ReMix:Reset Generation "Steriloids" 3:57

By Juha Vilmi

Arranging the music of one song...

"Reset Generation Anthem"

Primary Game: Reset Generation (Nokia , 2008, NGAGE), music by 8 Bit Weapon

Posted 2011-01-26, evaluated by djpretzel

Once upon a time, in 2009, we ran a Reset Generation ReMix contest w/ Nokia & composers 8 Bit Weapon, that got some truly awesome entries. Ultimately Rayza won with 'Kid Malicious', and we also posted runner-up Tepid's uber-funky 'TRIX', both excellent arrangements of really strong source tunes. The idea at the time was to eventually release ALL the entries as an album, but life got in the way and someone whose name rhymes with "Barry Boji" sorta dropped the ball on that. I recently followed DrumUltima making it all the way to finalist for the YouTube Symphony, and then noticed MattInc chatting on IRC, and was reminded that both of them had great entries that should really be on OCR. Also including this contest finalist entry by newcomer Juha Vilmi, we're posting three RG contest mixes back-to-back. It's been a long time coming, but these are some fantastic arrangements, and whether you're familiar with the game's soundtrack or not, I think you'll enjoy them.

First up is jv's catchy, uptempo electronica take on the Reset Generation "anthem" or main theme, which is a different source than Rayza's or Tepid's, but equally as mixable. There's nothing too awful fancy going on, here - no extremely tweaked drums, bitcrushed chip textures, or elaborate stutter edits - just a solid, enjoyable, straightforward arrangement of a memorable, accessible melody. Which is not to say it's all presets or autopilot - the LFO modulation applied to certain notes on the lead synth is just one of many appreciated details, things break down and build back in the third minute for a nice change of pace, and production is generally sweet. A very thick kick and meaty snare anchor an infectious groove, and the whole enchilada is tasty & goes down easy. I'd be interested in hearing more from jv and seeing what he's capable of, but this track's from a good while back and was specifically made for a competition, so who knows. Hopefully we'll see more from him at some point, because he's definitely got skills!



Latest 12 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
on 2013-10-14 01:16:50

Does exactly what it says on the box: provides dance music version of game track. It's not exactly the most interesting piece of art I've witnessed, and yet judging it based on its ambition, its perfectly adequate. The synths and beats are punchy, the breakdown was nice and it kept a semblance of variation throughout, minor as it was. It's a dance track, basically.

I liked it for that, and I think it shows great promise too.

on 2011-12-05 10:02:02

What a wonderful intro, with so much groovin' energy. Fantastic synth work with the modulation and the main melody. Totally digging the breakdown and the outro. It may seem straightforward in some parts, but there is a lot of little things in it that helps it get the job done in delivering an upbeat ReMix that gets some movement out of you. Nicely done.

on 2011-12-05 05:16:49

Arrangement-wise, the melody may feel straight forward but the chords have been given some change from the original versions of the anthem (all three of them o_O). The little ambient breakdown at 2:12 managed to add in some increased scope as well; helped try and shift things around a little bit.

I do have to be with the same sentiment that aside from being drawn towards a groove or the efforts with the source material there's not a lot else going on production-wise. But whether it's a good thing or bad thing or not remains to be seen - it remains accessible for those unfamiliar with the game, can be seen as nostalgic for those that have played the game, and is a pretty decent newcomer mix unleashed here.

Juha, I hope you'll take everything you've learnt from the process and keep making tracks in the future; by what I've seen of you here, I am sensing a good amount of potential. So keep at it :)

Martin Penwald
on 2011-03-16 15:42:40

Great intro and really good use of synths all throughout the song.

Nice groove you've got going on.

on 2011-01-27 13:16:35

I like how this has some power behind it with a nice structured groove. It doesn't deviate from the main theme and I think it works really well for this song. Never heard the original, but I'm sure you did it justice, I'll have to listen to verify lol. Great work dude!

on 2011-01-27 09:06:09

Never played the game but this song is pretty cool.

I gotta say though, I feel like I felt a little ice cap in there. It's probably just me.

on 2011-01-27 07:45:06

Dave's writeup says most of what I want to say this time -- there isn't a lot going on. That being said, sometimes a quality of good arrangement is that listeners don't notice the details. The groove definitely works for me here -- this would make a great driving song.

on 2011-01-27 02:50:37

i love the highpassed intro.. nice lead synth modulation too. and is that a peach i'm hearing at the 50% mark? :P

nice work, and congrats on the debut mix! :)

on 2011-01-26 23:23:27

Groove bias!

SubNormal J3
on 2011-01-26 23:15:23

Congrats on getting posted Juha Vilmi. I really like those leads synths. Impeccable use of modulation.

Melbu Frahma
on 2011-01-26 21:19:00

Love, love, LOVE the groove you've got going here - spectacular. Well done. :nicework:

on 2011-01-26 20:15:32

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Sources Arranged (1 Song)

Primary Game:
Reset Generation (Nokia , 2008, NGAGE)
Music by 8 Bit Weapon
"Reset Generation Anthem"

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