ReMix: Jazz Jackrabbit 2 "Medieval Rave"
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NOOBWEEK continues with our first ReMix from Basheman (Sebastian Frisk), who sends us a short-but-sweet, accessible & enjoyable trance take on Jazz Jackrabbit 2 - or as he prefers to call it, "Jack Jazzrabbit" :)
"Time for a new remix! This time it's the "Medival Jam" level from Jack Jazzrabbit 2! What made me do this remix is basically 'cause of my love for the game and the music. I love fast and melodic tunes that make me feel pep!
I also love music you can dance to, so that was something I wanted this track to be like. It's a fast-paced track that feels a lot like Unreal Tournament, so I felt I could do something with it. Something you could move your body too. ^^ I sure hope you will accept it. Hope you'll like it! Enjoy."
It's a nice, upbeat source that does remind me a bit of the first UT, also scored in part by Brandon; overall approach is a little on the vanilla side and might have benefitted from some less orthodox decisions & more variation, but the end result is easy to like. Chimpazilla writes:
"Wow, this is some high-octane trance-dance music! Sebastian follows the source material quite closely, but he has added tons of fun details and variation, including a key modulation near the end... Super enjoyable dance mix! Welcome aboard Sebastian, do more please!"
The synth design for what opened things up was pretty vanilla, but was a solid trance adaptation for the first 1:25. That said, from 1:28-on, things got more creative and varied with the arrangement. The addition of the chiptune elements (first subtly at 1:28, then as the lead at 1:40) was excellent in changing up the sound, especially at 1:40. Nice, effective dynamic contrast with the brief drop of the beats from 2:05-2:19 during the chorus, all while keeping the energy level high. The key change at 2:30 could have been a repetitive crutch, but instead Sebastian included some subtle synth flourishes and creative piano ornamentation underneath to give it that last dose of creativity for the finish. Good job not resting on your laurels!
Overall, the new expansive writing all works well with the source, the beat drives hard, the mixing's pretty solid, and instruments & textures changed enough to get more interpretive and creative after the first verse. The rave is strong with this one.
Well said; solid debut mix from Basheman, lovely to see JJ2 get some more love, and hoping to hear more in the future!
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