ReMix: Pokémon Red Version 'Drowning Blue'
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As the week draws to a close, so does our Missingno mixflood, ending with a couple themes that seem appropriately sweet and "ending theme-ish". First up is B. Briggs:
"when I found out the pokemon project was basically accepting any and all pokemon remixes, I had to jump on it. I have always loved the ss anne music, and I think it is probably one of the more memorable tracks from the OST (considering how much time one could potentially spend on the damn boat). as always, I basically had no plan at all when I started this mix, and I just let my natural memory of the theme guide the arrangement. clarinet, banjo, chiptunes, and a whole lot of pop-rock inspired chord changes are crammed into a fairly short time span, and I think it works pretty well. you could say it's a "concept" mix of sorts because the ending is designed to give the feeling of sinking/drowning, though that may be a stretch :P"
Not a stretch at all; I hear it. The ending also just works really well musically, and the entire arrangement has a nice playfulness to it, shifting tempos, ritardando, gated breaks, emulated instrument synths & all. Especially with the tempo fluctuations, it turns the "little" instruments employed into larger, fully articulated lines, superimposing some pop structures over a traditional VGM style. OA writes:
"Really nice chip sound here, it's clean and a little heavily compressed, but overall has a nice sound, and a lot of strong rhythmic interest, and a really nice melody. These is plenty going on throughout, and the sections are well-linked, but varied."
"Just echoing the above really. Good chippy fun. Some iffy sounds but that's kinda the point. Pretty inventive and expansive arrangement with some great rhythmic displacement and glitchy fills and texture.
You properly drowned that sucka at the end. Brutal."
Love the mix, love the style... sure, it's a sugary, chip-dominated track that's pretty easy to like, but the arrangement and additional instrumentation make it a bit quirkier and give it intrigue and depth that warrant revisiting.
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