Posted 2004-06-29, evaluated by djpretzel
Excellent first submission from newcomer Shane Barber with some professional polish. This Nemo mix intros with a phased-organ synth doing some panned arpeggios, but piano quickly joins in, and from the initial touches on the piano part alone you can tell there's gonna be enough attention to detail throughout the track to make things work. Drums enter, along with a heavy saw synth bass, but it's at the one minute mark where some high-energy, mad flyin' synth arpeggios come in and take off, and the beat really picks up. At 1'40" Shane goes "crazy-sick", as I recently saw Shariq say and am blatantly emulating, with some jazzy piano soloing that fits right in, makes sense, and is jammin'. He brings in additional bongo percussion in the following sections to keep things interesting, has a cool piano run break, and finishes out the mix with some less jazzy, more classical flavored variations on the melody. At 3'23", this could have been longer, but as it stands it's quite a tight little production, which rocks out in its limited playtime and has some clearly refined aspects to its composition and production. The ReMixer writes:
"I have been doing remixes for years and play and engineer professionally, but this is my first OC ReMix submission. I remember liking the Nightmare King (last boss) music so much that I recorded it on a tape when I was little. This is an homage to this incredible but mostly forgotten and rarely remixed game. I have incorporated my own themes (and put a lot of emotion) into the work. I left the piano solo parts unquantized in hope that it would present a nice juxtaposition with the mechanical nature of the song. The piano parts were all recorded at full speed. You may notice that the piano playing is somewhat mechanical too, but my main instrument is drums so I have a tendency to "play drums" on the piano with my fingers. Hope you enjoy!"
I know I enjoyed, it sounds like he enjoyed, and I'm pretty sure you'll enjoy too. There will be much enjoyment. Different in tone from the existing Nemo mixes, this certainly doesn't make me think of dreaming or sleep, but rather more of the energetic type of track you'd hear in a shooter or what not, esp. with the abundance of rapid arpeggiating. All good, though, and a welcome, fresh arrangement from a new face. Hope to see more in the future; definitely slick.
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Sources Arranged (1 Song)
- Primary Game:
Little Nemo: The Dream Master (Capcom, 1990, NES)
Music by Junko Tamiya
- "Nightmare King"
- Electronic, Piano, Synth
- 3,336,742 bytes
- Size: 3,336,742 bytes
- MD5 Checksum: fa22d791a5c717bca882b3a0b958e0b6
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