Posted 2002-12-21, evaluated by djpretzel


analoq gives a great, unique twist on Sonic 3 with this groovalicious, guitar-driven Azure Lake ReMix. Entering with a panning rhythm guitar part bathed in reverb then adding a VERY phat electric bass, there's a single synth doing an octave riff, and a hip-hoppish beat, but -especially with the badass lead that enters at 0'48", it's clear guitars are the focus. There's also some great gated guitar bits, and the processing and effects on each are distinct and carefully chosen. We then segue into a an old-time piano bit with vinyl crackling: very atmospheric and a touch melancholy, and a totally cool way to end things. This ReMix has some musical ideas that were perfectly executed and which lend it a unique atmosphere, one which I haven't heard too often and never in terms of Sonic mixes. Everything clicks, there's some risks taken which pay off, and the production quality is high to boot. Highly recommended.

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WesternZypher
on 2013-04-29 14:33:12

Love those warm guitar vibes.

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SubNormal J3
on 2011-03-20 23:54:56

Nice classic analoq sound here. I like how he modifies the chord structures on most of his mixes. We get some fitting resonant synths, classic rb type drums, and a gritty electric guitar to fill in the rest of the spectrum. And don't miss out on the surprise classical piano solo at 2:50.

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OA
on 2009-12-03 11:03:51

Nice textures and panning, but the source doesn't really lend itself to an exciting overall mix. Clean guitar could use a little tuning as well. The sounds chosen were fine, and I did like the synth, but it didn't feel like much happened during the course of the mix. Sorry, not my favorite.

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JH Sounds
on 2009-11-26 11:16:52

I still associate this remix with the exact moment I decided to make my own remixes. That may come off as cheesy, but I felt like posting it anyway. :razz:

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Lucentas
on 2009-08-06 12:20:06

When I first started listening to this song and the guitar kicked in, I had to take my headphones off and inspect them to make sure neither candy nor gold was coming out of the earpieces.

That's when I knew this one was a keeper.

The piano at the end just seals the deal, by the way.

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evktalo
on 2008-09-11 08:07:02

A fine mix! The clean guitar being out of tune takes it down a notch, took a bit of getting used to. It would probably sound really good if it was in tune.

The guitar-riff sounds that come after the first lead, actually emerging from behind it, sound really good. That's a cool moment specifically. I like the outro too.

--Eino

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Dark Vagabond
on 2005-09-28 19:34:00

It must really suck to have a professionals musical ear because it seems this mix has been judged based on correctness by some people more than the actual sound of the song.

Someone may just have a bright idea to play out of tune for that tuned out feel hehe.

I say it sounds awesom even if somethings not as it would be expected.

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jordex
on 2005-05-03 21:32:50

I couldn't agree more! No one can possibly do it better than Analoq here! This is just a one-of-kind brilliant fucking song! I just love it! Seriously, no one can do it better than anoloq! His guitar driven and synthy groovy pieces just blow everyone away! You gotta love that guitar! and what better way to end the song than with a cool little part recorded on an old fuzzy, crackling record player?! This is just amazing analoq, I love you for this one!

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Pip is uh.....
on 2005-03-10 23:18:46

This is quite possibly one of the best mixes on the site. Or ever. I was really stunned by it when I first heard it. The sound quality is amazing. The guitar is excellent. And the ending is really original. Really really excellent stuff.

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Royal Sovereign
on 2004-07-15 12:43:59

Yes, 'creative' is the key word here... it sounds like Hootie and the Blowfish mixed with late 90's synths and a carefree sensibility worthy of Oasis...all with a piano at the end! But I must say it all holds together beautifully -- a delicious piece of ear-candy.

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CJ_Sparx
on 2004-05-29 09:23:02

This is a totally unexpected twist on the original Azure Lake song... and it's awesome. It's slower, much more mellow, and definitely worth a download.

The thing that struck me most was the ending, though--it took more than a few listens to realize, but I think it's actually the second half of Azure Lake's song, just extremely slowed down and made to sound like a classical piece. Not entirely obvious what it is, and I like that. Very creative mix. ^_^

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Supr Mel O
on 2004-03-30 00:29:20

Interesting you said that it seems like a rolling credits type song. I thought the same thing, so I emailed analoq and got permission to use his song in a short movie I made for a movie competition. It turned out like anyone would expect with such an atmospheric song. Really captured what I was going for.

Great mix

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pathos
on 2004-03-05 19:24:54

Analoq!!! You totally did this song justice! After hearing this, I might take up the guitar. Or will I... :twisted: Seriously though, you nailed it.

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Epic1044
on 2004-01-14 18:52:44

Pretty much the entire OC Remix collection is awesome. Even among that company, though, there are a few songs that have enough longevity to follow me from MP3, to CD-R, to whatever media the future holds. This is one such keeper. It strikes a unique mood that I haven't heard on a single other piece. Ignore the complaints about out-of-tune guitar. I've listened five times already and I can't detect it.

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Coucou
on 2003-10-30 09:49:14

I generally prefer synths to guitars.

But this mix is anyway one of my favorites on OCR.

The marriage between filtered synths and guitars

(distorted lead and rythmic) is here a real success.

Sources Arranged (1 Song)


Primary Game:
Sonic the Hedgehog 3 (Sega, 1994, GEN)
Music by Bobby Brooks, Brad Buxer, C. Cirocco Jones, Darryl Ross, Doug Grigsby III, Geoff Grace, Jun Senoue, Michael Jackson, Tatsuyuki Maeda, Tomonori Sawada
Songs:
"Azure Lake Zone"

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Genre:
Funk
Mood:
Happy
Instrumentation:
Electric Guitar, Synth
Additional:
Origin > Competition

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Bitrate:
157Kbps
Duration:
3:40

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