Posted 2012-06-12, evaluated by djpretzel


FIRST OFF: Love that mix title! In 2010 we saw an awesome homage to PaRappa from Navi (formerly Mythril Nazgul) that I still queue up on playlists regularly, and now Anti-Syne gives us a completely different take on the iconic, rhythm-game-before-rhythm-games-were-cool rappin' protagonist of yore; Jack writes:

"First thing I should make clear this is a non-rap arrangement of a rap song... As seems to be my way, this is an Electronica take on PaRappa's first stage, and my personal favourite from the game. It turns out there's not a great deal of source to actually use when you strip away the vocals from the original, so the majority of the lyrics (well there aren't that many) have stayed to keep it familiar, but vocoded and distorted to hide my actual voice. I've used the original bassline, but shifted it up a few octaves to make it the melody line instead, then added my own chord sequence, then it's just layer upon layer of synths (and one guitar) and there you have it!"

So if a modern-day Kraftwerk teamed up with a Speak & Spell and decided to do an electronica take on PaRappa's first stage, this wouldn't be too far off. A lot of the speech sounds synthesized to me; the voice on the left sounds like the same text-to-speech voice used to introduce each new episode of Serial Experiments Lain, in particular, whereas the voice closer to the center/right I'm guessing is Jack's vocoded contribution. It's not easy to take a source like this and turn it into anything other than a hip-hop track - I've actually listened to it a few times with the intention of doing so myself, but nothing ever hit me in terms of an approach. This jubilee of robo-voice dance definitely works, and it ALMOST comes off like a mash-up between PaRappa and the infamous MOOORTTAAALLL KOMMMBBAAATT theme, only Sub-Zero has become KICK, Liu Kang has become PUNCH, etc. It's all in the mind, you see. At any rate, it's a cheesy-but-excellent arrangement that reimagines PaRappa in a whole new light - something I wish Sony would do, themselves. Maybe Jack's track will inspire them, who knows, but until then I feel like this was a mix that needed to happen, in this style, and I couldn't have done it better myself, to be sure. Props to Mr. Syne, whose lesson is a catchy, educational, updated stroll down memory lane.

djpretzel

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Crulex
on 2013-11-15 11:16:30

Oh yeah, love the gritty robotic vocal clips in this! So much fun listening to this ReMix because of it. The electronica underneath it is smooth and sounds incredible. I can hear what DJP said about the Mortal Kombat kind of idea, but honestly, this is an awesome arrangement of one of the few Parappa songs I can stand, so well done, Anti-Syne!

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Liontamer
on 2013-06-07 19:38:57

So... fuckin'... SMART! Love this arrangement!

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Bahamut
on 2012-07-04 19:44:25

Anti-Syne seems to be attracted to a more minimal style I'm seeing with each mix, and this mix is an amusing example of that, complete with voice clips that do sound almost Mortal Kombatesque as djp pointed out.

Keep up the good work!

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CC Ricers
on 2012-06-24 15:08:06

I'm really starting to like Anti-Syne's remixes as well. There's a raw, under-processed feel to the electronic music he makes but it comes together well. Those pads that slide in really set the groove for me. I did have some difficulty catching on to the source, but the source was simple enough already.

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A-RoN
on 2012-06-13 10:43:37

Tron Legacy's Son of Flynn-ish intro FTW! LOL

The textures and vocal samples are placed very well. That bassline is also very nicely done! I'm going to keep this review short. This remix definitely shows Kraftwork quirks and Daft Punk stylins. I do loose my focus after a while during the song as there's a bit of a repetition-ish issues, but it's well done and composed.

8/10

Edit: BTW, I 3 the drums!

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Damashii!!
on 2012-06-13 03:14:16

OOOOOOOooooohhhhh YYYYYEEEAH!!! Another PaRappa remix :nicework:

this guy and TGH are quickly becoming my favorite, most anticipated mixers. keep it up man, you're getting sick nastier with every mix.

hahaha, dat write-up.

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Gario
on 2012-06-13 00:47:10

Considering the limited source and the anti-style you use for the track, this is really impressive. I've always known that you'd be a great remixer on here. This track shows that I wasn't off on that prediction. Nice work on it. :-D

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djpretzel
on 2012-06-12 17:35:11

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Sources Arranged (1 Song)


Primary Game:
PaRappa the Rapper (Sony, 1996, PS1)
Music by Masaya Matsuura, Rodney A. Greenblat, Tuttle & Dynamo Laboratory, Yoshihisa Suzuki
Songs:
"Chop Chop Master Onion's RAP"

Tags (7)


Genre:
Dance
Mood:
Aggressive
Instrumentation:
Electronic, Synth, Talking
Additional:
Lyrics > Lyrics: Existing
Time > Tempo: Fast

File Information


Name:
PaRappa_the_Rapper_A_Lesson_from_Teacher_OC_ReMix.mp3
Size:
5,651,523 bytes
MD5:
f0843070f6fe943f87ca0ff76e155672
Bitrate:
192Kbps
Duration:
3:52

Kick
Punch
I'm sure you'll find, it's all in the mind
I'm sure you'll find, it's all in the mind

[x2]
Kick (Kick)
Punch (Punch)
Chop (Chop)
Block (Block)

Yeah, better
Yeah, better
Yeah, (I see you're getting) better
Yeah, (I see you're getting) better
Duck Jump Turn Pose

Duck (Duck)
Jump (Jump)
Turn (Tur-Turn)
Pose (Pose)

Duck Jump (Duck Jump)
Turn Pose (Turn Pose)
Jump Jump Turn (Jump Jump Turn)
Turn Pose Duck Pose (Tur-Turn Pose D-D-Duck Pose)

Yeah, (I see you're getting) better
Yeah, (I see see) better
Yeah, (I see you're you're) better
Yeah, you're getting better

Punch Punch Punch, Cool

Kick Punch Chop Block
Duck Turn Jump Kick Pose
Chop Chop Punch Turn Block
Kick Punch Chop Block

Kick (Kick)
Punch (Punch)
Chop (Chop)
Block (Block)

Kick

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