ReMix: No More Heroes "The 51st" 4:08

By Jabzizi

Arranging the music of one song...

"N.M.H."

Primary Game: No More Heroes (Ubisoft, 2007, WII), music by Jun Fukuda, Masafumi Takada

Posted 2012-08-01, evaluated by the judges panel


Okay, new month!! I've got high hopes for you, August... July had a lot of ups & downs and saw a marked decline in mixposts - first to prepare and promote our kickstarter, and then to work towards saving it. That work still continues, but we need to keep moving forward, the show must go on, etc. This has been extraordinarily stressful for me, so when provided with this in-your-face dubsteppin' arrangement - our first from the modern cult classic No More Heroes (!) - it seemed like a good opportunity to detox with some mind-melting synths and wubiquitous bass. Newcomer Joshua Clark, aka Homeslice, writes:

"A remix of Suda 51's No More Heroes main theme song. I sincerely hope this melts your face."

Our faces appreciate the sincerity; this is pretty straightforward, and maybe a wee-tad repetitive, but Joshua's done due diligence to change things up enough, the wobble tempo variations are certainly unhealthy if not downright sick, and most importantly the attitude is brazen and rebellious, in keeping with the iconoclastic atmosphere of the game. Emunator writes:

"Some pretty sick bass work here, that's a great way to get a listener hooked right off the bat. I hear what Deia's saying, this could use a lot of melodic variation to keep my interest, but I'm recognizing that you at least took steps to change up how you present the melody, so that even though it's the same riff over and over again, you change up the octave every so often and introduce other synths on occasion."

DarkeSword adds:

"Pretty solid dubstep stuff. There really isn't that much to the source but I think you did a great job with letting your piece evolve from start to finish."

An assertive, enjoyable romp of a debut from Homeslice, who brings the bad-boy persona of No More Heroes to life with a dubstep makeover; looking forward to a follow-up!

djpretzel

Discussion

Latest 11 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
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timaeus222
on 2014-01-10 15:54:33

Yeah, the drums felt pretty flat to me too. :| Oh well, the bass was pretty well done at least. I felt like the repetition was borderline though.

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Crulex
on 2014-01-09 10:41:09

I'm pretty middle of the road on this one. While I enjoyed the ReMix and would listen to it again, probably several times, it just wasn't one of my favorites. Still, it's always nice to hear a dubstepish mix that isn't grating or annoying, so plenty of positives going on for this mix. Not bad.

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Bahamut
on 2012-08-03 13:27:20

Interesting style going on with the song - it doesn't rely as strongly on short catchy glitch effects like with most dubstep, and isn't as heavy on the low end overall (although there's a lot in the mid-lows). The arrangement sounds a bit on the static side, and personally, a bit stale/incomplete. Not a groundbreaking song, but not bad either.

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BlackPanther
on 2012-08-02 13:28:43

Gotta love dat subjective feedback!

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djpretzel
on 2012-08-02 08:59:04
The mix sounds flat to me, and the drums are, I'd venture, way too simple and dry for this genre. Personally, I'm a bit confused as to the panel's decision on this one. I'm sure I'm missing something, but what is it?

If halc liked it then you MUST be wrong :-) If you check the decision thread you'll notice there were some reservations. No one was claiming this was the second coming or a landmark example of dubstep on OCR, just that it was a solid take on the source that was interpretive enough. I didn't find it bland or simple, but then again I'm an old man who's going to be wearing adult diapers soon (hyperbole), so perhaps my input threshold has less bandwidth to begin with. At any rate, I liked it, I'll listen to it again, and it makes me think of the very unique universe of No More Heroes, so there's three metrics right there that make me pretty comfortable with the panel's close call.

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DaMonz
on 2012-08-02 08:25:54

I have to agree with Flexstyle here. The whole thing sounded quite bland to me. Although I'm not familiar with the source, I think this could have used much more firepower both in arrangement and production.

Sorry if I'm missing something, but I can't say I dig. :(

Gratz on getting posted though ^_^ I'm sure there's a lot of work behind this. ;)

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Shake
on 2012-08-02 03:19:23
I'm sure I'll take some flack for this, and I'm sorry if I'm the lone dissenting voice, but here's my two cents: I'm not a fan. The same lead synth permeates the track throughout (and it's a bit grating), and the bass work is pretty ADHD and unpolished. The mix sounds flat to me, and the drums are, I'd venture, way too simple and dry for this genre. Personally, I'm a bit confused as to the panel's decision on this one. I'm sure I'm missing something, but what is it?

I'd say it's the judges attempting to welcome a fledgling new musical genre. A hotly debated one, but also attempting to fill in with newer games.

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Flexstyle
on 2012-08-02 02:08:44

I'm sure I'll take some flack for this, and I'm sorry if I'm the lone dissenting voice, but here's my two cents: I'm not a fan. The same lead synth permeates the track throughout (and it's a bit grating), and the bass work is pretty ADHD and unpolished. The mix sounds flat to me, and the drums are, I'd venture, way too simple and dry for this genre. Personally, I'm a bit confused as to the panel's decision on this one. I'm sure I'm missing something, but what is it?

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halc
on 2012-08-01 20:18:50

ooh, must have missed this one when it was on the panel. damn fine work here. :nicework:

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BlackPanther
on 2012-08-01 16:16:14

Sounds like some background music for a movie or a game. This is pretty cool, I can dig it. Nice work!

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djpretzel
on 2012-08-01 15:41:28

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

Sources Arranged (1 Song)


Primary Game:
No More Heroes (Ubisoft, 2007, WII)
Music by Jun Fukuda, Masafumi Takada
Songs:
"N.M.H."

Tags (4)


Genre:
Dubstep
Mood:
Aggressive
Instrumentation:
Electronic, Synth
Additional:

File Information


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No_More_Heroes_The_51st_OC_ReMix.mp3
Size:
6,028,848 bytes
MD5:
958ae0e36ac1a2a2c4ba692e90640056
Bitrate:
192Kbps
Duration:
4:08

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