ReMix: Pokémon Crystal Version '14.5 West Coast Radio (EXPN Card Required)'
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I'm writing this from my brand new PC running Windows 7 x64 with 12GB of RAM on a Core i7-950 with an 80GB Intel X25-M SSD and 2TB of HDD storage... and I'm a happy dude. So is Blake Troise, aka ProtoDome (at least one hopes), since his Pokémon Crystal mix (our first) got approved by the panel. He writes:
"The other day, when faced with the age-old question of "what's your favorite music", I decided I'd go with the Pokémon chiptunes. After a dose of ridicule I suddenly felt that warm, "I wanna listen to that stuff again" feeling. So I did. Yeah, okay, it's simplistic stuff, (chord sequences consisting of mighty C's, G's, F's and a few Aminors) but it's fun and catchy. I decided I'd honour it much. Starting off with one of my favorites, Olivine City, it felt like I just needed more than a simple, predictable tune running through it. Kinda like a normal Poké-track but with (alien to most of the original songs) an addition of variation and spontaneity.
To list all the extra tracks I've included... Urm, let me see...
0:51- Gym Theme
0:56- Pokémon Center jingle
1:22- Hypnosis/Sing jingle
1:46- R/S Pokémon Center
2:20- R/B Battle intro
2:24- Route 10
2:30- G/S Item Get
...Along with computer and "item use" sound effects. Okay! I hope that's alright then! I think I'm done here! Hope you enjoy it."
Chirpy, happy, downright euphoric tunage, but damn if there isn't a lot going on; filtered, phased drums mixed in w/ plenty of FX, including in-game, and hell, Blake even threw in some orchestra hits. Normally those trigger a strong gag reflex for me (side note: we once had a mix submitted that featured an actual orchestra hit "solo"... for real), but in this instance they're well-integrated and in keeping with the arrangement's very playful nature. Synth lead is saccharin mono-glide sweetness, through and through, and the bass is a simple waveform as well, so it all sorta mashes together in a style that's chiptuneish and flamboyant. Vinnie says:
"Very fun arrangement, reminiscent of halcyon. I like the slight queasiness you get from the samples used, it keeps this manic and edgy instead of safe. Fadeout seemed like a copout, but that's pretty much the only negative I had, and isn't a big enough deal to make it a NO. Don't do that next time. Welcome aboard, Blake!"
My thoughts exactly; while the main synth is mixed a little loud given the higher frequencies (like I'm one to talk, right?), the only real issue here is the ending; it's not just that the fadeout feels insufficient, it's also executed with haste. Blake should be able to do better next time, and here's hoping he does, but in the meantime we can all enjoy some fine Pokémon mixage, as ProtoDome joins Tweek and TO as only the third artist to get a pokémix posted.
Congratulations mister ProtoDome, with this song alone you had created another chiptune fanatic! The melody writing here is absolutely perfect. In fact, there's not really anything in this song that doesn't sound great IMO. It's catchy and cute - take my money!
The fadeout didn't bother me that much either. It makes me laugh now because it seemed like your song wanted to go on longer, but it had to conform to the ProtoDome standards.
- urdailywater on February 25, 2013
I loooove this mix, and it typifies PROTODOME's remixing tendencies perfectly in that it is both awesome and a Pokemon remix.
- ectogemia on October 10, 2011
I listened to this seven times. The creativity in this mix is just superb! I'm also a big fan of that percussion throughout, and the little hits at the beginning and at later parts.
This pumps me up for the Missingno Tracks so much :XX
- TheGuitahHeroe on February 25, 2011
- Gamerboy114 on May 19, 2010
- eyecreate on March 9, 2010
You seem like a genuinely talented dude with a lot of passion for music, so please keep bringing it to the table like this Proto :-D I'm so stoked for all of your Pokémon mixes!
By the way, I liked the fadeout actually, though I think it could have lasted a little bit longer. No complaints from me on that count ;-)
- Emunator on December 21, 2009
and, for the lulz:
- Platonist on October 11, 2009
My only wish is that there was more of it! I'd love to hear you take on some of the other tunes from the game.
- Carrie-san on October 10, 2009
- martinstatic on October 1, 2009
Very nice syncopated rhythm keeping it moving forward, and a great melody really makes this a class track. The percussion is interesting and varied, and the counterpoint is excellent.
Well done, you've earned your badge.
Viva la synth revolution!
- OA on September 24, 2009
- Martin Penwald on September 23, 2009
It's so fun, contains so many memories, and expertly remixed.
Really, Pokemon music seems to be among the toughest tracks to remix. No one can seem to get the tracks right. Once in a blue moon, people get them right. In my opinion, this is the only Pokemon song on OC that gets it perfect, with the others getting 'em okay. Most Pokemon remixes crash and burn, though, so to be able to remix 'em is a great feat. (I'm not counting arrangements, which for some reason, also tend to crash and burn just as often as remixes.)
I also love how you added the PC noises and made them fit perfectly. <3
- Roihu on September 13, 2009
- Coucou on September 10, 2009
But I have to agree with everyone else: the fade is pretty bad. It may have been better even just to have made it more gradual, because it's simply too quick. Still, it's far from bad enough to ruin the mix, so no major worries.
- Sorceror Nobody on September 7, 2009
It's an odd, slightly wild mix of a few different parts of the game's music, but it's like a poppy, zippy little run through the melody.
- The Damned on September 2, 2009