ReMix: Street Fighter Alpha 2 "Dan's Ice Cream Truck" 4:14

By Joshua Morse, posu yan

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collab electric-piano jazz mellow piano strings
Arranging the music of one song...

"Stage Dan"

Primary Game: Street Fighter Alpha 2 (Capcom, 1996, PS1), music by Alph Lyla, Setsuo Yamamoto, Shun Nishigaki, Tatsuro Suzuki

Posted 2005-11-14, evaluated by the judges panel


Dan, dan, dan. You have to love the entire concept of Dan - simultaneously a cheap shot at SNK from the true kings of 2D at Capcom and a way to demean your opponent like never before, by beating him silly with the unending taunts of a man in pink whose fireball has Freudian connotations I think we can all detect - sometimes a cigar is, in fact, just a cigar, but not so hadokens/gadokens. Some of my fondest gaming memories date back to playing Alpha 2 in the arcades and roughing young rapscallions up with mean dankuukyakus. Of course, some of my most painful gaming memories involve brief matchups with Mr. Esquivel over Kaillera, where yes, sadly, my saucy self was schooled in the ways of the true warrior. Yin and yang, dark and light - Dan works both sides and comes out on top in the end, embracing good and evil and transcending both. One can only sit and reflectively ponder in continuously smaller, concentric circles of thought why Capcom haven't given him his own franchise. But enough about Dan, let's talk about mix: former partners in crime Joshua Morse and po! team up yet again, JM the Andy Bogard to po's Terry (or vice versa), to provide listeners with our second SFA2 mix and our first lovin' for Dan the Man. Commenting on Mr. Yan's Sheng Long-quality violin solo while pointing out some minor issues, Brandon writes:

"Nice. I’m a becoming a huge Regina Carter fan but sadly her work and that of other jazz violinists often goes underappreciated, even in the jazz community. It’s always a rare pleasure to hear a good jazz violin performance. Great work po!.

The rest of the instruments are nice as well. Very thick bass, great piano sample, and groovetastic Rhodes. The percussion leaves something to be desired though. For a hi-hat that is as repetitive as this, I’d like to hear much more interesting samples and processing. What’s here gives off a slight metronome vibe that is especially apparent when exposed at sections like 2:24-2:40. Still, I think the other elements overcome the shortcomings of the percussion."

Let's not forget the mix title either - when your piece is called "Dan's Ice Cream Truck", you get special bonus points right off the bat. Not that they're needed - everything's tight as can be, with a funky syncopated groove, disco string stabs to accompany a nice moving bassline, EP and AP comping/soloing, monoglide sine lead, and last but far from least po's fiddlin' around. The addition of the sweet-sweet solo violin pushes things over the top in a Sylvester Stallone, arm-wrasslin' sort of way, and is really better than Dan could ask for, hope, or expect. I love this treatment of the melody; this is right where I think it needed to go, and I think the dynamic duo of Morse/Yan were just the fellas to take it there. If you savored the watermelon, you'll love the ice cream, as the ReMixers continue to serve up a culinary jazz/funk/rnb/lounge smorgasbord. As Steven Tyler once said: "Pink - it´s not even a question."

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Discussion

Latest 15 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
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Marmiduke
on 2014-12-22 07:26:23

This one is dangerously mellow. That distinct Morse vibe is really accentuated by that superb violin number by posu. That on top of the trademark production values we've all come to expect, this is a mix of great harmony and smooth, smooth smoothness.

While Morse's style and production would go on to get even better and more complex, this slice of jazzy-summery musak represents exactly what propelled him to those greater heights. Belongs in anyone's playlist if you've ever liked a Morse song.

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BONKERS
on 2014-02-04 21:47:46

Listening to this again, gave me serious Goosebumps.

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WesternZypher
on 2010-12-29 10:57:38

Morse always makes the smoothest mixes - must be, um, slow churned or something? Serve yourself up two scoops of this.

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Crulex
on 2010-10-12 10:56:03

Dan's.....ice cream truck. Alright, points for the creative title. If OCR did anything for me, it's gotten me to appreciate jazz a little more. I can at least sit still and listen to it long enough to enjoy a good tune. That being said, this is a very good tune. The violin was hot and the great piano playing was the cherry on top for this one. Nice to see Dan get a little coverage.

