ReMix: Marble Madness 'Marble Dancefloor'
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Our second Marble Madness ReMix is the first submission from Palpable, who gives us a techno/disco arrangement of the innovative classic's intermediate stage music. Digital Coma sorta summed things up well:
"Ok, I'm up to 1:10 and everything is rocking; good layer-ups, introduction to beat, sexy rhythm. Gotta love the rowdy drums and bassline. A little original section comes next and is quickly replaced again by source melody. I keep listening for these little alterations (harmony, counterpoint) snuck in here and there like complimentary vanilla wafers, and I say to myself, "hey, the NES tune is like six measures long and this guy's managed to expand upon it to make beautifully simple electro pop within four minutes."
There's a slight Daft Punk feel, though anything disco/house could probably said to have such a likeness due to that act's common association with the sound. The octave bassline and heavy kick / snare downbeat are the tell-tale ingredients, but there's also some good percussive accoutrements (with nice panning) and an overall attention to keeping things both funky and interesting. Interesting volume gating on the lead towards the middle and drum dropout/break towards the end - there's still some inevitable repetition, but it's totally appropriate both for the genre and considering the relative size of the original. Good stuff from Palpable, very accessible and a distinct style of electronica that's not so common as well.
- Polo on December 7, 2009
- OA on November 27, 2009
I think the best thing about this is that you can feel the game in it. As others have mentioned, you don't just think of Marble Madness when you hear this. You think of a whole slew of puzzle-based retro games with soundtracks that channel this sort of vibe. I appreciate it a whole lot and geniunely think think that puzzle games with determined, yet repetitive soundtracks are some of the best the industry has ever produced.
This mix is a love letter to those immortal tunes, for me. Cool stuff indeed.
- Marmiduke on July 7, 2009
Anyway... Honestly, it's a bit repetitive, especially the 10-20 seconds before it gets into the main theme. The bassline is pretty good, though, and it's at least as catchy (if not more so) than the original theme. Overall, it's an okay piece.
I should say, though, that Palpable has a really great and unique style that I enjoy. You can hear early elements of it in this remix, and everything hereafter by him has just been getting better and better. KF
- Kizyr on February 18, 2009
btw, I remember Supaplex too!
- evktalo on February 14, 2009
That's a good thing, by the way.
- Dhsu on October 2, 2008
- Bozlifyme on February 9, 2008
GREAT elaboration on good music to a BAD game...
- KogeJoe on January 24, 2007
- Nineko on December 19, 2006
Maybe that's wat inspired Palpable?
Nice remix, though.
- Katmaï on April 28, 2005
As for myself, when this was posted a looong way back, I didn't like it initially. But when I listened to it more, it grew on me a lot, and I'm just now writing a review of it. I see the judges were also split on it. Good stuff though.
- Corporal Eschebone on February 19, 2005
Okay, I think that this is the second Stage from [i]Marble Madness[/i]. Nostalgic game! I liked the electronic/exotic style of this mix. This deserves a compliment...good work!
- Txai on February 16, 2005
- Poison_Quill on February 13, 2005
- The Orichalcon on October 31, 2004
- esden9 on October 26, 2004