ReMix: Pokémon X "Born from the Ashes"
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- Game: Pokémon X (Nintendo, 2013, 3DS)
- ReMixer(s): timaeus222
- Composer(s): Hitomi Sato, Junichi Masuda, Minako Adachi, Satoshi Nohara, Shota Kageyama
- Song(s): "Battle! (Xerneas/Yveltal)"
- Posted: 2015-01-07, evaluated by djpretzel
- Album: Featured on Apex 2014: A New Challenger!!
- Terms (BETA): dnb electric-guitar electronic energetic synth
High-octane beat-laden POKELECTRONICA DNB jams from from timaeus222, off Apex 2014: A New Challenger!!:
"If you guys recall back to ye olden days, the age-old question was, "who would win the loudness war without blasting out people's eardrums?" SIGN ME UP! For you audio geeks, this track reaches about -6dB RMS sometimes (for reference, zircon's "Augment" reaches -4.5dB RMS). This is by far one of my loudest (yet controlled) ReMixes, as well as probably my most convoluted soundscape thus far. I could say that my first major bass mixing hurdle was with my Gunstar Heroes ReMix, but I could also say that this X/Y ReMix is a "test" to see how much I can push the limits of my headphones (yes, I do mix with headphones most of the time!). This ReMix was influenced by a mesh of zircon's old and new tracks, and a little bit of bLiNd's old D&B ReMixes. The aim for this ReMix was a complex, futuristic atmosphere. You've got your adrenaline-pumping guitar-driven D&B, and then you've got your oxymoronic complexity breakdown section. Both of those combined make for a very unpredictable mix, yet I had gotten this huge grin on my face when I finished this.
As usual, some of the sounds made and used are on the more unique end of the texture spectrum (yes, it's now a thing), but nevertheless, I think you guys will get a smile on your face just as I did. I hope you'll rock out in your room (or itty-bitty living space) while hearing this piece of magic (get it?), and blast it in your cars when you feel extra rebellious! :D The title was based on how Xerneas was based on creatures living in the ash tree Yggdrasil (Norse mythology)."
An fx-laden roller coaster ride through glitches, twitches, & all manner of synthsploitation, this is fun and LOUD stuff, but as the artist mentions, the control is there, so while the beats are big & the synths rude, it's still well-produced. Chimpazilla writes:
"Stellar work from timaeus222 as usual! He sure knows how to handle Shreddage bass, the timbre is energetic and deep/satisfying. Tons of tasty details in this mix, DnB breaks/fills, just the right amount of vibrato, and the glitching is top notch. Mixing is great. It is in fact quite loud, yet not squashed. -6db RMS, oh my goodness!
Plenty of source worked into a nicely varied arrangement. Great work!"
Indeed; I tend not to think of POKEMANZ games in the context of fighting games, so I was surprised when I saw 'em on both Apex albums, but certainly no regrets; great stuff!