ReMix: Mega Man X "End of the Beginning"

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And now we come to the end of our long journey; Maverick Rising is a huge album that also manages to be great, like ARMed and DANGerous before it, and you'll still be seeing deserving mixes from both albums popping up in the future, but our flood ends with this peculiar, appropriately conclusive, beautiful collaboration from:

  • Cyril the Wolf - Arrangement
  • Harmony - Vocals
  • audio fidelity - Strings
  • Martin Villanueva - Strings

Cyril writes:

"Yea, I know, a vocal arrangement, but, hey, at least Brandon (Harmony) was awesome enough to add them. Oh, yea, Jay (audio fidelity) and Martin added COMPLETELY LIVE strings. Sorry, but you cannot beat the awesomeness of live bowed strings. At the end, all I did was produce it and play acoustic guitar. To me this is what projects are all about, great musicians coming together to make amazing tributes. Lyrics may be cheesy, but you know what, so is Mega Man. Think about it."

Ah, the melodrama - Connor apologetically sums things up, but really he's underselling the end result, as Brandon's vocals and Jay & Martin's real, live, TOTALLY nude (not really) strings sell the complete package very effectively, and the sense of closure & finality is pretty dern perfect for finishing out our Maverick mixflood. Wes writes:

"Connor does an amazing job putting together this coverish take on the classic Mega Man X ending that enhances it in a tasteful fashion. The acoustic guitar & violins do a great job at creating a sad environment, and Brandon’s vocals adds an emotive element to X. The arrangement has a classy feel to it due to how the violins were used, giving a contemporary feel to the piece."

This was something unique & salient on the album, a track that embraces the game context with an emotive lyric which, while perhaps a little cheesy, is executed effectively enough for you not to notice/care. A far cry from the super-energetic, all-out rock/metal overtones of a good chunk of MR, this is a brief but memorable foray into more pensive, emotive territory, so kudos to all four artists for making it happen.

And, last but certainly not least, MAJOR props to the entire team... or should I say WORKFORCE... that made Maverick Rising possible. For such a huge undertaking, with so many tracks, the level of consistency, creativity, and diversity is legitimately mindboggling, and special props to Wesley Cho for steering the behemoth to completion with minimal turbulence. A fantastic tribute to the music & composers of the Mega Man X series, Maverick Rising is a ginormous collection of awesome, free music, and I'm as psyched that it's finally out as I am proud of what our community has again been able to accomplish!

djpretzel

Discussion: Latest 9 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
Loning
on 2014-03-25 23:55:36

Wow! I love this mix, even with the cheesy vocals. I think the live strings did it for me. Though, it couldn't have succeeded without everyone working together on this. Great work!

Bahamut
on 2012-07-04 13:27:07

Love the end product of the mix here - the sad reflective lyrics are reflective of the ending scene of Mega Man X, where X reflects upon his victory over Sigma and the toll it has taken on the world. Connor did a great job in arranging the song and bringing together the parts for execution.

meccaneer
on 2012-05-16 22:27:36

Strangely reminds me of the Mannheim Steamroller Christmas album. ;) Or, maybe its's Tears For Fears.

The strings are really great. And, yeah, the lyrics are pretty cheesy. But, the vocals, in general, add an air that really captures the moment in the game.

YoshMaster
on 2012-03-30 01:33:24

To me, this is THE single best vocals on any mix on this site.

Cyril the Wolf
on 2012-03-23 00:04:24
I absolutely love this mix, I've been listening to it for the last few days repetitively; as always, Cyril does a great job singing!

Is there a version without the vocals? I've always kinda wondered what it would sound like with just the strings :)

It's not my singing silly! Also: Sorry but I lost the project file ages ago... no vocal-less unless I recover it randomly.

Crulex
on 2012-03-22 15:04:40

I really can't find the words to actually describe how I like this. It has this strong vibe from the strings and sad vocals that do a pretty good job in painting a clear picture of how bittersweet the MMX ending really was. Sure the lyrics are a bit cheesy, but that's not a bad thing. The only thing I wish is that Harmony's vocals were a little louder, cause they are a bit hard to hear at times over the instruments. But overall, really enjoyed this ReMix. Nice work, fellas.

coder12
on 2012-03-22 10:54:33

I absolutely love this mix, I've been listening to it for the last few days repetitively; as always, Cyril does a great job singing!

Is there a version without the vocals? I've always kinda wondered what it would sound like with just the strings :)

DominusVita
on 2012-03-22 00:07:00

When I first downloaded the full album, this song stuck out of all of them; it easily manages in my top 5 songs from the soundtrack. Reminds me a great deal of the original .hack//SIGN music. Stellar vocals accompanied by the perfect complement of bittersweet sonic delights. Feel proud on this one. :)

djpretzel
on 2012-03-21 22:50:15

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