ReMix: Lightening Force: Quest for the Darkstar 'OMAKE 8 (Type-R)'
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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."
"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!
- Gaffeizil on March 5, 2013
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
- DiGi Valentine on February 21, 2013
- Crulex on February 6, 2013
edit: this mix is fire!!
- melody on January 20, 2013
- DaMonz on January 18, 2013
- DetectiveTuesday on January 17, 2013
- CC Ricers on January 17, 2013
- WesternZypher on January 17, 2013
I hope to hear more from Rukunetsu in the near future.
- Igami on January 16, 2013
Glad you made it Ruku, and congrats on the mixpost. Here's to a ton more mixes of yours hitting OCR's front page. :)
- Dj Mokram on January 16, 2013
- BONKERS on January 16, 2013
- Melbu Frahma on January 16, 2013
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
- DusK on January 16, 2013
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- bluefall on January 16, 2013