether it makes short melodic hops or glides up and down the scales like an overture. It pulses with life every step of the way, so even the lone mutating bass at 1:43, the thick drumwork at 2:19, and the false ending feel like welcome transitions. After that last bit, the final stretch is packed with shiny, commanding synths, but the elastic leitmotif haunts the background in the form of whirls, grinds, and other manipulations.
Groovy, as Jim would say.
OA
on 2008-10-07 12:51:31
Nice atmosphere with a good beat, the track builds pretty well, but seems pretty BG for my tastes. I need a strong melody to be completely committed, and eventually one comes in, so that's cool. There is plenty of awesome textural and structural changes going on throughout, and though I think I'd like a bit more bass, the song always stays engaging.
This would be really great chilling music, but that treble end keeps drawing me in, making it a little more active listening. Very interesting tactic though.
Ending was good as well. Overall a gem from the era of tracks it came from.
Darkmetamorphasis
on 2006-01-10 12:47:56
Well, this mix brought up some old memories of me getting frustrated during Puppy Love....But I digress. This mix is really good, I thought it fit well with the EJ formula. Ah, Anything but Tangerines is my favorite song, so this does justice to it. Good job Protricity!
Alianger
on 2005-07-17 17:40:46
very nice! i wouldn't mind hearing a bit more of the main melody though.
Txai
on 2005-01-06 10:12:03
This remix is different of the other works from Prot. I think that this is your simpler remix. This is not the best work from Ari. But the piano and the guitar make a good arrangement.
NeOmega
on 2004-09-11 15:05:54
This is absolutley fantastic. Another remix I love from a game I never played.
The tempo to this one is a tad perfect, and it just gets better and better, to a great conclusion.
Royal Sovereign
on 2004-07-15 13:35:55
Nice job remixing a hard track (the "Anything But Tangerines" theme) with some inspired synths and a surprisingly danceable sensibility. Great stuff with this one -- highly recommended!
Dhsu
on 2004-04-09 02:47:23
Holy.
FREAK.
This is gonna be Jeremy Soule all over again.
(Must remix more EWJ2).
Tommy Tallarico
on 2004-04-09 02:37:22
This is some great stuff!! (yes this is really Tommy).
Keep up the AMAZING work everyone! I freakin' love this site!!
Protricity is the MAN!!
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xamgis
on 2003-12-19 23:39:22
Lately I can't seem to get this song out of my head...and it's a good song...I just wish there were some more remixes or any, for that matter...from all the EWJ games...
Deryck Khusial
on 2002-11-25 04:33:51
i played earthworm jim on my friend's sega before and i liked how the levels were mostly underground and caves. with that said, the lead melody in this is cool. it's got an endless quality that makes me feels like i'm exploring in the darkness. the choir synth at the end adds to the dark feel as well
Asterin
on 2002-11-12 00:31:02
:o
Rock on! This is a little piece of techno heaven. Like tasty pie.
(OK, so that was a pretty stupid analogy.)
Nevertheless, the sheer variety and and quality consistent throughout this piece definitely made it a winner.
ISO900
on 2002-11-09 02:15:43
yay! i absolutely love earthworm jim and this remix, and i love that its long and completely varied, it actualy sounds like 3 different things to me, into the first minute it remindes me of tenchi backround music, the second part remindes me of lunar 1 music, and the third is all its own heh i talk to much lalalalala
long live jim!