ReMix: Dennis "Desktop Dynamite"
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You know, I actually WATCHED the original live action B&W Dennis the Menace on Nickolodeon back in the day. Bit of a spoiler, but he wasn't actually a "menace," per se... more of a nuisance, really. But that doesn't rhyme, and "Dennis the Most Annoying Kid on Your Block Whom You Can't Wait for Mr. Wilson to Break Down and Finally Slaughter" probably would have been too long - and perhaps too dark - for audiences of the era. I watched Mr. Ed, too, which was about a talking horse. And I wasn't high, neither.
Television has changed over the years, and while I'll take Mad Men and Modern Family over the pasty, 1950's wholesomeness of yesteryear, there's still some charm there. There's even more here, in newcomer DarkSim's ReMix of the music from the Amiga game based on the comic/TV series. I had to check, myself, and couldn't believe that this is our first Amiga ReMix since 2006... yes, I know there are other sites out there that specialize in arrangements of music from the wide world of Commodore, but I'd still love to see more crossover submissions. The artist obliges, and writes:
"This is my first attempt at a serious ReMix, having only just started to make electronic music recently. I stumbled upon the source tune after trawling through an old folder on my computer one night whilst looking for inspiration. This track immediately jumped out at me as having massive potential for a high-energy style mix, and so that's the feeling I've tried to convey.
I chose the Amiga as the system to remix because it was my first "gaming" system, and after our 500 packed up we upgraded to a 1200, which came with 2 games - Dennis being one of them - in a pack called "Desktop Dynamite", hence the name. I could never get very far with the game, so I was always playing level 1 over and over, and listening to this music must have made an impression! Thanks to everyone who commented in the WiP thread, especially phantasia and Rozovian, for excellent constructive help. Hope you enjoy"
I love these sorts of stories, where the music has a personal narrative that shines through; mix is hard-hitting, hook-heavy electronica with nice reggae-flavored offbeat chord hits and almost spooky, sci-fi LFO-modulated synth leads, conjuring more of a Halloween vibe than suburban hijinx. This is a melody that'll stick in your head after just one listen, so it's no wonder DarkSim got inspired after countless repetitions. Taking a break from his panty-disintegrating Kinect Gaga jams, Luers writes:
"Some really cool textures and sounds added to a pretty interesting source. I'd never really imagine the sortof creepy track matching up with the wacky hi-jinx of Dennis the Menace, but it is what it is. The game itself also seems to be creepy, going around Mr. Wilson's mansion stealing money, and trying to avoid him.
I dig the sound of this; it seems to me like a combination of Mazedude and Sole Signal (side note - guys, make that happen!), with some cool beats and interesting transitions combined with a lot of good synths and attention to detail. Production is decent, and the arrangement is varied and expansive. I can also guarantee that this will be the first (and possibly last?) Dennis the Menace remix, but maybe some awesome remixer will prove me wrong."
The gauntlet been done thrown down, all. Judges had some pointers for next time, but all around DarkSim delivered with an excellent source choice that deserved some attention and an arrangement that personalizes it and should make it onto plenty of playlists, especially near the end of October. 2011 keeps bringing the newcomer heat, gotta love it!
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