ReMix: Mega Man X4 "The Father of All" 3:31

By DarkeSword

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jazz synth
Arranging the music of one song...

"Opening Stage X"

Primary Game: Mega Man X4 (Capcom, 1997, PS1), music by Tetsuji Hayashi, Toshihiko Horiyama

Posted 2005-07-09, evaluated by the judges panel


The open-source email client-using, Mega Man X-loving Shariq Ansari writes:

"This is the first time I'm using Mozilla Thunderbird (http://www.mozilla.org/) to write a submission email.

This is a remix of X's theme from Megaman X4. I don't think X gets enough credit or coverage as his partner Zero; maybe it's something about the long blond hair? Whatever. X is cooler.

This remix is inspired by McVaffe's awesome Street Fighter III remix, Makoto Jungle Jazz (one of my faves). I sliced up a drumloop, added some strings, rhodes, and a cool glassy lead to make a jazzy, laidback-yet-upbeat take on the theme. It's called 'The Father of All,' in reference to the fact that X is the template for nearly all of the reploids."

Is it geeky to reference reploid templates in one's mix title? Probably. Do we care? Hardly, when it means more mellow mega mixes from Darkesword. You can hear the McVaffe Makoto influence primarily in the tasteful usage of retriggered breakbeats, not usually a staple of the ReMixer's own style, as well as the general jazz vibe, though overall it's a bit mellower and favors electric piano and bells over acoustic piano. I like what zyko had to say:

"the arrangement is fantastic - keeps things fresh as its constantly changing the melody up. the beatz are fresh and the tempo change was bingo.

interesting thing. the strings save the lead and its funny considering how weak the strings are but its one of those cases where the combination sounds great whereas on their own, they appear to lack quality. i really don't like that glassy lead honestly because it sounds very frail and would have left the mix sounding kinda empty but the strings somehow give the piece a boost by presenting a very nice atmosphere for the lead to sit in."

The extended solo that really takes off at 1'33" but begins before then and does some nice runs actually reminds me of something I'd do - use the electric piano, a polyphonic instrument, for a highly monophonic but quicksauce solo (see a certain CT mix for more info) - in my case, it's because I'm just not a trained piano player and tend to use both hands on a melody line of significant complexity (we work around our limitations), but honestly I don't see anything wrong with it - piano, electric piano, organ, etc. all work well enough on essentially monophonic solo lines. Chick Corea or Joey DeFrancesco might scoff, but it's all about what works and what's right for the song. The one thing I think that was present in McVaffe's track that could have helped here is the alternate processing (bitcrushing, etc.) he applied to the breaks and the way he even alternated to a different break at one point - in this instance, the drums are functional, and set the stage, but with a little of that type of extra mojo, they could have come into their own a bit more. Regardless, this is definitely one of Shariq's livelier + stronger works; when I talked with him he seemed pretty upbeat about it, as well he should be. I just got done washing my Mustang, and I can think of a dozen excuses to burn this and take a spin with it, as it's good drivin' musics, too. Excellent work.

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Discussion

Latest 15 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
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WesternZypher
on 2012-09-21 13:08:59

I like how this has a great, energetic vibe to it, yet is relaxing and laid-back simultaneously too. Lovely mix...I could never remember the title mix when I was looking to d/l it again just tho' hehe.

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Mirby
on 2011-12-24 15:47:50

This is a beautiful song; your love for the series is captured perfectly in this track (and the title too).

It's mellow and memorable, smooth and succinct. Great work, Darke!

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Crulex
on 2011-12-23 15:03:54

I can see how this was inspired in parts by Jungle Jazz, but on it's own, it sounds amazing. I enjoyed the e-piano work here, especially in the solo and the melody does have a bit of a nice, relaxing light jazz feel. Sound-wise, I think you nailed what X is all about. I love how it has a great beat to it, but never tries to be overly upbeat. A little light, a lot of results. Nice work.

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Manoo2k
on 2010-08-05 17:16:20

This remix is on my cellphone for SMS alert for like 2.5 years now and I think im going to keep it till I die:-D

Awsome song.

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OA
on 2009-12-18 11:36:07

Seems like a lot of drama happened here 4 years go over a pretty chill track. I don't really see what all the fuss is about.

Nice chopped beat, some pretty twinklies, and some good backing instruments make this a good relaxing backing track to living in robot peace. A nice solo, and a very nice mood. I think a little more humanization on some of the faster runs would have improved things, but overall I was feelin this. Nice work DS.

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The Instrumental Light
on 2006-11-11 19:20:02

It is very gripable in the sense that it has that feeling that makes you feel alive when you listen to it and it feels like an adventure in music time,very well made!

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Evilride
on 2006-11-07 19:56:28

Hmmmm.... It's pretty good, the array of sound effects is very nice, with a soft cathcy synth line, and smooth fairly realistic sounding strings. The one thing I don't like about this is how soft everything is. The original is faster, and the synths are A LOT more powerful, I find that making it into a soft song causes it to sound kinda lame. Also, it never reaches much of a crescendo, it stays soft. At one point it sounds pretty powerful, but that effect vanishes too fast. A great ReMix, worth the download.

Synths: 10

Beat: 7

ReMix value: 10

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Keiseth
on 2006-02-24 22:04:46

Calm, cool. Very nice. Originally, it was a catchy song, so usually remixing something catchy and keeping the charm of the original is difficult, but you nailed it. Most excellent! =)

It doesn't try and say "listen to me!!!". It's just kinda there will all its awesomeness.

Exactly how I feel. Just a cool remix you can relax and listen to.

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DarkeSword
on 2006-02-18 21:57:08
Well Darkesword... I don't post often but when I saw one of my favorite OCRemixes on the recently reviewed section of the front page, I had to comment.

