Posted 2011-02-03, evaluated by djpretzel
Sega Pico... probably not the first system that comes to mind when you think of classic video game music. Or even classic video games. In fact, the Pico probably doesn't come to mind at all for most people, on any list, since it's a relatively obscure, primarily educational platform that, at time of writing, isn't even represented on GameFAQs or Mobygames. Nevertheless, Sega (or more specifically Sega's Twitter presence) recently called us out on our shocking, apparently shameful lack of Pico mixes. Tongue-in-cheek? Sure. Sarcastic and not at all serious? You bet... but leave it to Larry to organize, ala 'Hurry!', a serious musical response to a passing comment made on Intarwebs. So yes, we're going out of cycle for this one and giving you the panel's own zircon with his take on everybody's FAVORITE source tune... uhh... 'Travels with Tails: Invitation Screen'... from the unforgettable... uhh... Tails and the Music Maker. Definitely brings back the memories. I can feel 'em... those memories... just a' comin' back... the nostalgia almost consumes me...
Alright, maybe not so much, but if anyone can make lemonade, it's Andy. He writes:
"When SEGA threw down the gauntlet and Larry made the challenge for ReMixers to create arrangements from the Sega Pico platform, I couldn't resist. However, I also didn't have much free time so I had to really get in the zone. After selecting a source (which was hard enough, given the lack of Pico videos on YouTube) I created this track from start to finish in about 3 hours - a personal best. I took some liberties with slowing down and shaping the very basic source melody and setting it to heavily atmospheric chords and downtempo beats, then speeding it up later for a drum n' bass section. The hardest part here was just getting all the instruments to sit properly in the mix. That alone took about an hour.
Anyway, I'm really proud of this one, especially given the time constraint. Maybe now people will stop saying I never remix obscure stuff :P"
He and Jill are actually in Japan right now (JEALOUS), but it's cool he had the time to birth this creation before his departure. Three studio hours for zircon is like nine hours for the rest of us, as he's polished his Fruity workflow down to a science. That sounds somehow inappropriate... At any rate, this definitely wins all sorts of obscurity points, although the context of its creation feels more like Flick being double-dog dared to lick the icy pole in A Christmas Story than, say, being inspired more organically by an obscure source. But you know what? Actually sounds pretty damn hot... there IS a substantive melody, Andy's production has a nice Asian-infused electronica thing going on, and slowing the source down was 110% the right thing to do. Most of the game's music is public-domain/classical stuff, but this little theme is for real, and at half-tempo it really does work as a legit, usable source, resulting in a great ReMix. So THERE, Sega: We've got a Pico ReMix! Back at ya!
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Sources Arranged (1 Song)
- Primary Game:
Tails and the Music Maker (Sega, 1994, PICO)
Music by David Scheffler
- "Travels with Tails: Invitation Screen"
- Koto, Synth
- Regional > World
- 4,964,615 bytes
- Size: 4,964,615 bytes
- MD5 Checksum: b76cf70332d0528bb979fa39dba38afc
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