ReMix: Sonic the Hedgehog 2 "Chemixtrixx" 4:54

By PrototypeRaptor

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Arranging the music of one song...

"Chemical Plant Zone"

Primary Game: Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (Sega, 1992, GEN), music by Masato Nakamura

Posted 2010-07-04, evaluated by djpretzel


Next up we've got PrototypeRaptor, who we last saw kicking our asses & taking our names with a Cheetahmen II ReMix featuring heavy beats and an unignorable bassline. I've been waiting for a 'Chemical Plant Zone' ReMix that sounded like this for a long time, and Mr. Paulsen has today made me a happy, satisfied man. That sounds so wrong... Anyhow, I do still think the source could also really work well as a Michael Jackson-style 80s pop vocal track, but it definitely needed a more modernized electronica rendition, and this fits that bill precisely. The artist writes:

"This was done in the course of about 3 days after being inspired by Luke Terry's fantastic remix of the same source - I wanted to adapt the theme to a more "modern house" setting rather than the trance-ish side. So I took some of the sounds I've made for my upcoming album and did this mix as sort of a sound test, and I'm pretty happy with the result. Heavily influenced by Electrixx, Deadmau5, and Daft Punk - it features an obnoxious bass line that I probably had way too much fun writing and some hard hitting 4-on-the-floor beats interspersed with a cut-up version of the chemical zone theme. Best served while one is standing up and played really, really loud."

What he said - I can't really add much. Again, this is a theme that's been swimming around in my head for a long time, and I think this is a ReMix that needed to happen. Furthermore, the source was in great hands w/ PR, and he brought the same conviction and attitude to his sound that made his last mix so kickin' - classic stuff!

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Black_Doom
on 2014-12-27 12:56:22

This one is classic. Mr. Paulsen took the ReMixed-to-death source and made a very groovy and very fresh mix! The meaty beat combined with funky synth works perfectly. It's just perfect club music. Love it.

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Hydrargyria
on 2012-01-27 01:31:54

This is freshest thing I've heard in a long time. My favorite ReMix of my favorite classic Sonic song.

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CJthemusicdude
on 2011-12-19 14:42:12

Whenever I finish listening to this mix, I'm surprised that the audio world around me doesn't sidechain. :-P

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mv
on 2011-09-12 07:08:53

I don't understand why anyone would dislike this one. It's extremely catchy, pays great tribute to the original theme, does its own stuff and has exquisite production :)

Great job PrototypeRaptor! I've played the Youtube version of this on the intro and outro of my Sonic 2 speedrun live commentary ^^ ( http://www.elive.pro/en/watch/fQUtbMvXDT55 ), of course you're properly credited and people liked it a lot!

Thumbs up!

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bobby1983
on 2011-09-12 06:04:27

It's really hard for me to listen to music with this kind of beat. I guess thats why I dont

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Ranch Doritos
on 2011-08-05 21:23:53

This is porn for the blind. I don't ever see myself forgetting this piece.

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McVaffe
on 2011-05-05 17:47:39

One of my favorite mixes on the site. Perfect amount of new material vs. original with insane production. Probably my fav Sonic song and this mix more than does it justice. Bravo dude

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ShinnyMetal
on 2011-04-23 21:50:18

I definitely am digging the deadmau5 feel man. This track is so tight. So much that I decided to make this my first review of the like 5 years I've been on this site. Great job man. Club worthy all the way

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Crulex
on 2011-04-19 15:09:36
This really deserves its own post:

This mix was pretty much begging to be mashed up with Michael Jackson, and sure enough it happened :-D So cool!

That's crazy! Very nice.

Anyway, this ReMix is so damn good! I can't keep myself from tapping my foot when I listen to this ReMix. Words can't really describe how much this song makes me want to just dance. Really upbeat and full of electrifying energy to keep it going! Woo!

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Malheureusement
on 2011-04-04 02:15:55

To this day, this remains, and will ever remain as my favorite remix on Overclocked Remix. PrototypeRaptor, you are the master of ELECTRO and fidget bass. Thank you for giving the world such incredible, catchy, and mind-blowing tunes. I envy you.

