ReMix: Dr. Mario 'Burning Up'
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That's not an organ solo... THAT's an organ solo. The doctor is in the house, as OCR celebrates Australia Day with music from not one but two men from the land down under, where beer does flow and men chunder. True story. Now, where was I... oh yes, Australia! Honestly, it's great that OCR has always been and remains an international community, and we thought this was a bonzer way of celebrating that status. First off, Mr. Carr brings us an awesome Dr. Mario mix, with some truly inspired organ soloing. This mix really shows off the versatility that I suspected Ashley possessed; his previous mixes have been great, but this represents a pretty significant stylistic shift, which he pulls off admirably. Redlight writes:
"Its been a while since i've submitted anything, and this one has been rotting away in the far reaches my hd for quite some time. Its been lost, found, rewritten, lost, deleted and rewritten again. Its an old game that I had a love hate relationship with, most probably because i sucked at it. But I think the music for its time was fantastic. Its a remix of the Chill theme from Dr Mario on the NES."
Things intro with in-game FX over a deep bass, then the beat drops and builds, with filtered synth aplenty. It's the organ that saunters in at 0'45" that makes the mix, with syncopation and funkily abbreviated attacks, riffin' all over the places like nobody's business. There's sync'd bass synth solo, some groovy string work, chromatic synth lead playfulness in the third minute, and a neat lil ending to boot. The variety of synth leads and the tradeoffs between them are classic and classy, but it's the rhythmically tight, spot-on groove that'll have you a-waltzing Matilda while your billy boils.
- MechaFone on December 12, 2010
- Crulex on July 9, 2010
- meccaneer on August 4, 2009
- quoda on January 6, 2008
- Geoffrey Taucer on June 26, 2007
- DJ Skratch 'n' Sniff on May 30, 2007
I especially loved how the game's sound effects support the melody. Keep up the great work!
- Yhoko on May 29, 2007
- Serenade on April 30, 2007
If any remake of the game were to be done, I'd hope this remix would find it's way in. I'd enjoy such a classic game with new music, even if the graphics were the same. But that's what I think of almost all the songs here on OCR.
- GrrDraxin on April 30, 2007
- Flare4War on February 21, 2007
My favourite parts are the ones starting at 2:18 and 3:08, where the insanity takes over with some solos. Great work.
- Martin Penwald on February 13, 2007
Excellent blending of preserving both the original material and bringing in new improvised sweetness. Killer work with a classic theme that doesn't get enough attention.
- Mazedude on February 3, 2007
- xtp183 on February 1, 2007
- yoshi1001 on January 31, 2007
As far as samples go, the b3 sample set came from the awesome (and free) electromechanical refill from www.propellerhead.se, which i think sounds great. The refill includes a whole bunch of multilayered sample sets of classic electric pianos and organs (b3, whirley, rhodes). The other samples i used were some recordings of the original Doctor Mario sfx from my NES, which i was stunned to find it still actually worked, and that "is there a doctor in the house?" thing, which was me! :P i recorded and vocoded myself using reason's vocoder.
Everything else was synthesized using reason's synths, malstrom and subtractor.. (mostly subtractor, <3 subtractor). I program all of my synth sounds from scratch and its a major part of what inspires me musically. Using samples and loops doesnt really give me that same satisfaction, So i pretty much stick to single hit percussive samples, multilayered musical instruments and anything i record live.
And as for things rotting on my hd, i'm shocking like that. I have a 'my shit' folder with years worth of half finished ideas, 10 minute mess abouts and absolute rubbish i produce just for a laugh including songs about canned pears and midgets.
Thanks again for the comments everyone :)
- djredlight on January 31, 2007