Posted 2014-07-28, evaluated by djpretzel
I'm still amazed at how Temporal Duality turned out - it really evolved its own aesthetic and surprised me with a heapin' helpin' of hip-hop & funk, which I wouldn't necessarily have anticipated but am damn glad happened. Magellanic teamed up w/ PROTO-BLAKE on sax for this rockin' instrumental take on "Sonic Boom," and while it's neither hip-hop nor funk per se, it still goes beyond a traditional rock/metal treatment by throwing in some ensemble brass stabs, Blake's squealin' sax solos, a pretty dern funky bassline, and some wah-wah on the lead guit later on... it all adds up to something that sounds like G.E. Smith and the Saturday Night Live band covering Sonic CD - which is another way of saying MAD PROPS :) Liam writes:
"This track was very much inspired by J-pop (specifically the DBZ Budokai 3 soundtrack). Though it probably wouldn't be described as J-pop, I just wanted it to be super cheesey, but also bursting with energy. It was great working with Blake on this one as, without his sax parts, it just wouldn't have been possible, so many thanks to him for those!
Other than that, thanks to the guys on Temporal Duality providing feedback and critiques but also pushing me along even when I was feeling down and out. Thank you!"
Larry lays it all out:
"The opening notes until :18 were a thing of beauty, and I also enjoyed the chords adapted from the source that padded :31-:44. All of those mellow sounds contrasted nicely with the upbeat rock direction Liam & Blake took the track in from :44-on. This was super strong stuff with Magellanic handling the lion's share of the music and PROTO·DOME's sax handling the melody in place of the original's vocals. The other brass in the track didn't sound real, but was layered well and couched perfectly in the track to make it all lock together and not expose those samples. Liam mentioned this piece potentially feeling cheesy, but to me it just sounded like a short and sweet thrill ride and a lot of fun. The Saxy Sonic Girls would agree that this track's also a big hit with the ladies. ;-) Really impressive work by Liam and Blake!"
Indeed; sax is often a great lead choice for replacing a vocal part as, in the right hands, it can be every bit as expressive as the human voice. Mr. DOME has those hands, and Liam put them to good use (when did this get so sordid?) on this arrangement - it really wouldn't have been the same as a guitars-only, we-don't-serve-their-kind-here affair, and the successful collab offered Temporal Duality a raucous, invigorating take on the source!
Sources Arranged (1 Song)
- Primary Game:
Sonic CD (Sega, 1993, SCD)
Music by David Young, Mark Crew, Masafumi Ogata, Naofumi Hataya, Spencer N. Nilsen
- "Sonic Boom - Opening Theme (US)"
- Brass, Electric Guitar, Saxophone
- Origin > Collaboration
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- Size: 4,875,183 bytes
- MD5 Checksum: 2881b40fc86aa3fdc1969745f263fb8f
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