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Ranch Doritos
on 2011-01-09 22:45:01

Seriously, my favorite Sonic mix of all time. Thank you for sharing this.

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Benjamin Briggs
on 2010-12-15 15:52:47
I get the feeling that, if he continues at this rate, PrototypeRaptor will be one of the most prolific electronic mixers to ever hit the site, right up there with bLiNd and Zircon. He's already touched on so many subgenres of electronica and always does each without ever holding punches. Funky and infectious, this one deserves every ounce of love it's getting!

If you like this, it's definitely worth mentioning that PrototypeRaptor has a lot of original work available here that's absolutely as entertaining and enjoyable as this mix: http://soundcloud.com/prototyperaptor

Give him a listen!! :-D

don't forget http://prototyperaptor.bandcamp.com/

john is essentially the giga bowser of ocremix

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DarkSim
on 2010-12-15 14:02:05

OK in my haste to be the first commenter I managed to use the word "extremely" twice in one sentence, which is erm, extremely bad form... and seeing as I'm on a bit of a review spree I'm going to properly review this track after having had over 100 listens.

What hits you first is the sidechaining - it's cranked up to a higher than normal level as if to say "HEY! I'M AN ELECTRO-HOUSE REMIX AND YOU'RE GONNA DANCE!". The whole song pulses through you with this relentless beat-within-a-beat and it becomes irresistible. Even the melody takes a back seat to the sidechain, but it doesn't matter, because you're dancing, and you know the melody, right? It's Chemical Plant zone! Everyone knows it!

Then come those blippy synths, no idea how they're made, but they just set the industrial scene within the soundscape, before the bass makes its appearance. The bass is chopped and phattened so much, it just oozes quality. Giving the drums a rest at 0:47 allows the bass full range to really snarl, and losing the sidechain momentarily here is a really nice touch and helps accentuate the bass further.

We're then introduced to the melody line, and while a little weak, it's instantly recognisable, and not the main focus of the song. For me, the main focus is the shifting bassline from 1:45-2:15. It's absolutely storming - such a great sound and drive, and brings a superb amount of originality to the track whilst maintaining a verbatim melody line. We're treated to it again at 3:32 and that drop is killer as well.

In amongst all this, you have the great break section at 2:15, which is utilised again to great effect at 4:01 without breaking stride with the kick and bass, adding nice variation to the source once more.

Arguably the weakest point of the tune is 3:00-3:31 where the on-beat snare and claps take over the beat from the kick, but this only serves to accentuate the final drop at 3:32, and is a welcome break for the ears whilst still maintaining intensity.

Overall, it's up there in my top 10 remixes of all time, and I'm sure I'll be listening to it for a long time to come. It's also one of the few mixes I feel confident about playing/linking to my friends and saying "hey this one's a remix of a computer game...", knowing that they'll enjoy it just because it's so damn good.

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Emunator
on 2010-12-14 06:39:05

This really deserves its own post:

This mix was pretty much begging to be mashed up with Michael Jackson, and sure enough it happened :-D So cool!

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Emunator
on 2010-12-11 03:52:24

I get the feeling that, if he continues at this rate, PrototypeRaptor will be one of the most prolific electronic mixers to ever hit the site, right up there with bLiNd and Zircon. He's already touched on so many subgenres of electronica and always does each without ever holding punches. Funky and infectious, this one deserves every ounce of love it's getting!

If you like this, it's definitely worth mentioning that PrototypeRaptor has a lot of original work available here that's absolutely as entertaining and enjoyable as this mix: http://soundcloud.com/prototyperaptor

Give him a listen!! :-D

Sources Arranged (1 Song)


Primary Game:
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (Sega, 1992, GEN)
Music by Masato Nakamura
Songs:
"Chemical Plant Zone"

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Genre:
Mood:
Aggressive
Instrumentation:
Electronic, Synth
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Bitrate:
246Kbps
Duration:
4:54

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