ReMix: Gunstar Heroes "Boiling Point"

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This contribution to Be Aggressive!: A Gunstar Heroes Tribute Album from ectogemia was possibly the fastest AND craziest - breakneck dnb coupled with chromatic synth undulations and hyperactive chipmunk leads, modulated into oblivion. That bass is gonna give itself a heart attack, jumpin' all around like that; the pace, it is swift:

"After listening to the original tune several times and deciding that the composer was clearly having fun with it, just going nuts and doing whatever came to mind, I thought I'd take the same approach!

As always, I worked a little bit of chippiness into the mix while maintaining an overall modern soundscape. I really like the diverse blend of sounds I put together here, and I think it does the frenetic, ADD nature of the source and the whole soundtrack the justice it deserves. Do you think it's chaotic enough?"

"Frenetic" is very much the right word - this ReMix certainly has ants in its pants, no doubt, but it never disintegrates into true chaos, and it's actually rather fun to hear the train stay ON the tracks at this speed. Emunator writes:

"Yeah, I'm digging this.. The relentless hyper-D&B isn't my favorite style, but you executed it with a lot of finesse and managed to pull off the glitching and insane melodic wankery with a good amount of tact. Mixing is super-clean, which must have been very hard to achieve here, but you did good. I think this track was designed to melt faces and it does a pretty good job accomplishing that - not much more I can say!"

Well said. Deia adds:

"This is a bit crazy, especially near the end! There's a lot of quirky textures going on which gives this track a pretty unique flavor. The mixing is clear, the parts come across well, the balance is good, and the source is apparent (thanks, Kris!). I'd say it's an easy decision here. I'd say this isn't going to be everyone's cup of tea, but it is a fun take that is definitely different from what everyone else would do to the track! Neat listen!"

This is basically the polar opposite of chillout music, and I'd say that it's possibly too energetic even for exercising, unless your preferred form of exercise involves spasms and/or running around with a sock on your head. Kudos to ecto for doing something different & unexpected and fully embracing Gunstar Heroes' very spastic OST with an equally spastic EDM arrangement that never lets up!

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Discussion: Latest 7 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
evktalo
on 2016-11-09 09:58:29

Now this is one powerful blast of an arrangement. It has a tremendous forward drive, it’s a huge scream of “HURRY!” and feels like it can barely contain itself.

I really like the sound. It’s very appropriate for Gunstar Heroes, but it’s not that Mega Drive-y, which is refreshing. Lots of unobvious soundbits flying around like flak.

The gliding melody lines around 1:30-2:00 are really cool, providing a good contrast for the frenetic percussion and all the short note bursting.

The final third of the track doesn’t flow quite as well as the preceding parts. The part from around 2:20-3:00 is pretty cacophonic, which I think works all right in itself but doesn’t quite pay off in the end, as I was expecting it to build up to something, or the disparate parts to come together somehow. Instead, there’s a short repeat of previous material and the piece just ends.

Another small piece of criticism is that the orch hits at the beginning aren’t timed quite perfectly. It’s not too distracting though, I only noticed it on the umpteenth play.

Well, if overall the structure could’ve been a bit more satisfying, the whole package is still very good and worthwhile. It’s always energising to hear this one come up on the playlist!

Chernabogue
on 2015-12-14 13:05:03

Nicely produced. I like the blend of orchestral/string staccatos and electro stuff. It indeed reminds me of a few tracks from Sonic Heroes, especially the Casino ones. A bit too glitchy at some points for my taste (second half), but it's still an interesting track. :)

Phonetic Hero
on 2015-02-18 06:11:38

Wheeeee!! Good to see this finally posted. Can't get enough of those leads at 1:50

Crulex
on 2015-02-09 10:58:36

Yeah! A get up and go ReMix for sure! This has an insane level of busyness in it and I can see how this might drive some folks crazy, but never letting up while keeping it in line and not delving into pure chaos and psychotics is a pretty good feat. This gets wild as hell, but makes sense. Nicely done.

timaeus222
on 2015-02-05 01:58:31

Hm... yeah, unfortunately it doesn't really jive with my tastes here. I do agree that it is mixed well enough, but I just think the vibrato was a bit much and the lack of a substantially long breakdown section made the chaotic aspects of it more memorable. I dunno man. I think it's good in the objective sense, but it's just not my thing.

Black_Doom
on 2015-02-04 14:51:47

So reminiscent of

from Sonic Heroes :) It just screams "Drugs and surrealism". Cool stuff, man! Definitely one of my favorites from Be Aggreesive!
Liontamer
on 2015-02-04 02:14:39

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