ReMix: Portal 2 "Reconstructing Lemons"

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MARCH MADNESS!! While in other corners this may refer to sportsthings, in our case we're kicking the month off with... LEMONS!! Chimpazilla (Kristina Scheps) goes decidedly more boom-tiss than previous arrangements with this fun, heavy-hitting EDM take on Portal 2:

"Hey, guys, shameless self-panel here. This is a track I have wanted to write ever since I first heard the classic Cave Johnson rant two years ago. I've been taking some production lessons from bLiNd, and he's been teaching me so many helpful things; I finally felt that I could approach this mix in the way I always wanted to. Jordan is a fantastic teacher by the way! (And an even better friend!) I've been on a trend lately of telling a story with my remixes using spoken vocals, and I really felt that Cave Johnson deserved to have his say, because lemons! Hope you all get a kick out of it."

When life gives you lemons, don't make lemonade... make untz. Intense citrus metaphors juxtapose with a four-on-the-floor beat, undulating trance/electro bass, and cutting synth leads/stabs. There could have been a bit more overt melody usage, as sometimes the underlying glue for the quote sections is a bit disconnected from the source, but overall Palpable was satisfied:

"It is a little source light, but moreover, I actually thought the source would have fulfilled a great role in the middle section! IMO it needed something else there, and even just snippets of the melody here and there would have been really cool. I loved what those heavy synths were doing anyway, so it wasn't that I was bored or anything. Overall, it was awesome to see Kris tackle this style so effectively. The vocal clips were used very well, and the production was excellent. I wouldn't have minded something else in the 3kHz range... well, I guess that gets back to my comment earlier about wanting more melody in the middle section. I heard enough source to satisfy me, and that was the only satisfaction in question."

Sounds about right; definitely lands on the liberal side of things, but also on the goofy & fun side, too. Sensei bLiNd has been teaching Kris some new tricks, for sure, and this outing gives her a chance to show some of that off while taking a good concept & running with it; good stuff.

Also... LEMONS!!


Discussion: Latest 8 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
on 2016-03-08 10:16:43

I got to give a lot of feedback on this as it was in process of being polished, and it's definitely one of my favorite Chimpazilla tracks for sure! I also tend to play this one out on occasion as well. :D

Super proud of Kris for her rapid progress as a producer!

Venom Fighter X
on 2016-03-06 16:41:26

Very cool, totally club appropriate.

on 2016-03-02 05:58:58

I've already heard this track on Chimp's soundcloud :) But I'm glad to see it here as well. And I would never think that it's her work - it sounds something created like by Flexstyle/Jewbei/bLiNd, this is a really cool surprise. Great usage of vocal clips and terrific EDM soundscape overall. Love it!


on 2016-03-02 01:49:42

Nice source choice. :) Cool and impressive sound! I, too, have a natural aversion for SFX and voice clips in tunages, but I have to agree they're well used here. The whole piece is very well paced and structured.

on 2016-03-01 23:02:30

Dude, combustible lemons are the BOMB.

on 2016-03-01 17:53:59

Normally I don't like voice clips in songs, especially this many. Usually they're really hard to make out, too. But this is genius, and well-balanced. I was grinning broadly when it got to "With the lemons." Really catchy, too; an unexpected but extremely welcome departure for Chimpz.

on 2016-03-01 17:33:37


on 2016-02-29 10:30:51

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