ReMix: F-Zero GX "Beyond Velocity"
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Beyond velocity, there lies... aftertouch? Back from a bit of a break, half of it self-imposed respite after returning from Chicago and the other half due to my main OS HDD throwing a hissy fit, I'm here to tell you all about Rozovian's sophomore ReMix. First he gave us some F-Zero love, now he's back to sweeten the deal with some GX action:
"Shortly after finishing Eat Your Own Dust, I had the melody for Zen in my head. The source is actually really simple when you ignore all the effects. I just listened to it, extracted all the source elements I could find, and this is the result.
A lot of tweaking went into it, so I'm really understanding the ex
pression "10% inspiration, 90% perspiration". Once again, I got some help from the #ocrwip channel, tho the most helpful feedback came from the J's."
Maybe I've just been subjected to one too many 'Ice Cap' mixes, but the opening chord progression here had my Spidey-sense alerted to the potential proximity of said melody. While that never happens, what does happen is some nice, understated, restrained electronica. It's so restrained, however, that at times the piece feels like it's building to some sort of a massive beat drop or climax, only to continue stewing in ambient suspense. As long as you calibrate your expectations more along ambient lines than dance/groove, you'll do just fine - AnSo writes:
"I really like the opening with the bells, I'm a sucker for bells. Solid build-up, you effectively faded elements from the source in and out without it feeling repetitive. Although I was pretty damn sure something would happen at aroud 1:10. Kinda drags with a build-up this long. Oh! Damn! Now I realized it wasn't a build-up. Bummer! Ambient, but bummer ;)
...You handled the source in a clever way even though I can't say it felt dominant. It WAS dominant, it just didn't feel dominant. Can't blame you though, the source is very minimal and you effectively placed most elements in your arrangement. The arrangement (although lacking some proper beats!) was dynamic and I never got bored. Some more interpretation wouldn't have hurt but it would've been pretty hard to pull off. All the elements clicked and production-wise this was just ace, nice work there."
"Man, what a tease this song is, just like AnSo mentioned. Seeing the title I was imagining this would be like some kind of hyper-fast DnB song. The song never even broke a sweat! Putting my expectations aside, I did like the piece. Peaceful and measured, very good building of elements in the intro, and good lead additions. I was hoping for a more substantial beat sometime, but I think what you have is something different, not necessarily worse."
I think that's an excellent way of putting it, and I like what Rozo's done in exploring the tension of "intro-style" electronica more fully. There are definitely some peculiar intonations further on that some judges thought were iffy, but either way they do make the piece more interesting & playful. There *is* development, don't get me wrong, it just never results in the track busting out percussively... although the complimentary, brush-like patterns at 2'45", with lead soloing on top, are pretty fly, leading into a pleasant, futuristic sea of pentatonic monoglide synth riffs. Good follow-up mix from Rozovian that creates a smooth, futuristic, dreamlike atmosphere.
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