Our previous Azure Lake ReMix was a showstopper from analoq, featuring beautifully processed guitars and a moody, floating feel to it. This happy trance rendition from DarkeSword couldn't be more of a contrast, but is also enjoyable and catchy in its own right. Right from the dandy delayed flute intro that's soon underpinned by offbeat bass and a gradually filtered synth pattern, you can tell it's more about the happy-go-lucky, optimistic beat than anything more ponderous. Drums are fairly basic (great hi-hat pattern though), but fast-paced, and later on we get a nice harp, strings, and some different synths. This might be a little too major-key, "I just ran out of Zoloft and need a quick musical fix" for some listeners, but anyone that digs a good trance track that throws in some natural instruments very successfully and has some good, conscious programming work as well need look no further. Again, this makes a great partner to analoq's work to indicate the flexibility of the original and the extremely different ways it can be successfully interpreted. Good stuff.
on 2010-03-16 17:13:52
The filtered arp synth seemed to get a little hot a few times, but the rest was pretty good. Nice textures, but they get a little blurred in some spots. I do like the sunny and cheerful mood this one conveys though, and the mix of flute and synth is unique and cool. Drum samples are weak though.
Overall I enjoy the track, but DS has definitely done better.
on 2008-10-26 21:47:56
I love this music, seems an amusement park n_n, has a nice sonidito as "Dream pipe". do not leave your music mixed to please, are wonderful:-P
on 2006-12-19 12:32:54
Azure Lake is one of my favorite tracks in Sonic 3's OST. And here is DarkeSword at his best. This song is catchy as hell.
on 2005-07-09 16:10:41
This mix is good for maybe twenty seconds, but it gets really old really quickly. The sounds used are pretty cool, but the arrangement just takes about a five second riff and plays it over and over, and the variations are insufficient to make it interesting.
I'm not familiar with the original, so perhaps it's just because the original only has one riff and is really boring and repetetive as well.
I'm sorry to say that this is not one of DarkeSword's better mixes.
on 2005-03-13 19:01:01
It's a good mix. Im not too crazy bout flute by I do like the way his string section sounds in this mix. Its an odd but excellent mix of musical styles. Classical/dance I never woulda guessed. Nice work.
on 2005-01-06 09:55:00
Beautiful flute. I don´t remember me from original. But I liked this game. Nice work, man!
on 2004-07-24 18:38:05
I don't even care if I'm saying the same things that everybody else already has, this song deserves it. I always liked the Azure Lake BGM, and this remix embodies everything I liked about the original and instills it with much more emotion. I particularly like the filter sweeps on that wet, fat saw that starts at 00:12--fabulous-sounding synthesis. This is wordless, yet it could be a beautiful love song.
on 2004-07-15 12:56:44
One could almost see an orchestra playing by Azure Lake...on Xanax and with a deejay. Ha, ha!
In all seriousness, this is one of my fave remixes: a lovely, happy, bouncing rendition of one of my fave songs from Sonic III. You don't need Prozac -- just listen to this song, and you'll feel happy!
on 2004-05-26 21:05:50
on 2004-05-11 19:54:29
This is one of my favorites on ocr along with "Dream Pipe."
DarkeSword, you rock.
on 2004-05-11 18:36:51
Light and bubbly, uplifting, and just wait until 2:11 when it starts getting really good
on 2004-02-29 17:29:37
We all end up agreeing with PlatformMastah sometime or anotha...
on 2004-01-15 03:10:13
What a great remix. I think the original song is catchy and happy-go-lucky, this song just magnifies that so much. This song pops into my head all the time, even when I'm not thinking of it.
on 2004-01-14 21:10:11
This is awesome. I can't stop listening to it. It's just so happy, I love it! DarkeSword is definitely one of my favorite remixers. There hasn't been a remix he's made that I haven't loved.
on 2004-01-04 16:34:26
Ok, just started the song [which is nicely done] over:
00:00 - Nice flute intro.
00:06 - Here come the synths.
00:12 - Here's where the trance comes in.
00:19 - You mixed the electronic trance beat perfectly with the flute. Starts going up from there.
00:34 - The flute still blends semalessly. I have to congratulate you on this.
00:59 - I like how you blended some electronic noises in the background there with the flute doing its own thing with the lower-paced melody.
01:04 - Here come the synths again.
01:12 - Perfectly placed break from the happy-go lucky melody...but it'll come back to haunt me...
01:24 - It's coming back from the break very fast, which is a good thing.
01:38 - You took out the flute there for a little bit and put a synth in its place flawlessly.
01:44 - Here comes the flute again.
01:56 - I like the underwater effect you put here.
02:09 - You aded more ambient electronic sounds with a few appearences from the flute.
02:22 - The flute's back as part of the main melody here.
02:48 - An electronic break from the happiness that's been building up. After that, most of the instruments from the song as a whole come back and build up to 03:26. After that, it's like some underwater percussion instrument leading the closing melody.
Overall, this is probably my favorite mix on OCR, even though I never played any games on any Sega system. Very, very happy. The flute is my favorite instrument in this mix.
Again, nicely done. 99%.
Sources Arranged (1 Song)
- Primary Game:
Sonic the Hedgehog 3 (Sega, 1994, GEN)
Music by Bobby Brooks, Brad Buxer, C. Cirocco Jones, Darryl Ross, Doug Grigsby III, Geoff Grace, Jun Senoue, Michael Jackson, Tatsuyuki Maeda, Tomonori Sawada
- "Azure Lake Zone"
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