ReMix: Sonic the Hedgehog 3 'Eastern Ice Field'
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- Game: Sonic the Hedgehog 3 (Sega, 1994, GEN)
- ReMixer(s): Big Giant Circles
- Composer(s): Bobby Brooks, Brad Buxer, Darryl Ross, Doug Grigsby III, Geoff Grace, Jun Senoue, Michael Jackson, Scirocco, Tatsuyuki Maeda, Tomonori Sawada
- Song(s): 'IceCap Zone: Act 1'
- Posted: 2007-04-05, evaluated by djpretzel
So, yes, ReCapitated was, as some surmised readily and others not so readily, a wee bit of April Fools shenanigans on our part; thanks to Andy and all involved for putting it all together. Even if it didn't take the years claimed, it was still a fun way of marking the occasion, and for some reason "Ice Cap Hurts" as a mix title cracks me up to no end. There's nothing unserious about this Ice Cap mix from BGC, however: completely independent from the sonic mirth that was ReCapitated, Jimmy's created a kickass electronica rendition with what can only be described as a wicked synth solo. If 2'20" doesn't get your inner synth hero workin' overtime, nuttin' will. There's a plethora of Eastern-themed instrumentation and slower, atmospheric passages mixed in with the groove bits; everything screams quality. The odd, boomerang fade key change transition is a little weird, and still feels that way after five or six listens, but everything else is comfortable, varied, and executed with diamond precision, so perhaps a little non-sequitur turn was needed to keep the gods appeased. At under four minutes, this mix sorta sits in a liminal space between groove-oriented jam and exploratory, linear song; there are enough gaps and transitions that it feels narrative at times, but you can still shake your money-maker to it. Very cool. While everything comes together and the blend of warmer ethnic components with chilled, pristine digital synth bliss is compelling, the highlight for me is the aforementioned synth solo, which shreds it up something fierce. For those who had a fever whose only prescription was more Ice Cap that may have been underwhelmed by our A1 efforts, BGC gives us the real deal on some coverage of the very same theme that, ironically, suggests a single track album project could actually work, if entries were of this quality.
- Crulex on July 12, 2011
The purposeful ethnicity of the piece actually makes it sound more distinct from other Ice Cap Zone mixes, and it fits well with the song's overall "icy" sound and feel. I like the chimes especially, because they remind of, for whatever reason, icicles.
I also have to say that I did not catch the Power Rangers theme in there until I read the previous posts. Now I can't unhear it. Nice job with the subtle tribute though.
- Darklink42 on December 30, 2009
MechaFone;350507 wrote: This song reminded me of Okami. And then I thought just how freaking cool it would be if Amaterasu appeared at Ice Cap, and she had her own music for that level, god that would be it. Absolutely breathtaking.
My mind explodeded. Again.
I love this song so freaking much. It's Asian ethnic, it's techno, it's Arctic, it's amaaaaaaaaaaaaazing. Whenever I listen to this I just want to dance and groove along to it. It really feels like this came straight from the Himalayas or something like that. This is so singularly unique and astounding that you're really not going to find anything else like it and should be in your music collection right now.
- 42 on December 14, 2009
I'm liking how things progress from natural to synthetic as synth elements (bass, gated, then later lead) join the fray. Nice touch with the interlude at 2:02 as well (there's a gap in sound there, which is a bit confusing but not a big deal). Love the abrupt breakin at 2:21 that edgy synth lead.
This is definitely on the more liberal side for a while in the middle, it seems, but still retains the original's underpinnings. I'm mixed on wheather the final section and fadeout did the track justice, but again, no real issue there. Great job by Circles bringing something new to an oft-remixed track.
- Nutritious on December 14, 2009
Good stuff. :-D
- OA on December 1, 2009
- MechaFone on December 3, 2007
Keep it up, PLEASE, for the good of the people!
- RePENT on October 8, 2007
- swampbug on July 12, 2007
For those that have never heard or seen a Sonic game, you should know that it's all about SPEED. This song has a good fast pace that is reminiscent of that. I can imagine this song in a future Sonic game!
- Impreza WRX on May 24, 2007
This is certainly going into my "OCR Best Selection" playlist folder.
- GrrDraxin on April 30, 2007
No really! I'm not kidding. Really. I'm serious. Why are you looking at me like that? I really mean it. I'm not joking here. That was a true statement. Really. REALLY. Seriously.
- Nobbynob Littlun on April 24, 2007
But after hearing it a few times over the last week or so, I think I actually kind of like it. It's as if the song refuses to go down quietly.
The rest of the track was undeniably excellent even during the initial listening.
- NZman on April 20, 2007
- Flare4War on April 15, 2007
- Elex Synn on April 10, 2007
DistantJ;256540 wrote: About 2:38?
that is correct, sir. specifically, on beat 3 of the 1st measure of the 2nd part of the solo. very very brief. good ear, bro.
(reference point for those who care. and i don't recommend actually watching the video. just the audio.)
- big giant circles on April 9, 2007