From the third round of The Sigma Fortress Remix Gauntlet 2015 comes Jorito (Jorrith Schaap) with... rickrollstep? Never before and perhaps never again will dubstep, vocoded Rick Astley lyrics, and Mega Man X2 & X3 come together in such resplendent glory... The artist explains:
"This is the track I did in the Sigma Fortress Remix Gauntlet 2015, round 3. It combines the tracks "X-Hunter Stage 1" from Mega Man X2 and my Maverick's theme "Gravity Beetle" from Mega Man X3. Since my team's name was Maverick Astley, it of course features some (IMHO, subtle and enjoyable) references to our third source, "Never Gonna Give You Up." This is most clearly to be found in the vocoded vox, but only using part of the lyrics gave it a more sinister touch, which I liked."
The wubs are plentiful, the style is rather indulgent, there are some unexpected transitions & tempo changes, and you've of course got Robo-Rick telling you what he's (hopefully...) NOT gonna do... but somehow it all works. Completely (politely?) ignoring the Astley angle, DragonAvenger writes:
"What a great transition between the themes at 0:45. Overall I felt the arrangement was pretty smart and fun, and the adaptions of the sources were good. I wasn't feeling the combination of the sources at 2:23, but that was pretty minor in the long run. The production was pretty clean, and there was a good use of panning between the melodies."
"Oh, beautiful blending of the sources in this. The first time I listened to this I didn't know when one source ended and the other began - they just meshed so damn well together. I'm definitely with Deia and Larry, as far as transitions go, too, it's very well done. Robo-Rick certainly adds some unexpected flavor to the track, and it worked great. The arrangement just nails it so often, I loved it throughout."
Judges were unanimous; good times to be had by all. This concept might seem (more than) a little LOLZ, but the musicality is there, and the vocoded lyrics actually work pretty damn well... couple that with a deft blending of themes, nice transition work, and a decadent smattering of wobbles, and I think you've got something worthy AND hella fun. Props to Jorito for bringing this arrangement into the world & letting it run free!
Sources Arranged (2 Songs, 2 Games)
- Primary Game:
Mega Man X2 (Capcom, 1994, SNES)
Music by Yuki Iwai
- "X-Hunter Stage 1"
- Additional Game:
Mega Man X3 (Capcom, 1995, SNES)
Music by Kinuyo Yamashita
- "Gravity Beetle Stage"
- Energetic, Goofy
- Breakbeats, Singing, Synth, Vocals: Male
- Effects > Vocoder
Lyrics > Lyrics: Existing
Time > 4/4 Time Signature
Time > Tempo: Variable
- 6,041,671 bytes
Give you up
Let you down
Make you cry
Tell a lie
- Size: 6,041,671 bytes
- MD5 Checksum: e8451a59720c0689e3b5c6d1f2fea7ed
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