Posted 2010-10-31, evaluated by djpretzel
Come get some!! Mazedude turns 50 (mixes)!!
Hot off the presses, Mazedude just finished this mix TODAY, in time for a special Halloween posting, and it's our first ReMix from Duke Nukem 3D!! Balls of steel, indeed. Chris writes:
"Going back to my roots here, from the classic Duke Nukem 3D (often hailed by critics as being better than the Doom scores), remixed in a stylistic blending of the Candyman and Resident Evil movie soundtracks. Made for Halloween. Enjoy."
Some of you who attended MAG last year will recall Jon St. John, the voice of Duke Nukem, counting down New Year's Eve, and of course the relatively recent news that long-running industry joke Duke Nukem Forever is actually going to be MADE bears mentioning. I'm bummed that it might take development time away from a Borderlands sequel, personally, but it should be solid, and so this seems an auspicious time to be releasing our first DN3D ReMix. Plus, it's dark, aggressive, and industrial - Duke may be a wisecracker, but this mix creates an atmosphere that's ominous & serious - making it appropriate for a haunted house of Halloween horrors. Mechanized percussion grinds away as retro-fakey choir samples establish nostalgia & melody and sinister organ lines creep through. Undulating rise-fall FX create the sensation of being on uneven footing, as the "room" sways back and forth and we descend darker into the mind of Christopher Getman.
Mazedude just redesigned his website - again - and, again, it well illustrates his multitalents and formidable body of work. This is his 50th posted ReMix, his first dating all the way back to early 2001. Will this significant milestone spur fellow veteran McVaffe, stuck at 45 mixes, back into action?!? I can think of few better things than a "Cold War" of ReMix stockpiling between these two artists... I seem fairly safe with my seventy-one mixes, at the moment, but a few of those were pretty crap, unlike MzD & McV. At any rate, have a happy & safe Halloween, enjoy our first Duke Nukem arrangement, and give Chris some mad, well-deserved props for hitting the big FIVE-O & delivering yet another singular, distinct, and satisfying ReMix!
on 2012-05-02 12:50:26
Mazedude is probably the best I've heard when it comes to industrial pieces like this. So epic. That organ with the heavy beat, mixed with song electronic instrumentation, it's like a three layer cake of awesomeness. Dark and evil, electronic, with an organ and sweet beat, this ReMix is right up my alley. Downloaded before the thing even got halfway.
on 2011-12-16 23:40:08
Positively evil-sounding. What I really like about this ReMix is the cool soundscape, that constant feeling of unease. It's really a great atmosphere piece that sounds hella-awesome.
on 2011-03-02 02:48:14
Which version inspired this remix? The original, PC/MS-DOS version? Or the bastardized PSX version?
on 2010-12-09 08:08:56
Mazedude sure loves doing these industrial-styled mixes it seems - this one fits that description pretty nicely, with it's apocalyptic sound.
I think my only gripe is when it appears like it's going to shift to something good, the song just ends . Otherwise, this is nicely done as usual.
on 2010-11-18 13:19:12
It's been about 12 years since I last played DN3D, so I don't remember the source at all. Thus, I can't comment on the way the source was arranged, but I know one thing for certain:
Agree 100%. Great stuff.
on 2010-11-16 09:28:47
This is very good.
Why there is no more rmix of duke nukem. Ths game surely needs more remixes.
Departure and Pissed office box would be great euro techno remix or any other kind of tune remix.
This is a nice work;) I enjoyed it a lot.
on 2010-11-09 10:44:17
Wow, congrats on your 50th remix!
What's even more insane is that Chris' musicality and inventiveness haven't diminished 1 iota from mix 1 all the way to mix 50.
That aside, this one was definitely badass. I don't know how you did it, but it totally feels like I'm back in LA shooting alien baddies. Great stuff!
on 2010-11-08 14:30:13
Sounds closer to an Ultimate DooM song, but this is very impressive! Keep up the good work, man!
on 2010-11-05 05:40:24
Shinobi + Castlevania + Resident Evil = All Outta Gum
Shinobi: because this tune is side scroller worthy (its duke nukem ya dingus!) and the pace reminded me of running ninjas.
Castlevania: The organ of course! well and the note structure is very castle-y
Resident Evil: because I am reminded of graveyards and other usual locales for things that go bump in the night.
I wish this was in DN3D.
on 2010-11-04 17:25:39
So, I have to ask now. What really defines a "creepy" atmosphere in music? Is it the presence of a drowning organ? The strange vox that abruptly changes its notes? Is it the rather dark and desolate soundscape, or the tiny SFX that get thrown in that you don't really hear conciously, but you know are there, prodding you in the back of the head?
All of the above is present, and it's quite well done, but I would hardly call it "creepy." There's no sense of mystery, no air of the unknown, no fear of the dark to it. It's gloomy, and a bit evil, but I may be desensitized by years of video game playing, but it's not really unsettling or odd.
Maybe... just maybe. It's too kickass to be creepy.
on 2010-11-01 16:32:52
Fun and interesting. I've been a fan of maze's work for a while, mainly SpaceStation and Psychotic Censors. This is an excellent mix, very fitting of his style, although it's not a download-now mix for me. However, it does reignite my desire to hear maze take on some of the more intense themes from the Metroid: Prime trilogy.
...and congrats on 50, maze. Here's hoping you're still hale and hearty through 50 more!
on 2010-11-01 14:54:02
very cool mix- i've been really getting into Mazedude's stuff recently. love all the retro-sounding samples in this. great work, and congrats on the big number 50
on 2010-11-01 13:02:15
Certainly a strange ReMix, but I'm happy to see this theme finally being covered here on OCR.
on 2010-11-01 11:30:31
on 2010-10-31 21:52:49
As Stevo said, congrats on your 50th mix post. It's certainly a milestone that few will see!
I'm going to have to say that this mix certainly attains a level of creepiness that is very appropriate for Halloween night. The repetativeness of the piece and the industrail production definitely adds to that. I can't say that I'm really a fan of the mix, partly because I feel like the mix doesn't really build or grow as much as I'd like. However, the mix works for the style it's going for, and is produced very well.
Sources Arranged (1 Song)
- Primary Game:
Duke Nukem 3D (GT Interactive, 1996, DOS)
Music by Bobby Prince, Lee Jackson
- Choir, Organ
- 5,677,943 bytes
- Size: 5,677,943 bytes
- MD5 Checksum: 4760d7cf6dcd3aeb0d2c271eb087ff5c
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