ReMix: Star Fox 'Barrel Roll'
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Gratuitous? Sure... but now at least it's out of my system. PrototypeRaptor, aka Jonathan Paulsen, follows his debut FFX mix up with some Star Fox love, anointing said mix with that most famous of imperative exclamations, made famous by Mr. Peppy. Jonathan actually resubbed this one based on judges feedback, and it looks like things worked out. He writes:
"... alright, so I've gone back and revamped my old remix of Star Fox's "Corneria" theme.This theme is one of those songs that is just stuck in your head as a kid...and I've wanted to remix it FOREVER. It's a good thing that it got shot down last time, as I don't think it did the original justice; I've gone back and re-mixed everything, added new melodies, new countermelodies, etc. Hopefully those of you who didn't like the lack of actual arrangement of music from the game will be a bit happier this time around...pretty much everything is based on or around the chords/melodies of the original.
I've also acquired new speakers since last time. (mixing on logitechs FTL) so hopefully it sounds less like "mud men from the swamps of sludge" and more like "star-fox-is-a-bad-ass-game-I-want-to-play-it-now."
... a definite improvement, indeed. In his decision, Jimmy writes:
"This one's got good energy throughout. I'll echo everyone else's thoughts about the vocal clips, but eh, what can ya do. Some people will love it, I'm sure.
I really actually liked the vocoded snippets--thought they were actually pretty unique in their own rights, and we don't hear a lot of vocoded stuff around here. Since Vinnie's pretty thoroughly broken down the arrangement, I can't say I have any qualms there. I'm with Zyko again here. Fans will enjoy this one. Here's to another yes on a trance mix, haterz. :)"
There you go... it's Star Fox, it's trance, there's a good deal of arrangement, and the voice samples... well, they certainly don't let you forget for a second that this is a Star Fox ReMix. They up the cheese/anthem factor by about a thousand percent, and the vocoded/mangled incarnation of the main Peppy quote of note is definitely slick. PR does extend the mix to six minutes plus by incorporating some pretty liberal soloing halfway through, even segueing out of trance into a breakbeat breakdown and working some piano in.
That all works well enough, though I did feel like some of the key changes were over-the-top... it's definitely not a subtle mix any way you cut it, but I feel like it caters pretty effectively to those looking to completely geek out to trance that's firmly set in the Star Fox universe... and damn proud of it. While it's a bit indulgent and flamboyant, it never gets sloppy or stretches beyond the point of musical credibility. Basically, it's damn good fun, Jon made the right modifications with his revision, and it shows off both his love of the game and for trance as well. If Peppy's incessant demands that you do a barrel roll fell on deaf ears, perhaps this will persuade you; either way, it's good stuffs.
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