ReMix: Sonic Rush Adventure "Jeweled Scepter"
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HAPPY 25TH BIRTHDAY, SANIC!!
We've actually got an entire album in the works that should see the light in the months to come, but in the meantime for today's celebrations we've got not one, not two, but THREE awesome Sonic franchise ReMixes, starting off with this slick EDM heavy-hitter from Chimpazilla (Kristina Scheps), providing our FIRST EVAR arrangement of Sonic Rush Adventure:
"I've always loved the Sonic Rush Adventure OST, and the Coral Cave theme in particular. I attempted a remix of this theme about three years ago, and it failed so hard. I still love this theme though, and now seemed like a good time to try again. I believe this attempt is significantly less sucky than my previous attempt.
The portions of the source that I used most prominently are:
- the bassline: The source's bass writing appears throughout the entire track with the exception of the breakdown and subsequent buildup into chorus #2.
- the vocals: The source has a vocal of "na na na-na na na na na" which I made into a synth line which appears frequently in the mix.
- the chorus: I've recreated the source's chorus twice, rather conservatively.
- the intro motif: The source's intro motif fit perfectly into the breakdown. I changed it from major to minor. This motif appears two more times leading into the outro.
After this remix was complete, I could not come up with a name for the track. Typically, I think of a name for my mixes by at least the halfway point in the production, but not this time. I finally settled on "Jeweled Scepter" after reading the game's Wiki page. I'm including the list of WillRock's name suggestions here though, because lolz.
- Super Minecart 64
- Davy Jones Deadish Pet
- 007 - Scepter
- Loki's Scepter
- *Insert Sceptical Kraken Emote Here*
- Jewels and Vincent
- KRAKEN IN DA CAVE
- "I'll never cave in!"
- Sonic on Krack
- Sonic Boo - (Ghost remix)
- Spirit of Radio
- Kraken KoKain"
"Jewels and Vincent" would have been dope :) It's amazing how far Kris has come with her EDM chops - major improvements, super-polished, everything has that sheen & impact that's key for the genre, synths are modern & modulated & delicious, bass is thick, kick has oomph; generally speaking, everything's firing on all cylinders. Seems like Master Yoda, aka bLiNd, is passing on the tricks of the trade rather effectively; WillRock writes:
"But yah, this is neat. You've basically taken the original and turned it into bright poppy EDM. Can't fault it. Super duper clean production, nice arrangement, gud stuff. Moar. Tell bLINd he's a gud teacher :)"
"Enjoyed the attention to detail in use of stereo space/panning of sounds, and effective yet not overused white noise drops. Kick is always audible against the bass, and leads are clear as they should be. Overall authentic rendition of the genre, not heard you do something like this before Kris. Nice work."
The "glue" here is a more traditional EDM connective tissue, serving nicely to contrast with the plucky, chromatic melodic bits. Cool source, glad to see this game - and another NDS game in general - represented on OCR, and mad props to Kris for upping her production game & applying da new skills to a slammin' arrangement!