ReMix: Mega Man X3 'Revolutions'
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I've been having a blast posting submissions lately as it seems we've had a string of epic masterpieces and collaborations, with some unusual but also creative deviations thrown in for good measure. Hopefully you've read and & enjoyed our previous interviews with Piano Squall, McVaffe, and Tim Wright. Well, we've got another one for you, as Beatdrop makes a fantastic return with a very special ReMix.
Way back in July of 2001, a then-15 Dain Olsen sent in a mix of the 'Opening Stage' theme from Mega Man X3, and it was posted, thus beginning a seven-year journey of numerous Beatdroppings that each upped the ante - as well as the decibel level - culminating in this latest mix, which revisits the exact same source material Dain started out with way back when. Hence 'Revolutions', also the title of his upcoming album. During those seven years, Dain's not only gotten better, but his hard work's paid off, as he got the opportunity to have his track featured on one of Konami's DDR games. You can read all about it in the full interview, where Dain shares an early gaming memory:
"My most concrete memory has to be Super Mario Bros. on NES, though. I remember the first time I played it quite vividly. My brother and I were upstairs trying to fall asleep because it was past our bedtime, and we heard something... different coming from downstairs. Went down to check it out, and my parents were trying their hands at SMB on an NES they'd just inherited from my uncle, if I remember correctly. We freaked the hell out, of course, and they let us stay up later to play it."
I remember the first time I saw SMB at my uncle's house, and it was also a bit of a revelation at the time, too. Good times; Larry's hooked the interview up with some Youtube vids of Dain's DDR work, a brief interview w/ Dain at Kawaiicon, and more, so check it out.
Now, onto the mix. What can I say? Listening to Dain's original mix from 2001, this isn't just an upgrade but a full overhaul, and it's plain to see how much he's developed as an artist. His initial mix did illustrate a firm grasp on the basics, and still shows that even at fifteen he had an ear for arranging, but both his arrangement and production skills have exponentially improved since, and this update represents both evolution AND revolution. It's easy to see why Konami dug his original work, as the direction he's gone in is definitely danceable & accessible, but also features surprising depth and, increasingly, more twists, turns & transitions. This mix intros with a deep hum, follow by strummed bell arpeggios and delicate, delayed piano before a huge sub drop hit at 0'36" (note the piano warble immediately afterwards, as if the piano was melting from the hit) segueing into a build and - you guessed it - beat drop @ 0'58". Dain's beats have gotten more syncopated and ornate over time, and the machine groove here is fantastic. The rapid, strummed/flammed synth fx that come in add even more rhythmic variety, and 1'55" is a juggernaut of a transition.
That's the first two minutes for you, and that alone should be enough. Suffice to say, Dain's revolution is one you don't wanna miss; he's been dropping OC ReMix beats for almost seven years now - a true veteran - and he just keeps getting better. Grab the mix then read the interview - or vice versa - but don't miss out, either way. Awesome.
- phantasia on March 28, 2011
- Crulex on December 17, 2010
Marmiduke;555875 wrote: Yow, this is hot! It's a well-oiled machine, and that oil is aflame and burning with a heat that could melt diamond.
:3 LoL. I agree that this is some real smoothly oiled electronica and it's really cool.
The intro is also awesome. It starts off hollow and fills itself in like a time lapse photography of a painter starting with a blank canvass.
Texturally, this is very interesting; it just feels so continuous and solidified. Even while listening to a transition between sections, they don't seem like transitions, which is weird. As far as soundscapes, this does an whole lot while within extreme limits and that's pretty impressive.
All in all, this is a really incredible mix that shouldn't be mixed.
- 42 on December 30, 2009
It's intense and perfectly executed. Even though the melody didn't shine as brightly as I usually prefer, a few seconds of listening and I completely forget. Dripping from every pore with professionalism and downright asskickery. This is one you can just sit back and experience; there's no point thinking about it. Over-analysing something this good would be an impractical, non-productive waste of everyone's time. Beatdrop just keeps getting better.
- Marmiduke on June 9, 2009
- OA on May 4, 2009
DrumUltimA;423932 wrote: fantastic beatdrop. How did you do the audio editing on the piano part in the beginning-between the chopping and the pitch raising? I really really liked that part specifically.
I've been listening to this a lot lately. Fantastic!
I'm in agreement here. I was blown away by the intro, and the level of fidelity these mixers are attaining to is get to by really incredible.
Still listen to this one all the time.
- Flare4War on January 26, 2009
This track doesn't disappoint. Nice job.
- Malaki-LEGEND.sys on January 26, 2009
- metaphist on September 4, 2008
I'm amazed, really.
I've downloaded the years old releases for MMX3 by beatdrop before and always thought they have a bit of bad sounds, making them sound a bit amateurish, but this track? No way.
I'm impressed that from 7years ago to today, there is a huge difference in Beatdrops sound, and it's for the better in my opinion.
This is easily one of my favorite OCR tracks I've downloaded and I'm glad to hear someone who's been around for so long, to improve so much.
Great work, Beatdrop.
- Delfin on August 28, 2008
- DragonAvenger on August 13, 2008
Like I said, I'll send you the FLP for it sometime so you can take a peek. Just hit me up in IRC or on AIM :)
- Beatdrop on July 7, 2008
I've been listening to this a lot lately. Fantastic!
- DrumUltimA on July 6, 2008
Now, one thing kinda bothers me... The ending of the song just kind of shows up suddenly, and the song stops. One minute, I'm enjoying the awesome beats, and the next, it's gone... A moot point, really, and honestly, I can't think of another way to end the song that would match up with the same levels of win contained in the main section.
But to end my review on a positive note, I've got to say: It's absolutely impressive to see how your skills have evolved so much. X-Buster MK17 was excellent, but it lacked the level of complex, ornate syncopation that this mix possesses. A truly enjoyable remix, and an instant favorite. Now to throw this on my MP3 player, hook it up to my car, and go blasting it down the highway... Kekeke.
- CobaltDelta on July 6, 2008
- Thrull on June 28, 2008
- adam2 on June 28, 2008