ReMix: Bionic Commando "Armed and Dangerous" 4:09

By Palpable

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dark electronic synth
Arranging the music of one song...

"Bionic Commando Theme"

Primary Game: Bionic Commando (Capcom, 1988, NES), music by Harumi Fujita, Junko Tamiya

Posted 2009-01-29, evaluated by djpretzel


Vinnie is really one of the unsung heroes of OC ReMix. Or perhaps he *is* sung... hell, I'm singing him right now, so that's something... I've tried to work in 'Oedo-Hop' to playlists and panel presentations whenever possible, to introduce folks not only to the brilliant Mystical Ninja score but also Palpable's unique brand of toe-tapping, refined electronica. In addition to all that plus his position as a member of the esteemed judges panel, Palp's been helping out behind the scenes with database work and interview editing/formatting, which is all the more important given my restricting schedule this year. This is his first mix since November of '07, so 2009 already has 100% more Palpable than 2008 did, proving its ever-growing superiority. Vinnie writes:

"I almost called this "Apologies to Trentemøller" because parts of it are a complete ripoff of his style. When I started writing this song, I had just picked up his album The Last Resort and the bonus disc that comes with it (both amazing btw), and they basically took over my brain for a few weeks, heavily coloring this song.

But enough shilling for him. This has parts that don't sound like him so there's some other inspirations in there too. I recorded some guitar for the first time as a nod to the post-punk music I dearly love. On a side note, I was pleasantly surprised that no one had touched this theme because it's always been my favorite from the game. I guess Rearmed seems to have a pretty chill take on it. Anyway, hope y'all like it!"

It's cool to see Vinnie bust out the guitar; he and Jimmy can both play pretty well, yet seldom incorporate it into their arrangements. This has an electro-groove that makes me picture the Commando himself doing a mean, bionically enhanced robot; things intro with a lean groove + thick bass but da synths come in soon enough. The main hook is handled by a trance-type lead that soars anthematically into the upper registers as EP, pads, perc fx, and - later @ 2'40" - guitar all swirl around underneath. Nice intervals - this one gets around a bit compositionally for an electronica piece, with lots of variation, transition, and color. Never gets old, components have great separation so you can appreciate each fully, and I love the direct, unafraid arrangement. Excellent stuff.

djpretzel

Discussion: Latest 15 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
Black_Doom
on 2015-12-08 13:48:47

While the intro may seem a bit minimal or something like that, the synths @ 0:30 kick it up a bit and some backing elements appear as well. From there on, the groove is pretty solid and the track even may make you want to tap your toes. And then some EP and guitar appear, and this song becomes totally badass. Love that effect @ 1:19 :D Awesome mix, Palpable!

Macavity
on 2009-04-07 14:15:51
Hehe, it was intentional. :-P

Ahh, okay.

Palpable
on 2009-04-07 13:50:06
I, too, think this is a pretty good mix, but I do have a question.

Is it just me, or is anyone else getting a bit of a garbled section around 1:19 in this mix? (The garbling I speak of sounds like someone was recording this off an audio tape and accidentally hit the fast-forward button for about a second or so.)

I'm going to try downloading it from a different mirror to see if that fixes the problem - the copy I have is from ocrmirror.org, so it might just be a bad upload to that mirror.

EDIT: Just finished downloading it from the iiens.net mirror, and the same garbling is present in that copy too.

Hehe, it was intentional. :-P

Macavity
on 2009-04-07 12:43:00

I, too, think this is a pretty good mix, but I do have a question.

Is it just me, or is anyone else getting a bit of a garbled section around 1:19 in this mix? (The garbling I speak of sounds like someone was recording this off an audio tape and accidentally hit the fast-forward button for about a second or so.)

I'm going to try downloading it from a different mirror to see if that fixes the problem - the copy I have is from ocrmirror.org, so it might just be a bad upload to that mirror.

EDIT: Just finished downloading it from the iiens.net mirror, and the same garbling is present in that copy too.

Flare4War
on 2009-03-14 17:37:00

I like everything Palpable releases.

