ReMix: Mega Man 5 "To the End of the Sea and Sky"

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Mega Man 5

From Hylian Lemon & Phonetic Hero comes a chiptastic pop/rock instrumental arrangement of "Wave Man" (Mega Man 5), "Ending" (Mega Man 6), "Tengu Man" & "Aqua Man" (Mega Man 8) - plenty of square waves, trills, & myriad other chiptune staples, with an arrangement that makes good use of 'em, from round 10 of the 2013 Wily Castle Remix Gauntlet:

Hylian Lemon: "I would like to thank DarkeSword for running these competitions and giving me an excuse to remix Mega Man with cool people. I would also like to thank Pete for being one of said cool people."

Phonetic Hero: "I always love working with Ben because his sense of harmony and progression blows me away every time without fail, and this track was no exception. I really didn't do much with this one. If I remember correctly, my biggest claim is putting down the bare skeleton for that cool (sorta Daft Punk-ish) part at 1:10, but the vast majority of the writing was all Ben, and then I did some extra mixing and mastered it. As some of you may know, the couple WCRG tracks we worked on weren't our first collaborations, and you can be sure they won't be our last."

Liontamer writes:

"I've had a soft spot for Mega Man 5's soundtrack ever since Joshua Morse showed me the light with his short cover album of it back in 2004, "Megaman 5, Dashed!" That said, I'm always glad to hear MM5 be given some coverage. Much like Amphibious & SuperiorX's "Dynasty," this is an excellent combination of Mega Man themes by Hylian Lemon & Phonetic Hero where things flow comfortably with the various trade-offs between themes. Whereas "Dynasty" was more about the themes blending together as one unit, there was (at least for me) more overt theme recognition of the 3 sources here in comparison.

I love the chippy instrumentation throughout, along with the Sega Genesis-style bassline, and also enjoyed the subtler touches like the string accents from 1:27-1:42, and the extremely creative drum writing. Obviously, I liked the MM6 & 8 theme usages as well (Aqua Man!), but Mari Yamaguchi's Wave Man theme is a truly underrated one that deserved some love!"

Well said; chip synths really take center stage here, chewing up the entire stereo spectrum while drums & bass sit comfortably in the middle and don't interfere. The sequencing of said leads is really what makes the mix shine, although the considerable syncopation & funkiness certainly don't hurt. The filtered noise & straight-up chip intro set the stage well, the three themes are interwoven with care & style, and the collaboration is certainly of the seamless variety, with no discernible change in voice/personality. Great stuff!

djpretzel

Discussion: Latest 6 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
Chernabogue
on 2015-12-21 02:48:38

Nice blend of chiptune with more 16-bit-sounding samples. The beat and bass did the track -- super groovy. The intro -- and some other parts -- definitively had a Faster Than Light influence/vibe. The outro was fantastic. Nice job to both of you guys! :)

Phonetic Hero
on 2015-12-20 05:38:48

Lol, this is still the suuuper shitty mix/master. Did we ever straighten this out?

nitrozsz
on 2015-12-14 00:52:00

This is a great medley. And it’s a medley that actually has smooth and seamless transitions between the multiple source materials, and it sticks to one genre. The chiptunes blended with the synth instruments make great music to have in the background of an ideal electronic interpretation of a tropical paradise.

Cybermouse
on 2015-04-29 23:54:14

I agree that Wave Man is underrated or at least under-remixed. I'd been waiting for years for a remix of this, finally a great one has emerged!

Imagine my disappointment when I learned that Joshua Morse already remixed this one many years hence (2004, no less) and in fact so long ago, that his Dashed! album containing that remix can no longer be obtained online. Liontamer was kind enough to post a link on the VGMdb forums but it, also due no doubt to the passage of time, has expired. If anyone would be so kind as to provide a link or a hint of where I might obtain said album, it would be greatly appreciated.

Crulex
on 2015-04-08 15:37:42

I love this duo of Hylian Lemon and Phonetic Hero. The mix of great beats and chiptunes abound over a blend of different Mega Man themes makes for a good listening experience here. Compos bring out a great range of talent and tunes, so it's nice to see another one make it to the front page.

Liontamer
on 2015-04-07 14:17:51

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