ReMix: Pokémon Ruby Version '120 Ways to Chill Out'
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MORE POKEMANZ + MORE TGH!! What's not to like? Jamison's been doing great things for the series' tunage, and this affable, mellow poptronica jam furthers such efforts:
"I'll start off by saying that this is, in my opinion, the best Pokemon route music ever. I had nearly forgotten about it for some reason until my friend JoePotato28 linked me to the song in the Skype chat, and I said "Ohh, I remember this song" - a remix of it from me was pretty much inevitable :D
Although it was a long time in the making. I started it April 8, 2011, and had about a minute or so of material going, and it stayed in my projects file for quite some time...I think it was around July that I decided to work on it again, and got around to finishing the composition and uploading this mix on YouTube. Then just last night (11/23) I decided to clean up production a bit and submit to the panel. So yeah, about seven and a half months in the making with this one :P
One other thing: In this mix you'll find many allusions (tributes, if you will) to a lot of the artists who have truly inspired me on OCR. See if you can identify them :DD"
Interesting... see if YOU can take a few guesses, and hopefully if no one gets 100% of them the ReMixer will eventually chime in with a breakdown. Certainly the chippish intro should bring to mind a couple names, then at 1'13" things branch out into more of a pop instrumental, with piano taking over the melodic reigns & agreeable drums and bass being added to the equation. Things don't stay that way for long, as it's back to some 9bit action @ 1'47" with some STAYS-CRUNCHY-IN-MILK snares - the tradeoffs between chip-focused instrumentation and more traditional fare are handled nicely and are ultimately the highlight & focal point of the overall mix. Can't seem to stop quoting Emunator:
"Ahahahaha, this is adorable ♥ The intro totally reminds me of Slowpoke Shuffle, the soloing is clearly WillRock-esque and I'd straight-up call you a liar if you said you weren't pulling influence from his style from time to time. halc influence is also evident in the section with the chiptune drums, Shades of Red perhaps?
In all seriousness though, this is really solid and enjoyable. You keep the soundscape somewhat minimalist but with some very cool details going on with your background synths as well that are barely audible. The whole thing feels VERY Pokémon-esque and doesn't squander the potential of the source tune. R/S/E was so underrated in terms of its soundtrack and overall atmosphere, but you seem to be one of the few who "gets it." Keep it up dude, I can't find much fault here!"
Nor I; great work from Mr. Heroe that continues the trend of increased representation of Pokémon music on OCR!
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