ReMix: Sonic Advance "The Glacier's Peak" 3:52

By jmr

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Arranging the music of one song...

"Ice Mountain Zone: Act 1"

Primary Game: Sonic Advance (Sega, 2001, GBA), music by Tatsuyuki Maeda, Yutaka Minobe

Posted 2012-01-15, evaluated by the judges panel


Our first Sonic Advance mix comes courtesy jmr, who anchors a pleasant jam on a music box motif & solo piano for an upbeat, soft groove that fit nicely into Dyne's xmas project back in 2010:

"This one was first hastily put together for Dyne's An OverClocked Christmas V4 over the course of two days in December 2010. I started off with the idea of re-creating the song as a music box jingle, and just expanded on it from there. (I was considering recording an 'introduction' consisting of me winding up a music box, but I thought it would be too cheesy.) Like my Mario Galaxy remix, the arrangement is close to the original, but I think I've deviated from and expanded on the one-minute long source tune enough to pass the bar here. Enjoy!"

It leans a little heavily on the intro music box pattern, but I still think Jeffrey's done enough to evolve the source into a more complete song form. halc writes:

"...arrangement does take the pretty conservative route for the first half, keeping a lot of the writing the same but swung and with some added embellishment. the second half makes up for it with good harmonies and counterpoint while keeping the general vibe the same. it's close, but I'd say this is interpretive enough to pass. I thought the bass was a little quiet at first, but on repeat listens, it's no bother. digging your bell and piano samples, and the mix definitely has a wintery vibe to it. I enjoyed this quite a bit."

It's a straightforward mix that focuses more on executing a core arrangement concept well than trying too many variations or structural deviations. I think that's a plus, in terms of simplicity & accessibility - and just being a pleasant bit of music - but I also think jmr should explore adding a bit more narrative and having clear-cut climaxes or additive developments; this probably could have benefited from just one or two additional motifs, patterns, additions/removals, or textures. Deia adds:

"Personally I love how you swung the rhythm; it adds a really fun bounce to the track and really makes it feel happy-go-lucky. Agreed with Andrew that it feels a little dry overall, which is a little distracting, but not a dealbreaker. Arrangement is conservative, but I think it gets the job done and has a decent amount of personalizing and expansion."

Agreed; great to hear more GBA musics gettin' some attention, and to see some more non-Genesis Sonic love, too, for that matter. I think jmr can expand on this type of foundation and tweak it just slightly to go in some new directions, but there's a direct, positive, warm vibe here that's enjoyable & solid nonetheless.

djpretzel

Discussion

Latest 14 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
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Black_Doom
on 2015-03-20 15:31:45

Very cool and cute track. Stylistically it fits early spring, when the snow and ice is gradually melting, the sun shines more often and brighter, and you feel very inspired and happy :) Good job!

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Crulex
on 2012-12-12 14:14:23

The Sonic games on the GBA were so good, and I was really glad to see a track like this finally make it to OCR when it did. I actually liked the idea of making it sound more light-tuned with the beat and having that "music box" sound in the arrangement. Great Wintery feeling from the ice level of this game.

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ZArsenalZ
on 2012-01-26 00:10:59
Yeah agreed.

Sonic Advance 1 and 2 (especially 2, not 3, they pushed their luck there) are the best Sonic games this side of 2000, period. The engine is fantastic, art style is brilliant, music is killer and the gameplay is a logical progression from the old games. Why these titles get little attention from the Sonic community (and SEGA) is beyond me.

Couldn't agree more. Been waiting for the day when Sonic Advance (any of the three games) gets remixed. Some amazing tunes were hidden in these gems. Though I agree with you regarding no.3, I'm still hoping someone gets around to remixing some tunes from that game especially. It's one of my favorite video games in terms of music.

All three games have amazing tunes, and the Ice Mountain Act 1 is my favorite from the first game. I love how the original feel of the song is kept very much the same as one would experience playing the game. This is a very lovely mix that's been put forward.

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PROTO·DOME
on 2012-01-22 16:03:30
Incredibly excited when I saw the title logo from Sonic Advance 1 on the right side of the screen.

