ReMix: Sonic Adventure 'Chaos Nightmares'
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Our first PR mixage of 2012 comes in the form of a vocal electronica/rock track from Sonic Adventure; Jonathan writes:
"PrototypeRaptor here with a new remix of a oft-loved but rather underrepresented game: Sonic Adventure for the ill-fated Sega Dreamcast. I loved the opening theme from the moment I first watched the intro cutscene and have wanted to remix it forever, but I could never settle on a particular style to do it in...
...until I realized while listening to the Pendulum album "In Silico" that the song was practically begging to be done in their style of Rock'n' Bass. So, here is my shameless recreation of Rob Swire and Company's sonic world (ha) of angular beats, epic vocoded choruses, sawtoothy synth madness, and DAT SNARE. Enjoy, and thanks for listening."
Already two notable vocal mixes in 2012, with Proto R.'s block-rockin' beats joining Justin's Cave Story mix - I like it. Jonathan's a stylistic changeling, showing a downright frightening ability to work impressively in myriad genres, but now he's rocking some vocals too, which is great to see. Varied vocoding effects, harmonic layering, and some mild distortion/bitcrushing are all applied to the original lyrics, and the artist's voice and performance has a modern, mainstream sound to it. It's cool, because you can tell he got into the material enough to sing it like he MEANS it, which makes a HUGE difference, and the variety of vocal parts, even including some spoken/rapped bits, contributes to the energy & chaos. Judging was mostly a formality - while the arrangement is more or less a genre shift and doesn't get wildly interpretive, and the vocal mixing might have been a little low at times, this is a juggernaut of a mix that tackles potentially tricky territory (especially while maintaining the singing bits) and does so with an abundance of style. Vinnie writes:
"Fun listen, pretty easy pass. There were times I thought the vocal could have come up a bit, but other times, it was sitting good. Didn't seem especially loud to me, but Pendulum really sets the bar for loudness themselves, don't they? It was more distorted than loud, but it was obvious it was done for effect"
PR continues doing his own thing and doing it extremely well, and this just expands the daunting arsenal of what he's capable of. Awesome mix, and great to see more SA on the site!
- Crulex on December 3, 2012
This is incredible. Love the vocals, especially the chorus.
- Martin Penwald on July 14, 2012
- staresfromstrangers on February 3, 2012
Somehow, you can listen to it several times in a row, and it doesn't get old! It's really easy to jam out to it.
- Structures of Sound on January 19, 2012
- uhhh6677 on January 14, 2012
I think he's a little too good.
Definitely opening The Arcade with this track today. It's Grrr-eat!
- GameBoy on January 14, 2012
Guess this answers my question, haha.
- Flexstyle on January 13, 2012
- Ragnarock on January 12, 2012
I myself fell in love with this the first time I heard it, with the buildings smashing apart... beautiful. Anyways, I love it; the only thing that I sot of missed was more of the lead melody..., but I guess that's just me. Great job. :nicework:
- GravitySuitCollector on January 12, 2012
- Arceace on January 11, 2012
PR, considering your beautiful tracks, would you be interested in a...challenge? Try the Sonic game ridiculed for it's horrible glitches, but loved for it's music - Sonic '06. I'd love to hear one of the tracks off that in your capable hands, from Crisis City to the title track, His World.
- StreetFlare on January 11, 2012
- zach72 on January 11, 2012
Hasn't played the same note twice, and I like it.
- Dark Vagabond on January 11, 2012
- Kuolema on January 10, 2012
- BlackPhantom on January 10, 2012