ReMix: OutRun "Passing Breeze (Latin Jazz Samba 2010 Edition)"
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You can never have enough OutRun.
I mean, maybe, if you listened to NOTHING but OutRun, 24/7, for a whole year, that would be excessive, but it's a great soundtrack with several distinct pieces that are each classics, and I've mentioned before about how cool it was that you could select each track as a different station on your Ferrari's radio. Sweet. If I had a gazillion bucks I'd buy a Testarossa and have a custom radio put in that allowed me to switch between 'Magical Sound Shower', 'Passing Breeze', and 'Splash Wave', all of which would be playing constantly. That's probably not the first thing I'd do - building a Wonka-style chocolate river in my own home comes to mind - but I'd certainly get around to it.
So yeah, OutRun, then... newcomer DJ-AKX, aka Juan Rosario, enthusiastically writes:
"I Finally! Fiiinaaalllyyy!! Got The Opportunity To Make My First Arrange Video Game Music For OC. Had this concept in my mind for years since 1999, few years ago got my own recording studio and by the year 2006 i found about the OC Page and couldn't believe that a page focusing on arranging video game music really existed, not to mention that I'm a member since 2007 I've been waiting patiently for the time to make and arrangement of a song and it's so hard when you have lots of duties like supporting your family, etc . . . . got my drift?
Well on this arrangement took me a month to make the 60+ tracks and i decided to make it Latin Jazz Version since i played the game on arcade and on the Sega master system it inspired me to one day make the arrangement of the song and this is the day, the intro i did some samples from BBC Sound Effects Library, Brazilian Singing from Bom Dia Brazil and the small tune from Passing Breeze Sega Master Version also i added a treat for all fans who knows Shinobi Arcade. I used the Trilian Bass Modile VST Making a solo melody on Stage 4 the time is 5:01 and following with the Stage Complete on time 5:21 I customize the drums using Superior Drummer, used some sounds from my Roland Fantom-S, XP-80 the XV-5080 Module... This Version Chords Are Based From The Sega Master System Instead Of The Original Which Begins on A Chord This One Is On E Chord (by the way i don't read music i did it by ear)"
So this has been a long time coming for Juan, and I can certainly relate to it being difficult to find the time to make music with so many other responsibilities, but I'm certainly glad he did. Speaking of time, at over eight and a half minutes long, this is definitely an extended cut. You can tell the artist appreciates the world of Sega VGM, from his detailed writeup to his intricate sequencing, full of Latin flavor. Vibes, EP, piano, brass, superb percusion that ain't afraid to pull some extended fills, and a great bass solo. Samples sound a little dated at times, but a Latin jazz arrangement as elaborate as this puts stress on ANY sample library. There are some great solos on keys, a nice homage intro, a somewhat anticlimactic fadeout ending, but most of all, there's just a LOT of variety. 8 minutes and change is a considerable chunk of time to fill, but the different solos, the percussive flare, and the general energy make it fly right by... almost like a breeze.
A passing breeze.
Because that's the name of the source tune.
Let's see what OA said:
"Wow, this is a very nice arrangement! The intro was a little strange at first, but once the song kicked in, it was really working for me, excellent rhythms on the percussion, and everything else was classy and tasteful. The panning was strong, and the samples were all very nice. The solos were great, and later on, even a bass solo! The arrangement is definitely extended, but there is a lot going on, good variation, lots of source references despite a ton of solos, and it sounds great."
Sounds good to me; congrats to Juan for finally finding time to make a rather epic OutRun ReMix that takes it time and embraces the spirit of the original with some excellent Latin atmosphere.
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