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OCR03902 - *YES* Operation Wolf "Operation Dragon Wolf"

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Remixer name: Retro Brothers

Real name: Jeffrey van der Schilden & Nick van der Schilden
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Website: http://www.retro-brothers.com
Forum (just created): http://ocremix.org/community/profile/35109-retro-brothers/

Submission Information

Game: Operation Wolf
Song: Ocean Loader 5
System: C64
Composer: Jonathan Dunn

Original: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rKkES1KrjKI
Remix: 

Few details that need to be taken into account

Ocean Loader 5 was actually a remix of Jonathan Dunn his own Ocean Loader 4 original, which was used for games like Rambo III and Target Renegade.
Our remix follows Ocean Loader 5 more closely though, which was first introduced with Operation Wolf, but was later also used with games like Renegade III and Batman.

Still makes this a remix of an Operation Wolf original (see also http://www.vgmpf.com/Wiki/index.php/Ocean_Loaders_(C64) )

C64 loaders add a lot to the game experience (think also Last Ninja, that used different loader music before each level even)

To C64 geeks, this should be bundled with Operation Wolf at the very least, since it was first introduced there.

Artist notes

While we were working on a new track for a game that is to be released on steam, we all of a sudden freestyled a part of Jonathan Dunn's melody into our track. Needless to say, we played a lot of Operation Wolf on the C64 back in the day, so this track needed to evolve into a full remix.

The Lead and other C64 SID chip elements were recreated on our trusty Nord Lead 2x work horse. Everything else comes from the Easily Embarrassed kitchen (our other music project @ http://www.embarrassed.nl )

Also fun to note: Nick was already around in 2002! http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR00877 

Hope you enjoy and accept our submission!

Regards,

Jeffrey / RB & EE

 

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We really don't have enough C64 remixes around.  Every time I see a C64 I go straight up for it because I just love the soundtracks and sound of this device that legendary composers like Jonathan Dunn gave us.

Regarding this mix, it takes elements and textures similar to the ones you would find in the original machine and puts them together with a touch of modern production.  Distorted, soaring PWM leads, noise-sprinkled percussion and the instantly recognizable C64 arpeggios are mixed with subtle choir pads, cleaner plucks, LP-Filtered breakdowns and some percussion elements played at a higher bitrate than the C64 was able to.  It all works very well in my opinion, creating that melancholic but catchy sound that, in my opinion, represents the best you can get from this golden era of vgm.

Production is solid for the most part, sometimes the low end takes a bit more presence than it should but overall, it's ok.  The arrangement stays a bit close to the original but still manages to add (and substract) elements to bring the original under a slightly different light.

I loved this and I hope we get more.

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Yeah, this is pretty solid.  I'm not crazy about the weird attack on the saw lead, which was throwing me off for a while, but otherwise I agree with NutS's analysis.  It's a lot of fun and a cool interpretation.

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Honestly, not too much to say here that hasn't been said by Sir_nutS - it's not inaccurate to call this an upgrade that keeps a similar aesthetic to the source, with an arrangement that expands upon the ideas present in the source. It's clean, the production sounds great, and it's something that I could leave on loop for hours.

Love it, hope to hear more from you C64 wizards.

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Rubber stamp, and a big welcome back to Nick/Saiko. :-)
Great personalization of the theme, giving it a big presence while maintaining the core C64 sound palette.

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