Posted 2003-07-01, evaluated by djpretzel
Not skipping a beat, Mazedude helps us ring in the next thousand with a slick ReMix of the previously-unReMixed Sagat stage from classic Street Fighter 2. I'd just like to pontificate briefly, as I recently saw a thread on our forums regarding the most influential game series ever. I'd have to say that, while there are a lot of good candidates, SF2 essentially MADE the fighting genre what it is today. I can't think of a single game that so embodies a genre and acted as such a catalyst for zillions of clones, even well into the 3d arena. I always dug Sagat's ability to do low and high fireballs, in spite of his goofy eyepatch and unfortunate soundalike name-sharing with TV's Bob Saget, also known by his maiden name, Beelzebub.
Mazedude has lent his considerable talents to a reworking of Sagat's theme, which while minimal (like most of the SF2 BGM, a core repeating phrase or two) seemed to work readily with Chris' style. With a strong left-panned piano bass, a great electro-organic percussive vibe, and smooth-as-silk synth solo that carries the melody extensively, this is fairly mellow stuff, but still has an edge to it. There's a brief iteration of the melody by xylophone about halfway through, which offers the listener a good opportunity to appreciate the intricate drum work underneath, and later the synth solo gets some harmony that makes it sound brassier. Also, the cross-panning pads and ambient fx that transpire continuously in the background lend to a floating, liquid feel, and are very well done. All in all, a great take on Sagat's theme (the brother deserved it, with the eye injury and scar and what not), and another in a long line of impressive - and impressively varied - ReMixes from Mazedude. Recommended.
on 2015-04-09 12:09:44
I'm used to the faster HD Remix version by now, but I definitely still love this version. One of my old-school favorites!
on 2009-12-17 06:26:58
Ah Sagat's theme, one of my favorite Street Fighter themes.
I have both versions of this (This one, and the one from SSF2THDR), and I have say I enjoy this a lot more, mainly due to the lead synths, the one used in this version has a much softer, warmer tone to it, while the one one SSF2THDR is a little more piercing on the ol' ears.
Regardless, this is still an awesome track to listen to.
on 2009-04-08 09:41:30
Melodically conservative, but the sound field is nicely packed. New leads, countermelodies, and percussion patterns join seamlessly without burying the existing ones, contributing to a chill, groovy, delicious soundscape. What really whets my appetite is what sounds like a combo of gear crunches and heightened drums that pops up at 0:46, lingers as the lead synth fades at 1:36, and reappears at 2:40 and elsewhere. And of course Sagat's quirky 22/4 time signature is faithfully reproduced. Awesomesauce.
on 2009-03-23 09:51:38
Interesting percussive effects on this, though one sounds like clipping, even though it's pretty obviously not. Synth was interesting, but overall I wasn't feeling this one due to the source. It just wasn't that interesting to me.
on 2009-02-15 01:07:42
I love this. Just wanted to give you props!
on 2009-01-19 01:16:27
Whenever I come across this mix, I have this mental image of a silhouette of Sagat riding a chopper while flying through the sky in front of a giant moon a la E.T. the Extraterrestrial.
This theme just seems to lend itself to being techno-trippy really well. Still an awesome mix and glad its in HDR.
on 2006-02-09 19:24:14
I like this mix, how can I describe it in a single word? Hmmm... sexy Love the techno-spazz kinda feel.
on 2005-04-13 13:15:04
Forget about the beautiful drums and the main synth line that effortlessly glides from octave to octave, what's that crazy time signature!? Alternating 5/8,6/8!? Whatever it is, its nice, and IMO really difficult to get a hold of from a remixing perspective. This has been in the rotation for a while and will stay there. Great work Mazedude.
on 2005-04-13 13:05:08
For some reason, Sagat´s Theme is very nostalgic, bizarre and repetitive for me. Anyway he is a curious character. This ReMix is awesome. Crazy beats and instruments. By the way, Mazedude did great works here.
on 2005-04-12 19:33:15
I just had to say something about this track since I'm remixing it now. It's SMOOTH. I love the distortion and what not. And that porta synth is infectious. I don't like the sudden mutes, but that is nitpicking. GREAT REMIX to one of my favorite tracks of all time.
on 2005-03-13 22:15:49
Man oh man is this one of my favs! This mix is by far some of Mazedudes best work! I love the way the song just seems to slink to a start. Its pretty much sums up the laid back manner of the track. I really dug having piano in the back round. It added alot of grunt and bass to the peice. This mix is just oozing trippyness. Superlative work! This one is one I keep comin back for!
*EDIT* I forgot to mention and compliment the title of the track. Not only does it do an excellent job of summing the track up. It just sounds fucking cool!
on 2004-09-30 22:29:08
i'm used to listening all the techno,fast paced rock that i love so much but when i heard this it was very relaxing..sf fan all the way i guess but i really did like this song alot.
on 2003-07-12 18:23:18
I like it. Sagat's stage had some really mellow tunes, which made it good. This remix makes it even better.
on 2003-07-11 13:53:15
I enjoyed the track a lot, Mazedude. I noticed some reused sounds compared to your older stuff, which kinda made the track stand out as yours. Anyway yes, great work. I do have one request though, I see you encoded your mp3 with BLADE mp3 encoder. There's a lot of better mp3 encoders out there. Blade is at the bottom of the list when it comes to quality. You might want to look into LAME or one of the FHG encoders.
on 2003-07-08 23:05:48
i wub u mazedude, keep pumping them out, this songs pretty nice, its a good play on the original melody.
Sources Arranged (1 Song)
- Primary Game:
Street Fighter II: The World Warrior (Capcom, 1992, ARC)
Music by Isao Abe, Yoko Shimomura
- "Sagat (Thailand)"
- Time > Time Signature: Irregular
- 8,045,955 bytes
- Size: 8,045,955 bytes
- MD5 Checksum: 233a47d71ef9f9d3213ba119061924c1
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