ReMix: Return All Robots! "WillRocky"
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It's "Indie Games with ReMixers-as-Composers Day" today here on OCR, as we post a couple mixes by ReMixers of games composed by other ReMixers. Confusing? Keep up. First off, WillRock takes on zircon's score to Return All Robots!, the XBLIG/PC puzzler Andy composed & coordinated. You might have guessed this mix was by WillRock by the subtle-but-ingenious way he worked his OWN pseudonym into the mix title. It's obfuscated by that "y," but it's clearly there. There's ACTUALLY a debatably clever pun going on, though - Mr. Harby elucidates:
"Sometime before the game came out, Zircon hosted a competition for remixes of his game music, with cool prizes for the top 5 entries. As it happened, I ended up in a tie for 3rd place with Anso. I found the soundtrack to be pretty impressive, and the source tune I picked was (so typical for me) the Training Montage theme, which was unashamedly not only obviously inspired by the Rocky track by Vince DiCola, but it even shares the same name. So what I did for a bit of a joke was rather than taking the track in a different direction, I took what was already there, and expanded it, making it MORE inspired by the Rocky training montage.
As a result, from a sound design and style point of view, this is very similar to the source, but I made up for this by messing around a lot with the arrangement, adding chord changes, solos and expanding on different sections. However, the most noticeable change is probably the melody, as zircon's source, although great, seemed to lack a strong melody in my opinion - it was just chords mostly - so I threw the bio lab melody on the top of the track and made it fit with the chords. The result is a more expansive version of zircon's original source, which was an attempt at staying true to the original and expanding it accordingly. I hope you guys enjoy it. P.S. Yeah I know the remix name sucks :P"
Actually, I like it a bit more, now that I know the linkage to the Italian Stallion and what not. But is this mix the aural equivalent of the weaksauce Rocky V, or does it break us with musical power punches like Ivan Drago in the era-defining Rocky IV? Let's find out... First off, Andy's RAR score is some good business, so you gotta check that out if you haven't yet. This arrangement is so over-the-top 80's that it makes me want to simultaneously drive a sports car at night with sunglasses on, run in slow-motion while gesticulating triumphantly, and tuck my shirt in. And that's just the first thirty seconds. Those intro brassy synth chords make me feel like I'm heading for Venus and standing tall and/or might as well jump, and particular kudos on the drums - NAILED THE TOMS. I feel like, as a culture, we felt differently about toms back then. We welcomed toms into our hearts & homes. We let them frolic, roll, and pepper the landscapes of our favorite songs more or less carte blanche; hence Mike Tyson's memorable reenactment of 'In The Air Tonight's epic, climactic roll - you just don't get that today. At least not as much.
Bottom line: You need OCR workout music? This is your shit.
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