ReMix: Mega Man 2 "WoodChipper" 3:20

By WillRock

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Arranging the music of 2 songs from 2 games (view all)...

"Elec Man Stage", "Wood Man Stage"

Primary Game: Mega Man 2 (Capcom, 1988, NES), music by Manami Matsumae, Takashi Tateishi

Posted 2012-11-21, evaluated by djpretzel


This is ONLY the THIRD WillRock ReMix posted this year - crazy, eh? You're slipping, Mr. Harby ;) From the GRMRB 2011 we again get a robot master compositional mashup, with Wood Man taking on Elec Man (or in Naruto, Yamato vs. Kakashi) in a cleaner, slightly less jamtastic joint from WR that also nods its arrangement head to Journey:

"So my round 1 mix was me trying a cross between synth pop and chiptune I suppose, with a Journey homage in the intro. Generally, this caused split opinions from people listening to it, as the curse of expectation seemed to hit me due to my overwhelming rock-out mixes from the previous compos. While some embraced the more laid back nature of the mix, some suggested I was losing my touch with the slight style change, which wasn't the case believe me ;). The journey homage (a fantastic idea of Emunators - credit where credit is due) also drew divided opinions, as some liked it while others thought it was forced and didn't fit with the rest of the mix.

The mix itself, turned out to be one of the cleanest produced remixes i've ever produced, and arrangement wise, I really tried to meld the themes together and make them sound cohesive as possible, which was something I tried to keep going throughout the entire compo. I hope you guys enjoy it, its pretty cute apparently :3"

The beginning definitely plays on the similarity between the 'Elec Man' source & Journey's classic 'Faithfully' - which I think makes a lot of sense, as I for one can't hear that particular Mega Man tune WITHOUT thinking of Steve Perry singing those opening lines. Instead of trying to avoid or mask that likeness, Will just accepts it for what it is, which probably needed to be done at some point. Above & beyond that, you've got a cleaner, more pared-down synth rock jam that's pleasant, doesn't hit quite as hard but still has some synth-hero proggish soloing (see 2'05" - 2'36"), and combines the two themes in an effective, inventive manner. Not much else to say - not every mix has to fire on all cylinders and be thumpin' & pumpin' 24/7, and this kindler, gentler arrangement from WillRock proves that a modified approach can still have good, positive energy and even leave room for some synth noodlin' as well!

djpretzel

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Latest 11 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
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Crulex
on 2013-09-07 11:42:04

Synthy poppy goodness with Elecman and Woodman, now that's a recipe for a great ReMix. Add in some of the Journey like focus that Elecman always seems to bring out, and you've got another terrific Willrock track. Good stuff, Willrock!

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timaeus222
on 2012-12-16 19:34:57

I liked this back when it was posted on your channel. I love it now. Goddamn it, you made me change my mind for the better.

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Karrde
on 2012-11-29 14:31:44

Oh come on I was speaking generally XD I just never stick my head out on the forums unless I hear something that really gets my attention in a good way :P

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Blackwinged Saron
on 2012-11-26 09:49:41

love it will. i usually start listening before i start reading, and i looked up quick at the beginning. I thought, wait...this is different. but not once did i think that it wasn't will at his best, with a fresh sound but true to his unique style. Will has a sound you either love or you hate. one of my ipod playlists is dedicated to the music of WillRock, and this will make a fine addition. Good work, well done. Can we look forward to another homage again, soon...you know, the Rolling Stone just played a 50 year anniversary gig ;-)

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Dafydd
on 2012-11-24 17:06:18
You'd better change your reviewing style then :lol:

NEVAR 10char

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WillRock
on 2012-11-24 16:24:34
Haha, you hear that Will? Apparently I'm a hater now :lol:

You'd better change your reviewing style then :lol:

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Dafydd
on 2012-11-24 15:33:57
Forget the haters, this is great.

Haha, you hear that Will? Apparently I'm a hater now :lol:

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Karrde
on 2012-11-24 15:05:32

Forget the haters, this is great. I love the way you blended the song. I mean this really does sound like something Journey woulda done if they were writing VGM :D I think it's great. A bit vague with the source to an extent, but a great mix.

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brimtastic
on 2012-11-23 11:24:09

I really like the laid back style of this mix. Seems like it would fit nicely in a playlist along with some of halc's remixes. And again I'll agree with WillRock's own wording: the clean, crisp production is a joy to listen to.

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Dafydd
on 2012-11-21 21:50:36

Compared to your earlier stuff, I feel like this lacks presence somehow (and it's not because it's slow or anything) - it feels empty. It does, however, contain your best drum solo/fill so far (afaik), and that synh solo that starts at 2:05 is golden.

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djpretzel
on 2012-11-21 14:21:34

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

Sources Arranged (2 Songs, 2 Games)


Primary Game:
Mega Man 2 (Capcom, 1988, NES)
Music by Manami Matsumae, Takashi Tateishi
Songs:
"Wood Man Stage"
Additional Game:
Mega Man (Capcom, 1987, NES)
Music by Manami Matsumae
Songs:
"Elec Man Stage"

Tags (5)


Genre:
Pop, Rock
Mood:
Instrumentation:
Synth
Additional:
Origin > Competition
Time > Tempo: Fast

File Information


Name:
Mega_Man_2_WoodChipper_OC_ReMix.mp3
Size:
4,885,066 bytes
MD5:
5a58a27eccb7936ef479a8566a2e4aaa
Bitrate:
192Kbps
Duration:
3:20

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