ReMix: Super Dodge Ball "Dodge Mahal"
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- Game: Super Dodge Ball (CSG Imagesoft, 1989, NES)
- ReMixer(s): bustatunez, Jeff Ball, Level 99, Protricity
- Composer(s): Kazuo Sawa
- Song(s): "Vs. Team India"
- Posted: 2011-10-10, evaluated by djpretzel
- Album: Featured on Super Dodge Ball: Around the World
- Terms (BETA): collab duration-long electric-guitar indian strings synth woodwinds
Our next stop Around the World takes us to India, where Protricity hath enlisted the assistance of bustatunez, Jeff Ball, and Stevo:
"This remix is part of the project Around the World, the Super Dodge Ball remix project. I initially wrote it to support the underdog remix project of a game I never played, but eventually came to appreciate the soundtrack quite a bit. For the longest time, I was not enjoying working on the song, which I considered a disjointed mess. I have to thank Monobrow for pushing me so hard to finish it. I am much happier with the final, slightly-more-jointed, slightly-less-messy version. Additionally I have to thank remixers Level 99, bustatunez, and Jeff Ball for improving the song considerably by lending their live instruments to it. I wish the project well. Good luck."
Great to see Jeff's name appearing on a mix - we've hung out at PAX a couple times, and his (freely available) score to Astroman is good stuff. And of course, this is Prot's first mix in awhile, notwithstanding the collab on Katie's Summoning track, so that's good news. At 6'24", this is one of the longer tracks on AtW, and it uses that time wisely, incorporating a bunch of arrangement ideas coherently, changing up tempo & groove more than a couple times, and blending electronic & acoustic/ethnic components in resplendent, energized harmony. The phrasing on some of the runs and patterns is authentically intricate, and the ritardando and subsequent breakdown section at 1'46" is a highlight. Co-director Walan writes:
"Longtime OverClocked ReMix veteran Protricity takes listeners on a journey with this arrangement of the "Team India" theme. This remix continues the ideas started in the original song and expands them into a Middle Eastern-influenced odyssey with the help of bustatunez on flutes, Level 99 on guitar, and Jeff Ball providing expert violin work. Production- and arrangement-wise, this track is truest to my original idea for Around the World."
Definitely nailed Alan's original concept, so kudos there, but also props for the sheer magnitude of this arrangement - while the album itself is presented as a global journey, this mix feels like an excursion unto itself, with plenty of sights to see and only the necessary, appropriate amount of repetition. Great title, great collab, great mix, and a truly epic stop along Around the World's multi-culti musical expedition.
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