ReMix: Mega Man X "Light in the Fortress"
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- Game: Mega Man X (Capcom, 1993, SNES)
- ReMixer(s): housethegrate
- Composer(s): Makoto Tomozawa, Setsuo Yamamoto, Toshihiko Horiyama, Yuki Iwai, Yuko Takehara
- Song(s): "Dr. Light", "Sigma Stage 2"
- Posted: 2006-11-08, evaluated by the judges
- Album: Featured on Houseworks
- Terms (BETA): electric-guitar rock synth
The ReMixer writes:
"This is my first venture into the realm of electronic music. All the instruments are programmed drums/beats or synthesizers, aside from the guitar, of course. I consider this my most difficult and most solid guitar work recorded."
housethegrate's done some elaborate shredding to date, so if he sez this is the hardest and best git work he's done, you gotta sit up and take notice. It's definitely different from his previous mixes in terms of the overall feel, which is more electronic, and works nicely with the MMX source material, which often blended guitar fifth leads with a more electro backbeat. The SNES couldn't exactly muster guitar of this caliber, however, and there's substantive arrangement all around. Waleed says:
"i heard this when it was first baked. it is a beast. one of the things i love about house is that he is not a limited one trick pony; i have always respected and admired his true ability to create without boundary and this track was, at one point, the penultimate display of that. his electronic work in it is just as challenging and aggressive as the guitar work... the guitar is great, the arrangement is intelligently ambitious when it needs to be, the synth work is fantastic, the mastering, mixing and production are all where they ought to be."
Pretty much; I especially like the attention paid to discrete panning and the variety of percussive textures employed, both important elements of an electronica track that truly engages the listener. Of course, with the emphasis on lead guitar and the upbeat, melodic structure, this is basically an electronica/rock hybrid, and it does both genres heaping pounds of justice.
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