ReMix: Ice Climber 'Snow Cone Heaven'
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Hello and welcome to OverClocked ReMix's new design! To celebrate the occassion, you'll be seeing quite a few ReMixes in the next few hours, from some familiar faces. I'll save my explanation of the redesign, comments on the process, etc. for the last mix posted, so let's get right into the description; this is some true Honky-Tonk goodness from Mazedude, from the previously un-ReMixed classic Ice Climber, and in addition to representing a new genre for OCR, it's quite happenin' - reminds me a bit of the track Bill Murray's playing at the end of Groundhog Day; has that same sort of moving bassline, pomp, and rapid-fire two-fisted piano goodness. Goodness, gracious, great balls of... ice. In classic Mazedude style, this one takes a lot of unsuspected turns and changes things up quite a bit. Things fade in with an upright bass on a walking line, with vibes quickly coming and jamming on top. Things go piano after that, and there's brass hits and some boppin' percussion that drive everything forward. This again isn't an easy genre to pull off synthetically; though it goes by very quickly, Honky-Tonk still relies on the natural variations in real instruments to achieve a certain sound, and while MD's samples are decent, it's his arranging that makes things work. There's a break, pickup into an entirely different section with an accelerando, and much more fun ahead. Not mellow - you definitely HAVE to be in the mood to listen to upbeat, swingin' music on this one, or it might be a little irritating. But if you ARE, then I think you'll appreciate the thorough and impressive tonk this honky's made out of the source material, which is only 18 seconds long. More good stuff and more importantly very fresh style from Mr. MD.
- Cash and Change on November 5, 2011
I dunno what's supposedly wrong with the source tune, I never had any problems with it and I actually enjoyed the Smash Bros. rendition of the tune immensely. However, this is on a whole another level. The complexity of the piano as well as all the other extra instruments involved really create something that blows your hair back as you listen to it.
Definitely not what I expected from Mazedude but it's a perfect fit for the Ice Climber music!
- Emunator on December 19, 2009
This mix is so upbeat and fun, it's impossible for me to not crack a smile and do the djp. I could go on and say that the some of the samples are a little rough, but they're so well put together, that I can't complain at all.
Get it, and you won't regret it at all.
- Sir_Downunder on December 13, 2009
Very cool and an absolute must download.
- 42 on December 15, 2008
I completely disagree with the guy who called this one dulled down (and would even go so far as to call him a n00b), as this one is not only full of interesting flourishes and solos, breakdowns and additional sections, that if this is "Mazedude on autopilot", the rest of us should just give up on music forever.
Some of the samples could be better, but they are all used very well, and tastefully, as well as to their strengths. I wish the marimba solo didn't sound as mechanical as it did, but minor issues in an otherwise stellar mix.
Super recommended; don't be like me and dismiss it just because it's Ice Climber.
- OA on December 12, 2007
I haven´t myself played the game as much, but this sure convinces me.
- Bummerdude on November 4, 2005
- Txai on January 12, 2005
- Phil1450 on June 23, 2004
- RimFrost the Tourianist on June 15, 2004
Makes me wanna go to a sock hop. ^_^
Granted that was more my grandma generation. :)
- Elex Synn on May 27, 2004
- yoshi1001 on May 24, 2004
In the end, it still results in a pretty enjoyable piece of music - but it's not nearly as fulfilling as even some of his earlier "fun" mixes.
- ella guro on May 24, 2004
- The Instrument of GAWD on May 24, 2004
- Vash the Stampede on May 23, 2004
- Piejacked! on May 23, 2004