ReMix: Lemmings 'Dig This!'
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"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.
- Psythik on January 10, 2010
I don't think it's all the mixer's fault; I think I've become more cynical over the years and I've also listened to a larger range of stuff. Tastes change and perspectives alter, and this mix didn't live up to the expectation I had of it when I originally heard it, unfortunately.
The samples are uninspired, there's no depth in sound and there's no gloss that I find to be the selling point of mixes like this. Rayza delivers gloss. This only attempts to.
This is still amiable stuff. It follows a well-worn routine, but its a damn successful one. I'm a fan of the tune (itself a remix of Canon in D), and this will always be a good one to have around for the purposes of hearing it with bundled energy. But I'm afraid I have to demote it from go-to status. Something about it leaves me cold to its brightness.
- Marmiduke on December 27, 2009
This is exactly what I want to hear in happy hardcore- impossibly fast piano comping, a sortof smooshy kick, and a repetitive chord progression with upbeat bass and melodic bits on top. Totally fun stuff, and if you can stomach all the cheer, you'll definitely enjoy it.
- OA on November 27, 2009
I downloaded it last night while I was studying for my final and it was the last thing I listened to before I started my exam ... I had the song going through my head for the whole two hours and it kept me focused the entire time :D Everytime I didn't know what to do I would sit back and this song would run through my head and I'd figure it out.
Thanks for a great song and for the help in thermo ^_^
- stkyle on August 17, 2009
- yosefu on June 1, 2009
Fortunately I resisted, but it was quite difficult.
Great mix though, really fun.
- AmazinJason on December 17, 2008
The sound fx are my favorite parts. "Yippee!" ^_^
- Project R2K on December 7, 2008
This really isn't my genre - I could see myself dancing to this at a school function though. I would have to say it's really good - sounds a little long to me, but that's probably because it's not my favorite style of music. I like your use of the sound clips. Overall I think it's a great job, and deserves to be on this site. Looking forward to more of you in the future.
EDIT: I hope you don't think I hate Canon in D - it's an amazing song, except that that chord progression is used in EVERYTHING.
- LuigiFan on December 7, 2008
Not in public, of course.
- Lucentas on December 6, 2008
- Dafydd on December 4, 2008
- predcon on November 29, 2008
- Martin Penwald on November 28, 2008
- Mr igloo on November 25, 2008
OverCoat;478542 wrote: You know, I talked to WAVE [Jeroen Tel] a bit after we compo'd on IRC a few months ago - I told him about OC Remix and he was quick to tell me he hated the remixes of his stuff because they got all the notes wrong :P but this is the first remix of a Tel tune in a long long time, the other ones are all old and horrible sounding, unfortunately. If he ever comes on IRC again I'll tell him about this one and see if he changes his mind.
He probably won't though because that's just how he is D:
Well, the notes aren't wrong I think, but I doubt he'd like it actually... :D
The Runaway Five;478598 wrote: || : Boom Chick/Clap Boom Chick/Clap : ||
Ahh, that's some sweet HHC you got cooking there!
- OneUp on November 24, 2008
- The Runaway Five on November 24, 2008