ReMix: Sonic the Hedgehog 'Absolution Comes in Dreams'
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- Game: Sonic the Hedgehog (Sega, 2006, XB360)
- ReMixer(s): Cyril the Wolf, M-One
- Composer(s): Hideaki Kobayashi, Jun Senoue, Mariko Nanba, Seirou Okamoto, Taihei Sato, Takahito Eguchi, Tomoya Ohtani, Yasutaka Kume
- Song(s): Dreams of an Absolution ~Theme of Silver the Hedgehog~
- Posted: 2010-01-19, evaluated by the judges
VERY cool debut ReMix from Cyril the Wolf & M-One, aka Connor Pelkey and Matthew Dunne - also our first mix from Sonic's next-gen HD debut! While the game itself received what I'll call "mixed" reviews, the music was pretty hot. Actually, the original source track being ReMixed here had vocals that were written and sung by Lee Brotherton, alias Bentley Jones, and ALSO known as LeeBro - the very same ReMixer from OCR days of yore! So the chronology there goes something like:
- LeeBro gets mixes posted on OCR (2001-2002)
- He then goes on to work in the VGM industry and records the vocals to this track from Sonic (2006)
- The very same track gets ReMixed by Cyril & M-One (2009-2010)
Pretty cool, eh? We actually got in touch with Lee to see what he thought about the mix:
"As soon as I heard there was going to be a cover of DOAA I was curious as to what style it would be done in… especially since it’s been done already so many times on YouTube and such. But this was a very pleasant breath of fresh air. The combination of Connor’s acoustic elements and Matthew’s vocals are well matched, and considering this is the result of a long-running experiment I’m truly glad they followed through and finished it. Matthew’s vocals are warm, relaxed and despite having a few filters on still have a rich quality that allows me to indulge in one of my own songs and not feel so narcissistic about it!! (^^) Connor’s mixing is great and helps the song swell from one section to the next; building and dropping in just the right places without getting too muddy.
I’m very happy (and honoured) with this reworking and I think the guys should be too!"
I'll ditto that as well. Bentley Jones actually JUST released (as in TODAY) "So Much More...," his new single from Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing - you can buy it online and/or check out the YouTube preview & competition info; great stuff!
Connor & Matthew's mix is a departure from the electronica roots of the original, steering the melody & vocal into more Peter Gabriel territory. That's territory that I'm bound to love, since I'm a big PG fan, and territory that it is pretty unique here on OCR. They've made several revisions to the mix based on panel feedback, and all of them have been improvements; I feel like the final version does Connor's original concept justice. He writes:
"Back in July 2008, I was being plagued by Dreams of an Absolution being stuck in my head. A few days later, though I was talking to Matthew about the fact that he owed me a song, and I instantly thought of a doing this, because this song could really benefit from both his voice and his amazing wealth of instruments. So, I showed him the original song and he was hooked, soon enough I had a nice live percussion part on my computer. The vocals took awhile, 4 months to be exact, but I finally got them, and placed them in the mix. Then, someone suggested that it may be fit for OverClocked ReMix with the proper editing and mastering. So, I did so. And then Matt took the liberty of mastering it as well. Very polished for something that just started as a selfish little way to get a song out of my head."
"This collaboration is the result of days after days of hard work. Though I must admit, we did have a near 4 month period of doing nothing, due to me being overly critical about my voice and not actually sending them to Connor until I re-did it. Though once that was out of the way, I gradually started to really love this version. All the acoustic-ness and groove sets me going and singing along. I would have more to say about this song, but I am currently speechless. I just hope that you enjoy listening as much as I enjoyed performing and collaborating with Connor."
I'm really glad the artists took the time to remaster and produce a polished version, because it's an excellent take on an excellent theme, in a distinct style that we just don't see very often. And hey, bonus, the original vocalist - also a posted ReMixer - digs the mix, too! Looking forward to hearing more arrangements from Connor, who we hung out with at MAG, in the future. In the meantime, check out Bentley Jones' new single, and enjoy this Sonic ReMix from Cyril the Wolf and M-One!
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