ReMix: Mega Man 2 'For You'

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Been busy with the RL lately (sick + work + class = bad), but it's time to get back on track. I'm a huge fan of Robbie's work - I still find his super-obscure DarXide ReMix great fuel for late night coding/working/mixing/whatever. Now he sets his sights on 'Wily Stage 1'; yeah, it's a popular tune, but you can be pretty sure his take on it isn't gonna resemble anyone else's. The artist writes:

"Okies, so this is my first submission in years haha. It's a remix of the renowned Dr Wily 1 theme from Mega Man 2, and it's called 'For You'. Before you wince and think 'SHIT NOT ANOTHER WILY REMIX!!+1DIKHEDZ!!-1KooLPoiNTZ', I think it's kinda unique in the fact that it's rather lyrical :D

So, I started this a year ago, but progress came to an abrupt halt when my PC died (twice). I would have liked to have added a little more to this, but I've lost a lot of my original sounds and vocals for this, so that would be a large task to re-do it all again... work keeps me insanely busy.. which sucks, but I digress...

I'm quite happy with this as is. As previously mentioned, I have indeed provided my own vocals for this remix. I don't profess to be the best singer around. And yes, I have AutoTune-ddd my vox up. But even in the time since I recorded the vox for this, I have improved quite a bit. But for the time being, it sounds ok, at least to me. I don't see it as a horrible thing (AutoTune, that is), unless it's detrimental, in which case it's up to you guys to decide. My use of Auto Tune will sure to be a point of contention... It's not perfectly implemented, but hell if I'm gonna let a few off notes keep me from trying to sound ok :D I have a story to tell, and I hope it's come across decent enough to be heard.

Lyrically, it's quite vague... but at the same time I feel quite visual. You can make of it what you want... whatever you see while you listen to the lyrics, it's correct. Of course, it's rather personal at the same time... it's definitely from someplace deep inside. But as much as it was important to get a specific emotion out of me at the time of writing the lyrics, it's as much about whoever listens... I hope it's Anthematic (is that even a word??? O_o) enough for the masses to relate to"

Robbie loves him some vocals; it's a staple of his arrangements and I'm personally glad he continues the trend here. Like he says, he's not Pavarotti, but I think it works, and I like the lyric & how it oscillates between vague and specific. It's clear that Robbie could have cleaned up the vocal tracks a bit further had he not been victim to multiple crashes (back yo sheet up, folks), but even as-is I don't find the production gets in the way much. AnSo writes:

"Digging this. The arrangement and unique approach weighs up for the slight lacking production. Like Larry said, the vocals needed some de-essing and they're wobbling pretty badly. The piece as a whole though is really nice, flowing and an interpretive arrangement. I personally liked the key change, very eurovision song contest! :D"

God bless Mattias for making that reference, so I didn't have to :) Always fun every year playing the Eurovision drinking game, doing shots on every spontaneous power key-change. Diea adds:

"I remember really liking this one when I heard it in the WIP forums. There's been improvement since then, especially with harmonies and production. The lyrics really work for this song, and they fit creatively into the melody."

Great downbeat chill synth-pop from an artist who it's great to see - and hear - back in action.

djpretzel

Discussion: Latest 15 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
StreetFlare
on 2012-11-14 20:22:09
I love the song. I love it so much, I was considering figuring it out for an acoustic cover (-100 internets, but what can I say, it's not the first OCR track I've wanted to cover, and the creator of the first knows who he is, I was asking about chords via Facebook). And then I got...well, I think it's in F# minor. 8-O
This is a problem - I have trouble playing chords in F# minor, and this song hits me where it hurts at the moment, because this is exactly the circumstance I'm currently in, having finished high school and had a massive fight with the girl I had a crush on, one of my best female friends. It fits the advice everyone has given me - one day I'll learn to move on, but until then, I'll be hearing this song and thinking of her. Hence why I wanted to learn it, I wrote an original song about how the way she treats me makes me feel (at the time she was ignoring me) roughly two years ago, and if I could get this song down, then I'd be able to have the two sides of the coin - the crush, then the results of trying to act on it.
Crulex
on 2012-05-02 14:41:56
Nice to be running into so many great vocal ReMixes here lately. This one is great, and the feeling that you can imagine between the music and lyrics makes this one of the best takes on Wily 1 that I can remember. Wonderful arrangement, great production, and it's just plain good. Can't get much better than that.
SwordBreaker
on 2011-04-08 20:48:49
Was casually browsing OCR's YouTube channel, and I was surprised to find that this song is the 5th most viewed/listened remix in the channel right now, with more than 20000 views. So kudos to Akumajo for this quick rise in such short notice.
Otakatt
on 2010-12-05 03:34:55
When I thought Dr. Wily 1, I always thought OKKUSENMAN. Now when I think of Dr. Wily 1? I think of this song. It's beautiful and when it was first released I would play it, repeat, play, repeat, play, repeat... and so on and so forth. Heck, even today I caught myself doing that again. >> So I figured I ought to post here to say as much!
I didn't expect too much from this before listening, truth be told. Overused source, blah de blah... then I listened and the sound was great, but the vocals had me sold. I love them and the lyrics, autotuned or not.
Mirby
on 2010-11-22 19:20:29
Sorry, I guess my friend was wrong when he said it was overly emo. I just felt that they were as well; I was wrong. Sorry.
It just sounded like it. My bad.
AkumajoBelmont
on 2010-11-22 19:16:03
Mirby;732407 wrote: All I'm saying is that the lyrics themselves are pretty emo.
Don't get me wrong, I love this song. The lyrics are emo though.

