Do I remix anymore? I infrequently remix other musical artists, but not videogame music. Overall, I'm older, out of touch with new games, I work part-time so I can be creative the rest of the time, and my creative priority is my original work. I never say never, it's just that videogame music remixing is too far down the list now.
At the height of my remixing, when I turned out a whole four remixes, one of which is on this site, I was learning about music production, but I had no money for pro software, so I started out using Music 2000 on the original Playstation. I thought my first remix made this way was pretty good (Terminal Velocity on the Mac/PC), and it's on OCR. I thought my second one was freaking awesome (Leander on the Amiga) but it was unanimously 'No'd by OCR.
With the Leander track, I realised I'd done exactly what I wanted – it was where I was about to go myself, inspired by Aphex Twin's Druqks album – but it wasn't to OCR's taste. What I can say about this experience is that it pushed me to think: 'It's time to realise my own thing, because it's ready to go. OCR isn't a useful barometer for this thing.'
I'm not going towards a simple 'remix = bad, original = good' argument with this anecdote. I think things are way more complicated than that. I know that people can feel pretty close to their covers and remixes (I don't have many, and I'm not just talking about the videogame ones, but definitely me!). Some feel proprietorial, others straight away say, 'I owe everything to the original.' There are as many motives and relationships with this kind of thing as there are people.
What determined what I was remixing was: Can I make an alt version of this track I like that excites me? It won't necessarily be better or worse, but different, and it has to excite me, at which point I expect it will excite someone else. I excited myself four times, and at least one other person in each case, so I feel I succeeded.
I have a lot of remixes I like hoarded from the 2000s, but the majority are from VGRemix, which was weirder and wilder. Sorry OCR, you were always too straight for me.
* On that topic, if anyone knows any of the VGRemix guys, who are still looking for lost files from that period, point them my way. I tried contacting them, but they're only on Twitter, and geez I hate Twitter. If they email me, I can probably help them. Send 'em to: https://wadeclarke.com