ReMix:Super Metroid "Mega Dance Mix 2002" 5:08

By MIDIman

Arranging the music of one song...

"Opening (Destroyed Science Academy Research Station)"

Primary Game: Super Metroid (Nintendo , 1994, SNES), music by Kenji Yamamoto (I), Minako Hamano

Posted 2002-03-21, evaluated by djpretzel

This story begins seven years ago, give or take a year, back when I was a freshman in high school band. Halfway through the year, a student transferred in named Chris Guirreri - French Horn player. I never really got to know him that well, but we did go on the annual band trip together (this year it was King's Dominion, I think) and he was in our room and we started talking. Turned out he was into electronic music and in particular videogame music. We talked about different artists we liked, and I remember clearly he corrected my pronunciation of "Jan Hammer". Anyway, he was telling me about how great some of the Capcom soundtracks were, particular Darkstalkers, and we actually stopped at an arcade and got to play match at one point. VERY long time ago. He graduated that year and I still had three more miserable years to go, so I never saw him again. But lo and behold, someone by the name of MIDIman started posting on our forums recently, and when he submitted this mix, the real name on the email rung a bell. Wow - certainly not THAT amazing a coincidence, but still pretty cool. Even cooler is this techno dance ReMix of the Super Metroid title music. Now, the title music is kind of . . . spartan, shall we say, so a good portion of this track is reminiscent of the melody if not clearly an arrangement. But it's close enough in my book - a lot of people still can't spot the original title theme in my Phantasy Star Alis Overture (it's greatly slowed down!), so I should be one to talk. Anyway, regardless, this is a great, professional track, with wonderfully warm and dynamic analogue textures matched with crystalline digital synth patterns, a vocoded version of the vocal sample, a daft punk-ish bass and relentless kick, and maahvelous phased pads. You want more? How bout a bitchin' retro analog synth solo at 2'40" with fantastic pitch-bending? A revealing ending that clearly shows the quality and detail of the underlying parts of the song? How bout just a great beat? You got it, compadre. Weird and wild that I crossed paths with someone so long ago that was into games, electronic music, and game music, and only through OC ReMix do I hear from them again. Viva la Internet :)



Latest 15 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
on 2010-02-22 23:13:58

So this track somehow made it on one of my playlists recently and got me thinking once again - what did others think about it? Nice to actually see some reviews here. I was floored when I saw a music video remix of the game last year using this song in a competition.

I was never super happy with this track quite frankly and I look back on it now and think with more of a grimace than anything else. Yes, as in the purple McDonald's monster. The mix is actually rather shallow, there's no snare, and wtf was I thinking when I topped it with a laser kick?

The melody is purely associated to the Title Theme form the game. Nothing more. I used those few notes as a foundation for melodic development, which maybe breaks all of the new rules of today's OCRemix, but back in the day I thought it was a refreshing unique addition to the collection of remixes here. IMHO, it still pays homage to the game quite well.

So does this post mean I'm making a return and will start submitting tracks? I have about four of them lined up actually, but am still not entirely pleased. I've been listening to a ton of music this past month and have a lot of new inspiration - will likely be submitting something soon!

More than anything else, just been happy to see this community thrive!

on 2009-12-12 01:27:46

Well, with a name like "Mega Dance Mix" being remixed by a guy named MIDIMan, how can you possibly go wrong? : This sounds like a recipe for MIDI-rip generi-trance disaster :tomatoface:

Honestly though, lack of source connections aside, it's pretty good. Nothing super-special, but the voice clips were good and the whole thing wasn't as boom-tiss as I expected. Nice pads, too. Nice work, I guess :-P It makes for great background music.

on 2009-02-22 08:25:41

The only source connection I hear is those repeated six notes, and the vocoded in-game voice clip. It's a bit low, so no high marks on source or interpretation. But it's a great track that belongs on ocr, so I'm glad the standards weren't what they are today. It's a chill track, with chill atmospheric pads, bell rhythms, and well tied together with the voice clips... I normally don't evne like voice clips. Here they not only fit in perfectly, but I'd have a hard time imagining how this would work without them.

on 2008-03-07 11:55:17

I really don't hear any Metroid in here at all, though maybe there are some connections in the spacey sounds? Metroid had a lot of very ambient stuff going on, so maybe this is just a bit of melodic addition to the general background? Who knows, besides Midiman.

Balancewise it's pretty good, and some of the pads are sounding great, but the bell can be pretty piercing, I think it should have been toned down slightly.

I'm not super excited by the melody in this, but this is an EXCELLENT track for having in the background. If I had an elite retail boutique I would have this in my playlist and watch the sales roll in. Fantastic background music. :-)

on 2007-10-05 21:25:39

I've listened to this remix for a long time, and this'll be my first time reviewing any song.

I've tried Metroid repeatedly and failed early on (bad gamer, remember?) but this song by itself made me come to look up Metroid again, at least to read about it. This song is definitive for me as Metroid as the Bobomb field is for Mario. Great, great stuff.

on 2007-10-05 17:17:42

Nowadays, this would NEVER make it past me on the panel, AFAIK. Ye olden days were a lot looser in terms of what got on.

It's certainly not bad in any way from a sound quality perspective. This sounds awesome, and it definitely one of my favorite tracks to listen to. The connections to the original though are rather minimal, which is unfortunate in retrospect. Someone (Chris?) fill me in on whether I'm missing something.

Just based on this sound quality though, I always wanted MIDIman to hit us again with some new stuff. Now that we've met at Otakon this past summer, hopefully he'll come out with some new material like he alluded to. Good luck to him and Escape Pod Audio!

Martin Penwald
on 2005-11-14 08:03:05

I've had this ReMix for years now, but it is still one of my favorites, I'd say definitely Top 3. It's just an unbelievably good Trance song, and the end with the voice and the slowly fading music is simply great.

on 2005-02-08 19:11:53

Nice work. 8/10

on 2005-02-08 18:51:03

Even though I first downloaded this song about 2 years ago, it's still probably my favorite OC Remix out there, just a really good progressive trance mix. Nothing else like it I've heard yet, extremely well done.

Onion Knight
on 2004-12-31 18:36:52

It's a really great song, but I just can't figure which song(s?) that is actually remixed here. :|

on 2004-09-14 09:16:22

Wow, just Wow. The beat is so fast and superb that you cannot go the day without hearing it twice or even three times! This mix is one of the best Metroid mixes out there and I recommend that everybody listen to it now!

The Trance style is good.


on 2004-08-08 00:16:41

This song saved my life..

on 2004-08-06 17:16:05

This song changed my life.

Deryck Khusial
on 2002-09-20 04:43:25

from the mellow intro to the energetic midsection (lovin' the song more after the 2:08 mark), and a pulsating beat to top things off, this is a highly addictive tune. check it

on 2002-06-26 12:49:16

I love this mix....I normally don't really like vocals in a mix, but this works good...seeing as it relates to the game if you've ever played it. :)


Sources Arranged (1 Song)

Primary Game:
Super Metroid (Nintendo , 1994, SNES)
Music by Kenji Yamamoto (I),Minako Hamano
"Opening (Destroyed Science Academy Research Station)"

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