ReMix: Space Harrier 'Spaced'
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Happythanks! Thanksgiving ain't exactly the biggest and best holiday, fine, but it's a time to see family & friends, have good eats, and get all your xmas shopping done in a mad rush of hectic consumerism - and what could be more fun than that? Plus, unless my family has let me down, free alcohol and coconut shrimp should be involved this go-round, so I'm looking forward to it. Right then - on we go: I can never get enough of the first stage Space Harrier music - like chocolate, air, and Escaflowne, I doubt I'll ever tire of it. I admit and confess to the bias, at least, but don't think it would have affected this particular rendition's posting here at OC ReMix. d0d0 lends his ears and talents to an electro ReMix that's part techno-industrial, part 80's synth-pop, and all fun. The intro is a minor-key, dark arrangement that in and of itself is a peculiar reworking of the theme, featuring an interesting sample (something about a blow job - didn't get the reference, myself. d0d0? Anyone?) - but this more sinister tone lifts and the peppy (fruity?) major-key joy starts fading in around 0'40". Beat is frenetic late 80's techno, almost passable as upbeat old skool rap if it were on a cheesy 808 (these are more 909 drums), with an octave synth bass underneath, some great subtle synth rhythms, floating pads and ambient effects all over the stereo spectrum that give it that "spaced" feel (Houston, we have a mix name), and later on some strings on an original harmony that works nicely. Ending is abrupt and leaves you with a disonant delay, but I kinda thought that was effective. Again, I confess my bias for the theme, but this is a strong arrangement that fits in well with previous efforts. The intro in particular goes the extra mile and packs in several unorthodox musical ideas that add to the whole. Enjoy your Thanksgiving and get jiggy with the egg nog, where applicable - if all goes well and I'm at least partially sober, expect two more (excellent) ReMixes sometime this evening. In the meantime, check out d0d0's latest superb take on a superb theme. Recommended.
So I guess it starts out rather weird with that "sultry female" voice clip (o__O), though after an atmospheric intro it kicks straight into a rendition of the theme. The filter/synth effect works aren't bad considering they're from 2002, kind of have that Katamari Damacy-like tone somewhat even if it feels somewhat subtle.
So it may feel somewhat dated now considering the combination of the sample selection (though a fair portion of the synths sound good even for their time), straight cover nature of the arrangement and the... introduction... but taking aside the little imperfections I dig this - pretty well done for its time :)
- Rexy on December 7, 2011
This mix can't really come to any resolution with itself, imo. Each piece is distinctive with it's own little flair. Intro is dark and moody, transition is hopeful, the next piece is feels like a cover of the melody, after the two and a half minute mark it feels mellowed out and purposeful. While I can't complain that it isn't an interesting listen, it just feels too piecemeal for me. By no means is it terrible, it's just "meh" :| I will agree that the intro was the most interesting part of this mix though.
- 42 on December 18, 2009
So this mix surprised me - things started somewhat darkish, giving me the impression that I was going to be listening to something maybe triphopish, but then shifted gears into the main melody.
To be honest, I liked that intro segment more than the rest of the mix. The bass was a bit too high, but otherwise that intro segment had some intrigue to it, whereas the main crux of the mix is fairly conservative with the melody, layering a few more instruments in following the progression. It didn't vary things up too much, which just adds to the disappointment for me after the start.
- Bahamut on October 2, 2009
- justinj212 on January 17, 2009
- evktalo on December 12, 2008
I can see the charm of this song, but it's not working for me. Not really my style, to be honest.
- DragonAvenger on August 31, 2008
- OA on May 1, 2007
This remix does perfect justice to the original. The intro flowed nicely, and the rest was just superb. The song did seem to loop a hell of a lot, without much change to the original melodies/backgrounds. The flourishes add some nice color to keep things interesting, but it still is very close to the original.
Being close to the original in this song isn't bad for me, I love the song to begin with :lol: , but in remix standards it is a wee bit too close. Anyway, I still love this song, and the mp3 will stay with me for a while.
- Chavous on March 4, 2006
Nice work on drums and bass, sounds great in the car!
- Marduk on December 21, 2002
At the time i finished it I loved it, now i`m not so sure, there were 4 versions of this mix done, this one, an industrial version called mogadon, the semi finished half killed by acid and a more or less straight midi version... in retrospect the criticism on here is more than fair (tho at the time i finished the tune i`d have probably wanted to slap sum1 - was on a new tune buzz >:) a more upfront mix was definately needed.
Oh, and a credit needs to goto sid/zerozillion getting things started in the first place he came up with the cool hard synth that i used in the intro.
Have i rambled on for long enough now? can i go?
- d0d0 on December 20, 2002
- sgx on December 1, 2002
- Evilhead on November 30, 2002
Enjoyable if you like oldsk00l stuff, though it honestly ain't my favorite genre. For me there's some parts that sound really good (around 2:30), though most of the remix sounds a little muddy - doesn't sound like there's much panning work here, though, so that might explain it. Not the best remix, coulda been better with some more attention to panning, but a worthy attempt nonetheless!
- orkybash on November 30, 2002