ReMix: Turrican II: The Final Fight 'The Desert Rocks vs. Concerto for Laser and Enemies'
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Oh yes. Mad, crazyfast beats are the flavor and the feeling in this submission from newcomer Awesome-A (sounds sort of like Axel-F, yet...not), who mixes orchestral elements and piano with breakbeat and trance in a very high-octane arrangement of levels one and six from Chris Hülsbeck's Turrican 2 score. First off, I gotta send a quick B-day shout out to the one, the bald, the only Liontamer, aka Larry Oji. Those that follow the site's inner machinations know how instrumental he's become in moving us along with the submission process, etc., so props there. zyko had a bit more to say than usual on this one, and all of it positive:
"this is awesome. the intensity is there. the arrangement is definetly there... touches upon the strengths of the source and exploits the subject matter perfectly. the quality is also superb. i loved this soundtrack... i was working on a collaboration with some of these same melodies so i'm familiar with their potential badassness. its neat how the track begins on a very modern note... the drums and bass and breaks very indicative of modern electronica. the bass is powerful. the orchestra hits are tastefully done. then the track shifts into a section that goes even further back... it now takes me back to the mid-80's and there is no mistaking the power of nostalgia in this section. i like how seamlessly the two seemingly different sections connect so well and give you the illusion and possibly reality that they belong together."
Agreed - it's not the most complex track in the world, but it's well thought-out, unique, and has an unbridled enthusiasm for the source material that I think comes through in every pulse. You essentially get hybrid orchestral/breakbeat up until about 1'30", when a staple trance hook comes in with nice gated reverb and things get a lot (gasp) trancier, quickly. The hook at 1'56" dominates most of the rest of the track, but not without some breaks and excursions that mix things up sufficiently and keep it fresh throughout. In general, any time octave-spanning string runs are flying over a catchy but competent trance motif, I'm reminded of Space Harrier, and I'm a happy man. This tunage bears some similarity to the SH OST in spirit, with it's major-key electronic euphoria, and harkens back to a day when it was all about original sci-fi heroes doing crazy shizzit and no one needed a movie license or the latest and greatest graphics to sell games. Turrican may have been more a computer hero than a champion of the consoles, but I think he fits right in with the best of the more obscure 8-bit legends like the harrier, the couple from Quartet, etc., as does his soundtrack fit with Japanese console tunage of the era. Quote the birthday boy:
"A surprisingly good fusion of electronic work with orchestral elements."
Don't pass it up, even if you've never played Turrican, as it's equal parts good, clean fun and solid, hybrid, creative arrangement. With a pseuodnym like Awesome-A, it's fortuitous that his initial submission live up to any expectations his nick might conjure.
- 42 on December 2, 2009
Nice meld of styles, transitions are sweet too. Good work.
- DragonAvenger on November 28, 2009
I like that it refrains from grabbing the Euro-clubbing concept and running with it. The influence and sound is there, but this is a much more involved and interesting way to listen to it than pure rave style.
While I do think the second half of the mix is superior, I think the first half is more interesting and maybe more technically impressive, so some major props are deserved across the board. And it pulls off one of the trickiest things to do in a medly; inventive yet natural sounding transitions.
It is sporadic and wont be to everyone's taste, but there's a whole lot to appreciate here.
- Marmiduke on August 26, 2009
Awesome-A: A WINNER IS YOU!!
- Powerslave on November 25, 2008
There are so many great details, and each element has it's chance to shine. I am completely in love with the gated synth + horn combo that comes in as the second theme begins. Amazingly beautiful.
I do have to say that I wish a few of the synths were a bit crisper, and that the percussion cut a bit more, but they are minor complaints when the rest of the song is so strong.
Beautiful arrangement, very strong production, and some great source material. I strongly recommend this one, give it a shot, guys.
- OA on January 15, 2008
But I must say that the bridge from 0:59 to 1:28 was truly, absolutely amazing. This is how I imagine freedom sounds. To throw off all the chains tying one down to oppressive obligations and to know that you can never again be made to bow in servitude, to have run the race, just crossing the finish line to find oneself surrounded by the cheers of your most trustworthy friends. This is what I imagine that feeling is in music.
My most profound and heartfelt thanks, Awesome-A :grin:
- Amru on May 3, 2007
Chris Huelsbeck should be very proud of this 8)
- RimFrost the Tourianist on October 25, 2005
- Witchfinder on September 27, 2005
- Shwenky on September 11, 2005
Very happy song, though in the second half it gets a nice tense line.
I LOVE that little woobly sound at 0:33.
The chord change at 2:40 is perfect.
You avoided the fadeout at end of song, nice.
This, sir, is a work to be proud of.
Now, some things I think could use improvement... 3:19-3:41, and continuing on from there with backup, is a synth that could use some variation, particularly in the attack and sustain (i.e. changes in volume, slight pitch would do the trick).
3:51-3:54 I think could use a little extra drumwork, maybe just some sixteenth or thirty-second notes with two different pitch of tom-toms or something, HI-lolololo-HI-lolololo, would add a nice subtlety to build it some and let it off in the next part :)
- Nobbynob Littlun on April 18, 2005
- ProjectSpam on March 12, 2005
- icycrispcow on March 10, 2005
I loved the combination trance/80's vibe that certain sections have going for them. That melody was what made me love The Desert Remake, and it'll definately make me listen to this song with religious frequency.
Nutbustin' work Awesome-A.
- Corporal Eschebone on March 9, 2005
One thing that has seemed to quirk me about it is that to me it sounded like two mixes sellotaped at once, given the vast differences between the opening and the rest of the mix. I also thought the synths that came in at 1:31 felt a bit dry for my taste, but that's probably just me. They in no way dampen this mix as a whole. Excellent work all around.
I may sound a bit geeky saying this, but has anyone tried singing Whitney Houston's "I Wanna Dance With Somebody" alongside the music at 4:12? That's what that area reminds me of, in a good way of course. :P
- Rexy on March 9, 2005
Bery nice, be it slightly compressed and trying to go through a lot a bit too quickly and so on but nice.
- Xelebes on March 8, 2005