ReMix: Earthworm Jim 'Acrophobia'
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Very cool resubmission from newcomer about:blank, and our first ReMix from the first Oligochaeta James (aka Earthworm Jim) game. Madonna popularized chopped/processed acoustic guitar licks to some extent with "Don’t Tell Me", and Chris Bouchard takes that ball and runs with it for this ReMix of Buttville: The Descent, which could easily have been the alternate title for the first Fantastic Four film. The panel was a little split on whether said stuttering effect was too gimmicky, or worked just fine, but it's certainly neat the first few times, I can tell you that much, and it's not applied haphazardly, either. The ReMixer writes:
"This is my first submission to OCR. Initially, I tried to go for an acoustic take on the source material, and ended up recording a small portion of the song live with an acoustic guitar and an electric bass. However, the pickup in my acoustic suddenly ceased to function, causing me to stop working on this for a couple weeks. Fortunately, I soon started working on this again, and ended up with something a bit different than my original intention. I put about two or three months into the making of this, and, at one point, had to completely start over from scratch. I've learned a lot in the process of making this, and also had a lot of fun."
I love happy accidents, and I also love seeing the iterative/feedback aspects of ReMix development turn out positive, so this is cool on multiple levels. Melodically, some of the material reminds me of the famous Requeim for a Dream soundtrack; repetitive, dramatic progressions that evoke a descent into madness. Or, in this case, "Buttville"... but can't they be the same?? Malcos specifically compared this newer version of a:b's track to the previous, rejected submission:
"Hmm didn't I yes this last time. Oh yeah, I did. Well this has improved even more over the last version. One gripe with this is the section in the middle, where the strings are kinda pushed to the side by the phat drums. This version is a lot fatter overall, and the transition into the piano section was excellently done imo. The one thing I would say for future subs is to try and get some more dynamics going in relation to volume, as I think the sections ie.piano section, should have been somewhat quiter to better contrast the 'soft' and 'hard' sections. More melodic elements have been added here, and this relies on the stutter much less than the previous version. Good resub!"
We've had some pretty innovative, different mixes lately, with varying styles that haven't particularly resembled anything prior, and I think that's a great development. This track certainly fits that description; it's got cinematic textures mixed with stuttering, chopped bits, and comes off as simultaneously atmospheric and playful - adjectives that accurately describe the source material as well.
The glitchy guitar effects are very funny to listen to. The building of this song from start to finish is good, my only complaints in this song are the cutoffs on the recording. In a few cases it would have sounded good to let the note finish out, but overall this is a great song and a very memorable one by my book. Will be on my playlist for a long time.
Oh yeah, and those buildups, especially at parts like 3:15, are epic.
- urdailywater on April 19, 2013
- WesternZypher on April 8, 2011
While the arrangement isn't perfect and neither is the glitch technique, as Vig pointed out, I'm still very glad this got to the front page and I've had a ton of fun listening to it since it was put up! This feels very creative and has a great sound to it!
- Emunator on December 22, 2009
And a killer speed up at the end. Very nice choices in production here. :nicework:
- Less Ashamed Of Self on December 13, 2009
Overall some cool ideas, but i'm not sure the execution was all the way there.
Still worth a listen I think. :-)
- OA on November 27, 2009
- WesternZypher on December 17, 2008
Finest OC remix ever heard. Calm, yet energetic guitar playing best ever loved in my entire life.
Orz (hands down to you). I love it.
- ChaosPlayer on November 27, 2008
That said, this is *really* good work.
ETA: Right, ok, I see the artist has already said the Everlast thing. I are to be the smrt guy.
- Fusilliban on October 8, 2008
I remember the Buttville music in EWJ kicking ass, but you've just blown it out of the water.
- Chronus Valtiel on January 23, 2008
Basically I think it kicks alot of ass. All of it. I had it cranked up loud in my bed room and my older brother heard it. He popped his head in my room and asked what it was. I told him and he told me to copy it onto the network drive so he could access it. He's not into the remixes like I am but something about it nicked him right, he really liked it. Afterwards he asked me if OCR has any other cool songs like that. "Of course!", I replied.
So job well done. Not only did you make an excellent remix of Earthworm Jim, but you converted someone.
- Flare4War on November 15, 2007
- Radiowar on November 8, 2007
In response to everyone who said that this sounds similar to Akira Yamaoka: I was listening to a him quite a bit during the time [espically "Theme of Laura"] when I was recording this, but I had no idea that it'd actually rub off onto the song. I was moreso expecting people to say that it sounded like "What it's Like" by Everlast, considering it has almost the same chord progression.
@Tepid: I'm a big fan of Linkin Park, so that certainly doesn't offend me. I'm also a huge fan of your work, especially "Quilt" on AnimeRemix, so it's awesome to get positive feedback from you.
@Geoffrey Taucer/Mustin: I'm also huge fans of yours, so again, it's great hearing positive feedback from you guys as well.
@Avaris/Liontamer: This mix wouldn't be up if it wasn't for your (as well as Skrypnyk's) help. Thanks for being patient with me throughout the making (and posting) of the song.
- about:blank on October 29, 2007
- Jaybell on May 22, 2007
- ocremixfan on May 2, 2007
- DeepChild on May 2, 2007