ReMix: Animal Crossing "Mr. Soccerball"
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Thanks to all for coming out to our panel @ PAX East 2011! We had 600+ peeps rocking out to Stevo & OA's live performance of Ailsean's epic 'Terra in Black' (w/ video by Cerrax), we sold out of the shirts & hoodies we brought with us, and good times were hopefully had by all. One of the things that's kept me going and made running the site so rewarding over the years is fans coming up after events like this and saying they've been following the site since the beginning & appreciate what we're doing. It's also rockin' to get the chance to introduce the community to newcomers, so a general thanks & shoutout to PAX East staff and Khahil specifically for giving us the opportunity & support!
But now, time for more mixpost... Theory of Nonexistence, aka Dustin Lagaly, writes:
"Hello there judges. It's been a while. I don't really remember exactly how this mix got started anymore. It was a track on the aborted Animal Crossing project and I somehow managed to turn the insane Sports Fair - Ball Toss song into something much more laid back. Hope you like it!"
We last saw ToN back in 2008 on his debut collab w/ Sixto, making this his first solo ReMix, so congrats there, but I think kudos are also in order for transforming a fairly obnoxious source tune into something a little more... palatable. Sure, it made complete sense in the game, but it probably wasn't something you'd wanna queue up too often on yer iPods, whereas Dustin's mix is pretty slick, taking the tempo WAY down, resulting in a more Celtic rock/jazz jam vibe. Shariq writes:
"Pretty amazing take on such a wonky source. I'm sure the original is good if you slow it down but ho-lee-crap that's a crazy fast song. I like the piano soloing, very cool, and the overall vibe of this piece is pretty awesome. Despite the breakdown, this is clearly an arrangement of the piece and never really tries to be anything else..."
"I agree with the piano stiffness being an issue, but it wasn't problematic enough to derail this. The arrangement was sexy, smoove and very creative."
Great to see Dustin back on the homepage, and it seems like Joe Cam's project really yielded some awesome submissions, even if a final, compiled release never happened. Every source can be taken in multiple directions, but I think ToN's creative, slow-motion reimagining was probably the best way to go; good stuff!
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