ReMix: Slalom "Slalomicide" 3:25

By Mazedude

Arranging the music of one song...

"Run BGM"

Primary Game: Slalom (Nintendo, 1987, NES), music by David Wise

Posted 2004-04-17, evaluated by djpretzel


Though it's (finally) gotten warmer 'round these parts, a slick, icy Slalom ReMix of the fashion Mazedude gives us is welcome irregardless of the weather. Mixing synth-pop with some jungle/d'n'b style percussion, this mix starts off with synth bells and the familiar sixteenth-note melodic pattern, with rapid hi-hats coming in and bass hits and additional percussion gradually being layered in until the unexpected drop-out at 0'31", with everything turning down a notch and lead synth doing a little solo/duet harmony thing. There's some more aggressive percussion then brought in and some choral work as well, and a very cool quiet section towards the end. There's also all manner of goofy, weird sound effects - maybe Chris was playing around feeding his tracker .EXE and .TXT files again, not sure :) The repetition towards the end did get on my nerves a little bit, as here the choral sample isn't used as subtlely as previously in the mix and the same couple measures repeat themselves several times. I suppose that's the "slalomicide" part, perhaps... Regardless of some of the last bits, this takes a peppy downhill racing theme and reworks it, in particular adding mucho action and goings-on in the rhythm department, into something not entirely serious but nevertheless fun. Not Chris's best work, but a solid arrangement that even pulls some nice, unexpected changes in dynamics at points. Good stuff.

djpretzel

Discussion

Latest 13 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
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WesternZypher
on 2011-05-28 09:21:55

It's a happy/upbeat bix from Mazedude! Not that he doesn't make them, but I certainly like it when he does.

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Sir_Downunder
on 2009-12-17 05:33:28

Sorry, but I'm not a big fan of this track.

It's got the usual, slick level of Mazedude, production, but for some reason, I'm really not feeling this track. I see what everyone says about the track ending, the repetition really didn't help either. While this has a lot of flaws, I can still appreciate the work the went into the track.

Not a great track, but not a terrible one either.

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Bahamut
on 2009-10-02 04:30:20

Whoa, did not expect a Mazedude mix from this game!

I see what the others were talking about with regards to the ending - it sounds tacky in what is otherwise an upbeat happy mix! Otherwise, I found this a fun listen, but it jumped around too much from place to place.

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DragonAvenger
on 2008-11-09 22:12:11

Overall the song is mixed well, but it feels like it just doesn't go anywhere. The wierd thing is that it does move around quite a bit. There are lots of sections, but I feel like I don't get anywhere. Maybe it's the lack of a strong melody, and so the different sections don't feel different thematically?

The ending...not a fan. It feels like a mess. Fade-out doesn't help things either. Overall, not a fan, but I can still appreciate what went into the track.

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OA
on 2007-06-13 10:28:03

ok, yeah, this track is really good until the end where suddenly it gets annoying. I think it's that choir patch, honestly.

Before that, it's creative and fun, with a good beat and a fun melody. I think Mazedude was just sick of the track and wanted to finish it, thus the lame ending.

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Yoshi3gg
on 2006-12-20 19:31:48

I've never heard of Slalom before, much less actually played it, but this is a very high energy, well-arranged mix. The repetition was starting to get on my nerves near the middle, but mazedude shook things up enough in the ending for me to end up liking the piece overall.

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_Rain_Man_
on 2004-05-22 07:47:39

My brother used to love Slalom, so I know the game. AS soon as I heard the remix I remembered to music. It's awesome, one of my favourites - and one I can play over and over again and not get bored. I love the chorus, and the whole thing has a "skiing" feel to it.

Very, very nice work.

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Julio Jose
on 2004-04-23 18:44:01

never played game. Pretty decent remix here.

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Zarla
on 2004-04-22 21:32:57

I really really like this. I never really played Slalom that much so I'm not too familiar with da original song, but I really like this remix. It's got that kind of noisy thing going on and the melody in it is really very catchy. It definitely has that feeling of skiing and snow and stuff, and I especially like that creative use of the sleigh bells. Very very very cool (HURRHURR PUN)

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Snyderman
on 2004-04-22 06:42:30

I hate to say this, but the intro is infinitely more interesting than the melody of the song, the first 30 seconds of the song or so. When I first heard the intro, I was expecting something huge and epic, but unfortunately it didn't end up that way.

Of course when it reverts to the beginning at 52 seconds or so, that's not bad, but the melody is kind of tedious. However I must give you props for remixing immensely obscure games. I still listen to the Boy and His Blob remix all the time.

I agree with Prot, the arrangement is good, but the melody is kind of bland. Still, I always expect high quality stuff from Mazedude, and it IS high quality and it's still very enjoyable.

8/10.

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Kamikaze Noodle
on 2004-04-20 01:24:54

Ha, this is pretty sweet. It is somewhat repetitive, but I think the awesome production makes it very enjoyable. I always love your work, Mazedude. Thank you for blessing the world with this mix.

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Protricity
on 2004-04-17 13:19:34

Kills in arrangement, lacks in melody. Maybe the original song is to blame here, but I don't care for the melody at all. Around 3:00, as dave said, the song starts to get on my nerves. Fade out ending is kinda weak.

Well put together, but I kinda expect more from one of my favorite mixers.

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djpretzel
on 2004-04-17 10:59:53

What did you think? Post your opinion of this ReMix.

Sources Arranged (1 Song)


Primary Game:
Slalom (Nintendo, 1987, NES)
Music by David Wise
Songs:
"Run BGM"

Tags (4)


Genre:
Mood:
Aggressive
Instrumentation:
Bells, Synth
Additional:
Usage > Winter Holiday

File Information


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Slalom_Slalomicide_OC_ReMix.mp3
Size:
6,058,666 bytes
MD5:
52903b0bf2cc5fc1e59ecbbc83876c5d
Bitrate:
232Kbps
Duration:
3:25

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