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