ReMix: Super Dodge Ball "Breakbeat Market"

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First of all, thank ALL of you for the donations that followed in the wake of my statements on AeroZ's (badass) FF6 mix; Sebastian himself even contributed, and 47 additional donations came in since the last mix went up. This month has become the single largest fundraising/support source for this site, it's been epic so far, and there's one week left to chip in, know what you doing, and launch every zig... for great bandwidth.

Avaris writes:

"Ok so this isn't the most uplifting or emotional source tune ever. It is however probably the most stereotypical representation of China in sonic form ever created. :) The beats were heavily inspired by ziwtra. I took one loop in Reason and then wrote some drums behind it. The volume of the drums I wrote are slightly automated by the volume of the loop. I then recorded both instances into Live where some massive slicing and dicing occurred.

Since there is really no melody in the source I tried to carry the song with a catchy groove. The bells and plucked sounds were from SteamPipe2 and the synths were done with feldspar. The dizi and erhu were free vsts from Kong Audio. Thanks for listening."

So, a little bit of background: Before the Bad Dudes had even started working on No Balls, No Glory (an amazing album you should check out), there was a Super Dodge Ball album project gestating here at OCR called Around the World. Murmeli Walan was the original instigator all the way back in 2005 (!), but after that the project hit some roadbumps, and Summoning of Spirits co-director Kyle Crouse has taken the helm to get things back on track. Things are looking good, actually, and this could be a project that sees the light of day this year. In the interim, however, with no bad blood or raging hatred or anything like that, Shaun and Brad decided to pull their tracks and submit them to OCR independently. Such is life, and such is the nature of organizing long, mulit-year efforts that sometimes ebb and flow, occasionally with way more ebb than flow.

K, context done, let's talk music. Shaun's got one previous mix on the site, in a totally different style, and this mix is considerably more elaborate from a production perspective. You've got Chinese market intro ambience, funky breaks, liquid pentatonic synth 'peggios, a whole lot of quickly-articulated chromatic percussion, and the afforementioned dizi and erhu riffing on the "omg it's Asian so it MUST be pentatonic!" stereotype that Shaun acknowledges and embraces. Larry says:

"Chorus section from 1:06-1:16 sounds pretty damn nice. Good sound variation, solid effects, solid enough integration of the SFX, slick production, nice use of the stereo field, and the groove was sweeeeet... in terms of cohesiveness, this was leaps and bounds over any of your other stuff. Plus, props for this being a solo piece... you had it clicking with this one."

Some of Shaun's submissions prior to this didn't make the cut, and so judges were extra-enthusiastic that Avaris had put together something so clearly improved, that they could approve. Jimmy even busted out his CAPS PROPS mode:

"You need to bring it like this EVERY TIME. This mix is flat-out AWESOME. No offense, but it's like you're not the same Avaris that's been submitting before. Not that your other stuff has been bad, but it usually ends up sounding like it's still not finished. But you've got everything ON POINT in this one. I don't think I can offer one word of "This needs fixing". Your mastering is clean, and the stereo balance--very nice. I'm a HUGE fan of Asian instruments, and you've selected the perfect arsenal to go on your palette. The groove is toe-tapping-inducing, and the general vibe really does sweep my brain off to somewhere in China..."

While Jimmy's brain compromises the sovereign borders of the Chinese mainland and unwittingly starts World War III, at least it'll be set to some kickin' tunes. I don't have much to add, really - this mix definitely proves Shaun has upped his game considerably, it embraces the cheesy pentatonicity of the source in an uncompromising and robust man-hug, and has an upbeat, slick vibe with production to match; great stuff.

djpretzel

Discussion: Latest 15 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
Crulex
on 2012-01-09 14:06:42

Man, this really screams Chinese in style and sound. Loved the use of the market sounds in the intro and I actually like the ending. It's one of those ReMixes that just really click well altogether. Nice work on this.

halc
on 2009-10-06 19:17:30

wow. that was awesome.

Martin Penwald
on 2009-05-11 14:57:46

Good choice of instruments, and the panning is done really well. The outro isn't that hot, though; not really feeling the fade-out.

Nice work.

Mtlbro
on 2009-04-29 11:11:33

My mom just walked in and asked me if I was playing a new "fighting" game. So, that's a compliment right?

Mustin
on 2009-04-27 20:19:47

Good stuff, man! Though I'd thumbwrestle you on whether or not Me and Dhsu's is more Chinese ;)

This is jammin'. Way better than I thought it'd be. At first, I thought it was going to be Chun-Li with that little bell and the market, but when it kicks in with the drums (which are tizzite) and the ethno instruments, it's definitely Dodge Bahr.

This is my jam!

Jewbei
on 2009-04-24 12:20:37

ah HA thats what im talking about man, i remember you showing this to me like a year ago and was amazed im glad this got posted keep at it!

OA
on 2009-04-24 10:37:10

Shauuunnn~~

I knew you were capable of some really cool stuff, but please please please do more super beatz like this. Great soundfield and attention to panning, as well as handing off instrumental interest. I honestly never thought i'd ever get to hear this track, but here it is, and it was worth the wait. :-)

metalsnakejuice
on 2009-04-24 06:42:52

l have been playing this on repeat and l still love it.

big giant circles
on 2009-04-23 23:57:51

this mix has been in my favorites folder for a while.

BlackPanther
on 2009-04-23 21:04:46

Man, this remix is fresh as hell. Love the atmosphere of this song and you kept the Chinese theme throughout the track. Love the drum work, this is definitely a keeper.

Good stuff man.

pu_freak
on 2009-04-23 14:45:19

Wow, great work Avaris! I love those beats and you really kept the Chinese style going. And those crowd effects makes a great ambiance

KyleJCrb
on 2009-04-23 14:30:41

I am sad to have lost this one, but such is the way things turn out. Regardless, always glad to see more SDB coverage 'round these parts (and thanks to Dave for getting the word out on AtW!). Good show, Avaris.

prophetik music
on 2009-04-23 13:37:08

as usual, fantastic work, shaun. really diggin the beats on this one.

edit:

Some of Shaun's submissions prior to this didn't make the cut

some? he's the only person on ocr with as many rejections as i've got! =) good to have company at the top/bottom.

Dhsu
on 2009-04-23 13:31:30

As sexy as my remix was, I can honestly say I think this totally blows the qipao off of it. Love the chatter clips (though I think I heard some Japanese in there :P ). I was kinda confused by the fadeout since it seemed like you had a solid ending without it, but I guess it works okay regardless.

Conglaturation on an awesome remix!

AeroZ
on 2009-04-23 11:47:36

I was really taken on the bed with this.

That lovely intro followed with the thumping at 0.29 would make Donkey Kong himself run into the woods of fierce!

Great synth textures all the way.

A very refreshing treble filled mix that sounds awesome.

Beautiful use of the flute and arpeggios.

Really good job mate!