"This is my first try for a serious game remix, it's on a song from Lemmings, I think it's called Just Dig. The first time I heard this tune, I knew this could be an awesome Happy Hardcore-remix. The chords are just perfect, and it's definitely cheesy enough. I tried to keep the 90's european Happy Hardcore sound, but with greater synths, and I think I managed pretty well. It's a bit mechanical, especially the percussions and maybe the arrangement, but that's typical for HHC."
I'd like to share a personal confession: when I hear the words "Happy Hardcore," my spine contorts into a crooked, misshapen form of apprehension and woe. This is the TRUE origin of the name "djpretzel," incidentally.... Nah, but I kid; it's certainly not my thing, and for some reason many of the submissions we receive that self-classify as such tend towards sado-masochism, but I leave room in my heart (at least a cubic inch or two) for the genre, and try to keep an open mind. Good thing, too, since this Lemmings mix is actually pretty catchy. The biggest issue the panel had with it was not the trappings of its genre, but rather the similarity's source to Pachelbel's popular 'Canon in D,' which I worked into a ReMix myself way back when, albeit in a more veiled context. In this instance the similarities are more pronounced, as the original composer was clearly influenced by Mr. Pachelbel quite a bit, forcing the source material into potential submissions violation territory. Lucky for OneUp, and by extension us, Mr. Tel varied it up a bit, altered some rhythms, and MOST importantly penned an original melody on top of the progression, clearly distinguishing the theme from being "lifted, public domain classical" into the realm of VGM. Vinnie writes:
"It's pretty hard to find major fault with this song, but at the same time also hard to get excited about it. The song at its base is generic happy-hardcore, but there are some interesting ideas thrown in, e.g. the whistling section, the Lemmings FX, the breaks section. I also liked that the texture and drum pattern changed every few measures or so, while maintaining the flow. Overall, the song holds my attention because of those details, even though it's not at all innovative melodically. (Happy hardcore is not a genre that lends itself to much melodic interpretation anyway.)"
"You know what? I like this. I think it's a lot of fun, and it's got a pretty good arrangement... The sound design and texture is a little simplistic, but I think there's some synergy here, and some pretty creative parts. I like that little march bit with the Lemmings voices and whistling; pretty cool. Could have done with more harmonic support, but it's not a dealbreaker."
There you have it... not a groundbreaking mix in particular, except for perhaps making some headway for HHC on OCR, but a sugary, enjoyable, upbeat take on a classic theme. As a side note, real-life lemmings can swim, don't really commit mass suicide, and what's worse, none whatsoever have been observed in the wild sporting green hair or blue clothing of any kind. Bummer about all that, but this mix'll cheer you right up, so it all works out.
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