Posted 2007-10-13, evaluated by djpretzel
Last but never least, our official "Old Man River" award goes to Hayden Petrie, alias Rayza. Of course technically I can't laugh because I've been here even longer, but Rayza's been around OCR long enough to be entitled to some sort of badge or trophy or perhaps just free Rogaine and Depends samples - I'm there, too, so I can make these comments with impunity :) Hayden's covered an admirable variety of games in his years, from mainstream stuff like Sonic to the depths of obscurity with Tinhead, but one thing that's been consistent is his quality and thoughtful arrangement. He also has a track record of nothing but direct posts, with many of his mixes coming before the establishment of the judges panel and the rest being direct posted. This mix from Top Gear 2 (he also covered the first game) was originally going to be part of an entire project/album for the SNES racing sequel, but apparently that's fallen through so Rayza's just going ahead with posting it.
This mix starts off with an electronica emphasis that makes it sound like there won't be the types of breaks and melodic bits that follow, using a strong kick and fading attack strings to create a heavy dance atmosphere. Hayden takes things in a different direction, though, going for a more melodic push with piano, cross-panned synths, and a soaring mono-glide synth lead. He also incorporates presumably in-game announcer vocal fx, triggering them straight but also stuttering them later on. There's also a cool high-pass filter effect that's applied to the whole piece right before the beat drops back in; slick. The melody here is really catchy; I'm not sure how many of you out there have played Top Gear 2, but my strong suspicion is that those of you haven't will still be able to dig this piece big time due to its approachable and memorable source tune. It's one of Rayza's catchiest to date, and all of his stuff is very accessible and toe-tappin'-friendly.
This mix concludes our Old School Mini-Flood; hopefully those of you not familiar with these artists due to their not having anything posted recently will see the light and go back and check some of their older stuff, and hopefully those of you who are already fans have gotten the same rush of excitement I did upon seeing these familiar names pop-up with shiny new ReMixes next to them. Four mixes, five mixers, many years of hiatus and legacy, but - most importantly - some great music!
on 2010-01-17 09:56:59
thank you for that song, 2:10 to 2:40 is just epic
on 2009-09-16 14:43:37
I was surfing this site a little bit and browsed through the sites and noticed that in that description there was a nod-out to this song. And I said to myself, "Hey, it's Rayza, he's a pretty cool guy."
This song gets credit as the song that brought me back to downloading and listening to OCR music again. I love the gliding synths and the slightly retro feel that this song has, but at the same time the production is sharp and the samples are tasteful.
This song is great fun. Props to you.
on 2009-06-16 05:19:10
Tremendous effort here. Noone can weave synth tapestries quite like Rayza, and his comeback has produced on of his best works.
The musicality of every miniature element in this is off the charts. Actually that's exactly what this mix represents for me; soaring past safe levels and into alarming amounts of awesome.
A welcome return from one of the more memorable signature artists of OCR.
on 2008-12-26 12:24:54
Never played the game. Don't care.
Mix is amaaaaaaaaaaaaaazzzzzingg.
on 2008-08-24 23:50:50
wait w-w-go now
wait w-w-wait w-w-go now
wait w-w-go now
wait w-w-go-go-here we go now
This is a great remix right here and that bit has been stuck in my head forever.
on 2008-03-21 14:10:41
This has a great early-OCR sound as far as creativity, but the production is way better than the songs of the area. The pad idea in the beginning was excellent, what a creative and cool surprise. The song is in it for the long haul, focusing on an extended drive, rather than going all out right away. It's very effective, and even the sound effects come across as adding to the song, rather than being annoying. The transition sweeps are great, and the synth used in the for the halfway point solo is beautiful.
Great work all around. This is a classic mix.
on 2007-11-07 15:29:47
Funnily enough, Track1 immediately came to my mind when I listened to the remix at hand for the first time.
Once again, awesome work by Rayza, bringing back oldschool OCR. Here's to hope that he'll continue down that road and bring us more wonderful remixes.
on 2007-11-06 14:34:05
I must say that I have been waiting for this exact tune to be remixed since I stumbled upon OCRemix in 2002. I am so extremely pleased that not only was this tune remixed by such a great remixer, but that it was done so well. The use of the original announcer sfx from the game blew my socks off. THANK YOU!
on 2007-11-04 18:04:57
Absolutely love the way you introduced the kicks, and the... intermission at 2:02... if you could call it that.
on 2007-11-04 15:53:46
Man, that was cool. I was waiting for the kick and then the pad turned into it. The textures were really interesting and nice.
It's good to hear from you again, Rayza.
on 2007-10-18 10:30:22
Those are some pretty fat kicks. Awesome.
on 2007-10-18 10:06:31
Although our project didn't come to completion, I'm VERY glad it got posted. I fell in love with this song since the first demo, it's too damn groovy. Awesome work Rayza, I didn't tell you this before but this might very well my favorite song from you.
I hope you decide to cover some of the other songs from the game too XD. And people there will be more mixes from this game getting submitted (and most likely posted) soon, so look forwards to that.
on 2007-10-15 23:04:15
Love the head, love the tail, love it all.
on 2007-10-15 17:25:05
Wow, what a comeback! Dis ish aweshome... Three cheers for Rayza!
on 2007-10-15 12:33:28
When I saw your name up here on a new remix, it made my day, Rayza. Its great to see you back at it. I hope you continue on the comeback trail.
As for the remix; what can I say? It has your usual high production values, and a solid groove. Musically, its a joy to listen to.
Sources Arranged (1 Song)
- Primary Game:
Top Gear 2 (Kotobuki System, 1993, SNES)
Music by Ashley Bennett, Patrick Phelan
- Electronic, Synth
- 5,915,498 bytes
- Size: 5,915,498 bytes
- MD5 Checksum: 7a03ecda15b86f8039fb766a573da22d
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