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OCR01747 - Super Metroid "Zebes Rising"

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Red Brinstar is one of my favorite Metriod, and in fact videogame, tracks ever. Ekaj really does add some nice personalization (mentioned in the write-up), which lets the track maintain the same vibe of the original, but give it a new flavor.

The bassline flows nicely, a nice contrast to the shorter melody played on top. I'm not totally crazy over the stutterish synth used at 1:47, but it's alright. It doesn't detract from me enjoying the mix overall.

Nice use of the Metroid cry throughout, that was a nice touch. Good work, nice debut!

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Def a creative mix. Some ncie sound choices and blending of styles. I really liked how the track continued to overall but never felt predictable in its presentation. Some more reverb on background elements would have given the mix a better ambience and space to exploit. I could def get lost in this mix and set it on repeat working at night. Good stuff dude!

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There are a few rare occasions where I break my habit of updating only when a torrent of latest remixes is released. This is one such occasion.

Perhaps I'm simply a sucker for the lower Brinstar theme, but dang, you pulled it off incredibly well in this piece. This one's going on repeat for the rest of the night, and probably as far as the next week. XD

Great job. Looking forward to any future remixes you might have planned!

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Absolutely fantastic throughout.. a delicious, varying but cohesive soundscape from start to finish. Extremely well mixed, a joy to listen to.

--Eino

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Pretty nice stuff going all up in this, very moody intro and then a pretty rocking pick-up section. Sounds are well chosen and there is a lot of interesting overlapping ambiance. The sound effects are used judiciously and always fit, rather than distract, and some of the synths are way cool.

Very nice flow on this one, and a cool take on the original.

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This mix is really really cool. The dirty sound and the atmosphere of it all is very nice. The fact that the melody plays f g# f f g# d# instead of f a# f f a# d#, as well as the fact that the part played by a piano in the original here plays one fifth lower than it should be (relative to the bassline, of course) drags it down by quite a bit for me though. I realize this is a complete non-issue for just about everyone else, but it bothers me. It's such a small thing and it has such a negative impact on the experience for someone who once meticulously transscribed this song note-by-note and by ear into a midi.

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Very nice bassline, and the Metroid cry adds a lot to the atmosphere.

Personally, I think that this remix is a little too long. Some parts of it, e.g. the intro, overstay their welcome a bit and make the remix borderline repetitive. However, this is something you only hear if you focus on listening to this remix and don't do something else; if you have it playing while doing anything else, you won't realize this at all.

Nevertheless, nice remix.

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Hm, I started writing in Reviews. K'.

I would have NOed this for being too close to source. It's one of those strange moments when I'm glad I'm not a J. The personalizations are nice, and once I took the time to listen this through as something other than just random tracks playing when I'm doing something, it got stuck in my head. The rhythm keeps it going, keeping it from feeling as repetitive as it actually is.

It's a source that's been remixed over and over, but this is a cool take on it, probably my favorite aggressive remix of the red brinstar music. Love the rewritten 6-note melodies, great stuff. I'm going on a run tomorrow. And this track is coming with me. As lazy as I am, that means the track's pretty powerful. Not to mention cool. :D

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What I find particularly rich about this mix isn't the lead synths or percussion, but the supporting sounds gestating in the background, like the low hum/growl, swirling ambience, choir, and buzzing anti-synths (for lack of a more sophisticated term). That's not to say the more obvious pieces playing the source have no merit; of course the 8- and 16-note leads, punchy drums, and transitory synthwork keep the track pacing forward. And certainly the reverbed one-shots (the starting and ending sound), radio wave signals, last Metroid squeals, and so forth add spice to the surface. But the background sounds collectively emit the impression that there's something ALIVE in the darkness of Zebes, something breathing, stirring, mutating, even curiosity-piquing. It even hints at the area it's in (its height/width/depth, what the walls might be made of, etc.). Every time the leads and percussion drop out, especially during the last minute, the dim light from the bass party brightens. Without it, the mix wouldn't feel as dark or as spacious as it currently is.

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Wow, someone actually thought that this source could do with a bit more darkness? Okay, I can deal with that. Of couse, the original was always more creepy and soul-impregnating, but I'm really liking how small changes to the arrangement have brought out this infinite foreboding from the music.

The choppy synth work is a really great effect, I think. I'm not sure how effective it is at conveying the doomed imagery of the first section, but I understand that at some point, it has to be more about how cool the music is to listen to than how much it freaks us out. Drumwork is as crazed as any good breakbeat drumwork should be, and the added samples... a very wise decision. It adds a lot of cohesion, of which you can never have enough of, and also gives it even more of a Metroid signature. Like, just in case you didn't get that this was Super Metroid on apocalyptic steroids.

Ekaj won himself a fan with this here mix. Yes, he did.

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this tune my be a little 1 plane, but then again metroid music was about convincing you that you are in space blasting your way through an alien species labyrinth by way of taking the "bleak and lost" route of ambiance. fair to say it added a sense of creepiness to it

i can feel the bleak and lost atmosphere as i contemplate navigating my way through an alien land. hazzah for nostalgia

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Great mix. Minimalism to a T throughout the song. Would loved to hear a bit more atmosphere in the breakdown/slower sections. Def feels like an awesome homage to the original.

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