ReMix: Pokémon Red Version "Moondrops" 5:52

By Sockpuppet

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ballad mellow piano resubmission rock synth tempo-slow
Arranging the music of one song...

"Mt. Moon Cave"

Primary Game: Pokémon Red Version (Nintendo, 1996, GB), music by Junichi Masuda

Posted 2012-10-24, evaluated by the judges panel


Another Pokémon ReMix from another newcomer? You better believe it... following Dasgust comes Sockpuppet with this affable rock/pop jam featuring a variety of synths, piano, and a lot of structural variety to match. Of his initial submission, he writes:

"While I think the general hatred towards the Pokemon soundtrack here is largely undeserved, I have to admit that this particular source tune is kinda crap. However I do kind of like the first section, and it was this bit that got stuck in my head, which lead to me making this remix. This was all done in Reason. At first I was going to make it a lot more like the original but after messing around with it on the keyboard for a bit I decided to convert it from minor to major (I think...). And then I realized that this made the majority of the source completely unusable... =/ As a result this remix is pretty liberal, but I think it's still over the minimum source usage limit. ;)"

For his modified resubmission, he adds:

"Thanks for all your feedback on the first version! I finally got around to fixing this up. This one's mixed a bit better and has an actual transition in the middle, and there's some slight changes to the arrangement. Also, thanks again to Emunator for the title and feedback, and to TheGuitahHeroe, redtails, tydin, Guifrog and DarkSim for giving feedback at various stages. :D"

First off, kudos for coming back to this & incorporating feedback; there's a simplicity & innocence to the main melody here that I think deserve some attention, and for the most part the rock/ballad setting, especially when acoustic piano and the slightly-delayed bell patch are on melody, capitalize on that. Some bits where the bass was absent struck me as a little empty, and I think when you transition this much it's difficult to maintain momentum, but overall I like the mellow, happy-go-lucky vibe and the inclusion of some drum fills was a nice point of interest. halc writes:

"I always thought this was a nice approach to the source, and is nicely improved from the last version. really like the bit with the piano and portamento'd synth in the middle. some of the sounds still feel weirdly mixed, like the rhodes which feels really hollow, and that viloin lead that interweaves with the leads sometimes. feeling it overall though, and the chiptune breakdown at the end was tight. nice work"

Liontamer adds:

"...I think I know when weird instrument combinations are fully clicking and when they aren't. They aren't 100% clicking here, and some leads being obscured ended up being the biggest negative for me, but the production execution was competent enough to get by and was buoyed some by the arrangement & interpretation being creative and strong."

Pretty much; I'm glad Sockpuppet kept with this & refined it, I feel like it's an accessible piece that puts a nice twist on the source, but there's also room for improvement in branching out from stock Reason sounds & putting together something perhaps a little shorter but also tighter. We'll see what the future holds, but in the meantime enjoy the mix!

djpretzel

Discussion: Latest 13 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
Crulex
on 2013-08-23 10:09:14

Mt. Moon was always one of those themes that would get on my nerves if I spent too much time in those caves, so to hear a ReMix take that source and give it a spin that sounds great and not get grating is absolutely delightful. I really enjoy this upbeat arrangement a lot more than the dreary original. Very nice.

urdailywater
on 2013-04-21 00:44:31

This is very good. It's like a nostalgic ride through the Moon Cave kind of feeling.

I loved how you kind of just let the music go even when there isn't much going on. Where you just kind of play around with the song, it makes it feel more like a journey. Great job on that.

I'm really digging the sounds here. The drums especially sound fat which I like. And the samples are more than passable. Not the most realistic things ever, but it's still hard to tell whether or not they're the real thing sometimes, so that's good.

Recommended. This one is fun to listen to :)

Ethan Rex
on 2012-12-03 14:13:58

So I was watching Wilfred the other day and the

of the show totally reminded me of this mix.

Anyway, definitely digging the laid back feel, and I like how well you shifted it to major. Nice Work!

DarkSim
on 2012-11-11 13:00:21

Very creative remix of the source! You've managed to stretch out the whole thing into a beautifully mellow piece that's really relaxing. I can just imagine sitting on a bea- DELELELELELELE! Wild ZUBAT appeared!

Congratulations on getting posted after all these years!

Divock
on 2012-10-25 14:52:01

Like the author, I'm in agreement that the source tune is rather forgettable, and it's one of my least favorite tunes on the track. I wasn't expecting much from this remix, but this is just beautiful. It has such a peaceful, curious vibe to it, which is slightly deviating from the original (which I always saw as a tune that made the cave seem ominous, which works in context), but the mysterious vibe is present here as well, and it fits like a glove. I get images of the Ice Cavern from Ocarina of Time, funnily enough.

Beautiful mix, one of my new favorite Pokemon Mixes on the site.

metaphist
on 2012-10-25 10:50:12

The riff in Mt. Moon always reminded me of David Bowie's "As the World Falls Down" from Labyrinth, even more so in this mix. Very creative and interesting composition, will definitely give it some more quality listens when I need to relax.

Guifrog
on 2012-10-25 09:30:57

I wonder why so many familiar remixes have been coming these days! XD

Congrats Sockpuppet! I'm still not so keen on those ton-tons at the beginning, but why should I complain about such a small thing. The song as a whole is quite a jewel, especially when you compare it to the original. :nicework:

Geoffrey Taucer
on 2012-10-25 02:04:07

Wow, stunning! Really cool take on the tune, really cool sounds, fantastic work!

Hydrargyria
on 2012-10-24 20:52:04

I was literally listening to the FireRed soundtrack last night and thinking that it was a wicked shame that nobody has remixed the Mt. Moon theme yet. So nice timing.

As for the mix itself, I really dig it, despite the fact that it's not the kind of music than I really get into. It's really mellow and easy going without being flaccid and boring like most "chill" music is. This is easily my favorite Pokemon mix on the site. Looking forward to hearing what Sockpuppet does next.

Watarimono
on 2012-10-24 19:43:53

Gosh, I swear, when I first heard this on YouTube, it sounded like a Mix of Mt. Moon and Astral Observatory, from Majora's Mask.

I usually don't like such liberal Mixes, but this has such an odd charm that I can't deny. I'm certainly looking forward to seeing more contributions from Sockpuppet, this is definitely worth the download.

psychowolf
on 2012-10-24 19:26:46

I remember seeing this post back when it was in the workshop, loved it then and i love it now.

Congratulations sockpuppet I knew you had it in you to get your mix posted. :D

Hope to hear more from you.

The Damned
on 2012-10-24 19:15:57

Yet another Pokémix!

Glad to see my favorite series getting more coverage. And the source tune is a good choice as well.

djpretzel
on 2012-10-24 19:05:46

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Sources Arranged (1 Song)


Primary Game:
Pokémon Red Version (Nintendo, 1996, GB)
Music by Junichi Masuda
Songs:
"Mt. Moon Cave"

Tags (7)


Genre:
Ballad, Rock
Mood:
Mellow
Instrumentation:
Piano, Synth
Additional:
Origin > Resubmission
Time > Tempo: Slow

File Information


Name:
Pokemon_Red_Version_Moondrops_OC_ReMix.mp3
Size:
9,848,014 bytes
MD5:
5b4c5d93a818d49abe14755d802b55f0
Bitrate:
222Kbps
Duration:
5:52

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