ReMix: Space Harrier 'Limitless Skies'
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The ReMixer writes on his website:
"At 10, I used to record my NES game soundtracks on tape by sticking a recorder against the speaker of the tv set!"
...which is funny, because at 8 I used to do the same thing, albeit with a Sega Master System. Christophe, alias CarboHydroM, gave us an excellent FF7 ReMix back in October of last year, and returns covering source material that's a bit nearer and dearer to my own heart, if (almost certainly) not most gamers': Space Harrier. Specifically, the oft-arranged main theme. One of the reasons this theme has been covered so much is because the C64 version of the game had basically the same soundtrack as the original arcade and SMS port, but several mixers primarily from the Commodore scene nevertheless paid it some attention due to the port. Christophe's take is different from the electronica, disco, and rap that has come before it, and sets Hiro's soaring, hyperfantasy melody to the same crunchy rock guitars that graced his previous submission, with considerably higher, adrenaline-infused pacing this time. Speedy rhythm guitar varies things up between sustained chords, offbeats, and fast chugs, a deep bass takes the time to pull some transitions here and there, drums whizz by quite quickly but especially towards the end mix it up with tasty breaks and fills, and over it all sings a sweet lead electric on the melody, adding some bends and subtle intonation over the original as befits the instrument. Binnie's essentially correct in noting that the main melody isn't altered too awful much, but the rhythm guitars constitute the buffer between the lead and the drums/bass, make up a large part of the song, and are decidedly different from the original, as is the drumming, plus there's the whole final minute of the mix, which manages to throw in some different ideas and reprise the intro without sounding pasted-on, so I think Carbo's got the arrangement factor down. The thing I absolutely love about the original, which comes through well here, is how the melody gains so much from simply being transposed an octave higher on its second iteration - see 1'04" for reference. For some reason that jump, one of the most basic, melodic reuse tricks you can pull, works better for this melody than many others which employ it. Love some of the guitar decisions the ReMixer made, specificaly with the ska change-up at 1'36" that triggers some tremolo on the left. Also, the mix does a better job than Carbo's previous effort of discrete panning, separating each guitar out very clearly, which is important in a mix consisting mostly of layered electric guits. zyko lower-casedly offers:
"this one is a winner. i love the tightness of the arrangement and the playing. the tone of the guitar is so perfect, it's ridiculous. the drumwork and basslines are intelligent and a good backbone to the mix. the lead guitar is his best work yet, i think, and very impressive. smart and flawless and at times, awfully creative arrangement. i love it."
Well-deserved enthusiasm. The only thing I'd nitpick on, although I'm a huge fan of the original and can't be expected to be absolved completely of bias, would be that as with his last submission (perhaps a little less), it seems like the EQ could have been opened up in the upper register to make the lead and drums a bit crisper and the sound just a tad cleaner and more open. Nothing major, in other words, and I'm overall thrilled that someone's taken the time to do a speed rock arrangement of this classic theme and to do it right. Great stuff from CarboHydroM, well worth deviating from Atkins to enjoy.
- LuketheXjesse on February 7, 2010
Since I don't have remixing talent myself, this is the best I can do to say "thanks - this mix kicks ass."
- Inimitable on January 10, 2009
Lead tone i'd have preferred to have a bit more sustain, but it all works together, and the source is excellent.
Very well done.
- OA on January 16, 2008
- TheAverageJoe on February 28, 2006
- mantis*ant on March 21, 2005
Due to the fact of my complete lack of feelings for this game soundtrack I have to say that this one is in the bottom in comparation with other CHM's releases. Check them all!!!
- BrainCells on March 5, 2005
Any Space Harrier fan will be in ecstacy today.
- Less Ashamed Of Self on March 3, 2005
I don't have much to say except that this is a CLASSIC! Your best song yet, dogg!
- A-RoN on March 3, 2005
- stuck in a dessert on March 3, 2005
Anyway... this mix. The arrangement is ace, and the variation is more than is expected with the genre. However, the EQ seems to be really lacking. There's not enough bass or treble, so everything sounds super-thin and distant. Otherwise, I'm loving this.
Also, I really appreciated the ska section at 1:26. :)
- Benjamin Briggs on March 3, 2005
- Artificial_AI on March 3, 2005
- Xander k on March 3, 2005
The guitar is realistic. The beats are cool. I love the panning effect on beginning (and in other times too). That's a good rock. And I really enjoyed this stuff. Much better than original. Quite nice this new work by CarboHydroM. Wow,[i]"The Nine Tails Fox And The Avenger"[/i] by CarboHydroM is pleasant too.
- Txai on March 3, 2005
I love this track. It's one of my fave theme's EVER, and it's been done great justice...
As far as the mixing goes, you can hear this guy getting better and better with every mix, although i agree with djP's EQ comment... I'm a big fan of Carbo's Pop'n Twinbee mixes, but this easily outshines them both, which is a big thing for me (i LOVE those mixes!!!)...
Well done, hey:D
Great mix, great source...
- AkumajoBelmont on March 3, 2005
I was fine with the overall EQs, I'm sure, however if one thing had me questionable I'd point at the panning approach; the thick textures are definitely there when it came to the guitar, but I felt that much of it was dependant on one speaker within the opening stages. But outside from that, this is great, great stuff from CarboHydroM.
Funny you mentioned the tape deck though, because I used to do the same thing with my Sega Genesis when I was a kid. Coincidence, ney? :P
- Rexy on March 3, 2005