Posted 2013-10-22, evaluated by djpretzel
Sir_NutS closes us out with a trance take on the CLASSIC main Bionic Commando theme; Mr. Molina writes:
"What does this game mean to me? It means my childhood, it means my friends back then, some of them who I'll never be able to see again, but whom I can visit from time to time through this game. When I play it, I'm that 7-year-old kid sitting cross-legged in front of the TV, NES controller in hand, at his friend's house. It's the same as perceiving a particular smell that reminds you of some point in your life, or watching old pictures. I feel like I'm back there again. I wanted to give my best to this project because of that. It has real meaning for me."
Anthemic, uplifting, and invigorating, the main BC NES theme is the source most gamers are likely to be familiar with... it's got its own special place in the Hall of Legendary NES Melodies, and the over-the-topness of the actual melodic motif can make it tricky to work with - my own ReMix is NOT a particularly good example of it being done justice, for example :) I like the trance aesthetic the artist went with, here, and I like the spacing & rhythmic modifications to the source to make it fit with the genre, without seeming too frantic or saccharine. I LOVE how things break into a very militant, march shuffle on the snares at around 1'56", and how that feel is continued into the break @ 2'10" - very smart arranging, and connects back to the game universe in a direct way. It's neat that the different artists contributing to the album have such varying relationships with the game, some having never played it, others recalling it fondly. While I don't think any LACK of familiarity with the game came through (in cases where the ReMixer was less familiar), with this mix I do feel like Sir_NutS' very intimate nostalgia did probably inform & improve his arrangement. This feels like a very distilled, very appropriate homage to the game, communicated by way of its most memorable & primary theme. Great stuff from Sir_NutS, and congrats to Brandon Strader & ALL artists who came together for a tribute to a classic piece of 8-bit history - check out Bionic Commando ReMixed: OK, We'll Groove! for more, and help spread the word!
on 2015-12-31 04:58:58
This track could be slipped into any premier DJ's playlist and not a single person listening would be able to tell it was the product of a videogame remix. The drums are levelled perfectly and don't detract from the melodies (always a pitfall for dance-style tracks), and the military-style snare pattern is inspired. The choice of synths and pads is perfect, I can't find fault anywhere with this mix.
on 2015-12-13 23:53:16
Now this is an excellent trance track. Almost perfect in its production. I almost wouldn’t even know it’s inspired from a video game, let alone one from Bionic Commando. I would love to dance to this at a rave. And I love that the melody isn’t drowned out by the pulsing beats.
on 2013-10-27 15:23:01
Very effective take on the theme; hard hitting, groovy, nice wet lush production, and the strength of the excellent original really comes through. I have to echo what djp said in the writeup - it seems, somehow, that the arranger's intimacy with the original game is audible in the arrangement. Good work!
on 2013-10-25 10:15:36
Good classic trance take on the Bionic Commando theme. Have to echo DJP on loving the militant drumming in this arrangement. Very nice!
on 2013-10-22 16:43:32
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Sources Arranged (1 Song)
- Primary Game:
Bionic Commando (Capcom, 1988, NES)
Music by Harumi Fujita, Junko Tamiya
- "Bionic Commando Theme"
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- Size: 8,418,653 bytes
- MD5 Checksum: 70c32637249df152e04f386273efe335
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