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BE AGGRESSIVE! OC ReMix Celebrates 20 Years of Gunstar Heroes with free album!

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BE AGGRESSIVE! OC ReMix Celebrates 20 Years of Gunstar Heroes with free album!

September 9, 2013

Contact: press@ocremix.org

FAIRFAX, VA... OverClocked ReMix today released its 42nd arrangement album, Be Aggressive!: A Gunstar Heroes Tribute Album. The two-disc album celebrates, to the day, the 20th anniversary of the Sega Genesis run-and-gun shooter Gunstar Heroes, developed by Treasure and published by Sega on September 9, 1993. Featuring twenty-four tracks from nineteen artists, Be Aggressive! represents the OC ReMix directorial debuts of Dustin "DusK" Branscum & French musician Dj Mokram and is available for free download at http://gunstar.ocremix.org.

"Gunstar Heroes remains even today as a very under-appreciated and under-recognized game," said album director Dustin Branscum. "Even among the remixers who worked on this project, there were those who had missed the game entirely, or discovered it well after the 16-bit golden years. Despite that, at the end of that year-long journey, we had an album that completely exceeded my expectations. We've created an album that makes you feel like you're playing a fast-paced shooter as you listen."

Be Aggressive! sports a diverse roster of musicians, showcasing many OC ReMix newcomers, and conveys the feel of Gunstar Heroes' gameplay through predominately aggressive and energetic music with a futuristic, sci-fi aesthetic. The original Gunstar Heroes was the inaugural release of game studio Treasure, founded by a group of ex-Konami developers. Album musicians honored composer Norio Hanzawa's intense soundtrack by arranging it in a number of styles, with a strong focus on electronica and rock. Be Aggressive! was made by fans, for fans, and is not affiliated with or endorsed by Treasure or Sega; all original compositions are copyright their respective owners.

"Exploiting every ounce of the YM2612 soundchip to deliver some FM synthesis goodness, Gunstar Heroes contains some of the most complex compositions to come out of Sega's machine, making its music surprisingly challenging, yet immensely rewarding to arrange," said album co-director Dj Mokram. "We wanted the album to reflect both the futuristic setting and the frantic nature of the gameplay, while staying true to the story, characters and feel of playing the game itself."

About OverClocked ReMix

Founded in 1999, OverClocked ReMix is an organization dedicated to the appreciation and promotion of video game music as an art form. Its primary focus is ocremix.org, a website featuring thousands of free fan arrangements, information on game music and composers, resources for aspiring artists, and a thriving community of video game music fans.


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