ReMix: Klax "Nine Inch Klax"

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Mr. Getman writes:

"Wow, well here I actually have a remix that was not made for a remix project, not from my American Album, not for any sort of tribute or created per request, nope, here we just have a remix that I made for fun. Something I wanted to remix. A new tune I created to celebrate the launch of my new music website, http://www.mazedudemusic.com. Check it out if you haven't seen it yet."

I dig his site, but the big man-in-suit photo really channels Justin Timberlake for me; your mileage may vary. NIN fans will immediately recognize the hydraulic kick-snare combo employed here as being from the epic "Closer," albeit at a faster tempo. In looking back at Klax and remembering it as Tengen's attempt to capitalize on the Tetris-initiated popularity of puzzle games involving things falling with intellectual property they didn't have to steal from a Russian guy this time around, I notice one thing: the game's interface actually resembles Guitar Hero pretty closely. I'm sure this has been noted before, it just hit me specifically today when checking the Wiki article on the game.

At any rate, rather than appropriated Russian folk music, Klax had some rather eccentric tunage that Chris has gone ahead and industrialized for us, with whirrring drillbit synth fx wonders and a heavy downbeat, along with some lead guitar noodling bits towards the end. It's rare that we post anything under two minutes, but this rather brief outing still manages to pack in enough of what makes a Mazedude mix great: quirky arrangement combined with particular, diverse soundscaping and attention to sonic detail. It's not a mashup in the traditional sense of the word, but it does combine a clear NIN influence (made all the clearer with the afforementioned drum samples) with the Klax musics for a curious cocktail of industrial ingenuity.

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Discussion: Latest 15 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
Black_Doom
on 2014-12-14 13:20:09

One of my Mazedude's favorites. Gritty, quirky, but extremely short. The abrupt ending is also a minus. But all in all, very enjoyable thing.

Marmiduke
on 2010-03-18 07:48:26

Booooo for shortness. But Hell Yes! for everything else.

This would be awesome as an energiser for a NIN album, as it has the grit, the nerve and the edge of genre down pat. But what I really love is that it retains a sense of fun uncharacteristic of the industrial genre (though not totally unprecedented). It's tough, but playful at the same time, making it a great listen on multiple counts.

It's always good to catch up with some of Mazedude's later offerings. Wish this was a more substantial meal for my ears, but it will still hold me over nicely.

Sir_Downunder
on 2009-12-16 23:03:49

Damn this is short!

The abrupt ending miffed me off a little bit, but other that that, I got no complaints. The samples are mean and agressive, the beat is punchy, and there's even sexy noodle-age towards the end, and all up this is a solid arrangement. Despite how short this is, it's still good, like a nugget of bite-size awesomeness.

A short'n'sweet track from Mazedude.

Polo
on 2009-04-06 06:43:37

It's like the tilted Klax board is the dance floor and the blocks are playing DDR every time they flop facedown. The audience raves compliment the aggressive, punchy vibe going on, while most of the synths are vicious enough to eat you for breakfast. 1:17-1:24 even sounds like an alarm going off, ha ha.

By the way, the source (called Led Fut) sounds similar to American Gladiators - Event 1.spc, so I sometimes end up thinking of those buff brawlers competing when I listen to Nine Inch Klax.

Martin Penwald
on 2008-05-19 16:31:00

Diggin' the style, but it's too short, and I have to agree on what is being said about the lack of a proper ending.

Still, Mazedude delivers once more.

Nateconq
on 2008-05-16 03:05:57

great stuff! keep up the good work mazedude!

LuigiFan
on 2008-05-14 09:51:46

Wow, at first I was going to post a complaint of how this song is basically 8 minutes of the same thing, but then I realized my player was looping it.

I think you could've done a lot more with it - it just seems like it never got really exciting or high-energy. The little solo thing was pretty cool. Not one of my favorites of yours, but I'll keep it around for when I need a cool, smoke-filled entrance while wearing a tuxedo and sunglasses.

OA
on 2008-05-13 15:48:20

Pretty great stuff, I was completely groovin to this, but the lack of an ending is a total turnoff. :-(

Samples are great; completely grungy and angry, and even the super-straightforward beat works very well. The feeling in the arrangement is excellent, but it just seems half-baked to not have an ending. :-(

Excellent, but flawed.

csthenexustech
on 2008-05-12 17:53:24

Out of all the songs I recently downloaded from ocremix this week your song stood out the best. Then I looked down at who made it and realized. Oh. No wonder its so good. And by the way. Was Archvile sketch suppose to be unfinished? Cause it sounded finished to me.

Rock on!

BomberKid
on 2008-05-12 17:24:18

Wow, I'm really digging this piece! It reminds me a lot about River City Ramstein, and that's not a bad thing. :smile:

zircon
on 2008-05-12 00:15:39

I love this track. Really great, lo-fi style, and the hook/groove lock you in right from the start.

artemisjaeger
on 2008-05-11 18:31:06

Mehhh. I don't really like it, but I'm not gonna say it was poorly done.

Because it wasn't. It's well done.

richter
on 2008-05-10 18:39:32

The arrangement is really fun but (I hate to say this) I'm having a really hard time getting past the awful sample quality.

Kaikuro
on 2008-05-09 16:20:22

For its genere, very well done. A little repetitive, but it has some nice quality to it and has a nice beat that makes you want to dance. The applause was a nice effect.

I'm a little brain-dead right now. So, I can't quite think of much else to say, other then my overall impression of this peice was positive.

Tables
on 2008-05-08 20:35:16
I'm glad that it doesn't. Makes for great "loopability".

Wow, you're absolutely right. I thought at first that the pause at the end wouldn't make it loop too good, but I've been listening to it for about 8 times now and Mazedude got it right, he made the pause just long/short enough to sound intentional.

Wow seriously this is one of my favorite things on OCR and I've never heard of the game. I love this place.