ReMix: Sonic the Hedgehog "Shifting Islands"
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- Game: Sonic the Hedgehog (Sega, 1991, GEN)
- ReMixer(s): Miearth, PROTO·DOME, halc
- Composer(s): Masato Nakamura
- Song(s): "Marble Zone"
- Posted: 2011-07-26, evaluated by the judges
- Album: Featured on Sonic the Hedgehog: The Sound of Speed
- Terms (BETA): chill chiptune collab electronic mellow saxophone synth
'Marble Zone' might be my favorite piece of Sonic VGM; not only was the original perfect for the game, but it's lent itself to some excellent mixes over the years, and the smooth, electro-acoustic version on Sound of Speed is no exception. halc writes:
"I signed on good irl friend Bryan/Insixfour pretty early on in the game to take on Marble Zone. Incidentally, he was our only non-posted (or to-be-posted) remixer on the project. Bryan gets credit for 99% of the arrangement here - I jumped in at some point to add a little bit of chiptune flair and some production enhancements, and then enlisted the help of ProtoDome for some live sax. The end result turned out to be a pretty cohesive amalgamation of style and skill. Enjoy!"
"One word to say.. FINALLY! We started this mix well over a year ago when the project was just taking off, so it's about time! Great song from a great game, and I can't wait to work on our next collab!"
Really great blend of textures, with processed acoustic instrumentation over shimmering, shuffling electronic accompaniment. Kick drum hits hard & is turned up a notch, lest you get TOO comfortable, so the arrangement also walks the line between jam & groove quite nimbly, with thanks also due to the supple sax stylings. Judges didn't have to think much; OA writes:
"Cool arrangement, nice builds, and good sax playing- this really has some nice details that really shine. Great performance, all kinds of cool features, and etc. etc. It's good, features the source in a really classy way, and I want to vote yes on it, so I will."
Fishy was even more concise:
"Classy is indeed the word. Nothing to add really. Sax, chips and rock'n'roll."
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