ReMix: Virtua Fighter 2 "Juunen Hayaindayou"
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Man, it's xmas eve already... how time flies! Anna's been wrapping gifts and I've been troubleshooting Windows Server 2008 error messages (oh, fun!), but I had to make some time to post this Willrock ReMix from Virtua Fighter & Virtua Fighter 2. In over ten years, this is somehow our very first mix from Sega's iconic Virtua Fighter series, which set the stage for numerous 3D fighters to follow. Mr. Harby writes:
"I have been a virtua fighter fan for many years now, and the music in the first 2 games always seemed outstanding to me, particularly Akira's theme in both games.
I have always wanted to take both themes and put them together in a remix, as I always thought that the two themes together seemed to complete each other, like the 2nd akira theme was a direct response to the first. As far as arrangement and production have gone, I wanted to achieve an old school 80's wall of sound and for the arrangement, I have dulled down the original sections that were often in my older remixes and put more effort into messing around with the sources - and there is plenty in the two sources I have chosen. Anyway, this is the result, I hope you enjoy it :P"
This is some high-octane 80's synthpop, as advertised, with a lot of emphasis on the synth lead melody. My absolute favorite bit is the intro of the alternate, oscillator-sync'd lead at 2'55" - it dips down, bends back up, LFO vibratos, then just starts getting brilliantly spastic and laying down the smack. Might be Willrock's best synth solo yet, and it's definitely my personal favorite. Interestingly, I caught the same Van Damme vibe that Vinnie did:
"Definitely hit that 80's sound with the heavily reverbed drums. You can imagine this playing in Bloodsport or one of those badass movies from the 80's that inexplicably had soft rock songs on the soundtrack."
Judges did agree that this didn't represent a huge step forward from Will's previous mixes, but hey - those were some pretty damn good mixes! I think the artist went for something a bit cheesier & more gung-ho power-melody here, and while it's probably true that he could have been a bit more daring, it's got baller synth solos that conjure the fighting spirit, and that makes me happy. Plus, we finally got some Virtua up in this joint, and that can only be good. Of course, until Virtua Hamster is ReMixed, I won't sleep easy... but this is at least a start, and a darn good one.
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