ReMix: Barbie Super Model "Plastic Goddess"

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I have to admit, it did take me awhile to appreciate where CotMM was going with this amusing ReMix of the SNES stink-bomb license, Barbie Supermodel. I didn't really appreciate it musically until about 0'36" where the rather cool underlying drum work becomes more clearly audible. Of course, there's instant appreciation simply on the neat-o factor of covering an awful game with - to be extremely kind with my adjectives - a dismissable soundtrack. The main melody is covered by a piercing synth texture that is certainly not what I would call "pleasing", nor clearly is it meant to be. I think many will concentrate on this specific point and probably not get too into it. If you can focus on the rhythms and textures in the impressive industrial drum region, however, and consider the fact that CotMM had some pretty gnasty source material from which to work, I think there's a certain twisted appeal. Stick it out to the end for a cacophonous conclusion and a pseudo-serious evil + brief vocal. Musically, this won't go down in history as a benchmark, but it ain't bad either, has rather good percussion, and illustrates a diamterically opposed style being grafted onto the plastic sheen of childhood's favorite big-busted, heel-footed icon. Plllassstiiiccc Godddeesssss . . .

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Discussion: Latest 15 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
Necrox
on 2015-12-08 23:41:03

Those are some nice twisted vocals. The bass sounds killer, distorted to a fury. Found the lead a bit overbearing. The beat is better described as a pulse and that's a complement. More than the vocals or monster SFX, I found the creepiest element of the outro to be that bent synth. Interesting, wish it was longer.

yosefu
on 2009-10-11 11:32:52

Wow this mix is not what i was expecting at all. Its more like seeing the ugly side of barbie being a psychotic killer. Great stuff!!!

Carrie-san
on 2009-10-10 18:15:49

Not gonna lie to you guys, I used to often rent this game when I was a little girl. I enjoyed playing it, regardless of how crappy it very likely was.

Even after a refresher course from the chiptunes, it's a bit hard for me to identify the pieces CotMM used here, and I probably wouldn't have realized they were from the game if the remix hadn't told me. That said, though, it's an interesting piece..perhaps because they're so vastly transformed? I mean, The through a glass darkly connotation that comes from changing such dopey, perky tunes into something mangled, eerie, and industrial is absolutely fantastic regardless of whether it's my cup of tea or not, and I've got to give him props for the venture. As I've come to expect from CotMM, always unique work.

If Barbie Supermodel had been set in a dystopic and/or zombie-infested USA, this would be on the sound track. I can see her now, rollerblading her way through the debris of what was once Hawaii and wondering what color assault rifle matches her purse.

OA
on 2008-09-29 13:07:04

Actually pretty solid stuff, the music suits the style well, and the groove is pretty good. It has the usual CotMM layers or rust and grime, and I almost wish the beat was a bit stronger, but that would be a bit too pop for the track, I think. There are a lot of cool textures in this, and I think some of the leads could be toned down in the higher frequencies, but it works I think.

I think the ending was a bit abrupt, but the slow burnout of the ending works ok enough.

Pretty cool that a random dare could produce possibly one of his best mixes.

Ujjay
on 2006-07-05 12:42:13

Hahaha, this mix kicks arse.

PancakeHero
on 2004-09-13 17:09:32

This..

is...

awesome...

I am a big industrial fan, and this is incredible. Definetly humorous. Sounds like there was quite a bit of Skinny Puppy influence in this mix. Good job.

Royal
on 2004-06-10 00:42:39

I totally dig the industrial effect given to this piece. Very well done. :)

Durinthal
on 2004-01-11 01:42:57

In the usual style of CotMM, this mix takes the original and twists it into a demented, yet still recognizable melody.

Definitely not my type of music, but quite awesome for those that like it. Bonus points for doing this to Barbie. :D

Wiley Otis
on 2003-11-19 04:28:55

This is a bad song to wake up to at 2 in the morning in a fever-induced hallucination. My computer decided it wanted me to have a heart attack or something. :(

Kamikaze Noodle
on 2003-02-01 01:26:17

8O *soulless look of a brain raped individual* oh.. my...God...

This mix RULEZ! The irony of making such a twisted song from a Barbie game... it kicks more ass than, erm, something that kicks a lot of ass... I just wish I was as good at distorting my stuff without making it sound like KRRSSHHCHHHHWAAAAHHH!! CotMM is my hero! ^_^

mDuo13
on 2003-01-25 13:28:09

This remix is so creepy, it's awesome. It rips the heart out of that little plassssssssssticcc godddddesssssssss with a metallic ripper. It may be an acquired taste, but one can't deny that what CotMM has done here is incredible. You can just barely hear that hint of a melody that lets you imagine what this must have sounded like... and then you can truly appreciate the sheer twisting this track has taken. CotMM, I salute you.

ChristKiller
on 2002-11-01 20:39:54

Its not very good. too much static on the front end. I can hardly hear the back ground music, or the music at all. cause its Static that im hearing.

Not all together a good remix.

Landon
on 2002-10-07 01:54:34

My hat is off to Children of the Monkey Machine for even venturing into this area, and my soul to him for coming out alive and with such a sweet remix! I don't know how you did it but you did. Not really any way to explain this mix. Get it! 9 out of 10.

luminaire23
on 2002-09-28 08:48:54

uh............. ok....

m68030
on 2002-09-11 11:29:23

I had a lot of fun writing this one. I knew right off the bat that DJP wouldn't

like it, but that's ok because I had faith in the judging board of OCR to

let this little chunk of electric misery shine through. (:

I find it very interesting that Shael's mix went up that the same time. His

drum samples came from a POS Casio keyboard, and the lead synth

in this remix was actually an old Casio PCM keyboard run through a

Zoom 607 bass pedal and an Marshal guitar amp. It gave it a very unique

shimmery sound to the high frequencies. This was also the first remix

I tried actually playing anything live on, which is why it isn't quite as

sharp as some of my other material.

The original concept behind this track was to be an industrial ballad of

sorts in the style of the NIN track Star*uckers Inc. complete with lyrics.

Well, as you can hear that got cut down to just a few words twisted in

the start of the track and the tagline hissing from under the melody here

and there.

The Monkey Machine is going to try and take a break from industrial

distortionfest brainraping for a while and attempt to focus on atmosphere,

like my last Chrono Trigger track. Sometimes I have to relax too, (:.