The site has plenty of Sonic arranges of the old console games, but the handheld games get no love. Which is a shame because the music quality is just as good. Hell, the gameplay is just as good. Seriously.

Yeah agreed.

Sonic Advance 1 and 2 (especially 2, not 3, they pushed their luck there) are the best Sonic games this side of 2000, period. The engine is fantastic, art style is brilliant, music is killer and the gameplay is a logical progression from the old games. Why these titles get little attention from the Sonic community (and SEGA) is beyond me.

Anyway, whilst yeah, this is a bit of a sound upgrade from the original, it's no way a bad thing and I most definitely enjoyed the listen.

I love that you hold off on stating the VIb, VIIb, I progression 'till around 2 minutes in. The subtle little change in harmony helps to give the whole thing a sense of progression and, really with that sequence, resolution.

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Emunator
on 2012-01-18 00:26:14

Reminds me of the kind of happy vibe one would encounter in Mario Kart or Animal Crossing. The slow-building arrangement really lets me get lost in this track, it's easy to just chill and zone out with all of the pleasant melodies bouncing around my headphones :-)

Quaint and very enjoyable.

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BlackRazgriz
on 2012-01-17 03:15:38

Ice Mountain Act 1 was definitely my favorite track from Sonic Advance, so I was extremely happy to find a remix to it on my favorite fan website. This song is so soothing, and it fits the winter environment of Rochester, NY at the moment :)

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NegimaSonic
on 2012-01-17 01:36:53
Incredibly excited when I saw the title logo from Sonic Advance 1 on the right side of the screen.

The site has plenty of Sonic arranges of the old console games, but the handheld games get no love. Which is a shame because the music quality is just as good. Hell, the gameplay is just as good. Seriously.

Anyway, great arrangement. Would love to see more arranges of these songs, in particular, egg rocket zone 1.

This so much. Though a similar story could be said for the 3d Sonics as well. Past Sonic Adventure 2, it is hard to find love as well (we got one mix from 06 but that's it). Still, gotta start somewhere, and this is an excellent start

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Yami
on 2012-01-16 06:09:08

I liked the original very much, it was my 2nd favorite tune of SA and this remix is definitely fitting. Now there's only my favorite one missing, being Ice Mountain Zone 2 :-)

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Ragnarock
on 2012-01-15 23:21:59

Cool stuff, now all we need is an Egg Rocket Zone Remix! :-)

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Shake
on 2012-01-15 23:09:26

Incredibly excited when I saw the title logo from Sonic Advance 1 on the right side of the screen.

The site has plenty of Sonic arranges of the old console games, but the handheld games get no love. Which is a shame because the music quality is just as good. Hell, the gameplay is just as good. Seriously.

Anyway, great arrangement. Would love to see more arranges of these songs, in particular, egg rocket zone 1.

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SuperiorX
on 2012-01-15 21:50:17

This song is delightfully simple and enjoyable. The music box and piano combination makes for a upbeat, happy-go-lucky mix. I dig it.

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uhhh6677
on 2012-01-15 21:44:00

Very nice and soft piece here, bass is nice, as well as the percussion, however it seemed rather repetitive to me, but the relaxing environment of it made up for it. Very nice mix!

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WesternZypher
on 2012-01-15 20:39:32

Definitely simpler than his debut mix; but still very pleasant and relaxing. This seems like a throwback to the site's earlier days, but not necessarily in a bad way - a refreshing change of pace.

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djpretzel
on 2012-01-15 19:40:15

What did you think? Post your opinion of this ReMix.

Sources Arranged (1 Song)


Primary Game:
Sonic Advance (Sega, 2001, GBA)
Music by Tatsuyuki Maeda, Yutaka Minobe
Songs:
"Ice Mountain Zone: Act 1"

Tags (4)


Genre:
Pop
Mood:
Mellow
Instrumentation:
Piano
Additional:
Time > Tempo: Fast

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Sonic_Advance_The_Glacier's_Peak_OC_ReMix.mp3
Size:
6,243,608 bytes
MD5:
91df13227c38d222544bf4a4b1c8a5f1
Bitrate:
212Kbps
Duration:
3:52

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