Posted 2015-12-04, evaluated by djpretzel
It's already December, but we've got a latebreaking front-runner for "most absurdly masculine mix title" in the form of this Street Fighter Alpha rock-funk medley-splosion from Prince uf Darkness (Tony Dickinson):
"This is the winning track from MAGFest 13's DoD month, which by the way, had tons of strong entries, including a mega-entry by a large collection of OCR contributors. The theme for DoD was "Dance Month," and I wanted to do something dancy, but of course, it turned into a jazz fusion wank-fest much like most of my other non-metal tracks do. Street Fighter Alpha's songs are dancy enough but also jazzy enough to keep interest. I could listen to Chun-Li's theme all day. So, I thought using the game as a source would work out well.
The majority of work went into the 4-5 days before I ended up leaving for MAGFest, as I was busy working on the Tiberian Sons' Conquering MAGFest (check it out by the way, includes updates to a few of my DoD/OCR mixes like "Prancing Dad" and "Hell March"), and pretty much had to scramble through the whole song as fast as I could before I caught a plane. (I ended up submitting it about an hour before I headed to the airport.)
By the way, this is actually the "Low T Edit" of the song (as in Low Testosterone), which doesn't include a specific intro quote by Viscant to Low Tier God during a Street Fighter IV competition that's been circulating the internet. If you want that version, DoD has it!"
First off, just gotta say, Street Fighter Alpha don't get enough respect, so I'm glad to be posting ANY arrangement of its music, much moreso a multi-source tribute from the likes of PuD. Larry Oji's got the play-by-play:
"Here's a rough breakdown of the various themes in here:
Chun-Li (SFA1) - :00-:03, 1:39-2:38, 4:01-4:15
Vs. (SFA1) - :03-:09
Dan (SFA1) - :10-1:30
Zangief (SFA2) - 2:46-2:53, 3:01-3:30
Sakura (SFA2) - 4:26-5:23, 5:53-6:08
First thing's first, I don't... miss... having the Viscant quote as the intro, BUT I learned about it thanks to Tony's reference to it, and now I'm dying. :-D If you're not a language prude, check out the WHOLE DEAL, because it's greaaaaat and it puts the mix's title into focus in a way that only a Shizzie can do.
Onto the track itself, I wasn't a fan of the mixing, in that it was noticeably cluttered. I'm a little surprised PuD let it go like that, but, per his comments, it had everything to do with him bumping up against the DoD submission deadline. That said, nothing's jacked, and we don't make the perfect the enemy of the good; meanwhile, the arrangement & performance are both Tony's standard excellence. Unlike his early MMX medley "Zero Light," the transitions are smoother here, including some fun occasional drops of the SFA series' announcers. One of the subtler highlights for me was Tony's Zangief bass work in combination with his comping and soloing from 2:46-2:53 & 3:01-3:30, but the treatment of ALL 4 character themes here was very energetic, and each theme is very personalized with tons of flair and lots of original writing integrated perfectly. Also, we see what you did there at 4:53. In another nice twist, the irony isn't lost on me that for an "Alphamale" track, most of the arrangement focuses on themes from women characters. Ladies first is what a real alpha male does. :-D I love Street Fighter Alpha and have a ton of great memories playing it on the Sega Saturn as a kid (not to mention SF2 & 3), so I can safely say that any Street Fighter fan should love this! Nice work, Tony!"
What he said, & everything he said; great stuff from Tony which rocks, funks, goes for it (man), goes for broke, can't give it up, & faces it straight, among others!
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Sources Arranged (5 Songs, 2 Games)
- Primary Game:
Street Fighter Alpha: Warriors' Dreams (Capcom, 1995, ARC)
Music by Isao Abe, Naoaki Iwami, Naoshi Mizuta, Setsuo Yamamoto, Shun Nishigaki, Yoko Shimomura, Yuko Takehara
- "CHUN-LI Stage"
- Additional Game:
Street Fighter Alpha 2 (Capcom, 1996, ARC)
Music by Isao Abe, Naoaki Iwami, Naoshi Mizuta, Setsuo Yamamoto, Shun Nishigaki, Tatsuro Suzuki, Yuko Takehara
- "Stage Sakura"
- Funk, Fusion, Rock
- Electric Guitar, Piano, Synth
- Arrangement > Medley
- 9,160,328 bytes
- Size: 9,160,328 bytes
- MD5 Checksum: e5610829d15b96e6848cd91caca20d2e
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