ReMix: Sonic the Hedgehog "The Sound of Speed"
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Ladies, gentlemen, hedgehogs, and eggmen alike, I'm proud to announce the release of OC ReMix's 25th (!!) arrangement album, Sonic the Hedgehog: The Sound of Speed!
Check out the album website, viddy the lovely trailer, download & seed the torrent, and please help us spread the news in any way possible, including carrier pigeon! Even though we apparently can't count (2, 3, 1?), this album actually completes the original Genesis trilogy, with Hedgehog Heaven and Project Chaos preceding it, so check those albums out too if for some reason you missed 'em! This is one of those games MANY of us played to death, with one of the classic soundtracks that defined the 16-bit era. The pressure was on to live up to the legend, but everyone came through with some amazing arrangements that also manage to go new places with fan favorites, and say something new - bravo!
Just a quick note... at this point we've actually posted MORE than one album per month in 2011. We've posted more mixes so far this year than at the same point in 2010, which was our biggest year since 2004. Nevertheless, we've gotten fewer donations to the site so far this year than in any prior. Part of that is hopefully due to the down economy, but please consider helping out & chipping in... we should be kicking off our annual site fundraiser soon, but there's no reason to wait; while some artists are selling licensed - and unlicensed - VGM arrangement albums, OC ReMix remains a haven for FREE, amazing fan mixes that pay homage to fantastic tunes, and The Sound of Speed is yet another example.
Right then - on to the ReMix!! This namesake collab between OA and Scaredsim rocks 'Green Hill Zone' out with upbeat rock/pop arrangement featuring crunchy guitars, polished production, some really cool, syncopated drum work, and a generally positive & anthemic vibe. Simon's lead guitar meshes perfectly with Andrew's arrangement & ...pretty much everything else. The melody stays pretty conservative, but the accompaniment has some really smart, interesting components & details. Starting at 1'16", the backing drum track really gets cheeky, in a good way, and in general this is an arrangement you can mindlessly toe tap and rock out to, but which ALSO warrants concentration & focus to appreciate the craftsmanship. Director halc writes:
"Ah, the infamous Green Hill Zone. OA was the first person I invited to the project back in July of 2009. I was quite into his wonderful Animal Crossing remix 'Letting Go' at the time, and figured Green Hill would be a perfect match for his style. Incidentally (and to my delight), he had some interest in said song. Scaredsim jumped in to lay down the guitars, which meshed wonderfully with OA's arrangement. This is the "definitive" Green Hill remix, IMO, and I'm very proud to share my beloved album title with it. :P"
Well said, sir; congrats to OA & Scaredsim on starting our mixflood off right proper with some shimmering, refreshing rock, and congrats to director & contributor halc & company for putting together an awesome, rock-solid 13-track album that does Masato Nakamura's original Sonic soundtrack justice!
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