ReMix: Socket 'Trip the Light Fantastic'
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djpretzel does trance? Probably as close as I'll get. But first, more about the source material: without a doubt in my mind, of the Sega Genesis game soundtracks I have heard, I believe that Socket's is the most underrated, undervalued OST on the system, and would make my overall list (regardless of hardware) easily as well. This Sonic the Hedgehog clone from Vic Tokai managed to capture some of the appeal of the blue hedgehog it was modeled after, but was on-par or below its forefather in all aspects save one: Socket's soundtrack easily, even favorably compares with the music from the original Sonic as well as its sequels. No one to date, to my knowledge, has requested a track from this game be ReMixed. I've never heard it mentioned in extended discussions of the best Genesis soundtracks. And yet I feel it truly deserves a place in such conversations, as it's consistently excellent and melodically intricate & original. This is the PERFECT game soundtrack for ReMixing, by my own ideals, as it's older, relatively unknown, and deserves a second, third, and fourth listen. It's one of the soundtracks that impressed me enough to record it to casette tape way back when, and probably played an integral part in inspiring the origin of OCR itself. In the time between this mix, which I started a couple days ago, and my previous Tekken 2 ReMix, I started three other ReMixes that I couldn't seem to complete, for one reason or another. One was a lost cause to begin with, the other two I do intend to go back to. But when I found myself humming this theme from Socket a few nights ago, then sat down at the keyboard, everything clicked. This is trance, but breaks it up a bit and has some of what I'd call disco & synth-pop thrown in. It's closer to the original than some of my other creations, but has a different sound - this is another technically complex, from a configuration perspective, mix. It features almost everything in my studio - two software samplers, FM7, D'Cota, Z3TA+, Yamaha Motif, Kawai K5000, and MicroKORG, all working together. The result is maximalist (well, let's just say it's NOT minimalist) trance-ish fare that doesn't try to hide or sublimate the main melody but instead embraces it. I love the original tune to death, and love the Socket OST in general, so this is sort of my tribute to this overlooked, wonderful score. Hope you dig it.
- SubNormal J3 on July 14, 2011
- Bahamut on October 15, 2010
- KyleJCrb on September 5, 2010
Not to get in line on the asspatting, but this is close to The Koan of Drums for my favorite DJP mix. Super great stuff.
- OA on December 15, 2009
I absolutely love this sort of sound: heavy, simple beat pattern with bright, airy instrumentation. I was accordingly whisked away by this mix and immersed in its soundscape. The exits/reentries of the beat interrupted the mood a bit, but I'm not going to complain - some of the most delightful sections were the breaks where the instruments were made to sound as if they're being played underwater. Which fits perfectly with the Antiquity stage. And the frog sounds: heh, they were a nice touch.
As has been said, there's a lot going on here even if the arrangement was relatively straightforward (notwithstanding a seamless blending-in of the first part of Emerald Forest, that is). The soundscape is full, both with layering and with a... breezy... wind sound in the background that fills in any gaps. Of course, it's not just layering, but a host of different sounds/instruments being used with varying effects on each. I can't do much more than smile and nod when folks like Disco Dan laud a track's production, but I can definitely say that end result sounds beautiful.
So, it has that light, ambient feel that you can drift off to, but it also has plenty of depth that can keep you engaged... whichever you're in the mood to do. Plus, most of all, it's feel-good. And that's good in any age.
- K.B. on December 5, 2009
- Palpable on October 20, 2007
In any case, this was also a track that made me go back and check out the original, as well as snag a ROM of the game. Well, to me the game sucked, and I don't recall any other tracks being as good as the one's djp arranged, but I definitely love what he's done with the source material here. Seamless fusion of the two themes, I never would have known there was more than one source if I hadn't checked the soundtrack out. Great stuff, and of the few tracks that lots of people around here have taken a chance on and liked despite not knowing the game. The number of reviews back in the day definitely illustrated that.
- Liontamer on October 5, 2007
- SirRus on July 25, 2005
- Trygon on July 24, 2005
- MisterBiggler on June 8, 2005
- Wingsinadream on January 31, 2005
- Troika on September 30, 2003
- Kazin on April 13, 2003
I usually dont post my comments on mixes cause no one cares what i think, but i gotta make an exception here.
This remix is guaranteed to make me do 2 things everytime i hear it:
I love upbeat trancy/techno stuff. makes me feel all warm and fuzzy.
- Isosceles on March 31, 2003
When I first heard it, I was just sorta doing a little passive-listening. Then later on I came back and heard it again. "Hey, sounds cool."
Then I came back again and listened to it without the headphones with the volume most-of-the-way up. WOOO, that just shows that you cannot judge a mix by listening to it one time. It grows on you just like video games themselves do. Neato.
Final verdict... MY SCORE-- 9.0/10
- Tidus Of Spira on March 9, 2003