ReMix: Mega Man 3 "Intro Jazz" 4:09

By Zoltan Vegvari

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jazz piano woodwinds live-recording
Arranging the music of one song...

"Title"

Primary Game: Mega Man 3 (Capcom, 1990, NES), music by Harumi Fujita, Yasuaki Fujita

Posted 2004-07-24, evaluated by the judges panel


This is an interesting, unorthodox submission. It was initially submitted by a friend of the ReMixer; it's our policy to verify with the original artist in these cases and not post anything we can't get direct confirmation on from the ReMixer himself/herself, but luckily Zoltan did respond and thus we're good to go. This is a fantastic jazz arrangement of the Mega Man 3 intro theme (fairly intuitive title so I'm guessing that's not a major shock) - there are issues with the (live) recording here and there, some fuzz, a little clipping on the forte piano at the very beginning, and limited stereo separation. But it soooo doesn't matter, as the performances are great, the composition innovative, and the vibe very successful. Fretless bass, Zoltan's intricate piano, a badass jazz flute, and the perfect amount of very dynamic slapped percussion form a cohesive whole that as a musical entity lives and breathes in a fashion similar to the way Neskvartetten's stuff does. Just viddy the run at 0'40" where Zoltan segues into a more interpretive and swaying tone before quieting down and then picking back up with a flowing, familiar pattern as the flute joins in. To use a gratuitous nature metaphor, this particular mix resembles a twisting, turning gust of wind that takes the time to first swirl around in calmer eddies before setting off for vaster horizons. Don't worry - I'm not quitting my day job. This is a great, unexpected piece from Hungarian pianist Zoltan Vegvari and, one assumes, perfomed by additional musicians as well. It's not studio perfect but polish of that nature truthfully might have hurt the casual, nonchalant feel in the end. I'll conclude with Mr. Baranowsky, who echoed the above sentiments to some extent when he said:

"Honestly, the encoding is a minor detractor, and it even adds an air of live performance to the track. A lot of live CD's I have from big time bands like Sublime and radiohead sound like this. Very "recorded on the spot". It's gritty, it's aurally visceral, it's raw. I love it."

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Discussion

Latest 15 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
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WesternZypher
on 2011-02-09 12:21:29

A man with a name like Zoltan NEEDS to put up more remixes on this site. Fresh, unusual, and amazing.

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OA
on 2010-04-22 13:59:08

This is an exceptionally classy mix; everything clicks together and there are some great piano runs. The production is fine I think; it has a really nice atmosphere to it, and the instruments are all mixed pretty well. I'd bring the percussion down slightly, but otherwise, this is an excellent mix. :-)

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Gario
on 2009-08-13 13:16:53

Sweet, he wants to post more remixes on here :)

I'll be honest, I personally think this is the single best rendition of this source on this site, right now. I just love the jazz sound that's in it, and it reminds me of the many times I've played the theme myself on the piano, but this takes the theme to a whole new level.

Great piano, tasteful flute, great drums - this is some sweet, sweet music. If you haven't already, do yourself a favor and download it.

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ZoltanPiano
on 2009-03-25 14:57:22

Hi there,

I'm Zoltan - and I recorded this remix a couple of years ago. My friend asked me to remix this Mega Man song and I send it to him. He told me that he submitted it to this website but in the last years I traveled around a lot and I never really kept track of this particular recording. I just searched my name on google and found this link.

I just wanted to thank everyone for their comments and suggestions. It makes me happy to see that the "live" feel is greatly appreciated.

The way I recorded this mix was with one little keyboard where I played all the instruments in seperate tracks in real time. At the time I had very "limited" resources available so I had to work with what I had available.

I hope I will have some time to make some more remixes in the future - if I do I will post them here as well,

peace,

-Zoltan

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42
on 2009-01-17 23:18:04

This isn't quite the convention that I'm used to, but...

It's still good, original, and worth listening to.

