ReMix: Pokémon Blue Version "Blue Haze"
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- Game: Pokémon Blue Version (Nintendo, 1996, GB)
- ReMixer(s): Rozovian, WillRock
- Composer(s): Junichi Masuda
- Song(s): "Road to Viridian City – From Pallet"
- Posted: 2011-12-29, evaluated by the judges
- Album: Featured on Pokémon: The Missingno Tracks
- Terms (BETA): ambient collab dark electric-guitar resubmission rock synth
Not to be confused with Jimmy's haze of the purple, kiss-this-guy variety, this Missingno collab between Rozo & WillRock took me by surprise, as it doesn't particularly sound like either of their respective styles. Usually collaborations result in mixes that are either more one artist's style than the other, or both artists have a similar aesthetic to begin with, but in this case the cooperation seems to have produced something rather unique. It's more or less a synth rock jam that also features guitar, fretless bass, an arrangement that has energetic peaks & serene valleys, and a cool ambient chime/bell intro + outro that bookends the mix. Will writes:
"When I started this remix, there hadn't been a route 1 remix. However, quite literally within 5 minutes of me posting a work in progress of this track, ProtoDome posted "Rain Prayer" - finished. The inspiration from this remix was to take the rather jolly theme and just turn it inside out and create a dark and moody atmosphere. I asked Rozovian to collab with me on this as he had some great sounds that really helped this mix to realize its full potential."
"When I started talking about this mix with Will, he said there hadn't been a Route 1 remix in the works for the project. Ever. However, just after Will posted a WIP of this, ProtoDome wrote and posted "Rain Prayer." I wanted Will to collab with me on this as he has some great solo skills that really made this mix realize its full potential."
So clearly, Blake is a dream-crushing bastard ;) OA describes this one well:
"This is a case of where the somewhat meandering arrangement feels right for a song. There is a good gradual expansion, so that by the time the song is done, it's built up quite a bit. I felt that the arrangement had enough direction to be passable, and the layered melodies were fun.
I think at times the arrangement is even too subtle, where a lot of the excellent details like the multi-panned percussion and interesting bassline are lost. The remedy for this is close listening, of course, and there is a lot to really love about this arrangement if its attention demands are met. There aren't really defined transitions, just parts that wander in and out but that fits the theme. There were still some weird production choices, mainly the weaksauce drums. They didn't cut through at all and just added to a sortof grey fuzz to the background, which was unfortunate, because the partwriting for them was really nice, but everything else worked better for me."
There are definitely some head-scratchers on production where it seems like more orthodox decisions may ultimately have been preferable, and drums are one of them, but it's such a distinct, cool, and unexpected vibe that it doesn't matter as much. I'd call this a peculiar mix, with a unique appeal - it's pretty distinct on its own, but also relative to either contributing artist's other mixes. It adds something new to their repertoires, and added something new at the time to The Missingno Tracks, and I'm glad they both pursued the arrangement's completion & revision.
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