ReMix: Cauldron II: The Pumpkin Strikes Back "It's Binary, Baby! Album Mix" 3:04

By Makke

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Arranging the music of one song...

"Title"

Primary Game: Cauldron II: The Pumpkin Strikes Back (Palace Software, 1986, C64), music by Richard Joseph
  • Album: Featured on It's Binary, Baby!
  • Posted 2006-12-23, evaluated by the judges panel


    Makke is one of the craziest, insanely innovative artists doing game music arrangements today, and each new piece he releases is like a self-contained, thriving world unto itself. Last time he took us into the beating, inebriated heart of an Irish pub; now he gets Kraftwerkian on our collective ass, channeling early German electronica, complete with a vocoded libretto. The ReMixer writes:

    "Right! This is a track from my album 'It's Binary, Baby!', and since it's been free for download from C64.com for a while, I figured I might as well release it here as well. It's the second track of the album, that's why you can hear the last chirps of the intro right at the start of the song.

    Some of you might know I'm a big Kraftwerk fan (and if you don't, my Crazy Comets remix that's on this very site should've been a dead give away), and this track is heavily inspired by Karl Bartos 'Communication' album (the track 'The Message' in particular).

    If you don't like vocoders, stay clear!"

    Consider yourself warned; Makke definitely sets a new OCR record for "amount of heavily vocoded content", as the entire vocal track is thusly processed. You've got a spooky witch theme being merged with the digital, binary precision of electro-pop. Kraftwerk are one of those bands whose names are almost onomatopoeic - their music really does sound like the internal clockwork and machinations of a large, impersonal machine, devoid of any and all analog imperfections. Of course, technically, many of the synth textures used ARE actually analog, but the combined sound is post-modern, industrialized glory, and Makke hits the nail on the head. You've got shimmering digital, warm analog, processed 808-ish electro-drums with slick verbed fx, choral bits, and deep, resonant bass. If you've been looking, searching, yearning, etc. for music to robot by, this is soooo your thing. In fact, this song should be the international standard by which all robot dance competitions are judged. Let it be proclaimed! Until this inarguable justice is achieved, however, you can enjoy Makke's latest opus in the comfort of your own home, and be sure to check out his album, too.

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    Discussion: Latest 15 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
    timaeus222
    on 2015-04-21 22:35:45

    The vocoder reminds me of a Jamaican voice. :lol: Good stuff.

    duskvstweak
    on 2012-07-21 13:18:53

    This mix is crazy good! I can't tell what's more fun; the crunchy, funky digi-music or the lyrics "The hag will know defeat"! This mix is fun and I can see it becoming the song that starts my OCR listening sessions. Cool stuff.

    Polo
    on 2009-12-02 20:49:52

    Dark textures, high reverb, juicy "shots," and other elements craft a misty but inviting atmosphere. The beat becomes danceable starting at 0:15 (when the buzzy alien synth comes in) and stays solid throughout. But the dynamics of the vocoder are what really sell me on this. Its timing is playful, like it's coloring outside the lines (in this case, not sticking to the same beats as the other players); its storyteller tone likes to stay low and neutral, which makes its higher pitches and fervent moods cute; and it fits right in with the vibe. It commands the buildup during the chorus so well that every time the line "and cut a lock of witch's hair" comes up, I must see, imagine, or physically mimic the action on the beat (the same goes for when I'm not actually listening to this mix but am singing the lyrics to myself). Crazy addicting.

    Now if you'll excuse me, I must act as barber to a female magic user... :P

    BlackPhantom
    on 2008-11-01 22:27:21

    Groovtastic! I really like, but, there's something the puzzles me: how does the name of this song relate to the game or the song itself?

    HoboKa
    on 2008-02-18 17:05:17

    Easily one of OCR's best remixes insofar. It's a must-have :D, though I tried playing the game...not nearly as cool as this song ;-)

    OA
    on 2008-02-18 15:26:41

    This is so amazingly out there I am having trouble even writing a review.

    If there was ever a movie or game where robots were dressed like Conan the barbarian, this would be the theme song.

    Completely epic and yet at the same point, completely robo-cheese, it's a totally remarkable mix that I can't decide if I like it or not.

