Posted 2014-01-21, evaluated by djpretzel
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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Sources Arranged (7 Songs, 2 Games)
- Primary Game:
Tekken Tag Tournament 2 (Namco Bandai Games, 2012, XB360)
Music by Akitaka Tohyama, Ayako Saso, Go Shiina, Keigo Hoashi, Keiichi Okabe, Nobuyoshi Sano, Rio Hamamoto, Ryo Watanabe, Shinji Hosoe, Taku Inoue, Yoshihito Yano, Yuu Miyake
- "Night Falls (Ending)"
"Plucking Tulips (Tulip Festival)"
"Tekken Tag Tournament Piano Intro -Massive Mix-"
- Additional Game:
Tekken 3 (Namco, 1996, ARC)
Music by Keiichi Okabe, Nobuyoshi Sano
- "Jin Kazama"
- Electric Guitar, Electronic, Synth
- Arrangement > Medley
Time > Tempo: Fast
- 8,148,278 bytes
- Size: 8,148,278 bytes
- MD5 Checksum: 5882f0f245191b39f439fe066227a0d6
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