ReMix: Mega Man 3 "crystal potion" 3:22

By posu yan

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electric-guitar funk jazz strings
Arranging the music of one song...

"Gemini Man Stage"

Primary Game: Mega Man 3 (Capcom, 1990, NES), music by Harumi Fujita, Yasuaki Fujita

Posted 2006-03-04, evaluated by djpretzel


So, tomorrow's Oscar night (although the often more entertaining and definitely more expletive-laden Independent Spirit Awards were today), and as always, I've got my favorites, though nothing this year is as important to me as Million Dollar Baby was last year. The recent buzz around Crash seems ill-placed - excellent film, very brave and honest... up until the last ten minutes, where it falls to cinematic pieces, complete with musical montage, "snow in L.A.!!1!", and amazingly-coincidental-connections contrivance theater. Brokeback seems more timeless and thus more likely to resonate with (open-minded) viewers decades from now, so I'll take it for Best Picture and Director (though Lee still has far more work ahead of him to make up for the green stink of Hulk). The Best Actor nominees continue to make the fairer sex pale in comparison - Hoffman, Ledger, and Phoenix (my favorite, but apparently a longshot) all gave amazing performances. For Actress, from what I've seen, I'll go with supposed lock Witherspoon, but I still need to catch Transamerica. I was "constantly" bored by Gardener, so I hope Williams brings in one more for BB and favorite Weisz is denied. Williams' Geisha score was a little schizophrenic, so I'll take the relative simplicity of Brokeback once again. Ditto with adapted screenplay; I'd like longshot The Squid and the Whale to take original though - Noah Baumbach's the shit.

Wait a second... this is a site about video game remixes and what not, and most people probably don't give a rat's tuckus what I think about this year's Oscar nominations. Ahh, well... damage done. Regardless of who wins what tomorrow, one of the most consistently amazing and increasingly prolific ReMixers of the last dozen months has been po! - along with co-conspirator Joshua Morse, he's been turning out some tight, inventive, hybrid electro-acoustic jams. This Mega Man 3 piece is no exception; to be frank, if you've enjoyed the last several mixes po's written or co-written, you shouldn't need any further convincing. po played guitar, bass, and violin for this take on the Gemini Man theme, and none of those three parts are particularly simple - he's a bonafide multi-instrumentalist, let there be no doubt. The violin solo at 1'42", where a funky clav panned right joins the EP, is definitely a highlight, and at 3'23" total, is the perfect way of rounding out the relatively brief mix and incorporating a new element to keep things fresh. The overall feel is a little warmer and funkier than past stuffs, but largely in a similar vein. Hopefully Mr. Yan will forgive my Oscar-tangent intro to his mix's writeup if I also add that his violin playing has really been bringing something different to the scene, and continues to add an ineffable quality to his already excellent compositions.

djpretzel

Discussion: Latest 15 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
Crulex
on 2014-03-07 08:46:04

I love how smooth jazz makes some people think of the weather channel. Not that I'm disagreeing, cause that's what I think of when I hear songs in this style, but that's just funny to me. This ReMix is so incredibly smooth, certainly fitting of the name "crystal potion". Love that violin solo, and man, this ReMix makes me crave some warmer weather more than ever so I can chill out to this outside.

WesternZypher
on 2010-11-24 15:27:54

A perfect accompaniment to a summer's evening jaunt.

OA
on 2010-05-03 13:50:15

One of Po's best, and that is really saying something. Beautiful guitar and violin work, and though the beats are a bit vanilla, there is enough going on otherwise to keep things engaging for the duration. The ending was a bit abrupt, and I could image a few other superior ways to end things, but I certainly won't turn up my nose to this great track. I am a bit curious about the name though, as "crystal potion" basically sounds like a tailor made track name for a Final Fantasy game.

windkirby
on 2009-08-25 22:00:19

Scarily well arranged - every time I thought to myself I was craving something nice and simple, you put in those awesome chippy synths and choir pads! You have a nack for knowing how to time everything. This is a great piece; keep up the good work.

Dhsu
on 2009-08-25 20:31:19
Who's the violinist in here? Damn.

Beautiful remix. Only bone of contention I may have is the abrubt ending. Some sort of indication that the piece is about to end would have been nice... but other than that, great work.

Wow, a positive review from KogeJoe. That's when you know you've got something here.

Seriously though, I've been going through all your stuff, and man this just blew me away. It's not even fair how well you play violin, guitar, and who-knows-what-else, but ReMixes like this make me really glad you do. A keeper fo xo.

Marmiduke
on 2009-01-10 21:47:26

Could a mix get any smoother?

The star here is the violin work that milks out gobs of sweet sweet melodic interpretation.

Woah, listen to me. 'Gobs of'? Who am I, djpretzel? Hope he doesn't have a tradmark on that.

Very coooool mix, and a nice change of pace from the average OCR fare.

42
on 2008-12-18 21:22:14

This is, like, groovy, techno, cocktail lounge, jet setting jazz.

Also, the violin work here is unimaginably good.

Very smooth and highly recommended.

leilock
on 2007-04-18 14:50:57

Really dig this mix. highly recommend

KogeJoe
on 2007-01-27 12:56:53

Who's the violinist in here? Damn.

Beautiful remix. Only bone of contention I may have is the abrubt ending. Some sort of indication that the piece is about to end would have been nice... but other than that, great work.

Nario
on 2006-09-02 15:08:26

I love how this sounds like something you'd hear on the Weather Channel. :D

I am currently hearing this on the oc.ormgas.org radio station and I'm loving every second of it. Just wanted to let you know that this sounds great! :):):)

mananetwork
on 2006-07-07 14:14:32

Great mix

hyperlink6556
on 2006-07-07 03:45:57

sounds like something youd hear on the weather

atmuh
on 2006-06-01 13:42:20

I love the violin. Great mix.

DukeNukem007
on 2006-05-29 02:07:35
Quite honestly, I hated the G-man's theme.

You have got to be kidding me...just one of the great songs in one of the best NES games ever.

Not much of a jazz person and some stuff is more off-tune than it has to be...once you get into the violin stuff this becomes solid.

Beat - the Sonic Superhero
on 2006-05-07 22:13:20

This song sounds incredibly professional, like a jazz song you'd hear on the radio or XM. I really like it, and it's an interesting touch to the original gemini man theme.

Sources Arranged (1 Song)


Primary Game:
Mega Man 3 (Capcom, 1990, NES)
Music by Harumi Fujita, Yasuaki Fujita
Songs:
"Gemini Man Stage"

Tags (4)


Genre:
Funk, Jazz
Mood:
Instrumentation:
Electric Guitar, Strings
Additional:

File Information


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Mega_Man_3_crystal_potion_OC_ReMix.mp3
Size:
4,942,718 bytes
MD5:
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Bitrate:
192Kbps
Duration:
3:22

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