ReMix: Lightening Force: Quest for the Darkstar 'OMAKE 8 (Type-R)'

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Lightening Force: Quest for the Darkstar

From newcomer Rukunetsu comes our first ReMix of Lightening Force - more commonly known as Thunder Force IV - in over a decade. Not a lot of SHMUP love lately in general, so great to see that, and of course these Genesis shooters had some rockin' tunage that deserves more attention. Sweet phased electric piano intro gains bass & bells and a nice sliced transition into a heavy late-80s/early-90s dance groove; OA writes:

"The arrangement here is a cool shift in sound, giving it a sortof nostalgic vibe with the epiano and sampled bits. I don't feel the structure or a lot of other things were really altered, though there are some distinct transitions and such that were added. The beats are good and varied, and the sound is balanced, but i feel there is a lot of needless repetition and identical sections...The upsides are pretty apparent though, it has a very 'official arrange' feel to it, and the song is engaging despite the repetition."

Deia adds:

"This is a fun adaption of the original. There's a lot of nice textures here, and the approach overall is nicely personalized. I agree with Andrew that things do feel a bit repetitious overall, but I also agree that it's not to a point where it dips below the bar."

The original source has a lot of delayed elements and feels a bit floatier, whereas I think Rukunetsu's done a good job of making something a little more anchored & accessible, while maintaining the overall vibe. There's room for improvement on mixing/EQ, as WillRock noted the lows are mostly coming from the drums and things could be opened up a bit more, but it's a solid debut that takes a lesser-known source and creatively makes it more approachable, so props there, and hope to hear more in the future!

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Discussion: Latest 15 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
Gaffeizil
on 2013-03-05 23:34:41
I'm coming back from the dead to say this was a great mix, and I want to hear way, WAY more mixes of the Thunder Force series, because that was my first VG music love.
DiGi Valentine
on 2013-02-21 22:27:20
Wait wait wait, Ruku got posted? Over a MONTH ago?!
DUDE! This totally went over my head, my sincerest apologies! D:
Rukunetsu, man! Congratulations on not only making one awesome tune here but for getting your Remixer status! Welcome aboard, son!
I am so pleased for you! XD
Crulex
on 2013-02-06 15:45:07
Ooooh, now this very groovey! Totally fits the smooth feeling I've been having all day. Sounds crisp and clear. This is "cruising down the road at night" music.
melody
on 2013-01-20 12:06:36
congrats on this man!
edit: this mix is fire!!
DaMonz
on 2013-01-18 08:07:53
I KNEW it was just a matter of time for you to get posted Ruku. You has slick tricks :D Great job dude, keep it up!
DetectiveTuesday
on 2013-01-17 23:29:16
Great mix by Ruku, as expected.
CC Ricers
on 2013-01-17 19:12:30
Yes, Ruku made it on here! I've been liking his laid back dance grooves since I first found him on the forums. This pretty much on point with his other stuff.
WesternZypher
on 2013-01-17 16:51:25
These kind of beats make me want to find the damned charger for my music-player already and hit the town for a nice wind-down night-drive under the City's lights. Keep the Groovin'!
Igami
on 2013-01-16 19:09:49
This is an absolutely sweet mix.
I hope to hear more from Rukunetsu in the near future.
Dj Mokram
on 2013-01-16 16:34:17
Smooth groove, sick beats, laser-precision leads, clever sampling and solid production. An awesome tribute to shmup-legend Thunder Force IV. :nicework:
Glad you made it Ruku, and congrats on the mixpost. Here's to a ton more mixes of yours hitting OCR's front page. :)
BONKERS
on 2013-01-16 16:32:03
Glad this has finally been posted, it's a great tune.
Melbu Frahma
on 2013-01-16 16:15:18
I've been watching Rukunetsu with anticipation of his first posting since I first came across him in the WIP board, so congrats go out to him on finally getting to the front page. :nicework: As is typical of his stuff, he's got a good groove going on here, and while I can agree it's a touch on the repetitious side, there's enough new ideas and changes being brought in throughout to keep the attention pretty well. Solid debut piece!
DusK
on 2013-01-16 15:50:14
I knew I was adding an amazing musician to the GH project by adding your name to the tracklist, but I had no idea I was adding yet another posted ReMixer. Grats. :)
Excellent stuff here. I definitely agree with OA about the "official arrange" feel that it has. This would sound completely in-place in a game.
Looking forward to hearing more from you. :D
ambient
on 2013-01-16 15:47:00
Ruku! Great stuff! Really happy to see your mix got posted! Hopefully more are on the way!
bluefall
on 2013-01-16 15:22:33
Lovely. Hope to see more in the future.