ReMix: Super Dodge Ball 'Friendly Fire'
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It seems like just yesterday we were announcing our latest album, but - after many years of attempted circumnavigation - Kyle, Alan, and the entire Super Dodge Ball team have finally made it Around the World! SD:ATW is OCR's 28th album, and what better day to release & celebrate its transcontintental nature than Columbus Day! Sure, critics and naysayers might fault Columbus for bringing disease to native peoples, and the Vikings & others may have beaten him by centuries, but it still took a lot of dodgeballs to sail that far, back then, and his voyage definitely altered the course of history. I suppose Magellan, or Jules Verne, may have been just a tad more appropo, but this album has taken a lot longer than 80 days to complete its voyage, and it's about time for the grand unveiling:
Check out atw.ocremix.org for the full release & info, and please help us seed the torrent & spread the news!! For games like this, where it's not Zelda or Mario or Sonic or Mega Man, we need your help all the more in letting folks know!
Around the World has had two directors - Alan Bish set sail way back when, and Kyle stepped up in 2009 to man the helm. So you see, neither of them are the original Dread Pirate Roberts... Alan writes:
"The original concept of Around the World was to showcase and tribute the music of Kazuo Sawa by reimagining his Super Dodge Ball soundtrack in an ethnic style. Over seven years after the concept's creation, Around the World has been released! Featuring 19 tracks from 25 artists, AtW includes a wide range of musical styles from rock to hip-hop, electronica to world, trance to symphonic. This album would have never been completed without the help of co-director KyleJCrb, who stepped in in 2009 and recruited an amazing group of talented musicians from all corners of the Internet. It's my hope that everyone who listens will enjoy Around the World!"
"In March 2009, as production was wrapping up on Summoning of Spirits and release of that project was imminent, I decided to reach out to my good friend, Walan, about helping him wrap up his project, which had been languishing in development hell for quite some time. Over two years later, the project is finally complete! With 19 arrangements from 25 artists, we pay tribute to Kazuo Sawa's amazing Super Dodge Ball soundtrack with an eclectic mix of ethnic, metal, nerdcore hip-hop, new age, hardcore trance, and orchestral music. I am very proud to have assisted Walan in putting together an album that I feel is very consistent and fun to listen to. I hope everyone enjoys checking out Around the World!"
Awesome work, both of you, for seeing AtW through! It's been a long road, and at one point the Bad Dudes' (excellent) No Balls, No Glory album stole some of the SDB thunder, as we posted more than a couple mixes from it. The AtW team persevered, though, and have produced an album quite distinct from the BD's take, while every bit as enjoyable. We kick (throw?) things off with WillRock & Level 99's enthusiastic 80s synth power-rock vesion of the 'Versus Play' theme; Co-Director Walan writes:
"Two words: stadium anthem. WillRock and Level 99 bring the fury with epic, rising synth stabs and blistering solos. It's a genuine face-melter and the perfect fight music."
WillRock was the mastermind on this one, but Stevo's contributions bumped it up a notch; Will writes:
"This remix came about when Kyle asked me to remix the Versus theme for the Super Dodge Ball project. After listening to the source and realising its potential as a rock instrumental, I agreed. During the making of the track, I realised I was still being let down by rather crap drum samples, which was a shame to me, as I was convinced that with enough care it could become my best rock mix yet. Enter Level 99, who I found to also be fantastic at mastering, as well as drums. Asking him to do drums and mastering was a great idea, as he really helped this mix realise its full potential, and he even added a solo at the end, all in the space of about one day. As a result, this is, IMO, by far the best rock track I've worked on up to this point, and I hope you all agree."
I know I do; if the "WillRock" moniker hadn't yet been fully justified (doubtful), it certainly is now. Great, energetic stuff, and a perfect way to start the match & get our Around the World flood movin'! Kudos to Kyle, Alan, Will, Stevo, and everyone who contributed to make this album a success & realize the original vision of representing a variety of styles!
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