Not skipping a beat, Mazedude helps us ring in the next thousand with a slick ReMix of the previously-unReMixed Sagat stage from classic Street Fighter 2. I'd just like to pontificate briefly, as I recently saw a thread on our forums regarding the most influential game series ever. I'd have to say that, while there are a lot of good candidates, SF2 essentially MADE the fighting genre what it is today. I can't think of a single game that so embodies a genre and acted as such a catalyst for zillions of clones, even well into the 3d arena. I always dug Sagat's ability to do low and high fireballs, in spite of his goofy eyepatch and unfortunate soundalike name-sharing with TV's Bob Saget, also known by his maiden name, Beelzebub.
Mazedude has lent his considerable talents to a reworking of Sagat's theme, which while minimal (like most of the SF2 BGM, a core repeating phrase or two) seemed to work readily with Chris' style. With a strong left-panned piano bass, a great electro-organic percussive vibe, and smooth-as-silk synth solo that carries the melody extensively, this is fairly mellow stuff, but still has an edge to it. There's a brief iteration of the melody by xylophone about halfway through, which offers the listener a good opportunity to appreciate the intricate drum work underneath, and later the synth solo gets some harmony that makes it sound brassier. Also, the cross-panning pads and ambient fx that transpire continuously in the background lend to a floating, liquid feel, and are very well done. All in all, a great take on Sagat's theme (the brother deserved it, with the eye injury and scar and what not), and another in a long line of impressive - and impressively varied - ReMixes from Mazedude. Recommended.
Ah Sagat's theme, one of my favorite Street Fighter themes.
I have both versions of this (This one, and the one from SSF2THDR),
and I have say I enjoy this a lot more, mainly due to the lead
synths, the one used in this version has a much softer, warmer tone
to it, while the one one SSF2THDR is a little more piercing on the
ol' ears. :|
Regardless, this is still an awesome track to listen to.- Sir_Downunder on December 17, 2009
Melodically conservative, but the sound field is nicely packed. New
leads, countermelodies, and percussion patterns join seamlessly
without burying the existing ones, contributing to a chill, groovy,
delicious soundscape. What really whets my appetite is what sounds
like a combo of gear crunches and heightened drums that pops up at
0:46, lingers as the lead synth fades at 1:36, and reappears at
2:40 and elsewhere. And of course Sagat's quirky 22/4 time
signature is faithfully reproduced. Awesomesauce.- Polo on April 8, 2009
Interesting percussive effects on this, though one sounds like
clipping, even though it's pretty obviously not. Synth was
interesting, but overall I wasn't feeling this one due to the
source. It just wasn't that interesting to me. :-(- OA on March 23, 2009
I love this. Just wanted to give you props! :<- Tuned Logic on February 15, 2009
Whenever I come across this mix, I have this mental image of a
silhouette of Sagat riding a
while flying through the sky in front of a giant moon a la E.T. the
This theme just seems to lend itself to being techno-trippy really
well. Still an awesome mix and glad its in HDR.- 42 on January 19, 2009
I like this mix, how can I describe it in a single word? Hmmm...
sexy :D Love the techno-spazz kinda feel. :P- I_Love_OC_ReMixes on February 9, 2006
Forget about the beautiful drums and the main synth line that
effortlessly glides from octave to octave, what's that crazy time
signature!? Alternating 5/8,6/8!? Whatever it is, its nice, and IMO
really difficult to get a hold of from a remixing perspective. This
has been in the rotation for a while and will stay there. Great
work Mazedude.- Harmony on April 13, 2005
For some reason, Sagat´s Theme is very nostalgic, bizarre and
repetitive for me. Anyway he is a curious character. This ReMix is
awesome. Crazy beats and instruments. By the way, Mazedude did
great works here.- Txai on April 13, 2005
I just had to say something about this track since I'm remixing it
now. It's SMOOTH. I love the distortion and what not. And that
porta synth is infectious. I don't like the sudden mutes, but that
is nitpicking. GREAT REMIX to one of my favorite tracks of all
time.- k u n g f u c h i c k e n on April 12, 2005
Man oh man is this one of my favs! This mix is by far some of
Mazedudes best work! I love the way the song just seems to slink to
a start. Its pretty much sums up the laid back manner of the track.
I really dug having piano in the back round. It added alot of grunt
and bass to the peice. This mix is just oozing trippyness.
Superlative work! This one is one I keep comin back for!
*EDIT* I forgot to mention and compliment the title of the track.
Not only does it do an excellent job of summing the track up. It
just sounds fucking cool!- Pip is uh..... on March 13, 2005
i'm used to listening all the techno,fast paced rock that i love so
much but when i heard this it was very relaxing..sf fan all the way
i guess but i really did like this song alot.- EvilRyuAlpha on September 30, 2004
I like it. Sagat's stage had some really mellow tunes, which made
it good. This remix makes it even better.- Br26 on July 12, 2003
I enjoyed the track a lot, Mazedude. I noticed some reused sounds
compared to your older stuff, which kinda made the track stand out
as yours. Anyway yes, great work. I do have one request though, I
see you encoded your mp3 with BLADE mp3 encoder. There's a lot of
better mp3 encoders out there. Blade is at the bottom of the list
when it comes to quality. You might want to look into LAME or one
of the FHG encoders.- NoahFrenzy on July 11, 2003
i wub u mazedude, keep pumping them out, this songs pretty nice,
its a good play on the original melody.- Simoom on July 8, 2003
The original is awesome (imo), and this remix enhances an already
great tune and makes it stand out more, which is what Mazedude does
greatly when he's at his best. I especially like that part with the
vibes and the crunchy distortion sound...I just [b]love[/b]
EDIT: or maybe it's a xylophone. I like that, too.
Anyway...chalk up another one for Mazedude.- ella guro on July 6, 2003