ReMix: Ghosts'n Goblins 'Ghosts'n Condoms'
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"G'day fellas. In case you haven't heard yet, the Bad Dudes just released another free EP, entitled "Jingle All the Way." But, it's not a Christmas EP. Nope. You can read up for yourself, and check out all the tracks, here: http://baddudesmusic.com/jingle.html. This was one of those games I had as a kid, played often enough, but never got very far cause I kept dying. Wasn't until later on with save states that I could finally get farther than the first few stages. But, that didn't stop me from enjoying the music, and I recall hearing this map screen jingle countless times. For the Bad Dudes EP, where the concept was to take a tiny jingle and rework it into a full piece, this felt like the perfect choice for me. You can hear the theme mingled through the intro, the bass line, the leads, the slowed down chord progression later on... just about everything if you listen close enough."
I'd like to point out that, in addition to not being an xmas album, this is also happily not a sub-par holiday film starring Arnie & (cough) Sinbad. So that's good. Some of you may recall the rather awesome job Israfel did converting the oh-so-brief Pac-Man stage intro music into an avant-garde arrangement masterpiece, illustrating that very brief themes can be extended, expanded, and extrapolatimifiedicated into more rounded, complete pieces of music. It's a difficult task, no doubt; it also blurs the VGM-arrangement line, since sometimes these jingles are so brief that they have reduced uniqueness to a specific game and are more like ringtones - permutations of fanfares and riffs that aren't iconic to specific games. I definitely think there's a risk of an album like this coming off more as using VGM arrangement as an excuse to get folks to listen to what are essentially originals, that just happen to share some notes with one-off riffs... But c'mon: These are the Bad Dudes... This dude in particular is both bad AND maze... You really gonna question that? Chris explains the title:
"Well, it's a play on words, it almost rhymes with the game title, the groove I established has a sorta sexy feel to it, and I have some female gasps mingled into the music, and it's just a bizarre mental picture"
All 3-4 seconds of the source is clearly evident in Maze's mix, and while there's not enough of a melodic hook to make it something you'd catch yourself humming in the shower, Chris did indeed take a short intro jingle and make a sexy, groove-oriented jam out of it. The source in this question does have enough meat on its bones to facilitate arrangement, although I could see this becoming very problematic had it been any shorter. Good stuff in the funky, quirky Mazedude tradition - check it out, then check out Jingle All the Way.
- Crulex on April 25, 2012
So this tiny 3-second jingle ended up being manipulated in terms of progression mostly within the pads, though it ended up showing added clarity at 0:40 for those needing more familiarity. Clearly a lot had been done with it; little samples in more obscured sections, brought down to half-speed in calmer sections, and even part of a classy synth solo at 1:25. In terms of feel it kind of feels similar to Shael Riley's "Wanka Factory" covering the exact same game; you got the make-out-like nature of it, the occasional orgasm (lol) and some strong chord work that amplify some what of a charismatic feeling to it - feels wrong, but in the end feels so right!
I've grown to be a good fan of Mazedude's work over the years and I often expect him to really work with the sources he has. Though, I can't help but think that some of the sounds feel somewhat dulled in texture for some reason; not saying that they put me off or anything, but it's just a strange observation after the amount of material I've heard from him already; I'd probably put it down more to adapting to the feel of the mix.
In any case, it's classy, well-arranged, sounds sexy (eh, what else can be described?) and is a very worthy arrangement for the Bad Dudes' EP. Keep up these remixes Mazedude :D
- Rexy on December 9, 2011
At first I thought I wasn't going to like the heavy beats but they kind of grew on me as the song went on. A good bass line is always a major hook for me though, and you really nailed it on this one. I kept laughing at the funky sounds as each one popped in and then segued to the next one. Great job on turning the short tune into something super creative and interesting.
- Darklink42 on December 10, 2010
- justinj212 on December 8, 2010
Mazedude for me has always been "that experimental guy". You know, the guy that goes and does something a little out of the norm, whether its unusal sound choices, unusual compositional choices, or effects... he seems to utilize all these things here, and while some of it works and sounds really cool, some of it doesn't quite work for me.
However great production and a great funky groove are pluses :D
Regardless of if I agree with his stylistic choices or not, I can't deny that its an excellent piece work in terms of experimentation, much like his other 10 million remixes posted on ocr :P
- WillRock on December 5, 2010
What's the sample used at 0:44 and 2:38?
- Martin Penwald on January 17, 2010
- MechaFone on December 26, 2009
This mix goes along with his more recently quirky songs in stylistic approach. I can't really say much except that he does it again with a quirky haunting bumbling song and pulls it off successfully.
- Bahamut on December 24, 2009
- Hale-Bopp on December 22, 2009
It's creative, weird, and cool, but I don't know if I like it or not.
- DragonAvenger on December 22, 2009
- OA on December 22, 2009
Right off the bat, I was really captivated by the excellent bass work. This feels like classic Mazedude, nice mellow groove with a lot of subtle, nuanced instrumental qualities. Really cool mangling on some of the synths, as well!
Despite me not being familiar with more than 2 themes off the EP, I could tell that there was a lot of creativity involved and this seems like a perfect way of showcasing that. I'd never have guessed that it was such a short source tune unless you'd told me... I guess that [i]is[/i] the premise of the album, huh? :-P
- Emunator on December 21, 2009
- djpretzel on December 21, 2009