ReMix: Mega Man Battle Network 3: Blue Version "Network Is Searching"

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Mega Man Battle Network 3: Blue Version

Rukunetsu follows up an excellent Thunder Force IV debut mix from early 2013 with our FIRST arrangement of Mega Man Battle Network 3 featuring a combination of breaks/hip-hop components with smooth jazz & plenty of synths. Anchored by an EP riff that repeats quite a bit but never wears thin due to plenty of contextual variation & syncopation, there are a lot of tastefully-used effects here that keep things fresh, including record-stop/turntable, trance-style gating, reverse-loops, flanging/phasing, you name it. The whole is really greater than the sum of its parts, because it's the WAY Ruku incorporates all of these components, blending and/or swapping between them, that makes everything truly flow. He writes:

"Something done for the Blue Bomber's 25th that I thought I'd submit. Had a blast making it, and I do hope it's enjoyable."

It's hard NOT to enjoy; an excellent example of how repetition can be capitalized on rather than leaned on, this arrangement has a lot of grace & style to go with its attitude and pacing, and the syncopated cadence of the groove, with all the changeups, helps maintain a clear focus. Larry writes:

"Being familiar with both themes, I thought it was interesting that the energy of Ruku's combined arrangement of the two achieved a middle ground between the heavier, beat-driven "Network Is Spreading" and the mellower, more relaxed "Search Man." I don't know if he was going for that intentionally, but metaphorically speaking, it certainly came across like a genuine byproduct of marrying the two pieces.

On the sound design side, and going back to that laid-back energy I enjoyed, the opening pads and the airy, crystalline texture of the piano at :14 were both excellent, and I immediately knew I was going to nod my head to this piece when the beats started at :29. I dug that drop into "Search Man" at 1:28 where you had 7 brief seconds to focus on something quiet before new, more impactful beats arrived to further alter the piece's energy; nice dynamic contrast to keep the show fresh. All in all, a very chill, beautiful-sounding piece."

REALLY good music for coding, design, etc. work - has the right sort of flow and numerous points of interest without being either too relaxing or too assertive. I dig the craftsmanship & substance of Ruku's arrangements so far, with this mix being comparable to his debut TF4 arrangement in both regards. Great stuff, excellent tribute to Mega Man, and a deep groove that should appeal to all!

djpretzel

Discussion: Latest 11 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
Black_Doom
on 2014-10-14 14:30:44

Very chill. I've always been big fan of such arrangments. The intro is just so good. Both pianos and a lot of synths give this mix some cold, glassy vibe. Hip-hop elements like sctratch and vocal clips are spot-on as well. Man, this is so smooooth.

ambient
on 2014-02-14 08:38:52

Silky smooth and super chill. I am in general a fan of Ruku's work, and he stays true to form with this one.

genius11433
on 2014-02-12 23:22:38

Though some of the transitions were a bit abrupt, I like the overall mellow vibe of the piece. You don't get the sense that the base tracks came from two different games at all. This is in my playlist as we speak.

SuperiorX
on 2014-02-11 11:33:24

Aww yeah I've loved this track since I heard it on Ruku's soundcloud page. Good stuff!

timaeus222
on 2014-02-11 01:03:49

As chill as I remember it. Some spots were a little jarring, but other than that, good stuff. :)

BONKERS
on 2014-02-10 16:42:06

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Is how I feel

Crulex
on 2014-02-10 15:26:02

The only thing better than a regular piano? An electric piano! Slick like crystal and full of classic Mega Man style energy, I'm totally digging this. Great vocal bits as well.

Liontamer
on 2014-02-10 15:03:57

So SMOOVE!

Mirby
on 2014-02-10 14:31:08

I've loved this song since I saw it in the workshop

and I still love it

3

Brandon Strader
on 2014-02-10 14:26:02

This is great. I'm a sucker for ePiano, and love the general glassy vibe I get from this. Nice use of voice, pretty solid mixing, nice work. :-)

djpretzel
on 2014-02-10 14:01:13

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