ReMix: Sonic the Hedgehog "Hogtied"
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- Game: Sonic the Hedgehog (Sega, 1991, GEN)
- ReMixer(s): Brandon Strader, Rexy
- Composer(s): Masato Nakamura
- Song(s): "Dr. Robotnik", "Dr. Robotnik", "Scrap Brain Zone"
- Posted: 2011-09-19, evaluated by the judges
- Album: Featured on Sonic the Hedgehog: The Sound of Speed
- Terms (BETA): aggressive collab electric-guitar metal organ piano rock synth
Back on track! Next up we've got a revised version of Rexy & Brandon's organ/synth/guitar rock & metal mix off of The Sound of Speed; Bev writes:
"Rexy here again. Thank you for the feedback on the original Sound of Speed version; we've taken it to heart (well, at least I did) and have come together with a polished up mixdown. All information in regards to the arrangement process can be seen in the original decision thread. I admit, I was annoyed to see the track get pulled from the TBP list the first time around but the general feedback issued from the original submission was definitely a good foundation to improve on. Here I improved on the drum programming and humanized the organ part on the intro, while it was up to Brandon to take all the production concerns and address them here."
Judges were digging the arrangement even on the first go-round, but there were some production issues surrounding drums & rhythm guitar that were holding it back. I could have seen this being posted either way - it was certainly close - but I'm glad the changes were made, because I think this is the superior version of the mix. I'm gonna go a bit backwards here and start at the end of the track, because I really love how the lone solo synth is eventually left hanging precariously, out on a limb - it's unique, it works, and I dig it. But endings alone do not amazing mixes make; luckily, things intro strong too, with cymball roll into organ chords with a rise/fall organ arpeggio that sounds downright Castlevanian, before drums, bass, synth lead, and meaty elec. guitar drop at 0'18". Anyone who's played the first Sonic shouldn't have much trouble identifying the source, but I like what Rexy & Brandon have done with it - it's the type of theme that could have gone a couple different ways, but I really like the dynamic nature of this mix, the variety of lead instruments, and the cameos & attention to detail on the part-writing. halc's comment from the original submission did also point out some of the production issues, but those were fixed in this revision, so here was the good stuff:
"arrangement-wise, Rexy killed it. she always sneaks so many neat cameos into her pieces. this mix in particular is an unexpected change of pace given her previous works, with some nice original writing and solos by Brandon as well. excellent."
Ditto that - this arrangement is, for lack of a less carnivorous term, meaty. Which is to say, it's not only elaborate, it's also substantive: there's a lot of material, but it all has a place, flows naturally, and serves a common purpose. Great stuff from Rexy & Brandon - sorry it took so long to post, but the revision made it even stronger!
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