ReMix: Pokémon Red Version "Spume" 4:43

By Rozovian

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ambient electronic synth tempo-fast
Arranging the music of one song...

"Sea"

Primary Game: Pokémon Red Version (Nintendo, 1996, GB), music by Junichi Masuda
  • Album: Featured on Pokémon: The Missingno Tracks
  • Posted 2012-02-24, evaluated by the judges panel


    Clearly Rozo revised this Pokémon mix off Missingno quite a few times:

    "'Spume' is probably finished now. Everyone on the Pokémon project says it was finished like years ago. :D When I started this remix, it was supposed to be an atmospheric track, in contrast with the source. Then it wanted to have a beat. And the beat didn't sound good. So it was revised once or twice, and then declared finished. And then revised further. Eventually, it was good enough, and was declared finished. A later revision further improved it. And then it was finished... for a while."

    Some tracks feel done almost immediately, others you just keep going back to and tweaking ad infinitum... Gotta stop somewhere, though! This is an odd, upbeat little track that blends a happy-go-lucky melody with some distinct chromatic percussion, sonar pings, and a more ambient intro. It's an interesting juxtaposition, almost as if someone took a sample library intended for film/scoring purposes and built a whole synth-pop track around it. Or also like if a wild pokemanz suddenly popped up in the middle of U-571 or Das Boot and started dancing around. The beginning has a deliberate, exploratory vibe, and I really love the build that starts bubbling up at 1'26" and then transitions into full gear at 1'37" - good stuff. Judges were split on this mix, mostly because some felt there was too jarring a stylistic contrast between the intro and the rest of the arrangement. Palpable writes:

    "Like Jesse, I found myself liking the introduction most in this song, because of how off-kilter and minimal it was. I won't say the source was super obvious there, but I was hearing it in the places Larry mentioned, plus those liberal areas, some of which used the original's chords. Actually I felt a little disappointed when the song switched into happy bubbly mode, but that's more a subjective preference - it was fine as far as songs go, there was enough to sustain my interest."

    I like that Rozo did something new, and I do like hearing disparate instrumentation & styles combined, but I could also see it not being everyone's cup of tea - you actually have to kinda get your head around it and rid yourself of certain expectations to fully enjoy the arrangement. It's a novel, unexpected take on such a sugary source, so if you're looking for something a little different, definitely check it out!

    djpretzel

    Discussion: Latest 13 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
    The Damned
    on 2015-12-05 21:29:00

    Four years later, this is still one of my favorites.

    timaeus222
    on 2013-06-03 03:04:21

    I just love how this took 7 months of judging, and Larry was hilarious with his honesty. :D

    Crulex
    on 2013-04-30 16:07:18

    Freaking love the sonar opening! Can't believe I didn't review this when it came out, but this is a fantastic take on the Sea theme. When it picks up after 1:35, I just get the urge to move around a bit. Wonderful beat with those ambient pops and that sonar going off a few times. This ReMix is happy, and it makes me feel happy. So good!

    1makes2
    on 2013-04-18 16:28:05

    You and your long bass drops ;) good track brotha!

    Guifrog
    on 2012-07-09 10:53:25

    Wow, this one's quite a bubbly gummy trip.

    Those notes during the intro have an intriguing dissonance, but that's because to me it all sounds right somehow. Just what bubble did you swallow to make this, uh?! I love this a continent! :P

    Bahamut
    on 2012-07-05 22:54:34

    This is an odd track to me to be honest. I always felt like I was traversing the ocean on a lighthearted submarine trek, partly due to that sonar-like sound. I'm not sure how much I like the full on happy mode after that introduction, but the song does have a flow to it that feels generally natural and cohesive.

    Peculiar track by Ad, but it does intrigue in a way.

    OMGitslewis
    on 2012-02-27 21:27:18

    One of my favourites off of Missingno album :)

    pu_freak
    on 2012-02-26 18:14:37

    Ah, version 6.2c-finalversion-nowreally-mastered! I always liked this version best ;)

    Nonamer
    on 2012-02-25 00:58:39
    Hey Rozo, this is the last version, right?

    Right? Rozo?

    ...

    He must be working on the remix a bit more. Oh well. :lol:

    I still love the use of the sonar effect throughout the remix. It fits so perfectly.

    I still feel a bit bad that I asked him to redo little things over and over... "Hey, the sonar is a bit loud," "I think the bass is too low," "Could you make it a bit longer?", etc.

    That had to have pissed him off at least once.

    But what came out of it was one of my favorite Rozo songs!

    The Damned
    on 2012-02-24 23:37:49

    Hey Rozo, this is the last version, right?

    Right? Rozo?

    ...

    He must be working on the remix a bit more. Oh well. :lol:

    I still love the use of the sonar effect throughout the remix. It fits so perfectly.

    I still feel a bit bad that I asked him to redo little things over and over... "Hey, the sonar is a bit loud," "I think the bass is too low," "Could you make it a bit longer?", etc.

    That had to have pissed him off at least once.

    WillRock
    on 2012-02-24 19:42:52
    This remix is epic, and very chill, nice work Rozo, one of my favs from you

    What I would have said - if this was finished. Tut tut rozo :D

    Angry Ancestor
    on 2012-02-24 19:03:43

    About time! This is an awesome track.

    djpretzel
    on 2012-02-24 18:29:28

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

    Sources Arranged (1 Song)


    Primary Game:
    Pokémon Red Version (Nintendo, 1996, GB)
    Music by Junichi Masuda
    Songs:
    "Sea"

    Tags (4)


    Genre:
    Ambient
    Mood:
    Instrumentation:
    Electronic, Synth
    Additional:
    Time > Tempo: Fast

    File Information


    Name:
    Pokemon_Red_Version_Spume_OC_ReMix.mp3
    Size:
    8,017,661 bytes
    MD5:
    17b8906860a0940778f105a0ce8ccfe8
    Bitrate:
    225Kbps
    Duration:
    4:43

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