    One thing I think would improve it would be for the main vocal to be a little higher up frequency-wise, right now it sort of fights against the bass. Most likely fighting with a tron-style morningstar.

    Very creative and I think after several listens I like it, for the sheer creativity.

    jelloegg
    on 2007-08-03 19:36:28

    Wow! 8O This must be a good song if I can remember it a day after I listened to it. :

    HoboKa
    on 2007-01-20 00:43:52

    Wowzers, this is one cool mix...it really teleports me back when Dos games were popular, like Doom 1, that wizard game and whatnot.

    meccaneer
    on 2007-01-15 21:50:30

    Indeed, it is all too close to being Kraftwerkian. I love it. The robot rap is gorgeous. Long live the 80s.

    Amayirot Akago
    on 2007-01-12 09:04:43

    Fantastic song, love the lyrics.

    TheRedBob
    on 2007-01-12 08:00:53

    I've listened to this song way more than I should already, and it still doesn't seem old to me. Thanks for the great tune.

    Martin Penwald
    on 2007-01-04 16:05:59

    Very nice. I dig this style of music, and what's even more important is that this song is very catchy.

    And just like it was said before, the lyrics fit very well. Good job with the vocals, too; they sound awesome.

    Nec5
    on 2006-12-24 21:21:33
    These are actually the words printed at the back of the box/cassette case on the original game, so I can't take credit for writing them. They simply fitted as song lyrics, so I don't think I changed anything - just lifted them right off.

    Anyway, hope y'all will enjoy the tune! :D

    Still awesome! :D

    Woe Is You
    on 2006-12-24 21:18:34

    I haven't heard anything this groovy since I bought Minimum Maximum.

    Needs more metalling clangs, though. It ain't kraftwerkian without 'em.

    Azure Prower
    on 2006-12-24 05:19:02
    Ach! I forgot to provide the lyrics when I sent the remix in. Well, here they are, so if anyone else asks just point them here. ;)
    Where once the tiny cottage stood

    A mighty palace, dwarfs the wood

    And there within the highest tower

    The witch queen wields her mighty power

    A rule of evil ‘cross the land

    With ghosts and gargoyles close at hand

    Her enemies destroyed this night

    Yet one remains to set things right

    A pumpkin warrior, brave and good

    The last survivor from the wood

    So go now swiftly climb the stair

    And cut a lock of witch’s hair

    Seek out the cauldron black

    And brew a spell to change things back

    Then the hag will know defeat

    And thy revenge will be complete

    These are actually the words printed at the back of the box/cassette case on the original game, so I can't take credit for writing them. They simply fitted as song lyrics, so I don't think I changed anything - just lifted them right off.

    Anyway, hope y'all will enjoy the tune! :D

    Still awesome! :D

    Sources Arranged (1 Song)


    Primary Game:
    Cauldron II: The Pumpkin Strikes Back (Palace Software, 1986, C64)
    Music by Richard Joseph
    Songs:
    "Title"

    Tags (5)


    Genre:
    Mood:
    Instrumentation:
    Electronic, Synth, Vocals: Male
    Additional:
    Lyrics > Lyrics: Existing
    Usage > Halloween

    File Information


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    Cauldron_2_It's_Binary_Baby_Album_Mix_OC_ReMix.mp3
    Size:
    4,504,750 bytes
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    b631c008507ac1b86cb1fae93da0ce3b
    Bitrate:
    192Kbps
    Duration:
    3:04

    Where once the tiny cottage stood
    A mighty palace, dwarfs the wood
    And there within the highest tower
    The witch queen wields her mighty power

    A rule of evil 'cross the land
    With ghosts and gargoyles close at hand
    Her enemies destroyed this night
    Yet one remains to set things right

    [Chorus]
    A pumpkin warrior, brave and good
    The last survivor from the wood
    So go now, swiftly, climb the stair
    And cut a lock of witch's hair

    ...of witch's hair

    ...of witch's hair

    Seek out the cauldron black
    And brew a spell to change things back
    Then the hag will know defeat
    And thy revenge will be complete

    [Chorus]
    A pumpkin warrior, brave and good
    The last survivor from the wood
    So go now, swiftly, climb the stair
    And cut a lock of witch's hair

    ...of witch's hair

    ...of witch's hair

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