ReMix: The Revenge of Shinobi "Da Factory Funk" 2:02

By djpretzel

Arranging the music of one song...

"Ninja Step"

Primary Game: The Revenge of Shinobi (Sega, 1989, GEN), music by Yuzo Koshiro

Posted 2001-07-06, evaluated by djpretzel


This has been on my list for soooooo damn long! This was refreshing for me, as my last couple tracks have been layered, loop-based techno, which is always fun, but you need a break from it too. This is techno-funk, straight-up, with a phase-chorused drum track that's loop free, a biting, distorted acid bass layered on top of a sub and sometimes extending up a register, and some subtle but valuable pads. I paid a bit more attention to mastering this time, and the result is something that sounds quite different, has very precise and intentional stereo layout, and a nice dynamic range thanks to BBE's recently released Sonic Maximizer for DirectX. Revenge of Shinobi was Yuzo at the height of his powers, and this track in particular always killed me. Get the ReMix, get the ROM, play the game, feel the magic, yadda yadda ^^

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Discussion

Latest 15 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
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BLAHMASTER
on 2015-03-30 13:37:08

This seemed a little thin to me at first, until I realized I was losing all of the bass because of the way my headphones were on my head. :) Love it!

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SubNormal J3
on 2011-02-20 23:33:31

0:00 Begins with some neat processing over a bustin' groove. I like how the percussion utilizes the full stereophonics.

0:38 nice pad

0:55 very dynamic synth lead, digging the modulation

1:55 cool ending sample

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Vilecat
on 2010-12-30 15:09:34

I can't say what exactly but this mix is missing something.

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Level 99
on 2010-12-30 15:08:59

Really cool synth modulation that stretches across the board, really giving the speakers a workout here. Feels like some kind of neon ninja game, this thing has aged very well, and it's short and sweet. I can dig it, mang. Signature Pretzel sound.

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Bahamut
on 2009-09-21 03:08:22

Ahh an old djp mix.

The idea seems interesting enough. The thing that seems to be holding this back though is that it is just too short. It sounds more like a WIP to me than a completed mix!

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justinj212
on 2009-01-15 01:27:34

I too had the labelling confusion, but once I found it I really liked it. some of the industrial stuff I've listened to sounds kind of boring, but this mix takes that industrial theme and applies it to a funky song. you really pulled off both. good job.

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Master_Yoshi
on 2008-12-11 02:51:39
Rather oddly this is labeled only as "Funk" on my computer, but whatcha gonna do.

So glad you mentioned this, I thought I was going crazy looking through my computer for this song.

The song does have a groove and the flanged percussion is... yeah... I just don't like it. I dunno, it doesn't seem like it goes anywhere, and the sounds used overall don't really do anything to help it for me. *shrug* I guess that's just personal taste though. It still has the djp shine and attention to detail that I come to expect though, so definite points for that. If you are into this style you will like it for sure... I think.

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anosou
on 2008-12-06 16:56:24

Rather oddly this is labeled only as "Funk" on my computer, but whatcha gonna do.

Pretzel-ish groove, some cool FX and good sound quality. Gold way back, decent now. Flanged drums are flaaaanged :tomatoface:

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evktalo
on 2008-07-19 07:28:51

Not much to add. A decent effort, though not a keeper for me. Maybe it's the source material, but musically (so to speak) I don't enjoy this that much. On the other hand, a One Must Fall 2097 mix done in this style would kick ass.

--Eino

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DragonAvenger
on 2007-12-05 20:30:01

I'm totally going to rip off other people's reviews. Mostly because I know they know what they're talking about and agree with them. Also because I wouldn't have known to call it 'flanged percussion.'

So yes, love the perc. Definately the right choice for this mix, and it definately drives the music. The mix is short but sweet although, as I've been complaining about in a couple other mixes, I feel like there's a lack of melody or real movement. It's ok, though, since the mix still has a nice groove.

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about:blank
on 2007-12-04 15:46:12

Very cool. I love the flanged percussion. The only other time I've heard percussion with effects like that was in "Kiss of Life" by Peter Gabriel. While this is a completely different type of song, I still feel that the flanged percussion works very well and gives this a very funky feel. It's great to see that even back in the day, DJP had the ability to create some truly funkalicious grooves.

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OA
on 2006-12-17 14:53:41

Short but sweet, I love the synths and the tight integration with the drums. I think there are a few places this could have been taken, but from what's there, nothing is lacking.

Sound quality is fantastic, and the beat is totally strut-worthy. If i was, say, 10% cooler, I'd strut to this, but since i'm not, it'll have to remain a beautiful dream.

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big giant circles
on 2006-12-17 14:49:03

filtered flangy funk, folks!

definitely reminiscent of standards past, yet this is a fun tune to listen to. It serves as a good example (when comparing to his later stuff) at David's own progress as a musician and arrranger.

This was posted over six years ago, and I only wish I could have done anything half this good that long ago.

This one's got pep. No, download it, have a listen, and do a barrel roll, kids!

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Speed Demon
on 2003-12-19 06:50:29

This one is really cool and fun to listen to.

It sounds very professional and is great to listen to. Must have been a lot of work. 2 thumbs up, DJ Pretzel! :wink:

Everybody, check it out! :D

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Saunders
on 2002-05-26 02:11:18

Revenge of Shinobi 'Da Factory Funk'

Don’t like the way this one starts out at first. But after listening for a while you get used to it and it gets pretty good. Sort of repetitive towards the end though. Glad it’s a shorter tune, any longer would just get boring. 3/5

Sources Arranged (1 Song)


Primary Game:
The Revenge of Shinobi (Sega, 1989, GEN)
Music by Yuzo Koshiro
Songs:
"Ninja Step"

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