ReMix: The Ninja Warriors 'Crispy Crimson'
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Stemage. Ninja Warriors. Go.
That's my three sentence writeup for you, but to help pad things out a bit Grant thoughtfully provided some exposition, including his thoughts on gongs:
"This track is my contribution to the Hiroyuki Iwatsuki (IWADON) tribute compilation put out by GameMusic4All on www.iwadon.com. I've always had a soft spot for both the SNES Ninja Warriors (Ninja Warriors Again in Japan), and the original Ninja Warriors arcade game. The whole 3 screen set-up cost me a lot of money. The SNES game was very different, but still a classic.
The original plan was to do only the creepy intro music, but I had so many ideas for a 90210 guitar solo drowned in chorus for the title screen segment. I had to find a segue somewhere. It was fun ending the track on such a positive note.
The arrangement is pretty straight forward. The only huge change is a monstrous modulation with a change in feel at 1:35. It contains the exact same lead melodies from the intro - just transposed with the addition of chords I felt fit the part. Those dueling leads were so amazing, I wanted to flesh out the backup a bit more. Another big change is taking what was simply a triplet delay in the original tune, and stretching it out into a more proggy segue at 2:31. This is actually the first game cover I've done completely on my own that isn’t a Metroid track. It's about time! I'm so happy I could make a contribution to the IWADON project.
OH YEAH, AND THERE'S A GONG! I've always wanted to use a gong. I have now used a gong."
In the words of T.Rex: get it on. If you haven't checked out IWADON, you should, as there's more where this came from, including great mixes from ilp0 & Mattias that we've already posted. It's amazingly awesome that Grant not only went outside Metroid, but lent his formidable shredding talents to the SNES incarnation of Ninja Warriors with a smart arrangement that changes enough up but keeps the intensity of the source intact. Also more generalized kudos to GM4A & Anthony for concieving of a deserving tribute album and putting together a diverse lineup capable of doing the concept justice!
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