Yeah, I can tell you the lyrics are most definitely not emo. Nice to see you can pigeonhole something so quickly, Mirby. Tsk tsk. Were the lyrics written with a specific emotion in mind? Yes. But 'Emo' they are not.
Anyway, thanks for all the awesome comments guys. I'm really, really glad you all enjoy the song! :D
Mirby
on 2010-11-22 18:13:25
All I'm saying is that the lyrics themselves are pretty emo.
Don't get me wrong, I love this song. The lyrics are emo though.
Martin Penwald
on 2010-11-22 15:27:13
Level 99;730587 wrote: This song demands a music video of some gruff, angsty dude inside a steel factory: singing towards and away from the camera as the factory grinds and shoots sexy sparks of light while he walks towards the camera without a shirt. Glad whoever is reading this now has that envisioned in their brain.

...goddammit.
Anyway, nice remix. The autotune doesn't bother me; unlike in many other modern songs, it's not overused to the point where its usage becomes painfully obvious and annoying.
Nice lyrics, too.
Keep 'em coming.
rahmoon
on 2010-11-21 16:15:23
This song really hit home because of some recent things going on. Thank you for putting such a situation into words. Well done.
KyleJCrb
on 2010-11-18 18:46:51
Mirby;729548 wrote: All I have to say is this.
This song is emo.

Yes, because love is emo.
Kadosho
on 2010-11-18 12:54:32
Very surprised by this version of the unforgettable track.
Hearing it slowed down enough for lyrics (nice idea)
Plus its not beat heavy, just right. Curious if we might hear more lyricized MM tunes? Could be fun =D
Level 99
on 2010-11-15 14:41:35
Song(s): 'Dr. Wily Stage 1'

awwwwwh......
ReMixer(s): AkumajoBelmont

....YAAAAAAAAAAAAAY!
Been too long since your last mix, my friend. Although I know you got plenty in the works, so I hope this just a taste of the remixing rain that you're bringing back after your five year drought.
Yes, okay, so it's Wily 1. This is a mix that is up there with Ice Cap, but it's just because the source is both awesome and versatile. And Robbie arranges the pants off of it. This song demands a music video of some gruff, angsty dude inside a steel factory: singing towards and away from the camera as the factory grinds and shoots sexy sparks of light while he walks towards the camera without a shirt. Glad whoever is reading this now has that envisioned in their brain.
The arrangement is so standout. The lyrics are perfect, and the music is killer. The vocal performance, while not perfect, is competent and fits the style very well. My only fault with them is some of the overly-glaring autotune artifacts (the vibrato, inparticular) distracts me a bit from the words during those occurrences. Other than that, this is awesome. Great production, as is par for the course from Robbie.
Don't stop making music like this, dude. It's stuff written, and sung, from the soul.
Mirby
on 2010-11-11 23:03:22
All I have to say is this.
This song is emo.
Hale-Bopp
on 2010-11-11 20:59:42
AB never fails to deliver the feelings he's trying to convey in his songs. I'm always thrilled whenever a new track of his is released. I look forward to listening to this again and again, especially when I'm driving around and singing along. That chorus kills me. I love it so much.
Proven Paradox
on 2010-11-11 20:47:27
The lyrics are well written and for the most part well delivered--as has been said already, the vibrato was excessive at a few points, but that doesn't break the track.
...What DOES break the track is that obnoxious squeaky synth sound. That is the most disgusting noise I've ever heard. Seriously, that is horrible! And it keeps going through the entire track! Completely ruins music that is otherwise quite good.