ReMix: Tekken Tag Tournament 2 "Get Ready for the Next Battle!"
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- Game: Tekken Tag Tournament 2 (Namco Bandai Games, 2012, XB360)
- ReMixer(s): Ivan Hakštok
- Composer(s): Akitaka Tohyama, Ayako Saso, Go Shiina, Keigo Hoashi, Keiichi Okabe, Nobuyoshi Sano, Rio Hamamoto, Ryo Watanabe, Shinji Hosoe, Taku Inoue, Yoshihito Yano, Yuu Miyake
- Song(s): "Jin Kazama", "Lei Wulong", "Night Falls (Ending)", "Nina Williams", "Plucking Tulips (Tulip Festival)", "Tekken Tag Tournament Piano Intro -Massive Mix-", "Yoshimitsu"
- Posted: 2014-01-21, evaluated by djpretzel
- Album: Featured on Apex 2014: A New Challenger!!
- Terms (BETA): aggressive electric-guitar electronic medley rock synth tempo-fast
In case you missed it over the weekend, Apex 2014: A New Challenger!! was released, featuring fourteen tracks from twenty-four artists, arranging themes from ten different fighting games that comprised the Apex 2014 tournaments. We already featured the 800-pound gorilla three-part Smash Brothers hip-hop extravaganza from OverClocked Assembled, so now it's time to branch out a bit, with our first ReMix from Tekken Tag Tournament 2 and ALSO our first mix from ANY Tekken game since 2002! Ivan Hakštok offers up a frenetic blend of high-energy rock & EDM with this arrangement of several Tekken themes from TTT2 & T3:
"I've been a huge Tekken fan since I've first played Tekken 3 when I was only 6 years old, so when the first Apex album was announced and I saw Tekken Tag Tournament 2 on the games list, I wanted to remix it but I didn't have the chops to pull off the ideas I had. When the 2nd album was announced, I saw that TTT2 was again on the list and I took another shot at remixing some themes from it.
My style is usually rock music with added synths and electronic elements, but this time I went the other way around - electronic track with some rock elements, so working on it helped me improve my electronic music skills a lot. I made a dubstep-ish part in the middle which I'm really proud of because I like dubstep, but I rarely try to do such music, and it turned out better than expected. Second part of the song contains some Tekken 3 cameos - I felt obliged to do that because Tekken 3 is the game that introduced me to the series and is still one of my favorite games of all time. :)"
I was gonna say, this sounds more like an electronic mix that has some rock/metal elements added than vice-versa; cool stylistic switcheroo for the artist, and I think it worked really well. Album director DarkeSword writes:
"I really love Ivan's music. He's such a great rocker, and I knew he'd bring that high energy I was looking for to his Tekken track, but I wasn't expecting something with so much of an electronic tilt from him. I love that floaty ethereal feel he brings when "Night Falls" makes its appearance, contrasted with the obligatory wubs all modern electronic music demands–nay, deserves."
The wubs are incorporated in such a lovely, melodic context that they're almost polite :) I love the very clear, discrete components here - it's very easy to follow all the parts, even when there's a lot going on, and it makes the whole ride more enjoyable. Cross-panned arpeggio synth runs, a tapestop effect, some radio-style processing, and a generally firm grip on the maximalist soundscape add up to a fantastic piece. Ivan debuted on the site just last year, but already he's made a name for himself, and this third mix may be his best yet. Tekken returns to OC ReMix with style, energy, and an exciting, fuel-injected blend of modern genres!
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