ReMix: Castlevania 'Castlemania 2010'
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Did someone say WRESTLEMANIA 2010!?!
No, wait. Make that Castlemania 2010, my bad. While the prospect of large, sweaty men wrasslin' each other - platonically - would no doubt excite the ostensibly macho Larry Oji, we instead have Mr. Ben Briggs with some chippish Castlevania power-anthem mixage that adds in some Kirby source with an almost subliminal level of integration. chthonic writes:
"I had never really played a Castlevania game aside from a short experience with one of the GBA titles, but thanks to the Wii's Virtual Console, I was introduced to the very first title in the series and I was not disappointed. Aside from the solid gameplay and fairly impressive graphics, what most caught my attention was the fantastic chip soundtrack. After playing the game for about 30 minutes I turned the power off and made it my goal to obtain the OST and start my next solo remix. A month or so later, here it is. Try not to take it too seriously, but remember that I did put a large amount of effort into the production and arrangement. Hope you all love it, and it's good to be back."
Okay, on behalf of listeners everywhere, let me just thank Nintendo big time for the Virtual Console thing. While as a curmudgeonly old long-time emulation scener, I may scoff somewhat personally, there's NO denying that VC has brought the 8-bit classics - and their music - to the people. If that inspires mixes like this, it can't be wrong. Thumping, playful chip disco is the name of the game, and extensive use of filter sweeps, in and out, along with the time shift @ 3'07" throw some nice musical curveballs to change things up. Non-sequitir, but baseball metaphor reminds me: respects to the late, great Steinbrenner, definer of the modern Yankees success story. Of the mix, Vinnie writes:
"Feeling the groove bias pulling me in the direction of irrational YES... must fight....Nah, this is great stuff, rationally! Lots of fun little details thrown in, glued together with some massive compression. I really liked the weird transition to 6/8, didn't sound awkward to me, or maybe I mean that it sounded fine in the context of this song."
"How you combined the two tracks is really commendable, since you did such a good job sewing the two tracks together. If I hadn't listened to the sources beforehand I would have not been able to tell you there were two different tracks in here, let alone from two different games/styles."
Too true, two true. Castlevania is a familiar source, and the melodies here are indeed familiar, but Ben has displaced them into something new, enjoyable, and fresh with both his arrangement and his production, and we can certainly dig that.
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