This song became part of my regular playlist since I got it off your site in June. Whenever I hear SGX, Zircon, or Darke, I feel like dropping whatever book I'm studying to write music.

As for this song in particular, I love the way soft dissonance rubs against the lead and how the melody and harmonies subtly shift throughout the instrumentation. It doesn't try and say "listen to me!!!". It's just kinda there will all its awesomeness.

So to the detractors who say it's 'boring', I believe you need to look further into your music and find out specifically what you like or don't like about a particular remix. If you still decide you don't like it, oh well--I don't think Shariq is going to cry over it.

Hopefully I can begin putting some of my work up for judging/review, but I have a huge workload so that probably won't be happening soon. Btw Darkesword, what program did you use for this particular remix?

Every song I have posted on OCR was made with FLStudio.

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Psychotic Ninja
on 2006-02-18 19:17:48

Downloaded this remix back in Augest or July I believe. But, man, I still love to listen to it.

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DDRevolutionary
on 2006-02-18 13:43:18

Well Darkesword... I don't post often but when I saw one of my favorite OCRemixes on the recently reviewed section of the front page, I had to comment.

This song became part of my regular playlist since I got it off your site in June. Whenever I hear SGX, Zircon, or Darke, I feel like dropping whatever book I'm studying to write music.

As for this song in particular, I love the way soft dissonance rubs against the lead and how the melody and harmonies subtly shift throughout the instrumentation. It doesn't try and say "listen to me!!!". It's just kinda there will all its awesomeness.

So to the detractors who say it's 'boring', I believe you need to look further into your music and find out specifically what you like or don't like about a particular remix. If you still decide you don't like it, oh well--I don't think Shariq is going to cry over it.

Hopefully I can begin putting some of my work up for judging/review, but I have a huge workload so that probably won't be happening soon. Btw Darkesword, what program did you use for this particular remix?

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DarkeSword
on 2006-02-18 11:44:02

It's not a xylophone. It's a synth glass lead. It's supposed to sound fake. :roll:

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MrBogus
on 2006-02-18 05:32:36

Darkesword, the arrangement and composition on this song is simply amazing. It could not be better in my opinion.

With that said, I feel the production quality is lacking. Namely, I'm refering to the xylophone-like lead instrument that starts at 0:20 and is especially noticeable at 0:34. It is, for a lack of a better word ... fake. The piano at 1:07 starts out spectacularly, but then when the long runs start hitting the higher registers at 1:35-1:58, the effect is jarring.

I don't mean to tell you what to do, but if you were going for the laid back feel, I feel this track would be more at home if it had used the instrumentation showcased in this Rockman X remix album, particularly tracks 01 and 08. The album has more of a smooth jazz flavor, but it's clear that the instruments are much more well defined and crisp. Obviously I'm not looking for you to emulate this track. But still, using something like an acoustic or a clean electric or a sax or even a heavily reverbed piano (all heavily muted as to not be overpowering) as a substitute for the xylophone, as well as a more realistic sample for the solo, would have improved this remix significantly.

Again, this is a solid arrangement and I like this song. But with a few changes in the instrument lineup, I feel this remix could have made much more of an impact, even if it is meant to be laid back and peaceful.

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DarkeSword
on 2006-01-08 00:29:01
I thought it was relaxing. The pianoplay (or organ) was beautifully done, and the careful bells enhanced the feel to it, and now wehn I'm listening close to it, there's actually ONE violin in the back at 0:48. I can agree that the music may be confusing considering that X is an actionpacked fighting robot, and therefore the music would be something with heavy action inside it, but maybe X has a soft side beyond our knowing, who knows? Magnificent work Darke.

This is exactly what I was trying to convey with the piece. If you've ever played the X series, you know that X absolutely hates fighting and wants to live a peaceful life. He doesn't take any pleasure in killing repliods, and even in the Zero series, he turns into something more saint-like.

Often times you hear really rocked out versions Megaman music, because the music is like that, and it's supposed to get you pumped, but I always liked X as a character because despite being a robot, he has a kind of humanity to him; I tried to bring that out in this piece.

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Bummer
on 2006-01-07 07:34:09
I think it's boring because it feels like the song never really starts. It's like it's in one of those little artistic slowdowns that you get in a lot of the songs on this page, but here it never gets back to the real song. Did that make any sense or was it just confusing? :)

I'm gonna hafta sorta agree..? It felt like I was tip-toeing around some glass roses or something. I certainly didn't feel like killing evil robots. It's kinda elevatorish with some very predictable drumming. Kinda British sounding. I just couldn't get into it.

If it was british, then we would be having violins and a whole orchestra presented, but we don't. If your referring a calm and slow remix as boring, then I can't really agree. If it's boring, then it lacks variety. You just keep hearing the same things over and over and over and over again. This remix changes its track quite often, they may sound similiar, but I thought it's be a good thing that someone submitted a MMX remix that isn't a trance or techno piece (no offense guys). Slow remixes may be boring, yes, but if you want something fast and loud that makes you awake, DJ MetaZero and FFMusic Dj might help you with that problem.

I thought it was relaxing. The pianoplay (or organ) was beautifully done, and the careful bells enhanced the feel to it, and now wehn I'm listening close to it, there's actually ONE violin in the back at 0:48. I can agree that the music may be confusing considering that X is an actionpacked fighting robot, and therefore the music would be something with heavy action inside it, but maybe X has a soft side beyond our knowing, who knows? Magnificent work Darke.

Sources Arranged (1 Song)


Primary Game:
Mega Man X4 (Capcom, 1997, PS1)
Music by Tetsuji Hayashi, Toshihiko Horiyama
Songs:
"Opening Stage X"

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Genre:
Jazz
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Duration:
3:31

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