ReMix: Vectorman 'Overflow'
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I'm writing this live from PAX 2009, where we're getting ready for our panel. We met up with Stemage and Dan yesterday for some TMNT-bus photo ops, checked out the Dream Build Play 2009 booth where Kaleidoscope (soundtrack by AnSo) was featured, and watched Larry eat "simmered tripe" @ Maneki. Good times all around, though in the meantime the site's been teetering on the edge of posting ReMix #1900, and now is finally the time. We'll be updating the main site torrent tomorrow, but in the meantime Beatdrop's here with some truly hot Vectorman action.
"I present to you OCR's very first Vectorman remix. It's pretty much the only thing musically creative that I've been able to accomplish since I released 'Revolution', so you should all feel very, particularly lucky. Needless to say, I've been wanting to do this song for quite a long time, but didn't come up with a good arrangement until now. I get the feeling that I say that a lot, but that doesn't change the relevancy!
Anyway, herein lies a humongous side-chained bassline, fat beats, some weird distorted pseudo-synthetic sounds, sweeping leads, Attention Deficit Disorder transitions, and more of the fun and games that everyone has come to expect from me. I altered some of the notation of the original song because I couldn't seem to get "Show Me Love" by Robin S. out of my head while working on this. In fact, I was really tempted to find an acapella and turn it into a mash-up, but I'm pretty sure that would be simultaneously obnoxious and unlawful. And that's all I've got to say about that."
Merriam-Webster says that a vector is "a quantity that has magnitude and direction and that is commonly represented by a directed line segment whose length represents the magnitude and whose orientation in space represents the direction." Can you imagine a MAN having such powers?!? Neither can I, really, but Sega did what Nintendidn't and published BlueSky's platformer with its very green & very spherical protagonist back in 1995. It had some good tunes by Jon Holland that Dain's done Great Justice here with a hard-hitting, aggressive electronica mix. What, you were expecting fluffy bunnies and ambient string pads? C'mon, this is Beatdrop; there's of course meaty beats, in-your-face synths, and some really slick use of distortion for a galvanized, electrified sound. Fans of Dain, Vectorman, electronica, and "awesome" should all be very, very happy. We've gotta get rolling to our panel, but whether you're familiar with the game or not, you need to experience 'Overflow' yourself.
This is one of the most badass, hyper-compressed, head-exploding tracks to EVER grace OC ReMix. This track is AWESOME. And the way Dain fleshed out the theme made me completely forget how unbelievably barebones and spartan that source tune was until I revisited it.
An absolutely amazing, transformative job on this.
- Liontamer on December 2, 2011
We need more of this type of stuff! Dain, you haven't posted since 2009, what's the holdup?
- ambient on May 15, 2011
It has a sound and a pace all its own, and it's great to see that sort of continued interest in musical diversity from such seasoned veterans. As fresh and as awesome as ever.
- Marmiduke on October 3, 2010
To be honest, most of your music is so loud and intense that it almost gives me a headache listening to it... but, in a good way :-P This would feel right at home in a rave/club setting with the volume/bass pumped up to max.
- Emunator on December 21, 2009
Put this on for the first time over Thanksgiving in the middle of an unheard-remix binge. I promptly stopped what I was doing and set this on repeat. For upwards of three hours. I slept for more than 16 hours the next day. There may have been a correlation (more than could be accounted for by the tryptophan in the accompanying turkey binge).
Now that my eyes have mostly contracted, I've given this a comparison to the source. It's all there and easily identifiable - perfect for nostalgia - but completely re-engineered and re-timed. To the former: while still evocative of the source, the sounds, the beats, and the effects (a highlight being the key-hanging/morphing effect that starts in at 0:45... chills of power down my spine) are distinctly original. And incredible. But the latter makes the remix as much as the former. The source leads from one section into another without pause. Here, for example, Beatdrop inserts the initial buildup (and layering instrumentation), and then the slowdown from 0:31 to 0:43 (with slow decay). Then the drag-out and slow buildup through 1:12. Completely re-timed, completely YES. That, along with the following let-offs and full, progressive comebacks absolutely make the piece. With a full onslaught that brings everything together at the end... and victorious decay.
This is calculated retribution perfected.
- K.B. on December 1, 2009
I probably wouldn't have recognized the [i]Robin S. - Show me love[/i] influence without reading about it in the write-up, but since I know what to look for now, I can see how you used it.
- Martin Penwald on September 29, 2009
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- metalsnakejuice on September 25, 2009
I LOVE BEATDROP AND THIS SONG. 'NOUGH SAID.
- JaDE ARaN HaRuNo on September 24, 2009
- Citan on September 12, 2009
- abg on September 9, 2009
- Theophany on September 9, 2009
OA;588081 wrote: My Friends, the beats have been dropped.
:-P Oh how true you are OA...
This mix is definitely hits you hard right from the start with the synth and drums, and it only gets better and more aggressive from there-on.
Awesome work Beatdrop. Just plain awesome.
- Sir_Downunder on September 9, 2009
Super intense and a lot of great hooks packed in. Some of the high end was a little too brittle for my tastes, but overall the track was really nice. I love the counterpoint parts of the arrangement, and each listen revealed new parts, so as time went on, i liked it more.
Awesome work. :-)
- OA on September 8, 2009