Posted 2010-03-29, evaluated by the judges panel

News flash: Quinn Fox is a REALLY interesting ReMixer, and he's back. Mr. Fox's Strider ReMix holds a special place in my heart, he's got my same penchant for Sega source material, and his library of mixes offer a pretty rich variety along with distinct, unusual aesthetics. He's also produced some very worthwhile originals that you should definitely check out over on his homepage; I'd love to hear him incorporate some vocal work into one of his game arrangements. The artist writes:

"An older remix of the 'Machine Base' music from level six of Sonic 3. I simply couldn't resist that bass line. I'm not sure why I sat on this for so long; I may have been worried about sound quality and reverb issues, but I don't remember. Either way, I'm doing some game remixing after a loooonnngg break, and I thought this might be a good knock on the door... Liberties were taken, mostly with the electric piano, but it's otherwise rather faithful."

Some of the production here is dated, but Quinn always makes things work - a modulating, filtered, sustained synth bass, sitting under funk drums, cross-panned harp bits, plus clav riffs and brass hits, slap bass, organ licks, and who knows what else. It's a very strange amalgamation of instrumentation, and it's all treated with a generous helping of what sounds like small-to-medium hall reverb, but that's a sound that has served Quinn well and that he knows how to control. Some of the clav/brass bits get a little muffled, and at times the verb can be overbearing, but the arrangement is always hot. AnSo writes:

"Really solid groove here. The arrangement is top notch with some good personalization all around. Sometimes it feels like it could be a bit more dynamic but it's minor. The production is also up there but I, like Shariq, thought you could scale back the reverb a little bit. I also thought the balance of the lead compared to the rest of the track was a bit of a downer, it could've been more up front and I think the track would benefit. I don't have much else to add, this is a solid remix serving with a distinct sonic flavor you just can't resist. Glad to see you back :)"

Glad indeed; this isn't as refined as some of Quinn's other tracks, but it still holds up well, and actually represents a bit of a funky departure & expansion of his sound into new territory. If you're not familiar with his other tracks, you should definitely check them out, and hopefully this knock on our door will be followed by a full-fledged visit with some new material in the future!



Latest 15 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
on 2016-01-27 09:51:27

Still one of my favorites on the site. From the mellow wavy intro, to the vintage sounding drums accompanying the funky rhodes...the song is constantly evolving. Like Crulex said, nothing is too repetitive and it's a smooth ride from start to finish. Only wish Quinn would submit more nowadays.

on 2011-06-15 13:44:14

Cool, groovy little ReMix here. The arrangement it cool and keeps the original feeling intact. Still, it's hard to hear this without the constant "Go!" sounds from the source. I just can't unhear it. But that's the best part of this ReMix, because nothing sounds too repetitive and it stays interesting until the end.

on 2011-05-29 21:01:48

Man I can't find Gecko Yamori's Mellow Tempest ANNNYWHERE **sad fox**

This is awesome, and somewhat fills the Gecko Yamori shaped hole in my heart. Or eardrums. Or whatever. :D

UPDATE (as of 2 minutes later...:P)

I found a Russian site with many remixes, including GY's!

on 2010-05-02 13:46:32

Me likes the high ostinato near the beginning.. and the liberating breaks haha r great listening :)

Martin Penwald
on 2010-04-17 14:59:49

This remix evokes all kinds of feelings of nostalgia, though strangely enough, none of them are related to the Sonic games themsevles. Overall, it reminds me of some of GeckoYamori's stuff (e.g. Mellow Tempest), and the part from 1:45 onwards makes me think of the early PS1 days, in particular the very first Tekken game.

Good stuff.

on 2010-04-08 21:26:58

Awesome. Simply put :)

on 2010-04-06 02:15:52

Honestly the best Sega remix I've ever heard.

on 2010-04-03 00:55:43

I've been listening to this one for a while, and was surprised to see it actually submitted after so long. Quinn's old stuff still pwns, and this has always deserved a spot on OCR, so it's welcome.

on 2010-04-02 02:35:07

Finally a good remix of Launch Base that remains true to the source.

Kudos, Mr. Fox.

on 2010-03-31 11:48:30

Funky and fun; this goes to show that when you got it, 5 years won't take the edge off your arrangement at all. :-)

Very cool stuff, I like this one.

on 2010-03-30 14:53:06

Ahhhhhhh nice, I remember this! This was one of my favorite tracks from VGMix, and I still listen to it now and then! Glad to see you submit it.

on 2010-03-30 00:54:21
:) so glad this is on here
on 2010-03-29 22:49:57

absolutely BOSS

on 2010-03-29 21:16:12

Yep. Definitely posted on VGMix before (Sometime around 2005 / '06), but it was also available in his old website

Anyhow, totally bodacious.

on 2010-03-29 21:08:51

Wow, talk about a blast from the past. I remember enjoying this A LOT when I downloaded this from VGMix2 (I think), and after listening again, I still do.

Groovy stuff; hope to see you submit something a little newer soon. :P

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
"Launch Base Zone: Act 1"

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