ReMix: Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon "The Clocktower"
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SIXTO SOUNDS!!! Something Juanderful!! Mr. Medrano sends us our FIRST ReMix of Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon for the 3DS!! For many of you I (understandably) had you at "Sixto Sounds," but this is actually kind of a shift for SS, as he works in a wider sound palette and lets some chippish synths take the lead on this dark, creepy rock jam with a ska-ish offbeat, ghostly thereminesque wailing, & spooky, would-have-gotten-away-with-it-if-it-weren't-for-you-meddlin'-kids, ghost-hunting energy! Seems like Juan's getting his money's worth out of Plogue Chipsounds :) He writes:
"mirby linked to the source on irc, heard it, had to do it. HAD TO. inspired by elfman's beetlejuice theme and also mr. bungle's carousel."
People often think Batman and Men In Black when they think Elfman, but that Beetlejuice OST was the business, and the Harry Belafonte wine pairing made the overall meal rather legendary. Larry writes:
"The source tune's got the gothic vibe nailed down and is definitely catchy, so I can see why Sixto gravitated to this on Mirby's suggestion. I hope other artists listen to the Dark Moon soundtrack to see what other gold is there to be mined. Just to me, I could see a Castlevania rock style applied to this, so there's lots of places to go with it. The fact that Juan didn't go that route and went for more of an upbeat rock & SID hybrid piece was another pleasant surprise when I saw his name on this. Really fun stuff from Sixto to stick with the spooky-yet-innocent presentation of Luigi's Mansion. If you had told me this was from a soundtrack like Grant Kirkhope's Grabbed by the Ghoulies, I would have definitely believed it! This one's a great testament to Sixto's musical range. :-)"
Sixto's been branching out a bit the last several years, and the results have all been excellent - always excited to see what he'll submit next, and like Larry, I was surprised by the overall approach here, but it works GREAT. Plus, you know, he still works in some shreddage, trading off with the synths, in addition to the rolling, oompah metal chugs. There are aspects of this mix that remind me of the following: Tetris, polka, 50's horror films, klezmer, chiptunes, Gogol Bordello, Michael Keaton, and Scooby Doo. That's a pretty good list; you could do a lot worse. Lovely to see some attention being paid to newer & very worthile handheld VGM - plenty more where this came from - and in the form of an arrangement that takes the original, rather serious harpsichord + organ composition and goes nuts with it. You wanna get nuts? C'mon... let's get nuts!! Great, uber-creative stuff from Sixto Sounds that you should rock out to now & remember for Halloween playlists this Halloween!!
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