Yes, D3 dropped today, but so did Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II, and just in time for the release, we've got our FIRST arrangement of the music from the first Sonic 4 episode, courtesy Meteo Xavier & bLiNd!!
...and that CERTAINLY is one humdinger of a mix title. Buttfink indeed; what matters, of course, is the music - Meteo writes:
"Howdy. I am Meteo Xavier delivering yet another remix attempt that was mastered by bLiNd. Jordan was extremely generous in doing this for me so I would like to list him as a collaborator.
As usual, I had strict possibly idiosyncratic artistic ideas and goals for how I wanted to do it. This time, I wanted to use this track, which I claimed I would remix someday anyway when it was first leaked, as a means to pay tribute to the earliest music I can remember moving me - which is super robotic sequenced 80's late 90's super happy and super cheesy electronic music. This time my goal was not to shy away from my remix weaknesses: mechanized sequencing, repetitive drums, overproduction, etc. but dive right into it and build on them into a unique track. All the repetitiveness, and cheesy guitar samples and all that is intentional. I wanted a track that sounded more conventional and played with the main melodies (see below) much more than my previous mixes and really really interpret and work with them. I cite Erasure, "Waiting for a Star to Fall" by Boy Meets Girl, "Vivid" by Hiroki Kikuta, Pretty Hate Machine by NIN, and "Blue Monday" by New Order as my main sources for this track, among others.
And, also as usual, this remix eventually developed major problems that I could not fix... The synth drop out at 1:44 is one example and if it didn't do it there, it would do it elsewhere. Thankfully, bLiNd was willing to work on it some more and help me get a better balance out of it, and he did it for free because he's the awesomest guy in the world."
Man, I think I used the SAME EXACT cheesy rhythm guitar sample in my M.U.S.H.A. ReMix back in 2001! Deja vu!
Speaking of Jordan, he JUST released his first ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK to a game, it's some really outstanding music, and you should check it out & support an artist who's contributed tons of amazing free mixes to OCR over the years!
Now back to the mix... Meteo has definitely embraced the 80's, and specifically the synth-pop, over-the-top, just-can't-stop 80's where it was okay to use fakey guitar samples and bust the white man boogie to an octave-jumping bassline. Well, okay in CERTAIN circles, at least. Not quite sure where the Pretty Hate Machine influence is in this track - that's a pretty angry, angsty album, and this is some pretty happy, carefree music. The New Order influence is abundantly obvious, though, and sorta crystallizes for me what this mix is primarily channeling; halc writes:
"nice blend of source and original material. the arrangement is a strong point here for me - I really loved everything after the texture drop at 2:35; a welcome change of pace. fadeout ending was a copout, but oh well. this suffers from some minor, basic issues that Meteo even addressed in his sub-letter, but ultimately I think it's a pretty solid track with a great arrangement and passable production."
"There are a few issues for me, like those drums, but they are authentic. Overall I really liked the arrangement. Production seems fine enough."
Even within the intentional trappings of the target genre, there was a little room for improvement on production, but I think Meteo was coloring outside the box on this one a bit, and was also wise to get Jordan's gracious assistance to polish things up. The end result is a fun synth-pop throwback with some pretty authentic 80's staple ingredients that's energetic & does a great job of paying retro-homage to a modern soundtrack which ITSELF pays retro-homage to a classic 16-bit soundtrack. Meta!
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Sources Arranged (1 Song)
- Primary Game:
Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I (Sega, 2010, WII)
Music by Jun Senoue
- "Splash Hill Zone 1"
- Electronic, Synth
- Origin > Collaboration
Time > Tempo: Fast
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- Size: 6,174,157 bytes
- MD5 Checksum: ccb4be6d8225025ae988754b8913154e
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