ReMix: Mario Golf "Fore on the Floor"

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Kicking September off with a hole-in-one, DarkSim follows up his more obscure debut Amiga 'Dennis' ReMix with our first arrangement of Mario Golf!! This is also our first ReMix of ANY golf-based game; I'll try really hard to keep the punnage and Caddyshack references to an absolute minimum. The artist writes:

"Ah, Mario Golf. Only Nintendo could try and fuse this sedentary sport with an RPG, complete with a world map, levelling up, and a host of secrets and strange characters. I remember one of them holding my wood in his hands and telling me "Golf's fire is in your eyes!" after I found a secret club-maker's hut in the forest. Bizarre stuff, but nonetheless a fantastic game. The soundtrack was surprisingly rich too, and well worth a listen. This catchy number kept bouncing around my brain every now and again, years after I last played it, so I felt I had to do it justice by remixing it. I think the catchiness of the bassline and melody lend themselves well to this upbeat dancey style, but it's also ripe for a blues remix and pretty fun to jam to.

A word on the title - I'd originally gone for "Clubhouse Electro", but was toying with changing it to "Fore on the Floor" until Emunator pushed me over the edge. Definitely the right decision. Thanks go to phantasia, for once again providing excellent, constructive feedback, and my brother for helping me figure out the source material."

Holding your wood in his hands, eh? That bassline is DEFINITELY in the hole; most of the production & instrumentation is on par for good dance/clubby type material, but the bass is tweaked & triggered with an edgier aesthetic that modernizes the overall track. Deia gets the honor:

"One wouldn't think of a strange game like Mario Golf having a good soundtrack, but it proves to show that you can find awesome music in the weirdest of places. As Andrew says, the expansion here is subtle, but nicely done. Everything feels naturally done, and the energy throughout is pretty good. The use of the panning works really well here, and all the different details and effects you added add a lot of shimmer to the piece overall."

It's a little interesting to hear a mix that blends elements of what I'd call "older" electronica with a couple newer techniques, because you just don't hear that combination too often, but I think it works fairly well and gets the source material onto the green. And yeah, interesting source choice; with original music by Sakuraba and some reprised tunes by Kondo, it's a great example of catchy scoring for a sports game. halc adds:

"Nice sidechaining. I think I'd of preferred a shorter, punchier kick, and the drums in general seemed to take a backseat to the synth work, but production was generally pretty good. a little muffled in the low frequencies perhaps, and just slightly overcompressed during the climax in the last 1/4th of the song. nonetheless, great use of stereo effects and panning, you got a really full sounding mix here. The arrangement is fairly straightforward, keeping the melodies mostly in tact, but the added arpeggios, rhythmic shifts and harmonies keep it fresh."

DarkSim actually sent in a minor revision that addressed some of the mixing issues, but I think Drew's comment about drums taking a backseat to synths is accurate - a little more TLC could have pumped the perc up a decade or two & matched it better with the bass. That being said, this is a good expansion on the original that capitalizes on the accessible groove and builds it into something a bit more elaborate. Great to see DarkSim follow up his Amiga mix with yet another previously unmixed source, maintaining a rock-solid foundation for toe-tapping, heavy-putting action.

djpretzel

Discussion: Latest 14 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
Crulex
on 2012-11-08 10:13:53

Sometimes just going old school electronica is the right move, and I think it was the right move with this song. Some of the bits of this ReMix reminded me of early N64 electronica-based soundttracks, and this seems to fit right in with vintage styles. Really, I do think the charm of this ReMix is the classic way that it's played, so well done on this Mario Golf mix. I'm would try and avoid ending this ReView with a golf pun, but that wouldn't be par for the course.......hehehe.

Bahamut
on 2011-12-11 11:12:56

This mix is a bit on the plain/simple side, but not a bad thing necessarily. It's clearly meant for some fun and I think the shortness sort of puts some emphasis on that. Not a bad mix at all.

Martin Penwald
on 2011-11-01 15:36:49

Made me groove to it within the first minute, and that has to be a good sign.

Also, I agree with everything said about the bass line. Very nice.

phantasia
on 2011-09-10 08:38:41

Nice to see this up, love the sweet and vobbly bass. Nice dynamics throughout and a catchy theme =)

And thanks for the mention :)

DarkSim
on 2011-09-09 15:21:32

Thanks for the overwhelmingly positive response everyone! More golfing puns please...

The write-ups do make me laugh as well, the judges have an uncanny knack of getting right to the crux of the remix. DJP's comments on the "unusual mix of old and new styles" I found particularly amusing, as it wasn't a stylistic choice at all, just a product of me not knowing any better! Glad it worked out anyway.

For those wondering about the bass, I think it's a mix of phasing, flanging and some tastefully and sparingly-applied glitch effects.

LuIzA, you got a link for your remix of this? I'd love to hear it!

Damashii!!
on 2011-09-03 17:54:27

and many puns were made that day...

bamf bass line though. I love four on the floor beats with phat bass lines.

Dafydd
on 2011-09-03 16:58:24

It's actually kind of sad how "toe-tapping" is a positive way to describe a track in this genre. I wish there was music that actually made me unable to stay in my chair.

Arceace
on 2011-09-03 13:15:09

I love this song, both the remix, and the original version. I especially like the direction that you took it in. What I like most is all of the effects that you put in. This song is simply beautiful to listen to with headphones on.

TGH
on 2011-09-03 08:20:22

This mix carries the bunker 280 yards out, rides the wind to the green and leaves a tap-in eagle

Great mix, the more I listen the more I like it. :D

It's mid- to low-60s I'd say.

MtM
on 2011-09-03 07:45:52

Club mix. Ha. Like a golf club. Lolololololololol

But for real though, great mix. Love the bass.

PROTO·DOME
on 2011-09-02 20:59:53

Bahahahaha, fore on the floor. Ahahahaha.

Bahahaha.

Awesome bass.

LuIzA
on 2011-09-02 16:08:23

So I'm not the only one who digs this soundtrack, I remixed this track myself, and I love you for doing so too!

EDIT: I love the name too.

Zerothemaster
on 2011-09-01 22:14:51

I'll admit, I was hoping to get the first Mario Gold mix on the site. I had an idea in my head... which was for a club mix. Like this.

Maaaaannnnn you beat me to it. D:

Oh well, It's still really sweet.

djpretzel
on 2011-09-01 21:55:26

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