ReMix: Mega Man 9 "Daft Drafts"
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Alright, folks, we're gonna close out 2010 right proper with some amazingly funky electronica from zircon, which also happens to be our first Mega Man 9 ReMix!
As a reminder, be sure to check out the Return All Robots! original soundtrack for a metric ton of awesome originals by Mr. Aversa. I've been playing the game lately and it's pretty cool - I like specifically the idea of an overworld for a puzzler that otherwise resembles a mix between Bomberman and Chip's Challenge. Now, on to the mix; Andy writes:
"This was my second round entry in the first Grand Robot Master Remix Battle competition, run by Darkesword. I really had a blast with this contest and went out of my way to try different styles for each round. My robot master theme was Tornado Man, so in the second round, where my opponent was Cold Man, I had to mix both themes together. I decided to do a very smooth, 70s-style remix inspired by Daft Punk and Joshua Morse (again!) but only after tons of failed attempts at transcribing the Cold Man theme, which is actually really complex.
I'm really proud of this remix in particular, since the chord progression was very difficult to smooth out, but I think the end result mixes the two themes seamlessly. I also spent quite a bit of time playing in live parts, particularly the synth solos, bassline, percussion breakdown and of course, the vocals. Please note this is probably the only time you'll ever hear me sing."
Ah, well, never say never... Vocoded vocals and thick beats definitely echo the Daft influence, and I'd say this is Andy's funkiest mix to date. Shariq, playing the roles of Dr. Light AND Dr. Wily in coordinating this prolific & awesome competition, writes:
"Yes!!! I loved this song in the GRMRB. Very groovy, great source usage, extremely cohesive considering the two differing source tunes. I love the vocoded vocals. Very nice!"
This was basically a no-brainer direct-post, save for some source analysis just for due diligence; check the decision thread for a breakdown of what came from where. It's amazingly well-produced and extremely slick, but more importantly, it's infectiously groovy, and for our first MM9 mix, it sets a wonderful precedent; I strenuously recommend its inclusion in any last-minute NYE party playlists!
There's a LOT to be said about OverClocked ReMix in 2010; I genuinely feel like it was our best year yet, in spite of a few significant site updates and features that didn't quite make it in time. This ReMix makes 189 total posted this year, which is more than any year since 2004 (!!), and we also released more albums as well, including some original indie game soundtracks by community members. I've missed doing a "State of the ReMix Address" for a good while, now, but I'll try and sum up my thoughts in a more extended fashion at some point in January. In the meantime, thanks to everyone for making our 10th anniversary year an amazing experience, have a Happy New Year, and we'll see you in 2011!
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