ReMix:Pokémon Red Version "TEEM.ROKIT" 4:31

By Tweex

Arranging the music of one song...

"Team Rocket Hideout"

Primary Game: Pokémon Red Version (Nintendo , 1996, GB), music by Junichi Masuda

Posted 2007-08-01, evaluated by the judges panel

Ladies and gentlemen, Tweek has done the impossible. In the seven plus years OCR has existed, we've received quite a few Pokemon submissions, but while at times we've had some close calls, none have ever made it past the curmudgeonly judges panel and onto the site proper. No longer can accusations of the panel being haters of small, furry, mass-marketed creatures be considered credible, however, as Mr. Arnold's ReMix is here to represent in style. Jiggles McPuff, this one's for you! This is actually a revision of a previous effort Brian put together a good long while ago. The ReMixer writes:

"I decided to do a complete overhaul on the mix, and here you have it. I had just finished working on REAKTR.1 with sephfire and I was on a DnB fix, so I decided to stick with the genre and revamp this track (as you will probably notice the similar title names). I wanted to keep the same sense of uneasiness that the source and my original attempt possessed, but I wanted it to rock a bit harder. So, after a year, two months, and seven days, here is the final product!"

Awesome. Actually, when I was in the signature lineup at VGL in DC, I was evangelizing the site and how we had mixes from almost every game you could think of (marketing hyperbole, but we DO cover a lot), and this nine year-old asks me if we have any Pokemon, and... totally deflated. I had to explain that we're working on it. That we're failures, and that we go to sleep every night wallowing in our own inadequacies and dreaming of the day we can call ourselves men... more or less. Well, little buddy, wherever you are... your ship's come in!! I just hope you like DnB, as that's what Tweek's cooked up for you. Jesse's not really a fan of the Pokemon soundtracks, so his YES vote was rather colorful, and warrants repeating here, with apologies to "good taste":

"Yeah, so the thing with talented remixers remixing the very best it's like you're molding the venus di milo out of a giant pile of poo. Sure you've got some chops, but you're putting them to waste on this crappy material. Imagine how much better your art could be if you had a better source to work with. I feel like this remix is a skanky hobag dolled up with makeup, sexy lingerie, a corset maybe, which make her look tappable under the dim maroon lights of a sleazy bar with a broken jukebox and a sticky floor, but tomorrow morning you KNOW you're gonna feel dirty."

... how visceral. Of course, beauty is in the eye of the beer holder, and many intelligent folk surely differ with Mr. Taub's eloquent assessment of said source material, so let not his fecal comparisons trouble your delicate sensibilities. Lee had more topical, musical criticism to offer:

"You've simplified the mix a lot from the source. You have a rich soundscape going on here, I'm enjoying the thick textures and the crisp clear industrial sound. But there's really not a lot going on in terms of the arrangement. You flirt around with the synthy leads from the source in sections, but where you could've really built it up into something complex, you always jump away into a weird break or drum solo.

Take no fault from this. I really enjoy this mix and I think it's passable as it is. But it pains me to think that this could be a lot better than it is at the moment. ie: a little more work on the arrangement can push it from being a B track into an A+ track as far as I'm concerned. Really work on getting those crazy fast synths going in some of those sections."

I'd personally say that the strength of this track is in its similarity to REAKTR.1, as is its weakness; Tweek definitely drew perhaps too heavily on ideas and sounds from that arrangement here. However, given that so few have been able to push the Pokemon source into this realm, I'd qualify such critiques with a dose of kudos for being able to arrange such apparently troublesome source material into pretty kicking electronica. Larry didn't like the reverse section at 2:44-2:51, but I sort of felt like it was riskier than some of the other production decisions and added some character, albeit of a rather odd persuasion. The whole piece has a sort of enigmatic, shadowy feel to it, lacking dominant melodic direction; it's more of an expanded BGM that snakes in and out over a complex bed of dark textures and percolating beatwork. However, Tweek can make that sort of thing work rather well, and does so here, earning him the fame/infamy of having the first Pokemon ReMix on the site. It may not cause epileptic seizures or earn Brian great gobs of cash money (or any, for that matter), but it's pretty tight nonetheless, and thus: We choose you! Tweekachu!