When it comes to Bionic Commando remixes though, this one is definitely Boss.

Platonist
on 2009-03-07 12:15:05

ooh ooh, i've been waiting for your return on the frontpage

wow. nothing compares to a fellow P doing the shizzle.. ;)

though i still can't stop listening to "In Pieces"..

let's hope this turns out to be a big classic like that one! keep it up!

Streets of Rage bum
on 2009-02-25 14:01:45

With Bionic Commando hittin the ps3/xbox in May...and now this track? '09 is shaping up to be a nice year.

This track is damn catchy, the feel is pretty chilling at the same time. My only thing is you took so long at 2:50 to finally get past the intro in the original theme to the rest of the theme. Thanks for bringing back an 8Bit classic, Plz post more!

Martin Penwald
on 2009-02-12 15:49:47

Surprisingly laid-back track; fairly different from what BGC did some years ago. Still really good.

And I do hope you make some more music; I still listen to your Lifeforce remix regularly.

WillRock
on 2009-02-09 10:08:02

This has a nice groove :P

The backing is awesome, really calm, laid back atmosphere. I love the little details you put in there as well, it really makes the track :P

I'm a little unsure about the lead tho... sounds a like it doesn't quite fit the style and feel you were going for.

also not a fan of the fade out ending :|

I don't know the source so I can't comment on that.

Still, nice work its well mixed and mastered imo, and worth the download

gandalf0987
on 2009-02-09 08:35:08

This track has a beat you can jam to! I like the intro right from the start this one picks up and has OCRemix written all over it. I like songs where the beat never stops. Definitely a good remix with the distortion and stereo effects, and all of the digital synth sounds. So pleasing to listen to, and will make you think of the game, or any video game for that matter.

Katana1818
on 2009-02-06 14:00:37

My first comment on someone's work. I gotta say I can't get enough of this mix, brings a nice warm feeling inside of me while I jam. Definately gonna have my eyes on ya! Nice works!!!!!!!!!!! :-P

JenZ
on 2009-02-01 17:10:30

Not bad... I dig it. Have you ever played this game, Palpable? Just by listening to it, I can tell you have played this game before. If you haven't played it, then it's pretty brilliant because you really got the feel for this game in the remix. I really love it and you should submit more. Still though, my favorite by you is your FFX mix. :razz:

I see it already has been mentioned and I meant to give a review for this remix the day it was posted, but I'm always so busy. :-x But yeah, Big Giant Circles also remixed the same track for the gameboy version. Another great song too.

This track in the game is my favorite one. I wish more people would remix it. Thanks for submitting your version, Palpable.

windkirby
on 2009-02-01 16:34:12

Not bad. The production was spot-on, but I felt the arrangement was a bit lacking/predictable. I'm sort of an ecclectic listener, so I'm into songs with a little more creativity/genre-breakin'. I liked the left-wing bizzare-ity of Oedo Hop a bit more. That is, of course, just me - the piece isn't bad by any means.

Dafydd
on 2009-01-30 13:14:02

0 is 100% less than 1, but 1 isn't 100% more than 0... just saying. :

Anyway, this, like AnSo's latest mix, is pretty laid back and relaxing. Who would have guessed 100 years ago that electronic music could be this nice on the ears? The only thing I'm not particularily fond of is the lead, which is pretty harsh in comparison with the rest, especially when playing long notes as it doesn't have much of an envelope at all. The section at 2:57-3:10 is the best part of the whole song, except for the lead, and I wish more of the song sounded like that part.

Sir_Downunder
on 2009-01-30 07:46:20

Groovy track right here, very palpable indeed :P

Sources Arranged (1 Song)


Primary Game:
Bionic Commando (Capcom, 1988, NES)
Music by Harumi Fujita, Junko Tamiya
Songs:
"Bionic Commando Theme"

Tags (3)


Genre:
Mood:
Dark
Instrumentation:
Electronic, Synth
Additional:

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Bionic_Commando_Armed_and_Dangerous_OC_ReMix.mp3
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6,065,963 bytes
MD5:
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Bitrate:
192Kbps
Duration:
4:09

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