Posted 2007-01-16, evaluated by the judges panel

Is it a new, Apple-branded edible hallucinogen that doubles as a love-it or hate-it pizza topping? Nah, it's Steve Olofsson's second mix to be posted here, off of Project Chaos. GaMeBoX writes:

"This is a solo-heavy song with a nice funky feeling. I started working on the song over one and a half year ago, so youll notice the song evolves technically as it progresses through time. There are some really cool stuff that were cut off. One of those was a rippin synth/guitar solo, but it ended up sounding too much like castlevania so... Heavy creds to my brother (chillalot), who helped me funk up the last section's drums! I also would like to thank everybody that commented on this song through the long creation-time; Ichitootah, Dryer Lint, Binster, voh, link12584, unrheeyl, vilecat and Antipode."

Pretty cool minimal hip-hop synth funk sound going on, with all sorts of fun instrumentation; check the transition from sleazily delicious fuzz guitar solo to Middle Eastern breakdown at 1'03" for just one of many examples. Extensive use of bitcrushing makes the drums crunchier than Honey Bunches of Oats. This mix actually sounds like the demo for a suite of effects at times, as it runs a wide gamut of verbs, delays, filters, distortion, and other mangling offerings that wouldn't normally all find their way into the same song. Thankfully, the usage isn't haphazard or gratuitous, and thoughtfully increases the musicality and funkdafication of the arrangement. It's also a good thing that Steve knows how to bust a solo, as this one's chock full of 'em. TO writes:

"The beats are less dominant in this one, and just seeming to keep the groove up until 1:40 where that switch-up comes along. The bassline in this mix reminds me of my old Jazz-Jackrabbit days where the composers weren't afraid of just taking a simple grooveline and looping it over some beats while the rest of the instrumentation takes care of the variation. I like this a lot. There's something new around every corner and it's always good. You should've been born 10 years earlier, GaMeBoX. This is the kind of music I would've liked to hear in a game."

If that ain't a compliment, I don't know what is. Excellent, very tight piece from GaMeBoX, who's certainly establishing something of a track record at this point.



Latest 15 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
on 2015-12-06 13:07:07

Nice little funky tune right here; love how it startes right from the source. Very cool glitching beat here. And da synths are quite enjoyable. The Middle Eastern section at 1:03 is a relly sick touch as well. Definitely one of the highlights of Project Chaos.

on 2011-07-04 18:53:50

I love how the source tune is recognizable right from the beginning. The low-fi funk really gets things started and the transition after the first minute was great. I really enjoyed those easter eggs you tossed in there, like Knuckle's theme and such, up past the first few minutes and through the middle. Good use of creativity and very good arrangement.

Level 99
on 2010-02-17 14:47:20

My main drawback are the drums, which really could have been a little better implemented. Besides that, I'm all over this. Relaxing, a wide variety of different instruments used and enough changes of sound that I'm never not interested in listening, and the freestyle synth parts go very well with how you put the source tune in here. The gated swells in the middle are euphoric, as is most of this song. A great take on the source and cool how you took the word Mushroom and applied it to all areas, even if the listener isn't on the stuff.

Just have to point out that your use of portamento here was great, and that's something that I have a big soft-spot for.

on 2008-12-12 01:35:51

this is my personal favorite on Project Chaos.

stunning work. i love your lo-fi style. theres a lot of really technical progression in this piece that is just genius.

GENIUS! love it. i want moar, gamebox!

on 2008-06-06 21:05:50
Congrats! you found an easter-egg.. (atleast its mushroom themed also) hehe, there are more eastereggs in this song actually. Good luck on the search :) also thank you everybody for the cool feedback :)

Like how the bassline bursts into Launch Base at 1:40? I'm very impressed you got that you got that to blend so seamlessly.

Edit: Holy smokes, does that mean Knuckles Sonic 3 theme used the Launch Base beat the whole time?

on 2007-06-30 21:56:35

Somewhere in this song, the Theme of Knuckles comes in as the drums. It's the Sonic 3 version, so it's the track that's just a simple drum loop. But it's in there.

This is one of my favorites from Project Chaos. Very original.

on 2007-02-19 00:33:35
One thing though, 1:00 to like 1:40 the base line reminds me of Eminem - My Fault, which made me chuckle a bit considering what that's about.

Congrats! you found an easter-egg.. (atleast its mushroom themed also) hehe, there are more eastereggs in this song actually. Good luck on the search :) also thank you everybody for the cool feedback :)

on 2007-02-15 14:33:57

I really enjoyed this song. It's mellow, but there's so much going on b/t the sfx from the games, the drums; it's just great. One thing though, 1:00 to like 1:40 the base line reminds me of Eminem - My Fault, which made me chuckle a bit considering what that's about. Good stuff though; enjoyed Robotnik Radio too.

on 2007-01-21 02:24:26

This was one of my favorite remixes on Project Chaos. I like the transition about midway through. Sounded like a possible gateway between Act 1 and Act 2.

on 2007-01-18 09:22:50

I wish there was some developed samples in this...but maybe not. Def a unique song, as a lover of video game music I cannot shun away from this at all. The creative flow and ideas are awesome. Kudos on all the ideas, and also trying to take a chance with the whole feel and vibe of this one. I forgot which judge said it, but wow I wish vg music sounded this good back in the day.

Kidd Jredd
on 2007-01-18 08:14:44

I loved this mix on the project, and I love it still! I really enjoy your style, it's very unique and oozes with fun and creativity.

It's smooth and light enough to groove to at a comfortable pace, yet it's got enough delicious explosions of raw awesome to really make you smile :).

I'm totally going to save this to my hard-drive and groove to it some more :-P.


on 2007-01-18 01:25:39

Ah, it's on OCR! This is a great submission from the project because of how unique it is - and I love it. It's an excellent style that's very catchy, and GaMeBoX has woven the main melody lines really well together along with original material and solid solos.

As the artist wrote, I was one of the ones who listened to this track since it was a WIP, and I'm glad his talent has fleshed it out even further to the solid, catchy piece that it is.

I really like the break at 1'03 - it really switches things up and catches you by surprise. The classic sonic sound effect later on kind of "brings you back", so to speak.

Anyway, recommended. Go download it.

on 2007-01-17 18:40:00

It's very well done. Not too heavy and not too light. It had some very likable characteristics that I haven't heard for a while. It's just a happy, funky song! Good-job.

on 2007-01-17 18:26:46

Gamebox just doesn't quit, does he?

This is as always amazing funk. It's all there - the solo, the changes, the refined mastery. When you think you've got a handle on it, it applies some lotion and slips from your grasp in the most delightful way.

Top drawer stuff. Which is all the man seems able to do. Two enthusiastic thumbs up.


on 2007-01-17 14:13:44

Some of the sounds seemed a little thin, specifically the drums, but the interpretation and creativity is phenominal. The solos were excellent as well; awesome work dude.

Sources Arranged (2 Songs, 2 Games)

Primary Game:
Sonic & Knuckles (Sega , 1994, GEN)
Music by Howard Drossin,Jun Senoue,Masaru Setsumaru,Masayuki Nagao,Sachio Ogawa,Tatsuyuki Maeda,Tokuhiko Uwabo,Tomonori Sawada,Yoshiaki Kashima
"Mushroom Hill Zone: Act 1"
Additional 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
"Knuckles' Theme"

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