Latest 15 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
on 2011-03-02 16:53:49

I'm glad this track was included on The Missingno Tracks! Always been one of my favorites!

on 2010-05-29 18:03:37

Eeeevil lab sound at the beginning, then a good solid beat to flesh out the path. Nice and mysterious at the halfway point, and I do enjoy that rewind section.

on 2010-04-08 16:18:08

This is insane, TEAM ROCKET FTW. The best mix ever. I want to learn how to do this kind of thing, I can't improvise very well on a PC MIDI Synth, brings back some of my first gaming memories, I wish I knew where my yellow was, I really want to play again, my BLUE recently died sadly, but it is OK, you guys help me re-live the memories by letting me hear this stuff all over again.

on 2010-02-19 12:23:13

Prepare for trouble!.......oh wait, wrong Rockets. Anywho, this is pretty good for the Rocket theme and I love the rewind section at 2:43-2:53. Ten seconds and I was sold, but the other 4 minutes or so got me interested. Definantly sounds like a high tech evil lab and I think Team Rocket finally has a theme that's as evil as they are. But as much as I like DJP. Just no. :-P

on 2010-02-14 21:57:39

Darn Rockets! I couldn't determine if this was Silph Co. or the Rocket Hideout...but I think both of them frustrated me as a kid. I could've sworn I heard the beginning of Jynx's cry somewhere around 2:55. I think those subtle sounds you added were in fact very similar to the Pokémon cries. Awesome. Excellent work. :smile:

on 2010-02-03 12:45:54

Pretty rockin stuff, nice drums, and a pretty crazy arrangement of the theme. It jumps all over, but each diversion is really cool, so no harm there.

Great soundscape and a good pace. I like it a lot. :-)

on 2009-09-26 10:34:18

This is spectacular, it has a mysterious vibe to it but it is good to see pokemon remixes.

on 2009-09-26 06:38:15

My favourite Tweek track. He gives the theme of team rocket a very creepy and dark personality. Over all this just kicks ass!

The Damned
on 2009-02-05 20:17:21
Its 2009, where's that Pokemon Project Album already?
Shut up, it's coming. Art and webpage need to be finished first.

And I happily repeat my approval of this remix, for it is good in many ways.

on 2009-02-05 18:11:37

I was a real avid Pokemon Red player back when it was that huge phenomenon, so I remember this theme pretty well. The Pokemon soundtrack is criminally underrated, I think mainly because of the backlash against the popularity of the Pokemon iconography that happened after the bubble burst. But I really urge you to sample some of the remixed tracks from Smash Bros. Brawl and see that there is some DYNAMITE source music to pull from. It's really complex, melodic stuff that is dying to be put to further creative use. I wish I had the talent.

Anyways, I wouldn't call the Team Rocket Headquarters theme DYNAMITE source music, however Tweek has transformed it into a really nice piece of electronic spasticity that I have a certain affinity for. The source can get pretty damn repetitive in the game, but never does in the mix. Handfuls at a time of different ideas and interesting variations and techniques are thrown in at no expense, which is most important when dealing with a source tune that isn't very captivating and more on the verge of just annoying. I especially love when the mix goes into rewind. It seems like its something that won't work for a lot of ears, but for mine, I really dug it.

Always good to see under-represented games in the spotlight, and hopefully this and the other Pokemon remix on OCR wakes a sleeping giant. Its 2009, where's that Pokemon Project Album already?

on 2009-02-01 21:37:01

The Team Rocket theme was already fairly creepy, but this just takes it, polishes it, and makes it as it should be.

Listening to this reminds me why I sunk soooo many hours into these games and makes me want to go dig out some of my old Gameboy carts.

Ahhh, good times, good times. :grin:

on 2007-10-20 02:52:34

Just wait for the rest of the remix project ;)

Corporal Keith
on 2007-10-19 20:05:01

I wouldn't have thought a Pokemon Remix would ever be made, seeing as they are such complex themes. Kudos to the remixer on the remix.

Shining Mirage
on 2007-09-14 14:44:09
Nah, I mean, what was the setting where all those people inquired about the mix? Were you guys at a party? What was going on, and what were some reactions to the track?

Well, I was at work originally when this remix was released and my co-workers are all into electronic music (in fact, that's all that we listen to collectively - - except for a few jazz and old-school hip-hop moments) and when I was taking a personal listen to this song, my co-workers stopped what they were doing (piles... of paperwork, mind you) to see who was it that made this mix.

The first question that came up was "Is there anything else by that artist? That was hella-good and I hope that's not his/her first one." The rest of the day pretty much entailed them listening to it off and on for the next 6 hours.

Then, when I brought it to their attention that it was a remix from a game, they just... did not... believe me. Got a chiptune of the original track and let them listen to it. Then I had them sit through the remix for at least 2-3 more times. On the level, they were seriously struck by the originality of this mix and have been frequently looking on the site for anything that they can remember. (gamewise)

Bear in mind, out of 79 people who work at my job, three people including myself avidly listen to game soundtracks considerably. The rest of them left video games behind with their childhood.

That was until my co-workers found OoT's "Prayer" by Pixietricks. I've heard it every other day from each of their ipods since the 6th of August.

Edit: I'm sitting in my office as I type and Teem.Rokit's playing upstairs... and it's not me.

on 2007-08-20 12:43:02
(My bad, LT):oops:

Nah, I mean, what was the setting where all those people inquired about the mix? Were you guys at a party? What was going on, and what were some reactions to the track?

Sources Arranged (1 Song)

Primary Game:
Pokémon Red Version (Nintendo , 1996, GB)
Music by Junichi Masuda
"Team Rocket Hideout"

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