ReMix: Mega Man 6 "Flurry of Frozen Fury" 4:28

By Vurez

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acoustic-guitar chill piano strings synth
Arranging the music of one song...

"Blizzard Man Stage"

Primary Game: Mega Man 6 (Nintendo, 1993, NES), music by Yuko Takehara

Posted 2005-06-18, evaluated by the judges panel


I first heard this on VG Frequency quite a while back, and even with the sometimes limiting audio quality of the stream, I dug it and anticipated its submission and evaluation. Newcomer Vurez has sent things in previously, but this arrangement illustrated more polished production skills, paired with a cogent approach to handling the source material. Mega Men Five and Six aren't as easily dealt with as some of the more instantly accessible and uber-catchy tracks from Two and Three, so it's also good to see people branching out and tackling the blue bomber's full arsenal of titles. The ReMixer gets right to the point in his submission email:

"My new age-ish remix of Blizzard Man's stage. Instruments and sounds included: synths, strings, violin, sax, chorus, and guitars."

It's new-ageish, perhaps, but not strictly new-age; there's latin and jazz colors and a strong rhythmic presence that while keeping things on ice, i.e. chilled, does give the piece a bit more momentum than straight new age would usually enjoy. Ethereal, wide-spectrum pads establish an open, cool bed for the largely acoustic ensemble to rest on, which includes a nice latin acoustic guitar, solo strings, piano, sax, and solo vox. The chorus of sorts at 1'27" really works beautifully with this instrumentation, as violin and guitar duet on the syncopated melodic motif. The guitar is mixed close, so you can hear every fret-noise, and stereo separation on all elements is in general adept and discrete - this mix eats up the entire stereo field and is all the better because of it. Mr. Baranowsky sez:

"This is super chill, well thought out and emotionally stirring. It's nice to hear an arranger that isn't afraid to completely alter the presentation of a melody, while at the same time retaining the spirit of the original."

The icy, ambient cave atmosphere works hand-in-hand with the acoustic elements chosen, all of which, while not of the sample or performance quality to attain utter believability, are nevertheless effective. The varied articulations on the strings make a huge difference - this would not have been nearly as effective an arrangement were they not varied, and varied intelligently and appropriately, as Vurez has done. This arrangement has a coherent vision and realizes it well; a couple judges noted the mixing resulted in some overly "punchy" notes here and there, and that the percussion at times feels a little too rigid, which both are credible remarks, and I might have swapped out the sax for something else, but the end result has enough going for it to compensate, and then some. An excellent, admirable approach to the source material - refrigerated new-age acoustic-instrumental fun for the whole family.

djpretzel

Discussion: Latest 15 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
Crulex
on 2013-06-26 08:35:48

Totally loving the sax playing and the beautiful violin in this ReMix. Not a whole lot of "fury" in this fantastic frozen foray into Blizzard Man's stage, but it has a nice visual of a calm snowfall over his mechanical base. Production and arrangement was great as always. Nice work.

Bahamut
on 2011-12-20 20:33:43
Actually, I have a few remixes with vocals. I generally don't use them heavily though. Silver Setting Sun, the Blood on the Asphalt version of New Mexican Thunderbird, and Subterranean Revenant all have vocals (two of which even include my voice). Sounds like you need to check out my website (or my youtube channel) for my non-ocr remixes ;)

Ah right I forgot about the Blood on the Asphalt version of New Mexican Thunderbird, which I still think is absolutely gorgeous :) .

Vurez
on 2011-12-20 20:19:21
So I finally heard this mix for perhaps the first time, and I like it quite a lot. It is the only mix I'm aware of where Vurez uses vocals of any kind to help set the atmosphere. It's a chill song that you can relax to with everything just sitting right. The execution is excellent in this particular mix, it is a great job by Vurez!

