Posted 2004-06-22, evaluated by djpretzel
Whenever a ReMixer with as many quality tracks as Mr.Asulin has to his name proclaims his latest mix to be the best he's yet created, it's worth paying some serious attention to. Just one mix for tonight - been busy lately getting into vb.net and object-oriented programming concepts more than previously - but the mix in question is one Protricity's christened his best yet, so it fills the evening nicely. This is the main theme from Zombies Ate My Neighbors, mixed into a nightmarish, rocking industrial affair that has elements of 80's synth-pop, circus music, 1950's sci-fi soundtracks, industrial, and Ari's own style all mixed up into a pleasing stew of music that's not quite as over-the-top as KRool but similarly emphatic and multi-faceted, with transitions into guitar breaks, alternate slap and synth bass timbres, etc. The main theme here is actually similar to some of the music from Ghouls'N Ghosts, with alternating major and minor motifs. The ReMixer makes good use of his 5'21" to build in several solos. The original has a lot of call-and-answer fun, which is brought out well here, and the numerous artificial but well-sequenced electric guitars are classic Prot. Lovely oscillator sweep synths around 2'07" accentuate the 50's zombie/sci-fi roots, leading into a more anthematic, more major-key guitar solo portion. At different points in the mix the slap bass is more exposed and active, and takes some funky mini-solos, and some of the chorusing/detuning on the piano makes it sound almost honky-tonk/saloonish at times, all of which works contextually. I was present for some of the discussion involving naming the mix, and while "Neighburgers" is probably the better choice, I still liked my own Silence of the Lambs-inspired "With some Fava Beans" suggestion as well. Go figure. At any rate, is it Ari's best? Tough to say, as it's got such stiff competition from his other pieces. It has a lot of the appeal of KRool with a little more control, takes the original and brings out all its best attributes, and is similarly well-sequenced and certainly not lacking in variety. At certain points some of the isolated electric guitar power chords, clearly artificial in nature and lacking much meat to 'em, rubbed me the wrong way, but at other times they were exactly what was called for. I could go either way - I don't think it's definitively Ari's crowning achievement to date, but all of his mixes have been impressive and enjoyable and this one is both in keeping with that pattern and illustrative of his picking up new techniques and refining others. Be your own judge, but do check it out - even if you haven't played the game (which you SHOULD), I think the appeal will be instantaneous. Recommended.
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Sources Arranged (1 Song)
- Primary Game:
Zombies Ate My Neighbors (Konami, 1993, SNES)
Music by George Alistair Sanger, Joe McDermott
- "Boss Battle"
- Industrial, Pop
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- Size: 6,354,944 bytes
- MD5 Checksum: 34eee618ebc172afafa7b56d386680e3
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