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KogeJoe
on 2007-01-27 13:29:58

Great elaboration on the intro. Really liked the extention of the VI/IV, IIV/V, i/vi chord progression. It's only very brief in the source, but in the remix it's this beautiful extended version. Does a good job of highlighting other parts of the intro too.

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Fridge
on 2006-11-04 15:27:23

Wow, the only true negative about this piece is that it took me so long to run into it, absolutely amazing stuff. The clipping on the intro piano is mildly bothersome, but even through my headphones it's never even close to deal-breaking. The flute playing is superb, and the percussion quite possibly the best I've heard on this site, certainly if you discount percussive parts given the focus. Excellent, if you somehow don't have this yet (like I didn't) definitely give it a listen.

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Rennoc_Attamenski
on 2006-05-17 22:16:55

I feel this remix is unique to the others, in the fact that it's not as conventional, as say, about half of the Chrono Trigger remixes. I really enjoyed the transitions and everything, and being a musician myself, I have to say: One day, I will attempt to top that. :3

The feel of the song rivaled that of classic ReMixes, such as "Enter the Frog". My suggestion: showboat more. Everyone likes to hear showboatsmanship on an instrument you're fluent with. Polyrhythms 3.

Though at times, the song felt a little repetitive, redundant. I realize that song is like that, owning the actual game, but around 2 and a half minutes into the song, it just repeats for about a minute. Perhaps you could have inroduced new themes, maybe?

Of course, I shouldn't say anything. I haven't actually made any remixes of submitted any. I'm picky. :mrgreen:

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nardman
on 2006-03-04 00:56:37

This is definitely the best mega man3 intro i've heard ever.... The fact that it's live makes it ten times more respectable

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Emura
on 2006-02-20 20:03:00

It's been 4 months since the last review of this piece, but I felt I just had to add another one. A few weeks ago we celebrated a birthday for a very good friend of mine, and one of her friends wrote some very fun and clever lyrics to this piece, and sang it for about 15 of us. I won't post the lyrics here, mostly because I don't have them, but also because they're most likely meaningless to those who aren't "in the know."

As djp mentioned in the write-up, there are some recording issues with the piece, but they also give it character at the same time. By default, live recordings always impress me much more than SoundFonts and drum loops, and in this case make the pan flute all the more impressive to me. I'm reminded of a few tracks from the Xenosaga II soundtrack actually, which is a personal favourite of mine, so bonus points to this mix. This one has a special space on my hard drive.

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Drack
on 2005-10-02 13:14:02

"ZOLTAN!!!"

Excellent mix. I had always thought the intro theme from M3 would sound awesome played by a small jazz ensemble.

I'm saving this one to my playlist =)

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Deeps
on 2005-10-02 12:46:52

This definately one of the best songs I've heard submitted here. The use of the pan flute was a perfect way to let the music flow. This is definately one of the best songs out here, if you don' believe so, I will fight you. (Ok, so I stole that from Anchorman, :P)

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Bummer
on 2005-09-23 10:32:38

A jazzversion eh? This ain´t bad, it´s real good. Suddenly I feel like I´m on a pub in New Orleans digging to the local band that just happens to play Zoltan´s remix. I admired the pan-flute, I´d like to hear more from you, Vegvari.

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Txai
on 2005-03-28 17:12:46

Simple, beautiful and solid stuff. Varied melody. Fantastic array of ethnic drums. Sweet.

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the_mayor
on 2005-03-25 19:42:54

if your a fan of jazz fusions it's kinda hard not to like this song. while the recording may not all it could be, it still earns plenty of points for originality. you simply must download this song!

Sources Arranged (1 Song)


Primary Game:
Mega Man 3 (Capcom, 1990, NES)
Music by Harumi Fujita, Yasuaki Fujita
Songs:
"Title"

Tags (4)


Genre:
Jazz
Mood:
Instrumentation:
Piano, Woodwinds
Additional:
Production > Live Recording

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Mega_Man_3_Intro_Jazz_OC_ReMix.mp3
Size:
6,060,133 bytes
MD5:
426d8566c0063e5947caed892b3fee6b
Bitrate:
192Kbps
Duration:
4:09

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