ReMix: Mega Man X6 "Countdown to Infinity"

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Alright, LARRY & PAIGE ARE FINALLY HITCHED in beauteous matrimony (!!), the wedding was awesome, they're honeymooning in New Orleans as I write this, and it's time to resume operations and continue MIXPOSTAGE after a much-needed break. Next up is Mr. Will, of the Rock family, lending his innumerable & cornucopic talents to MMX6 & MMX5 with this European (pun) track from Maverick Rising:

"Before you listen to this mix, listen to the intro of Infinity Mijinion. Now, you guys... do you REALLY need more convincing to listen to this remix? :P Ok, so listening to OneUps source for the GMRB, I realised that (the strangely named) Spiral Pegacion's source sucked really. And (the even more strangely named) Infinity Mijinion - I now know how to spell Mijinion, go me - was epic beyond all kinds of epic. IMO that is. What is a Mijinion anyway. You have billions, Trillions, and Mijinions maybe? why wasn't it Mijillions? Mijinion might have been a typo of Ignition. Infinity Ignition? Or more likely, the guy who was making the names for the X6 bosses spazzed out over the keyboard when he couldn't think of a good word to go with infinity and liked what came out.

It also sounds like The Final Countdown. You all agree. It sounds so much like the final countdown that Joey Tempest faced off against Infinity Mijinion for stealing his music. Infinity Mijinion won however, even though Joey Tempest had the guard shell.

So.... May the Countdown to Infinity commence! 1... 2... 3... 4... (you guys get the idea)"

Filet Mijinion is delicious. And so is this mix, which certainly DOES echo Europe's 80's megahit with its anthemic synth brass intro. We're leaving for Venus @ 0'35" with a nice synth tom segue into full-on rock goodness, with appropriate guitar hero riffs & a driving beat. Deia writes:

"Love that you kept this in the style of The Final Countdown. 80's rock might be the best and only way to go with this. Both sources are well-combined and well-personalized. I dig the arrangement overall. Drumwork is also fantastic."

halc adds:

"performances are tight and the mixing is clean. you got a knack for blending multiple sources into a cohesive mix. seemed a little random and/or lazy to fadeout during what seemed to be the climax, but it won't hold back an otherwise solid mix."

Great stuff - takes me back to my youth, pays excellent homage to a pretty kickass source (and... another source), while also praying to the gods of 80's hair-band synth rock anthems, who demand arrangements like this at least once a year or they become surly. It's ACTUALLY been awhile since our last WR mixpost, so it's also just good to get the stars back in alignment & recalibrate our internal clock of synth-hero jams.

djpretzel

Discussion: Latest 8 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
Bahamut
on 2012-07-04 12:43:43

For those who dislike fadeout endings - it is meant as a parallel to the Final Countdown's ending. You can blame me since I suggested it as an ending after Will asked me how he should end the song :P .

The song does a great job adapting the style of TFC to Infinity Mijinion. It's a fun song that came out of the GMRB contest and had both Will and Devastus salivating at the chance to mix their sources with Infinity Mijinion. Will executed with this mix and it is a clear highlight of Maverick Rising.

Also a little bit of trivia - Chuck Dietz's take on Infinity Mijinion, A Flea and His Giant, was going to be named Countdown to Infinity before I told him that Willrock beat him to the name. His take on the theme is also pretty awesome too and worth checking out on Maverick Rising if you haven't already.

timaeus222
on 2012-06-17 01:59:17

Wow, this was absolutely fantastic! The mixing is just right, and the instruments seriously match The Final Countdown, right down to the formant bass in the beginning! Even the STRUCTURE matches! That's awesome.

I think mainly what I liked about this mix was its cohesive feel. Although there were two sources, at one point I actually forgot that there were two sources, and I didn't even think of looking at the video title---it was just that awesome.

What I liked most, though, was the title. It completely brings me into a state of mathematics. Recently I made a joke about counting to infinity... and it goes like this:

"Mr. Owl, how many licks does it take to get to the tootsie roll center of a tootsie pop?"

"Let's find out. 1, Phi, 2, e, 3, Pi, 4, ... , Infinity... I lost count." *bites*

Nah, just kidding. My actual favorite parts were the overall 80's atmosphere, the guitar's tone, and the breakdown at 2:06 - 2:21. For some reason, that breakdown reminds me of whenever Michael Jackson faces a fan (an electric fan :P) and feels the wind coming at him. LOL.

I was slightly disappointed that it faded out as an "ending", but that certainly didn't detract from the mix itself. Phenomenal work, pal!

WesternZypher
on 2012-05-10 20:58:07

Ah, WillRock, always taking me on a first-class trip back to my childhood and the Golden Days of Yore! Neither familiar with the source tune or game, but I love WR and his mixes, so it's an insta-download.

EC2151
on 2012-05-10 15:34:54

As one judge said, this is probably the only way you could do Infinity Mijinion's theme and keep the spirit of the track.

The music is about the only good thing in X6, and I am glad to see that expanded on in such a fun, driving way.

Crulex
on 2012-05-10 13:30:45

Infinity Flea's Final Countdown intro is so damn epic that not including it would have been a crime. So what did Willrock do? He used it over and over in different ways just to crank up the goodness. Willrock took an amazing theme and a.....not so amazing theme, and mixed them together in a stew of 80's metal and rock and it sounds like it would fit in with Europe's disk. Damn good.

Yami
on 2012-05-10 03:36:31
Infinity Mijinion is actually the original Japanese name for the character as well as his stateside name. Now I remembered hearing that Mijinion meant "flea" but Google Translate says the Japanese word for "flea" is "nomi". The Japanese word for "water flea", however, is "mijinko". Give that word a cooler spin on it and you've got Mijinion. So to translate properly, that would be Infinity Water Flea. Capcom would've been laughed back to the other side of the globe in much the same way as if they had called Boomer Kuwanger Boomer Stag Beetle ("Kuwagatamushi" means stag beetle).

Well Capcom always used twits on the names. I played every MMX game in japanese and they always use variations. Only somtimes they are too lazy to use a better translation for the international audience :P

Ok, back to topic: Infinity Mijinion's theme is my favorite theme of MMX6, and one of my alltime favorites, so I had to grab every one of them from the album, but this one is IMHO the best. This Europe style really fits the tone of the original

purplecowadoom
on 2012-05-09 22:18:04

Infinity Mijinion is actually the original Japanese name for the character as well as his stateside name. Now I remembered hearing that Mijinion meant "flea" but Google Translate says the Japanese word for "flea" is "nomi". The Japanese word for "water flea", however, is "mijinko". Give that word a cooler spin on it and you've got Mijinion. So to translate properly, that would be Infinity Water Flea. Capcom would've been laughed back to the other side of the globe in much the same way as if they had called Boomer Kuwanger Boomer Stag Beetle ("Kuwagatamushi" means stag beetle).

And I suck because I never have anything to say about any songs that are good other than that they are good. So this is a good song. Woo~

djpretzel
on 2012-05-09 19:43:53

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