ReMix: Freedom Planet "A Mystic Lineage"
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We JUST posted our first ReMix of indie Sonic-inspired platformer Freedom Planet, but guess what? It's out TODAY on the Wii U eShop and we've got another awesome arrangement, this time in the form of a hawt funk/rock fusion jam from newcomer Toni Leys with the geetar assist from Esteban Bellucci. Larry's got the background notes:
"Source by Leila "Woofle" Wilson. Check out the props galore from the Freedom Planet team for Nutritious's recently posted FP mix, including composer Woofle herself (!), creator/composer/lead dev Stephen "Strife" DiDuro, and voice actress & vocalist Dawn M. Bennett - not bad! Game's not only available on Steam, but it's now out TODAY on Wii U eShop! You love old school Sonic? Get this game! There's no better way for us to celebrate than to immediately hit you folks with OCR's second Freedom Planet mix!"
Very cool; Sega did aight with Sonic 4, but I love seeing indie devs up the ante and put out a spiritual 2D successor that fans of the original trilogy (& CD) might dig a bit more. Toni writes:
"My favorite track from the game. Wanted to take it and make it more bombastic and exciting (which was hard, since the original was exciting enough for me) and made a harder arrangement combining electronic and acoustic sounds as is my style and the original soundtrack's. The guitar solo was recorded by my friend Esteban Bellucci as a "Let's see what happens." It turned out into a super great solo. Made with love to the guys from GalaxyTrail."
Funky & flavorful, with an upbeat sound that blends a sampled electric funk bass and aforementioned live lead guitar with a colorful & positive rock/pop accompaniment. Clem writes:
"Lots of attention to detail. Synth design is well-done. Expressive and organic. Your leads have a vocal quality that works well. Nice rhythmic control with those turnarounds, nice transitions. I think you've improved the original."
There was some concern about copypasta and repetition, but the consensus was that it wasn't a dealbreaker. Since he had our first ReMix of Freedom Planet posted just a few days ago, let's see what Nutritious thinks:
"This analysis is a bit tricky because it sounds like the first half of the bridge line is being modified to the point of being original, while the second half is used much more closely to the OST. This becomes a repeated motif throughout the remix in general and encompasses the majority of the second half of the track. Fortunately, even not counting half of each time the bridge is used, it still gets it over the 50% mark.
Really loving the energy that this track is bringing to the OST. Lots of well-written synth & bass parts as well as some subtle creativity on the lead lines. Would've loved to hear more of that guitar lead that didn't come in until the second half."
Ditto all that; some minor balance issues on production, but all told, the funky bass & positive vibes compensate and the arrangement provides an accessible, energetic, and downright groovy take on the source. Great work from Toni & Esteban, hope to hear more soon, and be sure to check out Freedom Planet as it already has some serious VGM fan appreciation going on!