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OA
on 2009-12-10 16:53:39

Smooth stuff, and the violin really makes it. I almost with it had a little bit of freedom with the main melody away from the piano doubling it the entire time. Generally doubling something works good with samples, where the multiple frequencies can help mask weaker sounds, but when you have something as full as life as a good live performance, it seems counter-intuitive. It sounds great by itself in a little solo.

Either way, this is funky stuff, with nice gliding synths providing counter melody in the background, and a nice soundfield encapsulating things.

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42
on 2009-03-20 21:57:01

"Chuck Norris drives an ice cream truck covered in human skulls."

I state that to say that whenever I come by this mix, I mentally mix up the mix and the preceding Chuck Norris Fact for some reason...

Bizarre, I know...

Aaannnyyway, this is very unique; this has a nice driving beat.

:shock:

Ahhh....

This mix just came very clear to me now. I can recognize both Joshua and po!'s hallmarks on this mix.

A Very Nicely Done Mix. :nicework:

Also, the world needs more jazz violinists.

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Martin Penwald
on 2007-03-15 16:27:54
When I found out that po! and Joshua Morse had done a remix together, I was ecstatic! I can't really find anything to complain about here. Everything just flows together so perfectly in that upbeat yet mellow jazzy way...You two make an excellent pair and I really hope you get together for another song in the future. ^^

You know about their other mix, right?

http://www.ocremix.org/remix/OCR01411/

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Aquas Magus
on 2007-03-12 18:59:01

When I found out that po! and Joshua Morse had done a remix together, I was ecstatic! I can't really find anything to complain about here. Everything just flows together so perfectly in that upbeat yet mellow jazzy way...You two make an excellent pair and I really hope you get together for another song in the future. ^^

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Mr. Fox
on 2006-04-25 19:22:39
where the hell did u get this violin sound from?

From a violin.

:lol:

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DCT
on 2006-04-25 18:49:05
where the hell did u get this violin sound from?

From a violin.

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Selios
on 2006-04-25 08:30:01

nice funky bass, cool piano and... where the hell did u get this violin sound from?

drums do need some more work, though...

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lady zelda
on 2006-01-30 20:10:01

This is a very unique and awesome mix. You've got that rhythmic fight vibe going on at the beginning and then it's onto some sweet, mellow-but-upbeat-at-the-same-time jazz. In short, it's really enjoyable throughout. You two make a good mixing pair. Keep it up!

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Wicked
on 2006-01-03 14:25:08

I like this. Everything about this is good and does what it's supposed to, although the piano solo can't really follow the bitchin' violin.

I don't know about anybody else but when the violin is playing, the music sounds like something you'd hear from the old SNES RPG Robotrek. I loved that game and bringing back feelings of that game only makes me like this mix more. Good job.

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Darkmetamorphasis
on 2005-12-29 19:14:08

Yea I actually like to play dan rather than anyone else, simply because beating the crap out of people with him is very hillarious. This song is really well done with the stage song. It just reminded me of the old days where my friends and I would just play as Dan on SFA2. Ah, well done to both of you!

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Kadosho
on 2005-12-18 23:18:43

Really lovin' this unique take on Dan's Theme.

SFA-series was always mixed in different ways. From tough beats, to jazzy synth.

Then again Dan felt the love of music. His stage was just vibrant, as he was goofy.

This well done mix, really incorporates a labor of love.

Never heard something like this before, especially done with an arcade character's theme.

Nice job JM Po! We'd love to hear more from both of you!

Sources Arranged (1 Song)


Primary Game:
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Music by
Songs:
Additional Game:
Street Fighter Alpha 2 (Capcom, 1996, ARC)
Music by Isao Abe, Naoaki Iwami, Naoshi Mizuta, Setsuo Yamamoto, Shun Nishigaki, Tatsuro Suzuki, Yuko Takehara
Songs:
"Stage Dan"

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Genre:
Jazz
Mood:
Mellow
Instrumentation:
Electric Piano, Piano, Strings
Additional:
Origin > Collaboration

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Duration:
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