ReMix: Sonic the Hedgehog 3 'Thinking Cap'

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PLATONIST!! Jonas had some great mixes posted in 2008 & 2009, but then... quiet. Since 2013 has been the BEST YEAR EVAR!!! for long-term comebacks, I'm rather glad to be posting a fourth mix in the form of this percolating Sonic 3 'Ice Cap' electronica cut that he broke radio silence for with the following:

"... bzzt.... beginning transmission..
oh shi-, not you again #000#.... bzzzt.. [access granted]...
...lasttimeloggedin:~004yr....bz
bzzt....reading.data...impulse.clones...dryads....
....theonethatdeniedtechnologyandscience....
submission received..logging off.... bzzt"

My first thoughts were "SNAKE? SNAAAKKKKKE!" but then I realized it was just his cryptic, Swedish way of submitting a new mix, and I laughed heartily. S3ICZ is one of those sources that usually carries with it a lot of obligatory disclaimer language about how you've "heard a ton of mixes, but this one is DIFFERENT!" Well, it IS, but I think we can skip a lot of that and focus on the music. Things start off almost comically simple, but when the little electro tom-snare starts pitch-bending up @ 0'07" you know it's gonna develop. The lead synth used for the melody here has a weird internal rhythm & granularity to it, reflecting Jonas's attention to the very small & brief aspects of texture in his music; the "micro-" and "nano-" prefixes are relevant. Think shimmery, digital, shiny... the whole mix makes me think of the PPG, in a good way. Larry writes:

"Jonas's previous 3 mixes have all done a great job employing subtle dynamic shifts and development to justify the length, and I felt he did it again here. While the main beats were too static to me, I appreciated the ear candy and subtle sonic variations (a pun!) used throughout the piece. Just when I felt I'd like to hear something else, 3:05's section pulls out a lead that gives off the imagery of playing Sonic on a classic Game Boy (as impossible at that would have been back in the day). I also enjoyed the final minute from 4:17-on with some added writing and variations to keep things energetic and fresh for the finish."

The beat certainly isn't emphasized as much, but I too was digging the additional writing & expansion more prevalent towards the end, and the overall mix has a way of feeling simultaneously old and new. While the melody is prevalent and often relatively unaltered, it makes you pay more attention to the changes & additions Jonas has thrown in. I'd certainly like to hear more, and hopefully we get a follow up mix in less than "~004yr," but either way it's good to be posting something from Platonist, and I think you'll enjoy what he's cooked up!

djpretzel

Discussion: Latest 8 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
Platonist
on 2014-01-01 15:48:06
Red Shadow;940248 wrote: seeing this track reminded me of your other mixes, which i went back and listened to along with this one, which then inspired me to go download everything youve released on your website as well
your style syncs so well with my brain, it's ridiculous. love all your music, man

Thanks a lot, Red! I really appreciate it ^^ *bows humbly*
Oh, and also, Happy New Year!
Red Shadow
on 2013-09-30 14:02:29
seeing this track reminded me of your other mixes, which i went back and listened to along with this one, which then inspired me to go download everything youve released on your website as well
your style syncs so well with my brain, it's ridiculous. love all your music, man
Platonist
on 2013-06-21 03:02:30
Thanks guys, I thought about how to tackle this source for a long time, because it's so over-remixed :P It was important to me to manage to provide something new and unique. I don't know how well I succeeded, but I just had to remix this one, no matter how many times it had been done in the past. Love the source, one of the best VGM tracks ever made :)
Crulex
on 2013-06-14 13:40:11
I don't really care how many times a source gets ReMixed as long as each one has something to offer, and this one certainly as an old school gameboy sound to it at various points, especially after 3:05, which was interesting. I actually like that it uses a little bit of the melody while making the beat more present. It's a nice, new way to hear Ice Cap. Great ending on here as well.
KingTiger
on 2013-06-13 19:36:35
classic Platonist, great work man :D love all the "micro" stuff, as djp put it. It's very "demoscene" style.
Flexstyle
on 2013-06-13 16:16:41
It's sparse, but I feel like this works pretty well. While Ice Cap tends to shine best in a very full arrangement, I still liked the little subtle stuff in here. That re-arrangement of the lead via the gameboy synth was well done, too. Nice work!
timaeus222
on 2013-06-13 16:06:51
I dig this. Lots of great variation throughout, and I loved the subtle glitch delays and stutters on the drums and leads. :D
djpretzel
on 2013-06-13 15:31:29
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