If you haven't heard of vertexguy, aka Chris Kline, check out his Wikipedia entry and/or homepage - pretty cool, eh? The great Maezawa even praised Kline's cover of Contra. We caused a big ole fuss (like we always do) back in 2007 by actually rejecting something from him; I'll stand by the panel's decision from back then, but it's certainly more fun to stand by them now, as they've passed an excellent extended version of the SF2 intro theme that Chris put together. As a side note, we do sometimes reject submissions from extremely popular artists with tons of YouTube followers or industry recognition or what not. From the perspective of pure exposure, this is obviously not in our best interests, and sometimes frustrates or alienates. However, I think it should speak on some level to our standards not being mere lip service - we try to apply them as fairly & consistently as possible, and if that means missing certain opportunities, we don't have too much choice in the matter. Ultimately, with YouTube and innumerable other online venues, artists have plenty of options for reaching an audience independent of OCR, and it should always mean something when we post a new mix. That's my two cents, at least. Here's vertexguy's, re: this mix:
"This mix was inspired by a Street Fighter II month at the Dwelling of Duels. Rather than do one of the common themes covered by many, I chose to take the 18 second intro and try to turn it into a lengthy and enjoyable remix experience. To do this I had to add a lot of my own new melodies that fit well with the original, all while reinjecting familiar parts of the original back in so you don't lose the theme."
Mission accomplished, I'd say - I've always loved this theme, and I'm glad someone's given us an extended version that really turns it into its own full-fledged rock track. Palpable hits the nail on the head:
"Only 2:22, but so oh sweet. It is pretty conservative for the first 0:27 and the uses of that section thereafter, but a new backing guitar part helps differentiate it. But what I love is how he adapts the chords to a minor key and solos like a crazy person over it, referencing the melody occasionally. Very cool stuff, that Chris makes sound easy. I suppose someone might think that the new and source elements are too separated, but I think there's just enough peanut butter in the chocolate and vice versa, so to speak."
Because the soloing does come off as effortless and the whole thing moves along briskly and confidently, you might take for granted just how well it all really works - all of the modifications Vinnine describes above fit in perfectly, to me, and damn that soloing is freakin' insane. "Face-melting" really undersells it; I'd go with "Full Body Melting," reminding me a little of Dan's 'Clamato Fever' riffage. Short-but-sweet expansion of a classic track w/ masterful guitar soloing, I think you'd have to make an active effort NOT to dig this debut mix from vertexguy, who's made a huge dent in the world of VGM and who I definitely hope to hear more from in the future.
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Sources Arranged (1 Song)
- Primary Game:
Street Fighter II: The World Warrior (Capcom, 1992, ARC)
Music by Isao Abe, Yoko Shimomura
- Electric Guitar
- Time > Duration: Short
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