ReMix: Sonic the Hedgehog "Sailing on Lava"
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WAT!?! Dayum... Sir_NutS (Paul Michael Molina) continues our Sonic the Hedgehog twofer mini-flood with a departure from his usual EDM styles, completely killing it with a swingin' glitch funk "Marble Zone" jam that is, scientifically and theologically speaking, bona fide ridonkulous:
"For this one, I went out of my comfort zone to create some glitch funk. This song has many genres and influences woven into it. It's funk first, of course, but has a bit of a disco flair as well. Of course, being a glitch hop song, it has that swing beat and snappy snare the genre is known for when it reaches the drop. Speaking of the drop, had tons of fun with this one. Most sounds are of my own making as always, but there are some vocals samples there, as well as Sonic's own voice.
For the glitchy funk approach, I opened a separate project where I could construct several different funky loops with brasses and guitars and the like. Once I had those built up, I bounced them to .rex and imported them back into this project to be mangled and cut into the catchy riffs that drive the song. Pretty fun stuff.
As far as arrangement goes, I took many liberties with the original, but every section of the song has something recognizable there. This one goes to my main man Joel, master of all jives, and all things Sonic as well. Thanks for teaching me to always keep it funky."
Great stuff; whether it's the genre approach, the production technique of loop-building and then converting/importing to integrate, or both, this really works for me... super-funky, almost "Motownphilly"-esque at times, where the swing's the thing, blending in modern EDM components in a way that clicks and is as nasty as it wants to be... this glitch funk, I quite like it. Duck quack wah guitar discotheques it up later on, as NutS mentions. Judges felt some passages were a bit busy, but no one denied (how could they?) the transformative, creative, and utterly infectious arrangement. Liontamer writes:
"There was some repetition of the broad ideas, but I heard minor variations of the verses through grace notes, SFX usage, and stuff like that. Also, the overall arrangement was so transformative that it could withstand some repetition, so I wasn't close to saying there was any reason to hold the arrangement back on any level. Great energy and nice, creative flow here from Mike!"
Going a bit beyond the judges' feedback/approval, I personally think this was a great deviation-from-form & branching out for the artist; this isn't a genre/style I've heard much of, but I'm familiar enough with the components, and for my money, NutS nailed it. metaphist gave us a completely new take on "Green Hill Zone," and now Sir_NutS has done the same for "Marble Zone," also a popular source from the original Sonic. Fantastic, funky work; highly recommended.
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