ReMix: Sonic the Hedgehog 3 'Her Azure Eyes'
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Our previous Azure Lake ReMix was a showstopper from analoq, featuring beautifully processed guitars and a moody, floating feel to it. This happy trance rendition from DarkeSword couldn't be more of a contrast, but is also enjoyable and catchy in its own right. Right from the dandy delayed flute intro that's soon underpinned by offbeat bass and a gradually filtered synth pattern, you can tell it's more about the happy-go-lucky, optimistic beat than anything more ponderous. Drums are fairly basic (great hi-hat pattern though), but fast-paced, and later on we get a nice harp, strings, and some different synths. This might be a little too major-key, "I just ran out of Zoloft and need a quick musical fix" for some listeners, but anyone that digs a good trance track that throws in some natural instruments very successfully and has some good, conscious programming work as well need look no further. Again, this makes a great partner to analoq's work to indicate the flexibility of the original and the extremely different ways it can be successfully interpreted. Good stuff.
Overall I enjoy the track, but DS has definitely done better. ;-)
- OA on March 16, 2010
- ely_chan on October 26, 2008
- Nineko on December 19, 2006
I'm not familiar with the original, so perhaps it's just because the original only has one riff and is really boring and repetetive as well.
I'm sorry to say that this is not one of DarkeSword's better mixes.
- Geoffrey Taucer on July 9, 2005
- Pip is uh..... on March 13, 2005
- Txai on January 6, 2005
- Linearity on July 24, 2004
In all seriousness, this is one of my fave remixes: a lovely, happy, bouncing rendition of one of my fave songs from Sonic III. You don't need Prozac -- just listen to this song, and you'll feel happy!
- Royal Sovereign on July 15, 2004
- Narcos on May 26, 2004
This is one of my favorites on ocr along with "Dream Pipe."
DarkeSword, you rock.
- SmartOne on May 11, 2004
- NekoKun on May 11, 2004
- nodspaw51 on February 29, 2004
- Marte on January 15, 2004
- PlatformerMastah on January 14, 2004
00:00 - Nice flute intro.
00:06 - Here come the synths.
00:12 - Here's where the trance comes in.
00:19 - You mixed the electronic trance beat perfectly with the flute. Starts going up from there.
00:34 - The flute still blends semalessly. I have to congratulate you on this.
00:59 - I like how you blended some electronic noises in the background there with the flute doing its own thing with the lower-paced melody.
01:04 - Here come the synths again.
01:12 - Perfectly placed break from the happy-go lucky melody...but it'll come back to haunt me...
01:24 - It's coming back from the break very fast, which is a good thing.
01:38 - You took out the flute there for a little bit and put a synth in its place flawlessly.
01:44 - Here comes the flute again.
01:56 - I like the underwater effect you put here.
02:09 - You aded more ambient electronic sounds with a few appearences from the flute.
02:22 - The flute's back as part of the main melody here.
02:48 - An electronic break from the happiness that's been building up. After that, most of the instruments from the song as a whole come back and build up to 03:26. After that, it's like some underwater percussion instrument leading the closing melody.
Overall, this is probably my favorite mix on OCR, even though I never played any games on any Sega system. Very, very happy. The flute is my favorite instrument in this mix.
Again, nicely done. 99%.
- Corporal Eschebone on January 4, 2004