ReMix: Xenophobe "Audiophobe"
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Showroom Dummy (Ralf Schneider) debuted over five years ago with a nice Erasuresque arrangement of Tales of Symphonia - good to have you back! This is our FIRST ReMix from Xenophobe, in this case the Amiga incarnation, composed by Barry Leitch, whose work on Harlequin was covered by Binster back in August.
"This is my newest remix. It's from Xenophobe Amiga. I made it for PRC #258. My style is more old electro influences and more calm, but for this mix, I went very modern electro but with some twists. :) I always try to keep pulse waves in mixes and this is one with them too. It is very powerful and I worked more on keeping it surprising for the listener all the time. Hope it is good for you guys and thanks for listening! (And sorry if any bad English.)"
"Quite minimal in execution, but this song really doesn't require much, and the included elements are more than enough to carry it. Lots of unique fills and blips and blops throughout to make it your own. No real production crits from me, a little more body to the kick would be nice, but this seems well mixed with a decent level of clarity. Good to see unrepresented games get a mix against them in the catalogue."
Definitely a crunchier, bitcrushed take on electro, with some sweet modulation that gets in your head. Xenophobe is one of those games that was in arcades and then got ported to a ton of different systems, but back then the Amiga almost always got special attention when it came to ported soundtracks, and this is no exception. Liontamer adds:
"In any case, I agree with the others that this gave more direction and focus to the source. I actually enjoyed the original in a twisted way, but the loose timing of some Amiga tunes is an acquired taste for some. There could have been some more spicyness in the arrangement, but there was solid dynamic contrast and development throughout. All in all, good work! :-)"
Always love getting new Amiga mixes, great to see Ralf again after so many years, and I really think he did a great job with this source, dressing it up to the nines & making it more accessible in the process. In just under three minutes, it does a lot, and those exposed chip trills were a nice way to close things out!