ReMix: Double Dragon III: The Sacred Stones "Trouble in Japan" 3:38

By Nostalvania

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electric-guitar energetic japanese jazz jazzy latin-american piano quartet tempo-fast timesig-4-4

Posted 2016-02-17, evaluated by djpretzel


So we noticed a lack of Double Dragon ReMixes on the site and did our first callout, which already resulted in Shnabubula's excellent cut off NES Jams being posted. Now we've got an amazing, Asian/Latin-infused Double Dragon 3 jazz quartet arrangement from Nostalvania (Markus) to further affirm the wisdom of this course of action; go us! ;) So yeah, we're thinking there WILL be future callouts for specific games, series, or even composers/genres/systems, allowing submitting artists to bypass queue evaluation wait times (which we ARE working on - new judges soon to be announced!) if they put together compelling renditions of much-needed sources. I like it. Markus writes:

"Hi, here's my ReMix for the Double Dragon Callout!

  • Style: Jazz/Latin
  • Instrumentation: Guitar, piano, upright bass, drums

Thanks to timaeus222, Txai, and the other guys from the Workshop forum for their feedback!"

Nostalvania began featured life on OCR as more of a keys guy, but I love how he's seamlessly branched out into ensemble arrangements without missing a beat, proving well beyond competent at writing for & playing/sequencing bass, rhythm, drum, & other parts, in the context of arrangements that are natural, engaging, smart, & fun. Can't ask for much more. Maybe a kazoo. There should probably be a kazoo, in the future. Callout mastermind & well-known cool guy Larry Oji writes:

"Wow, right from the get-go I love this. DD3's Japan theme is already a great composition, and adapting it to upbeat jazz was a tremendous idea. The complexity of the attention-grabbing upright bass sounds AWESOME to start, and gives the track so much energy and life, but really, EVERY part is extremely active and vibrant. When things are THIS active, you could take a lot of time just focusing on singular parts -- percussion, bass, piano, and guitar -- for different listens. By the way, respect to the Leisure Suit Larry theme cameo thrown in from 1:48-1:54. :-)

I say this every so often, but when people complain about OC ReMixes not keeping "the spirit of the original song" because "it wouldn't fit in the game," they close themselves off to amazing interpretations like this. C'mon, people, don't make such big mistakes in life. :-D Markus is quickly moving himself up to modern legend status at OCR with this level of precision, energy, and, most importantly, execution.

I'm extremely happy that the Double Dragon callout not only got Shnabubula involved with older material, but also put this DD3 original on Markus's radar. There are some other DD submissions that need to be looked at from the callout submissions, so hopefully this isn't the last of the series you'll see this month!"

He's not wrong. About any of that. I'm psyched about the future wonders that subsequent callouts might unleash upon our halls, as this first foray has proven fruitful & gotten brothers Billy & Jimmy Lee two crazy-good arrangements from two crazy-good arrangers. Even Abobo has to admit: amazing work!

djpretzel

Discussion: Latest 7 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
bluelighter
on 2016-04-01 14:01:06

Amazing! It’s jazzy, it’s relaxing… The style is perfectly handled, and so appropriate to the original song! Piano and guitar sound really pure…
Great job!

Nostalvania
on 2016-02-24 06:56:56
17 hours ago, WesternZypher said:

I swear I hear the Leisure Suit Larry theme...at the 1m 47s mark, just for an instant (listen here)! Maybe it's just me, or just a common set of notes to the genre?

Yep, it's the Leisure Suit Larry theme, although i guess i altered some notes, (played it from memory).

timaeus222
on 2016-02-24 00:47:08

I'm so glad this made it on the site (was there ever any doubt?). The piano (and guitar) solos are killer as always. I particularly liked 1:53 - 2:18 where the piano and guitar trade off solos! I think you also added some subtle toms at 2:18 later. Awesome!

WesternZypher
on 2016-02-23 13:23:52

I swear I hear the Leisure Suit Larry theme...at the 1m 47s mark, just for an instant (listen here)! Maybe it's just me, or just a common set of notes to the genre? Anyway, very chill and jazzy, definitely my kind of sound.

Slimy
on 2016-02-18 16:53:41

Excellent song, very fun to listen to. I especially liked the style change at 0:50.

Txai
on 2016-02-18 06:23:57

My brother was passing by and told me this sounds like comedy stand-up music, heh.

Really enjoying the final version, Markus. While I still think a vibraphone could be appropriate at a certain point, I get that you prefer limiting your instrument choices. And yet you manage to hold my attention all the way. Also, I know I said this before, but I commend you on your source choice. It shows that you have good taste in music and a bit of class when it comes to you and your chiptunes : )

This will stay in my morning playlist. Superb stuff.

Liontamer
on 2016-02-17 05:17:44

What did you think? Post your opinion of this ReMix.

Sources Arranged (2 Songs, 2 Games)


Primary Game:
Double Dragon III: The Sacred Stones (Acclaim, 1990, NES)
Music by Akira Inoue, Michiya Hirasawa, Takaro Nozaki, Yoshihiro Kameoka
Songs:
"Dragon to the World ~ In Japan"
Additional Game:
Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards (Sierra, 1987, APLII)
Music by Al Lowe
Songs:
"The Leisure Suit Larry Theme Song"

Tags (10)


Genre:
Jazz
Mood:
Energetic, Jazzy
Instrumentation:
Electric Guitar, Piano
Additional:
Arrangement > Quartet
Regional > Japanese
Regional > Latin American
Time > 4/4 Time Signature
Time > Tempo: Fast

File Information


Name:
Double_Dragon_3_Trouble_in_Japan_OC_ReMix.mp3
Size:
6,124,394 bytes
MD5:
4bebe65c20df1f110d44d581019ed53d
Bitrate:
221Kbps
Duration:
3:38

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