ReMix: Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge 'Monkey Brain Soup for the Soul'
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Can you say "power medley"?? There's so much good music, fantastic arrangement, and such an assortment of feels & riffs that newcomer Trapezoid's ReMix opus could count as three good ReMixes. Seriously. There's jazz, there's electro, there's rock, there's retro, there's hip-hop - it's a smorgasbord LeChuck would be proud of, and it's all here for you, free. If you've never played ANY of Lucas Arts Monkey Island games, you should still be able to appreciate the massive amount of musical motifs and ideas thrown into this "Soup for the Soul" (the full title being a clever play off the insidious 'Chicken Soup for the Soul' series of inspirational/motivational books), and I enjoyed every spoonful. Certainly, there are standout sections and sections that are more transitional, but the level of quality is consistently high. Take the bitchin' piano solo at 0'53"or the awesome dual stereo guitar work at 5'20", and note that both moments occur in totally different musical contexts. I'm still not much one for medleys, and some of the transitions - while well-executed - felt a bit jarring. Nevertheless the quantity and quality of intepretation and the variety are all enough to make this a very definitive SoMI2 ReMix medley that comes highly recommended. It'd be too difficult to do a line-item listing of what's in store for you when you download - I recommend proceeding and hearing for yourself :)
0:18 = Jojo the Monkey/part of Main Theme - I like how the harp seems to say "Once upon a time in the Caribbean..." A lot of instruments introduce themselves here while they sort out their roles. I'm quite fond of the arresting organ chords at 0:45 and the foreboding A-B-A pattern at 1:02-1:06.
1:11 = Phatt Island Jail - A light and cheery piano adds a subtle tone of "here's a good situation to think your way out of." Then an 8-bit lead and its grimy companion take over before giving way to a more minty-flavored section (1:40).
2:10 = Stan's Previously Used Coffins - At first I felt the quiet organ could've better explored and wrapped up its Halloween vibe instead of bursting into something bright and outlandish, but then I listened to the source and realized that's how the melody normally plays out. No matter - 2:17 does make me smile as I imagine the hyper salesman pitching his price to this boisterous, sugar-coated rendition.
2:53 = Captain Kate's Boat: Booty Island - This starts all blippity-bloopity, and along with staccato and tenuto synth organ notes, it truly gives a feeling of depth as Guybrush swims down below the ocean surface. 3:17-3:36 puts me in mind of some old DOS games like [i]Gobliins 2[/i] due to the old-school synth set at play.
3:54 = Final ending theme/"Deep in the Caribbean: Scabb Island" part of Introduction - DnB rockage gives the source(s) a party-hardy backdrop and an upbeat cause to celebrate. And you can't fault 4:12 for turning it up a notch.
4:50 = LeChuck's theme (heard in several sources) - After a subdued lead-in section, a gentle harp enters as if to say the ghost/zombie pirate has a soft side and isn't as threatening as you might imagine. The real star of this final chunk is the hypnotic arpeggio at 5:07 (heard in the Closing Themes), which grows in popularity and momentum...
...and then the mix just sorta finishes. The ending could stand to be more constructive/elaborate, but when you explore so many locales and moods in a mix like this, it's not a dealbreaker. What's important is that Monkey Brain Soup for the Soul delivers, and hard.
- Polo on August 9, 2010
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- Nutritious on October 4, 2006
FM wrote: For anyone Curious, Trapezoid these days goes by the name of "Lemon Demon," and is widely known for his original song The Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny.
They made an animation about it.
The ultimate showdown
- Bummer on September 15, 2006
As for the mix, I've never played Monkey Island, but I totally dig it.
- FM on September 15, 2006
OK, to get on the subject, this remix is GOLD! It haves you in its grip from the very beginning, but you're still free enough to bop your head and move your feet along the rhytm. If I would go through all of it, this would be a very long post which even I can't stand to write, but the feeling that goes through this whole song, it's just magnificient. The music style changes like the direction of tennis ball, from happy to chill, and then proceeding to even an even more happier style, and then to a funky and so on. Even if you've listened to it sometimes, you still have a little hard to remember what comes next, so everytime is your first time. This arrangement is funky, jazzy, joyful, evil, dark, something for every taste and type.
It makes me sad that this is the only remix made by Trapezoid, this arrangement just makes me hunger for more of this kind. Kick-assness in a 6-meg musicfile is what this is, you just GOTTA download it! :mrgreen:
- Bummer on April 27, 2006
- W_I_N_N_E_R on September 20, 2005
I discovered that remix listening to the OCRemix Radio and boy am I glad :)
That is really awesome stuff you have here, totally out-there and upbeat. Love the various styles and constant action provided by every layer.
As a fan of Monkey Island music and Michael Land music in general, you got yourself a listener here :) I'm keeping this. And this might just be what I needed to finally get to work on a Monkey Island remix myself.
- mv on April 13, 2005
EDIT: Forgot to mention, I can also pick out the Phatt Island theme.
- Hogulus on August 8, 2004
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- Neimonster on October 13, 2002
- Daanieru on October 13, 2002
It has enough of the original to be recognized as such, but it's still also got enough new stuff that you're not merely listening to a variant of the original. I simply love everything about it. I don't think that I've enjoyed a remix this much in a long time :)
- Neb on October 10, 2002
This is one of my favorites in a long time. looping it in winamp long enough to annoy my roommates :)
- Rychan on October 7, 2002