ReMix: Pilotwings "9-bit Skies" 3:57

By halc

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

"Rocket Belt"

Primary Game: Pilotwings (Nintendo, 1990, SNES), music by Koji Kondo, Soyo Oka
  • Album: Featured on Pilotwings: Take Flight
  • Posted 2012-04-25, evaluated by djpretzel


    The one that started it all... well, by "it all" I suppose I'm only referring to a handful of games, but still, the original Pilotwings was a launch title done RIGHT, offering something completely new and making excellent use of the SNES' technical capabilities at the same time. In the tech-jargon of today, it was a differentiator, you might say. I know I for one had a blast playing it, which obviously included some solid minutes of intentionally NOT opening my chute & crashing straight into the ground, for the death-lolz. Speaking of having a blast, hopefully you're enjoying halc's album already, or will be soon, and I also think it's clear from the music itself that he had a good time making it. Of this 'Rocket Belt' arrangement, he writes:

    "I decided to treat this one a bit more conservatively and focus more on the syncopation and rhythmic variation of the percussion and the interplay between various instruments. I think this came out to be one of my catchiest, most bouncy mixes yet. :)"

    Definitely chipper, upbeat stuff; whereas the P64 mix emphasized the bassline, this is more about percolating sizzle & tricked out percussive exploits. I remember flying around to this theme, thinking to myself that it was both awesome AND strangely mellow accompaniment for having a rocket strapped to your back. One conjures something more Rocketeer-ish, i.e. adventurous, but since Pilotwings is more about the journey than the destination, and your only real enemy is yourself, I think the lounge/jazz vibe was the right choice. Obviously so did Nintendo, since they stuck with it for the sequels. halc's given the source a 9-bit facelift that adds some crunch & texture to the already catchy, smoov melody.

    djpretzel

    Discussion: Latest 8 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
    Crulex
    on 2013-07-23 11:43:43

    Caught myself nodding my head to the beat. This is 9-bit and halc at it's best. Very catchy, and the entire ReMix makes for a relaxing, yet productive, environment.

    Bahamut
    on 2012-07-04 20:16:36

    Now here's a nice laid back chip dominated song from Drew. I can kinda imagine this take being in a older game, it really has a cool slow pressure-less sound to it that lets you sit back and take a little time to think about things.

    WesternZypher
    on 2012-05-01 12:43:40

    This makes for such productive back-ground work music, and I mean that in the best possible way. It just makes everything...flow better.

    soulflay
    on 2012-04-28 21:55:38

    This is strange. From the cover you might expect orchestral stuff or something, but this is a nice surprise. Great sound for when you feel like a dirty hipster. I always loved that quirky muted trumpet sounding part in the game and it's a nice twist here.

    Brandon Strader
    on 2012-04-26 04:26:17

    It needs that singing raving rabbid for the chorus, but still, this is easily the best halc song ever written by halc in his entire life!

    Mirby
    on 2012-04-26 03:12:40
    After listening to the album multiple times and looping this particular arrangement for about an hour straight, I think it's safe to say this is my favorite out of them all.

    Loving the use of the Chrono Trigger string samples, too. :)

    yeah this is easily my favorite too.

    and it's not just because i love the rocketbelt.

    Joshua Morse
    on 2012-04-25 18:58:23

    After listening to the album multiple times and looping this particular arrangement for about an hour straight, I think it's safe to say this is my favorite out of them all.

    Loving the use of the Chrono Trigger string samples, too. :)

    djpretzel
    on 2012-04-25 15:45:40

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

    Sources Arranged (1 Song)


    Primary Game:
    Pilotwings (Nintendo, 1990, SNES)
    Music by Koji Kondo, Soyo Oka
    Songs:
    "Rocket Belt"

    Tags (4)


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

    File Information


    Name:
    Pilotwings_9-bit_Skies_OC_ReMix.mp3
    Size:
    5,989,266 bytes
    MD5:
    03f5a1ef05b1173e88c2bd10ad447f5a
    Bitrate:
    199Kbps
    Duration:
    3:57

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