ReMix: Wave Race 64 'Serenity's Wake'

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Wave Race 64

Sole Signal (formerly Audix and always Greg Michalec) writes:

"This remix marks my arrangement of one of my favorite game themes. The style is a little more reserved than what I usually do, and reminds me somewhat of Disco Dan's Riptide mix. I just redesigned my website and realized that I don't have half as many remixes actually released as I have halfway done sitting around on my hard drive. Hopefully this submission (and others) will help to rectify that. :)"

Nice to see some Wave Race action up in here, specifically Wave Race 64; I was unfamiliar with this source, but figured since it's Kazumi Totaka it pretty much has to be good. Turns out I was right, so thanks to Greg for shinin' a light on it. Mix intros with some rain and ambient pads, then a small synth melody starts off and gradually grows into something bigger. Very major-key, upbeat vibe, with cross-panned bongo riffs on top of a straight four-on-the-floor dance beat, and tons of filtered, shiny synthesizers. Love the dropout section at 1'45" with mellow piano chords underneath... it feels like a watery oasis, which is completely appropriate given the source material. Greg definitely panned a lot of the synth leads pretty hard left and right on mixdown... occasionally, on headphones, a couple synths went too far left for my taste, but the opposite - dumping all elements into the center and essentially ignoring the stereo spectrum - is a hundred times worse, so kudos to using that space.

What I specifically dig here, beyond the solid groove and straightforward, enjoyable arrangement, is that the production has an overall sheen to it that gives the highs a lot of breathing room and emphasis, making the whole piece seem like a light breeze on a cool, refreshing shore. In other words, the production really syncs up with the atmosphere of being near the ocean, and I think that adds an intangible benefit to what's already a strong track. Great work from Sole Signal, good to see his first submission in 2010 and our first Wave Race mixage, and looking forward to seeing what else he has in store for us this year!

djpretzel

Discussion: Latest 15 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
Crulex
on 2012-07-25 09:30:13
Upbeat and yet relaxing. Perfect ReMix for this is all I can say. Things like the percussion and the calm energy flowing through this like a big wave makes this a nice ReMix to listen to quite a few times.
atash
on 2012-06-22 00:36:40
One of thus far three songs that I can listen to on a long highway drive and suddenly find myself suddenly at total ease; the fatigue just washes away. Of the three (all of which are from OCRemix), this one is the finisher when they're played contiguously.
I personally enjoy the wide panning between the channels; it just feels good, and evokes for me at least a sense of pleasant swaying. I love the way the 4-floor rolls in and out in intensity. The song's instruments are all upbeat and clear (and this clarity is beautiful).
It's just... nice. Pleasant.
Cash
on 2011-10-29 18:17:57
I've always enjoyed the Wave Race soundtrack, and I adore this remix. It takes a good theme and makes it even better. Relaxing and upbeat. Excellent work.
Sole Signal
on 2011-09-29 23:58:14
This link might also be enjoyed:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ipfuYTogCvU
My brother playing all parts: drums/piano/guitar in a cool cover of this track.
DJ_BATTLETESTED
on 2010-07-24 01:27:45
i was up one night hot and thirsty, and as i was playing on the site. i stubble across your mix, and would`nt u know it i was feeling cooler at the end of your song. nice enjoyable mix. i give it a snes and xbox 360 controller up.
Rozovian
on 2010-05-28 06:22:49
So is this a cool summer mix or a cool winter mix? I don't care. I just like it. This definitely goes on my summer playlist. The prominent percussion thing gets repetitive, would have been nice to have that one thing more varied, but nothing else detracts. Really cool track. :D
Martin Penwald
on 2010-03-07 10:58:40
In his write-up, djp mentions how this remix evokes images of a "cool, refreshing shore", and I agree, though probably with a different kind of "cool" in mind. To me, the remix sounds like something you'd hear in an arctic kinda stage; very open, very chill, very white, very fresh.
Nice work.
Geoffrey Taucer
on 2010-02-25 22:52:15
Sole Signal;649706 wrote: For fans of the music, just happened across this cool video; it's an Owl City cover of the main theme. Pretty sweet.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OSKrRuYWRN4&feature=related

Awesome, thanks for sharing!
Sole Signal
on 2010-02-25 20:19:32
Thanks guys!
For fans of the music, just happened across this cool video; it's an Owl City cover of the main theme. Pretty sweet.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OSKrRuYWRN4&feature=related
Bahamut
on 2010-02-17 21:41:16
Sole Signal's stuff keeps getting better, and he graces us with a pretty relaxing/grooving song here. I love the whole feel the song has, great work!
Dave Harris
on 2010-02-15 05:47:07
the song takes away the original atmosphere of the OST and makes it sound...robotic.

yeah that's my feeling. i love wave race's music (well, everything by Totaka), though in this arrangement the things i originally liked are all... gone :( the laid back latin feel and lush instrumentation. and where are those glorious jazzy harmonies hiding? admittedly the title music isn't the best example of this on the OST though.
regardless, it's a convincing arrangement, and has some slick production. solid execution for what it is.
a_d
on 2010-02-14 00:28:44
This game had such a laid back soundtrack
Swordfyre
on 2010-02-13 23:54:33
Decent remix. A bit messy instrumentation at times, and the song takes away the original atmosphere of the OST and makes it sound...robotic.
yosefu
on 2010-02-12 22:38:49
Oh my god this is awesome. It just feels so fresh.
Igami
on 2010-02-12 18:00:05
Yes!
Glad to see the mixer of my favorite song Day's End back in business.
This is an absolutely awesome mix. Calm, confident, and sounds gorgeous.