ReMix: Sonic Chaos "Smooth Dream" 4:01

By ladyWildfire, mr_n00b

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collab compo dance electric-guitar glitching mellow pop singing synth timesig-4-4 vocals-female
Arranging the music of 2 songs from 2 games (view all)...

"Aqua Planet Zone", "Scrap Brain Zone"

Primary Game: Sonic Chaos (Sega, 1993, GG), music by Kojiro Mikusa

Posted 2015-03-12, evaluated by the judges panel


Our FIRST EVAR ReMix of Sonic Chaos for the Game Gear (also incorporating the GG version of Sonic the Hedgehog) is a sweet dance/pop treat from ladyWildfire & newcomer mr_n00b that blends mellow guitars, extensive vocalizing, and an upbeat backbone for a stylistic breath of fresh air:

"This song is from Round 3 of the 2014 Sonic Zone Remix Compo. It's a special remix for me because it's the first time I've collaborated with one of my best friends from college, Kunal Verma. It's also one of the few remixes I've ever written that wasn't in a minor key. One of my favorite things about the remix is that it's somewhat like a duet between my voice and his guitar. I also enjoy the ending section when I remove most of the effects from the two lead instruments; it becomes a more intimate moment, just two friends jamming together. The original title was going to be "Variations on a Friendship," but that was from an earlier edition that wasn't as cohesive as this one."

The interplay/combination of Beth's voice and Kunal's guitar really enhances the mix - arrangement is spot on & makes the most of these two compelling components. The result is something that is dreamlike indeed, blending genres and decades; I get a Twin Peaks vibe at times, and at others I'm reminded of Pastiche's contributions to the North American Sonic CD soundtrack. The reverb & timbre of the guitars has a vague Hawaiian feel to them, and the whole package comes together in a way that just clicks & feels right. DarkeSword writes:

"Man this is swimming in reverb. Not a bad thing though; it works for the track. I'm with Dain; loving this arrangement. The atmosphere has this cool late summer vibe. Vocal loops are used a lot but there's so much evolution and variation that none of it ever gets old. Love how you've combined the sources too. Lots of integration. That's the real spirit of the multi-source compos."

Ditto all that; excellent ReMix that feels stylistically unique, offers a refreshing change of pace, integrates two themes successfully, and gives some much-needed attention to the Game Gear, all of which adds up to a huge win in my book!

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Discussion: Latest 9 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
WesternZypher
on 2016-03-04 14:24:33

Wish this had a better ending - it feels abrupt! I could go on listening to it for at least two more minutes :) Smooth, relaxing, warm breezes, casual strolls and for-the-fun-of-it drives.

Chernabogue
on 2015-12-29 12:19:27

Very smooth remix. I liked the intro's sound, it has something very nice to it. The vocals were a fantastic addition, and fit perfectly the track. The breakdown and guitar part in the end were highlights for me. Very nice job! :)

Crulex
on 2015-03-17 14:48:25

Beth's vocals go along with the flow of this ReMix extremely well. Smooth and airy, while the guitar keeps the mix grounded and solid to tie it together. The reverb and tone of this mix does work for the sound that was attempted, and sounds great. Nice collab.

Geoffrey Taucer
on 2015-03-15 14:41:42

Ooooh, this is so smooth and nice. Love the vocals, love the driving swing rhythm.

DCT
on 2015-03-15 11:09:58

smooooooooooooooooooth

evktalo
on 2015-03-13 07:10:01

Been a fan of illusen :) since that first Ecco the Dolphin post on the workshop. This is another case of smart, deliberately employed electronica, and still the organic elements - voice and guitar - end up being the highlights. I like the style of the guitaring, nice to hear this sort of stuff on OCR. Structure is good as well. The vocal harmony in the middle breakdown reminds me of something I used to listen to, quite pleasantly.. I feel like I need to go back to that.

The EQ is a bit harsh/bright for my ears, esp. on guitar and vocals. I keep checking the ending if my file download ended prematurely, but that's not a crit, it works. :)

orlouge82
on 2015-03-12 22:16:34

Always love to see more of Beth's stuff posted!

Black_Doom
on 2015-03-12 14:56:05

I've been big fan of this tune since its first appearance in SZRC'14. It has a cool (cold) vibe to it, it's very dreamy and even sorta uplifting. Beth's vocals are just breathtaking. Kunal's guitars are also fine. But the combination of them gives a lot of chills of joy. Excellent mix :nicework:

Liontamer
on 2015-03-12 13:20:20

What did you think? Post your opinion of this ReMix.

Sources Arranged (2 Songs, 2 Games)


Primary Game:
Sonic Chaos (Sega, 1993, GG)
Music by Kojiro Mikusa
Songs:
"Aqua Planet Zone"
Additional Game:
Sonic the Hedgehog (Sega, 1991, GG)
Music by Yuzo Koshiro
Songs:
"Scrap Brain Zone"

Tags (11)


Genre:
Dance, Pop
Mood:
Mellow
Instrumentation:
Electric Guitar, Singing, Synth, Vocals: Female
Additional:
Effects > Glitching
Origin > Collaboration
Origin > Competition
Time > 4/4 Time Signature

File Information


Name:
Sonic_Chaos_Smooth_Dream_OC_ReMix.mp3
Size:
5,861,957 bytes
MD5:
afa2974b6a1da1f63d2a34d708c749bb
Bitrate:
192Kbps
Duration:
4:01

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