ReMix: Mega Man 9 "Lights Out" 3:14

By SuperiorX

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compo electric-guitar electric-piano funk jazzy synth
Arranging the music of 2 songs from 2 games (view all)...

"Plug Electric (Plug Man Stage)", "The Tower"

Primary Game: Mega Man 9 (Capcom, 2008, WII), music by Hiroki Isogai, Ippo Yamada, Ryo Kawakami, Yu Shimoda

Posted 2014-12-31, evaluated by the judges panel


One last hurrah for 2014!! As we say goodbye to a year that has seen numerous developments and 250+ posted mixes, SuperiorX is here to turns the lights out with this chill disco/funk arrangement of MM9 & Darkwing Duck, from the WCRG 2013:

"I figured I would follow-up my flood of Sonic CD submissions with some Mega Man compo goodness! This track comes from DarkeSword's Wily Castle Remix Gauntlet 2013 and is a remix of Plug Man's theme (Mega Man 9) and the Moliarty Tower stage (Darkwing Dark NES). This mix was a lot of fun to write and was in a style that, to this point, I hadn't been able to quite pull off. I'm a sucker for juicy funk, complete with EP chords, rhythm guitar, and groovy synths. I think a lot of my previous mixes have jazz and funk influences, but I believe this is my most "complete" entry in the genre for sure. This track placed well in the competition, garnering my team a first place ranking for the round, so I was really proud that I created something that stacked up well against all the other awesome participants in the compo. My teammate Amphibious said this mix sounded like the theme song for an 80's TV crime drama, which wasn't necessarily my intent, but I think it's a spot-on description. ;)

The mix itself utilizes the Plug Man melodies a bit more than the Moliarty stage theme, focusing on the two main Plug Man melody parts on the plucked synth instrument and the legato synth you hear around 1:05. The Moliarty stage theme is woven in throughout too - primarily in the bass, but the melody shows up as accompaniment parts in some of the background synth instruments. As I mentioned earlier, I love me some funk rhythm guitar, which I just HAD to have in this mix. I don't play myself, but I was able to cut up and use some from a sample pack I own to create the accompaniment guitar parts you hear. I then filled out the arrangement with some various original synth lines and some accompaniment stabs and gated pad parts."

Funk guitar parts really seal the deal, and I totally get the 80's crime drama vibe, too. Flexstyle writes:

"Aww yeah, schmoove groovy stuff from Mr. X. The themes are blended well, I dig the flow of the song, love the sound choices...honestly, I haven't really got anything to criticize here. I feel like this could almost have been a DP, and really shouldn't have any trouble on the panel."

He was right - it didn't :) Matt definitely funks out more explicitly here than in previous mixes, and it suits him. If you've got time to work it into some last-minute NYE playlists, I'm thinking it might suit you, too. Since the artist did such a fine job summarizing the mix & the judges signed off with minimal to zero reservations, there's little left for me to do but say this: ENJOY, and we'll catch you on the flip side in 2015!!

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Discussion: Latest 8 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
OverClocked PodCast
on 2015-01-13 18:44:22

This is scratching an itch I didn't know I had. There's something so pleasant about this rhythm with such a cool, consistent slap bass. It's smooooooooooth.

Crulex
on 2015-01-10 14:53:31

So much chilled out funk, I'm just sliding all over the place here! Definitely a great track from the compo and a pretty sweet blend of sources. Nice slap bass. 80's crime drama, hmm, sounds about right, and as with most things 80's, that's right up my alley. Nice work.

SuperiorX
on 2015-01-07 19:36:31
I think I like this more than I did last year. I don't know if you improved it, but either way, this is so good. That first lead just rocks, and you make me wanna write another funk remix with a similar vibe.

Nah, I didn't tweak anything. I opened it up with the intention to, but then I decided against it. And thanks, I loved your Darkwing track from this round too!

timaeus222
on 2015-01-05 19:00:58

I think I like this more than I did last year. I don't know if you improved it, but either way, this is so good. That first lead just rocks, and you make me wanna write another funk remix with a similar vibe.

SuperiorX
on 2015-01-05 18:27:58

Thanks for the kind words guys, I appreciate it! This is still one of my favorite songs that I've made.

Oh and Black_Doom, I must have a thing for unknowingly naming my compo tracks after existing OCR songs, because I did it twice in the WCRG 2013 (Lights Out, Circuit Breaker) and once during the WCRG 2011 (Under Construction) as well lol :razz:

A-RoN
on 2015-01-03 08:45:35

For some odd reason, this makes me think of Get Lucky by Daft Punk in the beginning, but alas, I was wrong once 0:35 hit. I've been listening to SuperiorX's work for quite a while. He's come a long way as a mixer and this shows how versatile he is. The choice of leads, chorus effect settings, and did I mention dat electro bass? Awesome! The composition in itself is fun and brings the Saturday night fever onto the modern dance floor.

Black_Doom
on 2015-01-01 01:43:19

We already have Light's Out. Why do we need more? Because this is something different... I really dig this piece. It has strong Sir J/JM vibe, so this is quite different from other stuff I've heard from Matt (though, it slightly reminds me Frictionless). Slap bass here is so damn tasty. And the beat at 1:05 is really great. That effect at 2:39 is a nice touch as well. Very groovy, yet chilling. :nicework:

Liontamer
on 2014-12-31 10:16:14

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Sources Arranged (2 Songs, 2 Games)


Primary Game:
Mega Man 9 (Capcom, 2008, WII)
Music by Hiroki Isogai, Ippo Yamada, Ryo Kawakami, Yu Shimoda
Songs:
"Plug Electric (Plug Man Stage)"
Additional Game:
Darkwing Duck (Capcom, 1992, NES)
Music by Yasuaki Fujita
Songs:
"The Tower"

Tags (6)


Genre:
Funk
Mood:
Jazzy
Instrumentation:
Electric Guitar, Electric Piano, Synth
Additional:
Origin > Competition

File Information


Name:
Mega_Man_9_Lights_Out_OC_ReMix.mp3
Size:
5,226,453 bytes
MD5:
4ec9c0600ab6038078cfc019e0382e6b
Bitrate:
212Kbps
Duration:
3:14

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