ReMix: Mega Man 2 "Wily's Requiem" 3:52

By Nekofrog

Arranging the music of one song...

"Dr. Wily Stage 1"

Primary Game: Mega Man 2 (Capcom, 1988, NES), music by Manami Matsumae, Takashi Tateishi

Posted 2009-08-19, evaluated by djpretzel


With this mix, I think we can officially say that 'Dr. Wily, Stage 1' has achieved 'Terra'/'IceCap' status as one of those songs that just keeps attracting mixers, left and right, like moths to the flame. Except instead of, you know, being combusted in a ball of fiery death, they just make badass music. I myself have a version planned, but of course that means next to nothing since I've had about 15 WIPs floating around in my head the last three years, none of which manifested themselves due to obligations. But enough about me, let's talk about Nekofrog - he writes:

"There have been a lot of Wily Stage 1’s over the years, and most of them are metal versions. This actually isn’t the only time I’ve restarted Wily, I made two other attempts, both in D standard and C standard, but they never seemed to “feel” right until I bumped this one to Eb tuning. One of the aspects I was most proud of in the old version was the clean break at 2:00, and the ensuing harmonious lead work. I knew from the very beginning that if I were ever to start Wily’s Requiem back up, that this would be absolutely necessary to include again.

As for the game itself? What can I say, a classic. Having grown up on Megaman games (but not being as big a fan as Smoke…), 2 was always my hands-down favorite. Perfect balance of gameplay, music, and all the things that make a Megaman game a Megaman game. It’s going to be difficult to pull myself away from the Megaman universe and remix other things now. Oh, and one final note, yes I used my 7 string guitar, but I never used the 7th string. A very rare thing for me indeed."

For me 2 and X are where it's at, game-wise AND musically, though certainly the franchise has yielded a ton of fantastic tracks throughout its many sequels, spin-offs, and permutations. While this piece has had a lot of metal coverage, as Justin noted, we saw Blue.Nocturne mix it up with some orchestral flavorings less than two weeks ago, so while Wily is still fresh on our minds, let's see what NF has cooked up.

Things intro with some quick stick clicks then jump right into a thick mix of sick... chugs. What strikes me immediately is the speed and tightness of the whole thing: it's mean, it growls, and it's got balls, but it's also really sharp and locked in. As Eddie Izzard would say, very Prussian. It's been awhile since I've played GH or RB since my 360 red ringed, but DAMN if this doesn't make me want to pick up a plastic guitar accessory and make tortured facial gestures as if I were playing a real instrument. I think that basically sums it up - there aren't any huge surprises, here, just a baller rock/metal arrangement that does everything right. This is Justin's fourth mix, and all have been from different games, on different systems, which also unlocks some sort of achievement I can't think of a witty name for at the moment. Great, intuitive arrangement that's the most fun you'll have at a requiem this summer.

djpretzel

Discussion

Latest 15 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
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tweex
on 2010-08-09 00:39:46

YES!! There are the drum tones I was hoping to hear. The kick is strong, but not totally overpowering or pervasive on the mix. Lots of compression in there as the cymbals have little to no breathing room, but being a mixer who has been known to do that in that past, I kind like the sound. The guitars are just as clean as before and sound great. I do have to say, while I LOVED the breakdown, I really dislike guitarist loading in a "Acoustic" setting into their amp and using the electric to simulate it. I just sounds so small in comparison to the full body of the real thing, however, that is just a pet peeve of mine :). The brief hammer on section was performed beautifully. Neko came into the game being able to play the hell out of his guitar, and his production technique just gets better and better!!!!

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JenZ
on 2009-09-24 04:00:25

WOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH THIS SONG ROCKS OMG! Neko - glad you're on my project. Holy cow. Do I appreciate the fact you said yes. lol MM2 music to me = FTWFTWFTW! This remix gave me goosebumps and that rarely happens to me. Nice work! :nicework:

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Vosur
on 2009-09-13 21:05:05

I haven't posted in a long time... but hearing this provokes the thought of Dr. Albert Wily and his robot minions as a KISS-like group.

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richter
on 2009-09-10 21:05:09

Tight arrangement, implemented with admirable skill. Love the variations throughout, keeps a nice pace without getting dull. Good stuff!

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Martin Penwald
on 2009-09-08 16:29:14

Definitely a more interpretive arrangement of Wily's theme than the remix posted shortly before this one; especially the breakdown and following shredding stick out (in a positive way).

I don't really like the sound of the guitar (except for 3:12 - 3:22), but that's personal preference.

