ReMix: Mega Man 6 'Synthesize This!'
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DAYUM!! I don't know if this is my favorite ReMix from Rexy or not (it might be) but it's definitely the funkiest & most disco-fabulous arrangement I've heard from her, and shows off more than a couple new tricks & techniques in addition to being a lot of FUN. Sometimes it's nice to bust loose and not be so serious, and if the cameo inclusion of the Benny Hill theme ('Yakety Sax') here is any indicator (it should be), I think she's done that with this mix, and then some:
"Greetings, all! I have come here to submit my second attempt at arranging Plant Man, and the last one to be finished for the Wily Castle Remix Gauntlet 2011. And let's see if I can pass a non-piano non-collab arrangement for 2012 :D
Still feeling keen to experiment with Plant Man's potential flamboyant nature, the direction I felt for Round 8 of the gauntlet - in which contestants were expected to fuse it with Mega Man 1's Wily Tower 1 - was to just go out and be silly with it. Both this and "Red Chamomile" were inspired by a conversation with teammate Brandon Strader about how to best approach the arrangements, in which at one point he felt that listeners would rather listen to 'covers that are the opposite of straight' (parenthesizing for political correctness); the first thing that came to mind for me though when I read that statement was the disco boom in the 70s (why my mind was stuck in the 70s for this phase of the compo, I have no idea!) and the musical storm of the Village People.
So here's my attempt in fusing the two sources together with everything I researched about the genre, though it's not a pure genre adaptation. I even attempted to squeeze in an NES part in there (which worked wonders as a good secondary melody), more ridiculous cameos (Ectogemia apparently thought the MM1 ending cameo was Earthbound when he first heard it!) and just generally being tongue-in-cheek! ...I can say I feel really positive about this track; it's one that has marked a huge turning point for me as a producer and with all the techniques I learnt from it, the experience will be transferred well onto other projects. We'll see which ones in later subs, but for now, I hope this is taken into consideration, and thanks again DarkeSword for running the compo!"
If this is Bev being silly & running with it, I think she should do it more often, as the results are upbeat, energetic, eclectic, and playful in a way that's easy on the ears without being oversimplified or repetitive. Judges were unanimous, which further suggests that her positive vibes regarding this mix is justified - OA writes:
"I love the feel on this one, has a 70's swagger that I really am groovin' on. The drums feel really good, the brass is cute, and the synth and chip additions were a lot of fun. Overall it's a really fresh-feeling track, with a lot of creative arrangement additions. The opening really brought me back to the 70's, even though I wasn't born yet."
I was... although just barely. SO OLD. While judges did note the initially weak brass, it was a minor beef; Larry adds:
"Great fusion of the two themes, with loads of readily apparent creative interpretation and personalization. Be careful, y'all, Beverly's becoming a more well-rounded musician with solid sequencing, creative backing instrumentation and strong execution like this. Totally not what I'm used to from her in terms of genres, but this is lots of fun."
Ditto that; totally new side of Rexy that shows both depth & an ability to jam out and "have fun with it" while also producing some excellent, enjoyable results!
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