Here with our first ReMix of Getsu Fuuma Den, a Japanese-exclusive Konami NES RPG with music by Hidenori Maezawa of Contra/Life Force/Bayou Billy fame is Dj Mystix, who again manages to work in another game (in this case some SOTN) but keeps it instrumental for an Eastern dance piece he describes as "Turkish Disco" - is it time to oil up? Let' see:
"This is the very first time I'm re-subbing a track. The major complaint about the NO'ed remix (Wai Wai World 'Lament of a Warrior') was compression, but I decided to rewrite the whole thing from scratch (also renamed the remix). I just kept the bass and a few leads and added SotN's "Wandering Ghosts" in between just because I thought it would fit perfectly. Tempo has been raised a bit (I wanted the song to be catchy). The intro has completely been replaced with some more original writing. I am trying to do a Turkish disco here. I know most of you don't like the synths I use as leads in my mixes, so I'm trying to experiment here a bit and hoping you will like it this time. :)
I've given this track my best shot and don't think I can improve this any further. Really hoping that it can get through this time. :) Thanks, guys, for all the feedback/comments/remarks. I can't explain in words how much I am thankful to you guys, because your critique helped me improve my skills so much all over those years!"
0:00-1:10 - original stuff
0:11-2:06 - Getsu Fuuma Den - "Overworld"
2:07-2:49 - Castlevania: Symphony of the Night - "Wandering Ghosts" (with some original stuff)
2:50-3:14 - Getsu Fuuma Den - "Overworld"
3:15-4:09 - Getsu Fuuma Den - "Prologue"
First, let's all give a well-deserved shout out to the judges panel - they need to step up their activity of late, but they're providing an awesome free service to artists and it's clear to me from numerous comments like Mansoor's above that this feedback is appreciated. GOOOOOO JUDGES!!!! Now if you're like me, and I know I am, you're going to hear the intervals in this mix as an unintentional arrangement of "Magical Sound Shower" from OutRun - Larry heard the same thing, so we know he's not losing his edge:
"The faux-guitar handling the OutRun-esque part of the source chorus at 1:48 isn't really meant to sound like an electric guitar, so that wasn't something to criticize. Solid transition into the Castlevania melody at 2:24; the acoustic guitar stuff sounded pretty sweet. The piano at 2:59 still had the same fakeness issues, but sounded MUCH better as an accent in the background by not exposing the sample as much.
Yeah, another solidly arranged one from Mansoor; this was sweet. Nice to hear him tackle yet another game without an OC ReMix, and one with a unique and interesting tie to the Castlevania series later on. Keep those instrumentation criticisms in mind so you can improve the parts that were too lacking in realism and richness. Otherwise, nice work! Definitely looking forward to your next submission. :-)"
Mr. Mystix was certainly on a vocal run with his last three pieces, so it's also good to see him mix it up a bit. Obviously obscure game choices are appreciated, and this game's a little nugget of Konami history that deserves the love, but I also think it's kinda nice how the ReMix doubles as an OutRun mix without that being intended. As a wise soothsayer once soothsaid: you can never have too much magical sound shower... He was probably high, but listen, the point here is that this is another superb arrangement from Dj Mystix, maintaining a nice production sheen & an emotive interweaving of themes. Don't let any lack of familiarity with the game hold you back - remember, this is Hidenori freakin' Maezawa - and enjoy Mansoor's latest jam!
Sources Arranged (3 Songs, 2 Games)
- Primary Game:
Getsu Fuuma Den (Konami, 1987, NES)
Music by Hidenori Maezawa
- "Go! Tsukikazema (Map BGM)"
- Additional Game:
Castlevania: Symphony of the Night (Konami, 1997, PS1)
Music by akiropito, Jeff Lorber, Michiru Yamane, Rika Muranaka, Tomoko Sano, Tony Haynes
- "Wandering Ghosts"
- Electronic, Synth
- 6,110,521 bytes
- Size: 6,110,521 bytes
- MD5 Checksum: a18ebab6ede17a31d472b55a59ab23b7
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