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Schwaltzvald
on 2009-09-08 14:09:10

Oh they make a certain group look very punctual in comparison to getting things uploaded/displayed.

Which is a shame considering how good the track is. heck I'd even go as far as say it's on par, if not better than this rendition of "Voyage of 1969". I do blame youtube for the poor quality. Nonetheless I personally feel it's that good, if not better, based off what I've heard; and this is currently the best version of "Voyage of 1969 in metal/prog form.

To be clear I'm saying based on performance within the genre of the music, not the sources as both songs {Voyage of 1969 MM2 - Wily Castle Stage 1) are awesome.

I'm willing to bet Nekofrog can do a much better rendition of "Voyage of 1969" if he ever wanted to.

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Nekofrog
on 2009-09-08 01:12:25

My stuff only gets better from here on out. Just wish it didn't take so long for it to get posted :P

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Schwaltzvald
on 2009-09-08 00:04:09

Been a good while since I've downloaded from OCR.

I have to say I was impressed with this rendition :)!!

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jintoreedwine
on 2009-09-06 21:05:12

I really dig this mix. It is very true that this source tune has quite a few remixes already, but I feel as though your take on it brings something new to the table. The guitar and drum work is excellent!

Thanks for a great listen!

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Nekofrog
on 2009-08-28 22:48:26

Why, thank you sir. I just hope the submissions I have that are in the queue are that favorable.

Wily's Requiem definitely represented a huge leap forward in my production abilities, but the one thing I would have changed would be panning some of the harmonized leads left or right instead of keeping it dead center with what it's harmonizing with. That's probably where things get harder to hear.

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OA
on 2009-08-28 22:42:56

Definitely a huge step up from Nekofrog- tight and punchy with good tone and some great gallops. I am really feeling this.

Total winner- there's absolutely no reason to miss this one.

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Nekofrog
on 2009-08-27 01:20:43
So that someone actually posted those links earlier in this thread!

And it's hard to chart guitars by ear when all those instruments are competing for attention at once.... If you've got seperate tracks I'd be more than happy to take them!

OH MY GOD I'M SEEINNG GHOSTS

Just as a warning I'm drunk right now just got home from the bar so whatever i post is not reflective of what i normally post but hey yeah i might have tracks for you individually in a month or so if you still want them also gj i didnt expect anyone to actually do anything like this let alone someonew ho awas here on the boards i think i messaged you on youtube or commented or something earlier today. this post will likely be edited properly when i am sober tomorrow

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Inimitable
on 2009-08-27 00:45:50

So that someone actually posted those links earlier in this thread!

And it's hard to chart guitars by ear when all those instruments are competing for attention at once.... If you've got seperate tracks I'd be more than happy to take them!

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Nekofrog
on 2009-08-25 20:39:35

So someone has already made Rock Band/Guitar Hero charts for this song :o

Drums

Guitars (rhythm and lead)

The drums are the most accurate, if you take into account the fact that it wasn't built around a double bass pedal (which is in the song).

Guitars are close, but there are missed triplets all over the place.

Not quite up to the amazing level of your original material, production-wise, but it's still a nice romp around an old theme. Your arrangements are always great, Neko :)

That'd probably be because this was recorded late 2008/early 2009, whilst my original stuff was much more recent.

Good stuff, but I agree with those that said it's a little too crunchy. Definitely too compressed, and too difficult to really hear the melody amongst all the noise at times. It's still a great mix, though, and I love the liberties with the arrangement. Many just do a straightforward cover of the song, which is great, but I like seeing you mix it up a bit. Would adore a cleaner version, though!

Weird that you say that about the compression, I really don't use much at all in my remixing (I lay down my tracks and rarely do anything to them). It might be the fact that there's so much sound in there (quad tracking rhythm, double tracked harmonizing leads, a loud drumset).

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Tasogare
on 2009-08-22 11:34:07

Good stuff, but I agree with those that said it's a little too crunchy. Definitely too compressed, and too difficult to really hear the melody amongst all the noise at times. It's still a great mix, though, and I love the liberties with the arrangement. Many just do a straightforward cover of the song, which is great, but I like seeing you mix it up a bit. Would adore a cleaner version, though!

Sources Arranged (1 Song)


Primary Game:
Mega Man 2 (Capcom, 1988, NES)
Music by Manami Matsumae, Takashi Tateishi
Songs:
"Dr. Wily Stage 1"

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Genre:
Rock
Mood:
Instrumentation:
Electric Guitar
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