ReMix: SmartBall "Rainfall" 3:00

By OceansAndrew

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Arranging the music of one song...

"Round 5-A"

Primary Game: SmartBall (Sony Music Entertainment, 1991, SNES), music by Akira Yamaoka, Manabu Saito, Yasuhiko Fukuda

Posted 2014-01-01, evaluated by djpretzel


SmartBall.... Rainfall. I would have capitalized that "F" for symmetry, but seriously, how cool is it that OA has provided us with our first arrangement of this relatively esoteric SNES platformer that truly captured the magic of a gelatinous blue blob battling the forces of evil? 10 out of 10 cool, that's how cool... actually, as I think you'll appreciate yourselves, this game had some good tunes, and Andrew's done a phenomenal job arranging a mellow cityscape of jazz for us to enjoy:

"Trying to evoke a mental image of a city at night, the streets glistening with rain, it was a good excuse to play some sax, which I haven't in quite a while. A little different than my normal style in some ways, exactly the same in others. :-)"

Gratuitous, but: DAT SAX!! Between all the fitness stuffs, being an awesome dad, making happy-go-lucky pop/rock, playing some screaming guitar, and now rockin' some silky saxophone, how can one man be so smooth?? Only OA knows... this almost comes off as some long-lost dark/urban Yuzo Koshiro Revenge of Shinobi-era arrange track, which is high praise indeed, and at three minutes, you miss it the second it ends. Larry offers:

"Interesting take on what was originally an underwater theme and going for a much more mellow and somewhat dark soundscape. Things briefly got lighter at 1:29 with the drum changeup and the glassy lead, before going back to the piano at 1:51 followed by some sexy sax sample action. I dunno what exactly that string lead was at 2:35 going for the smoove close-out, but the vibe of it and the overall mood left me with the feelings that 1) OA has arranged VGM into sexy times music before and 2) I'm scared that he went about it with SmartBall."

So Andrew implied live sax in his comments, but then Larry said sampled... so I confronted OA on THE IRC to get the true story:

[23:24] <OA> lol it's live, larry is a grandpa
[23:24] <OA> and needs his ears checked
[23:24] <djp> nice
[23:25] <djp> that's goin' in the writeup

You heard it here, first. Mellow, sexy, enveloping stuff from OA; pretty different from his usual fare of more upbeat pop/rock arranging, and with a different overall aesthetic/instrumentation as well. Totally not complaining, though: I'd love to hear more where this came from, and anyone out there clamoring for a ReMix of SmartBall (or the somewhat problematic "Jerry Boy" in Japan) is starting off 2014 with a virtually orgasmic quantity of wish fulfillment on their hands. Hot, svelte stuff.

This concludes the first HALF of our ten-mix flood, but stay tuned for FIVE MORE MIXES on the first day of what's sure to be a completely badass year for OCR!!

djpretzel

Discussion: Latest 8 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
Black_Doom
on 2015-12-06 13:20:47

Yeah, this is unbelievably catchy and sexy... Uhhhhh... The sax is really glorious and the beat is exceptionally tasty. Love how light this remix becomes at 1:30 and the jumps again in the dark, gloomy atmosphere of this mix. Really great dark jazz track!

WesternZypher
on 2014-01-14 11:33:42

Oh yes - I always gravitate to this kind of sound, and OA delivers a fresh hit in top form. Segues perfectly in any tempo playlist, or stands alone just as well.

kitty
on 2014-01-07 01:30:41

This is a pretty groovy song! Recommended!

Crulex
on 2014-01-03 09:48:18

Downtown / City Night Jazz ReMix of a SmartBall game song? That's pretty damn cool, man. Smooth, clean, sexy, fun to listen to, this ReMix is ace and a great ReMix to help kick off 2014. Nice work on this one, OA. I'll be having this on repeat for a quite a while.

Poga
on 2014-01-01 14:15:01

I had been waiting for a remix from this game (more than any other) on OCR for a decade, and considered it an unlikely event. Seeing this posted here today was quite a surprise. It was an unexpected, and rather nice, way to start the new year. Thanks.

PearlZaja
on 2014-01-01 12:05:15

This is one of my favorite games on the SNES! It was super bizarre... but it had great music and was fun to play. So happy to see a remix from this game. The ruins and waterworld stage songs were always my favs. Great job :)

timaeus222
on 2014-01-01 01:57:37

Gosh, that 808 kick. I'm pretty glad OA tamed those subs. :P Hella smooth sax. Based on 0:23... I'm guessing alto sax? I'm honestly stuck between alto and tenor.

Man, the percussion on here is sweet. The vibraslap is niiiiice. Piano is oddly lofi, but meh, ok. It fits in context.

Liontamer
on 2013-12-31 11:00:16

What did you think? Post your opinion of this ReMix.

EDIT:

[00:39] DragonAvenger nice ears, granpa larry

[00:42] @Liontamer he produces like poop :-)

[00:42] @Liontamer nah, I gotta find the Prot "that's not a marimba" or whatever

[00:42] @Liontamer from way way way back

Found it! 'Twas violin. I stolez from the best.

http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR01171/

Violins don't sound real at all. Lots of repeating.

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Primary Game:
SmartBall (Sony Music Entertainment, 1991, SNES)
Music by Akira Yamaoka, Manabu Saito, Yasuhiko Fukuda
Songs:
"Round 5-A"

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