ReMix:Super Dodge Ball "All-Star Doskpop" 3:30

By Mazedude

Arranging the music of one song...

"Vs. Pro All-Stars"

Primary Game: Super Dodge Ball (CSG Imagesoft , 1989, NES), music by Kazuo Sawa

Posted 2008-05-16, evaluated by djpretzel

More epic mixage from NBNG that'll get your balls hurdling through the air at high speed in no time at all! While we just posted up Mr. Getman with his Klax/NIN action, I asked Mustin which two pieces from No Balls, No Glory would be best to highlight the project, and this was one of them. He was actually diggin' on ktriton's track as well, but we posted JJT's collab instead since the bday timing was too good to pass up. Rest assured you'll likely see more tracks from this project popping up in the not-too-distant future. Maze writes:

"Ah, the all-American remixer tackling the USA All-Stars theme. Truthfully, I wasn't sure the best genre to mix this one in, but after a few experiments landed on a very tracker-specific genre called "doskpop," otherwise known as "demostyle," which ironically originated quite outside the United States. Scandinavia, in fact.

That said, enjoy this homage to trackers such as Elfwood, Lizardking, and Hunz, and at the same time an homage to one of my personal favorite NES games of all time, Super Dodge Ball."

I've got a limited, admittedly superficial familiarity with demoscene stuff, but from what little I've heard, Chris has done an excellent job channeling the sound, with intricately sequenced, harmonized synth lead-heavy pop. There's a lot of melodramatic tempo fluctuations and flamboyant synth fx, everything's absolutely water-tight in terms of sequencing and arrangement, and production is solid while remaining within the traditional sound palate trackers allow. It's fun to contrast this mix, the previous Klax mix, and the Grim Fandango ReMix before that, as the variety in both style and production is really impressive. Of course, you can keep going back further through MD's oeuvre and continue finding disparate and awesome music, but the common strain throughout everything is craftsmanship - I've never heard a Mazedude mix that sounded unrefined or unpolished. Even when he's pushed the envelope on pieces with bizarre sound fx and peculiar structures, every track oozes with both intent and attention to detail, and this is no exception. Excellent homage to both demoscene music AND Super Dodge Ball, and yet another hot track from No Balls, No Glory.



Latest 15 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
on 2014-06-27 14:32:23

Awesome track. Really fun and energetic throughout. Never lets up. ^__^

Funk starting at 1:45 is keen. :D

Kenogu Labz
on 2011-02-21 23:39:16

Doskpop on OCR? Why haven't I seen this before!

I can definitely hear Elwood and Lizardking in there, beating on the walls to get out. Slick, smooth, everything we've come to know and love about your tracking. This really blends with the original's style, too.

Only complaint? There's just not enough time in the song.

on 2009-12-17 06:50:50

Another awesome track by Mazedude.

on 2009-12-13 10:57:14

Yup, I hear the demoscene sound here, and I like it. What happens at 2:53 is classic. There's a lot of cool stuff happening in the abckground of this one, obscured by the lead melody. Listen past it for some more remix goodness. I'm hearing something resembling my high-resonance noise-based shaker back there, among other things. On first listen, I basically just heard lead, drums, and bass, but there's much more to it.

On related note, it took me until a few weeks ago to get the Bad Dudes' free albums. Shame on me. :D

on 2009-12-01 20:01:16

I like that this mix is very in your face. It has this vibe that you don't wanna mess with it, or you're gonna get messed up. Haha

I like the synths used throughout, they all fit the genre very well and bring out the seriousness of the mix. There are some moments that feel very Megaman-esque, which is also a good thing.

I'd have liked a little variation on the volume/soundscape. Overall things stay very close to the same intensity in terms of those two subjects, and some changes would have make other sections stood out more. Aside from that, this mix has some good writing, and is worth checking out, easily.

on 2009-01-18 22:50:24

Without even looking at the title, one can tell by listening that this is the favored team's anthem, the one to put money on, the one that'll win.

The mix reminds me of something from Vegas: big, flashy, and show stopping.

Awesome stuff.

on 2008-09-02 16:01:20

Pretty kickin stuff, I was grooving throughout the whole thing, but the super slowdown is where things just got nuts. I would have loved one more shot of the chorus, but really you can't go wrong with this. It really shows off what a great melody the original had with all kinds of extra ornaments to make it sound fresh.

Classic Awesome right here folks.

Streets of Rage bum
on 2008-07-16 20:44:57

Haha, sweeet, thnx for the mix dude, totally brings back some crazy memories of having SuperDodgeball tourneys in my basement! Very upbeat and refreshing, wouldn't seem out of place at all on a new version of this classic game.

Still gotta say my favourite players was the little guy who threw the 3way spreadshot, haha.

Martin Penwald
on 2008-06-07 16:25:09

The synth work here is amazing.

Red Shadow
on 2008-05-20 00:57:42

Oh, wow. It sounds as though mazedude works with the ORiON team or something

on 2008-05-19 23:37:59

Elfwood or Elwood? :3

This song reminds me of Necros or Siren a bit though. Great work :D very awesome early-90s sound.

on 2008-05-19 16:51:46

I'm not sure I could say that this was my absolute favorite track on the project (because there were a bunch of really chill ones I enjoyed) but this was easily the one that said "SUPER DODGEBALL" the most. Man, if there is one song from the project that should just be slapped right into a remake of the game, this is the one. Nice work, big guy.

on 2008-05-18 15:50:08

Extremely enjoyable listen. The production wasn't perhaps super-extra-tight, but that's probably a good thing in this case. Loved the synthwork, overall great job here! :nicework:

on 2008-05-18 13:30:11

This is such a typical Mazedude track: Large amounts of awesome spread over a layer of quirkiness. He very rarely fails to impress.

This is worth at least two listens.

If you're a fan of any type of fun synthwork, this should be a must listen.

on 2008-05-18 12:49:33

Jesus, one review? This track is amazing. Mazedude, you are the bomb. Thanks for making this music. And I think you achieved all your goals you set out for on this one. Once I heard this, and it was the first thing from the project because you're ALWAYS done first, I knew the project would be a success. Thanks to you and the other guys for making this work, and glad this track is as awesome as it is. Keep it up!

Sources Arranged (1 Song)

Primary Game:
Super Dodge Ball (CSG Imagesoft , 1989, NES)
Music by Kazuo Sawa
"Vs. Pro All-Stars"

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