Actually, I have a few remixes with vocals. I generally don't use them heavily though. Silver Setting Sun, the Blood on the Asphalt version of New Mexican Thunderbird, and Subterranean Revenant all have vocals (two of which even include my voice). Sounds like you need to check out my website (or my youtube channel) for my non-ocr remixes ;)

Bahamut
on 2011-12-19 17:52:46

So I finally heard this mix for perhaps the first time, and I like it quite a lot. It is the only mix I'm aware of where Vurez uses vocals of any kind to help set the atmosphere. It's a chill song that you can relax to with everything just sitting right. The execution is excellent in this particular mix, it is a great job by Vurez!

tweex
on 2010-08-25 20:12:05

Ok, the first mix from Vurez. Very nice intro. THe high end is especially piercing, but not a deal breaker. It's an interesting mix of orchestral and pop. I love the tone of the guitar. It sounds great. I'm not a huge fan of the solo violin, but the concept behind it is beautiful! The low marcato strings give a great vibe and add some wonderful intensity. THe sax is a little synthetic, but it sounds really good for being programmed. Major congrats there! The solo soprano singer was a nice touch as well.. There are a lot of dynamic shifts throughout the piece, and I'm really enjoying it! Excellent first mix!

OA
on 2009-03-25 11:45:10

Pretty nice blend of styles to create something pretty great sounding. I like how it has the deep atmosphere of new age music with a more attention-getting mix on the leads. The sax was fakey but serviceable, but the guitars and strings sounded really nice, and the synth at the beginning was so cold sounding. Awesome work on the soundscape.

The melody was personalized but still recognizable, and overall I enjoyed the track. Good stuff.

WesternZypher
on 2008-12-01 13:38:32

Nice groove to unwind to, I always have a hard time describing music but ''really really good'' never suffices..unfortunately it'll have to here.

Zero_
on 2006-02-14 01:38:58

Wow... this is one of my favourite remixes on here! I love 3:30 and onwards with the guitar, it's so relaxing. Great remix.

archi
on 2006-02-04 16:31:34

8O Wow great job. the instruments are choosen well. nice sax at 2.20 and that lovley violin at 2.58

that all fits togehter perfectly.

the backgroundchorus in the end sounds amazing.

well done ... :D

rayearth05
on 2005-12-12 06:52:19

WOW amazing remix it is so beautiful. I simply can't understand how can you guys possibly give it an 8 when this and ALL of his songs earn clearly a 10 or even more. I can't get it off my mind and honestly I dont want to. Vurez you are so talented man please delight us with much more songs like this that many will surely enjoy even if they don't post a thank you as I do... thumbs up!

Bummer
on 2005-09-23 13:34:52

Wow, the strings and the guitar, it´s like...wow. I mean...it´s just...I...WOW. 8O

Krythan
on 2005-08-23 20:40:51

Well, I didn't quite hear the "fury" in this mix, but its great nonetheless! 8/10 :wink:

glassdomino
on 2005-07-17 05:37:29

im so glad someone remixed this and did a wonderful job at it. Never boring always welcome on my elite list along with the other mm 6 remix 8/10

Rychan
on 2005-07-14 18:14:14

Great mix! I also was reminded of Yanni a bit while listening to this. And I don't mean that as an insult.

Master Spram
on 2005-06-30 19:55:47
Why make winter themed music in the summer!? :gonk:

The southern hemisphere? Where Tango came from and this song sounds pretty tangoish so it's very apropiate. ;)

And yes, it's a very good one. After getting my Megaman Anniversary collection game I got to play the "other" megaman games and appart from the SNES and PSX ones they're all good. Yes, they are and they have neat music. Love Chargeman and Waveman's theme plus Flameman but we already have a good remix for that one.

Gooood

Sources Arranged (1 Song)


Primary Game:
Mega Man 6 (Nintendo, 1993, NES)
Music by Yuko Takehara
Songs:
"Blizzard Man Stage"

Tags (5)


Genre:
Mood:
Chill
Instrumentation:
Acoustic Guitar, Piano, Strings, Synth
Additional:

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Mega_Man_6_Flurry_of_Frozen_Fury_OC_ReMix.mp3
Size:
6,349,984 bytes
MD5:
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Bitrate:
188Kbps
Duration:
4:28

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