ReMix: Jazz Jackrabbit 2 'Jazz Castle Adventure'
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"This is a remix from a game I played in my childhood and have those fond nostalgia memories of. I think i really captured the feel of my favorite song of the game in this remake. I downloaded the game, listened to the first song, felt inspired, opened my program and a few hours later I had this. Enjoy it!"
Mazedude mixed JJ2 for his American Album way back in 2007; it really did have an excellent soundtrack, deserving of the attention & setting the stage for Brandon's later, larger titles like UT & Deus Ex. Judges were all pretty cool with the production, but felt the arrangement could have been a bit more interpretive; OA writes:
"Really cool take on the source, it's got a bit of a Mazedude vibe to the synths that I really like, and some nice backing elements that give it some additional class. The production and sound choices are all solid, no issues there. Arrangement is pretty close to the source, though. A lot of instruments are changed, and the feel is distinctly different, but the synths, and main melody and structure are kept really similar. There are some extended passages. It's a tough call, because it's clear that this isn't just a sound upgrade, as the flow and build of the track feels a lot different. The breakdown helps this was well, but still it's cutting it close.
Production I dug. The strings didn't sound realistically articulated, but the intent wasn't realism, and they provide a very interesting texture. THe beats are good, and everything balanced well."
While I'd definitely like to see Bjra go a little more expansive on his next submission, I'm glad we're posting this mix; the source doesn't get enough love, we don't get enough Windows/PC mixes in general, and I think his passion & nostalgia for the source shines through.
- Crulex on October 26, 2012
So hearing the track, it plays really safe towards the source material, with two straight interpretations and the second one having some slight differntiation by towing in a varied-up piano lead. I'm usually one to say that you shouldn't make things like that and the strings so mechanical and quantised, but I'm under the impression that you weren't looking for realism. It's generally pretty solid, if not almost [i]too[/i] safe.
What makes up for is some very interesting production ideas; the sliding lead synth really has shown a great amount of expression, even through modulation and later decay placed onto it. That acid bass also reminds me of some of LeeBro's early works in a way, and it also feels very well balanced into the mix. And even though the piano may sound very snapped, there's definitely been enough done to the overall timbre to make it feel like the real thing is being played alongside with the rest of the sounds. There's definitely a lot going on here that would clearly interest fans of the score.
Either way, this track isn't bad :) I'm hoping that you'll learn from everything in your previous two subs and contribute again in the future, because I'm seeing some solid mixing potential from you.
- Rexy on December 8, 2011
I do agree with Mazedude about the synth usage, though; I think changing it up a little in the second half of the song would have added some nice variety.
- Martin Penwald on July 1, 2011
- BlackPanther on April 26, 2011
This did make me smile, brought back memories, and I like that my friend Alexander Brandon is getting some love.
A couple criticisms though, if ya don't mind... for one, I would have liked to hear the lead synth change up, rather than maintaining the same sound throughout the track for so long. I would have also liked to hear some more creative liberties taken with the melody, once it was already established. Ya know, you've played through the theme once as is, now have fun with it, ya know? The joy of using those types of synths is that they're great for screaming, wacky solos.
I felt the percussion could have used some more variety too... the groove was nice, but maybe try some rides instead of non-stop hihats, some alternate snare sounds... that kinda thing. But that's me.
Still, a nice mix, fun, and from a game that has a lot of possibilities. Good stuff. :)
(And yes, the S3Ms weren't that hard to find within the game package, but ya know, not a lot of good if you don't read S3M files.)
- Mazedude on April 24, 2011
Really like the funkyness the entire soundtrack had and you succeded to bring some of it back, Really great Work! ^_~
Luckily I still got the game with manual and disc.
I better go dive in Jazz jack rabbit's 2 funkyness castle with Jazz well
Spaz(jazz's brother) is still my favourit though but Jazz's mother in law, she screams so terrible haha ah memories lol funny boss). :-D
- Jishika on April 24, 2011
- predcon on April 24, 2011
WesternZypher;772847 wrote: The Jackrabbit soundtracks were some of my first ever game music downloads...back in the days when those things were IMPOSSIBLE to find online (except in not-that-great MIDI format). You either ripped it yourself or...well, you ripped it yourself.
Strange, I never had trouble finding them online. Furthermore, in the original JJ2 release I believe the S3M files were just in the game folder, not encrypted or anything.
Slightly more on topic, this is a great track and I hope to hear many more Jazz Jackrabbit remixes on this site in the future.
- sergio on April 23, 2011
WesternZypher;772847 wrote: back in the days when those things were IMPOSSIBLE to find online (except in not-that-great MIDI format). You either ripped it yourself or...well, you ripped it yourself.
They were MOD's or S3M's for this game, were they not?
- Rayza on April 23, 2011
Great song, hope to definitely hear more from this fellow.
- WesternZypher on April 22, 2011
- melody on April 22, 2011
- djpretzel on April 22, 2011