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OCR02280 - Return All Robots! "WillRocky"


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  • 2 weeks later...
  • 2 months later...

Oh Will, you just had to insert your name into the title didn't you?

This mix is pretty chill and is yet another highlight of Will's synth style. It's slower than a lot of other songs by him, which is a change of pace, but hey, every artist has to have some variety. I don't really have much to say here, as Will has gotten pretty solid at catching my attention with his synthwork to deliver some goodness every time.

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Hahaha, I read the Vince DiCola backstory as the Rocky inspired riff played and I loved it. Gotta love how you can fit not one, but two little nods in the ReMix name. It does have a good driving feeling that is perfect for a workout or really anything else that needs that added bit of determination in it. The drums hit hard and the entire ReMix rocks pretty hard in an almost heroic way. Yeah, in terms of how good it is, this ReMix must (and probably will) break you.

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Having now understood the Rocky-based backstory (which a certain young male family member has an obsession for), and been more intimate with the remix, it'll be considerably easier for me to make a firm evaluation on.

So it starts off definitely paying homage to the setting for the Rocky 4 training montage with the sweeping strings and build with the bass and chorused rhodes, before going straight towards the interpretation as it is. True to his words, this and the Training Montage source have a ridiculously similar feel towards each other, but the decision to give it more melodic substance via the use of "Jamaican Cyberturtle" and using it appropriately to give in melodic substance was definitely a solid idea.

Even Will's penchance for original writing, from brief solo at around 1:35 and 2:30, to even that key substansive segment at 2:50 complete with the rising chord with the shifts every 3 steps or so, gave it as much of his style as much as it did zircon's, and with such care handled to the expression it shows his attentive style very appropriately. And another thing I can give credit for is that with some of the careful attention being paid towards some of the writing, this is amongst some of Will's strongest percussion sequences that I have seen; yes, I know I keep looking at his drum work but with a style like this you're pretty much expected to keep the excitement rolling, and indeed it did with changing time signatures every now and again, well articulated fills and plenty of variation. Excellent work!

I say you paid homage to zircon's material extremely well, while still being able to maintain that hint of light-heartedness that we've come to expect from you. Classy work Will :D

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This is the music Jesus works out to. As far as blatant homages go, this is just golden. While it's given the advantage of having marinated for 20 years in eighties nostalgia, it also has a tone that makes fun of itself. It is the joke, and that joke is so good it doesn't need a punchline.

I really love the driving synths in this one. Things don't get WillRocky (now an official adjective thanks to this mix) until the second half, which I quite like. The 80s guitar work is a natural progression from the synth routine, saving the mix from being consumed by its own self-referencing. Underneath the loving mockery is a well crafted, well interpreted melody. Very nicely handled.

It's a shame that such a great track sprung from a game I'll likely never play, but given its a zircon original, I feel the need to give the OST a listen at least.

Now if you excuse me, I must go and be unstoppable fist-smashy machine.

Yours sincerely,

Mr. Dolph Lundgren

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A few highlights:

0:12 - Love the explosive drums here. They're masters of their domain.

0:23 - This quip alone gets me geared up for a training montage.

0:37 - AW YEAH! Badass bass! I'm rarin' to go!

0:40 - ...Wait, what the - ? That rising arpeggio is distracting and doesn't quite mesh melodically. The energy I had just deflated. Fooey.

1:52 - All-over-the-place drumwork makes me wanna dance in as many directions because of its newfound liberty.

2:26 - The drums go off the rails again, but now I'm tricked into thinking it's the lead synth that's hypnotizing me into shaking my body this way and that.

Not one of my favorites, but it's got enough charm to keep me coming back every once in a while.

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