ReMix: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV: Turtles in Time "Cowabunga!"
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- Game: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV: Turtles in Time (Konami, 1992, SNES)
- ReMixer(s): Sixto Sounds, WillRock
- Composer(s): Harumi Ueko, Kazuhiko Uehara, Mutsuhiko Izumi
- Song(s): "Technodrome ~ Let's Kick Shell! (Stage 4 BGM)"
- Posted: 2014-04-09, evaluated by djpretzel
- Album: Featured on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shell Shocked
- Terms (BETA): collab electric-guitar prog-rock rock synth
WillRock AND Sixto Sounds?!? Cowabunga, indeed. Misters Harby & Medrano team up to kick some shell at the Technodrome with blistering, searing synth-rock. You will NOT find techno at THIS Technodrome. Will writes:
"Once, when I was in town doing some clothes shopping, I saw one of those street performers. He was fiddling about on an out of tune fender strat through a what sounded like a blown 10 watt speaker system.
This moment in my life inspired me to pick up a electric guitar, so I went to my local guitar wankage shop and brought myself a $10 second hand guitar. The first time I held it in my hands, I knew, holding it at that moment, that I would be a guitarist, the likes of which has never been seen.
After about the 3rd broken string that day, I decided screw guitar playing and started looking at other guitarists to work with. I tried out plenty of guitarists, and after going through such talented guitarists such as Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, and Ill Wayne, I decided to go with this dude who called himself Sixto Sounds. His guitar playing astounded me, he sounded much like another person playing the electric guitar.
After he had spent a few years learning his instrument, we finally finished our first collaboration. It flopped much like a floppy floppy disk. Then we decided to remix Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. We went into a high tech studio to record the guitars, and when recording the solo, Sixto attempted to throw my head into his amplifier when I told him that his 250th take of his guitar solo just wasn't going to cut it. However, doing so, he caught his favourite "Winger" T-shirt on the tuning peg of his guitar which wound it round, causing the bottom E string to snap, and the entire guitar to go out of tune. Sixto had to restring and tune his guitar which took many valuable hours of studio time.
On reflection, we both decided it would be for the best if we worked together again, since the best music is created by people who hate each other. These plans have not come to full fruition yet."
I'm pretty sure that maybe 5% of that is true. Maybe. But with tunes this rockin', fidelity to fact is rather optional. Will can synth-wank with the best of them, and Juan's guitar-wank needs no introduction, so suffice it to say... a double pleasure is waiting for you. Kyle concurs:
"This glorious meeting of two of OCR's most rockin' legends surprisingly didn't make Shredder enact his evil plan of making our dimension collapse in on itself. As if WillRock and Sixto didn't kick enough shell on their own, this 80's-inspired metal remix of the SNES-exclusive Technodrome level features Will and Juan trading off on synth and guitar leads throughout the entire song. All I know is, I wanna see more team-ups of these guys, STAT."
I liked this stage because I really dug the first-person boss idea in a beat 'em up context, where you had to throw henchman INTO the screen to do any damage. Pretty clever, made good use of Mode 7, and just added that extra something-something. In another example of superlative casting, this source's buoyant melodies and synth riffs called for a one-two punch of soaring oscillators and chugging frets, delivered in spades by WR and SS. Will's been relatively ubiquitous, but we haven't posted Juan up since early 2013's amazing "The Savior of Dream Land" - it's been awhile! These two artists definitely work well together, and like Kyle says, I'd love to see more. Another standout jam on Shell Shocked, this power-collab does NOT disappoint!
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