Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, trainers and monsters alike... After four plus years in development, I'm proud to announce the release of Pokémon: The Missingno Tracks!!
As always, please help us seed the torrent & spread the word!! I'm gonna preface this entire mixflood by saying that I have never played a Pokémon game in my life and am not too familiar with the music, either, so if I embarrass myself with incorrect Pokémon terminology or general poké-lameness, please forgive me. What I DO know, having listened to Missingno, is that these games have some great tunes, a lot of artists are clearly passionate about the games' music, and they've done an amazing job with a consistently awesome setlist that's full of rock, jazz, chiptune, electronica, and... Jiggly Choir. So while I'm 110% sure most PokéFans will recognize & appreciate the album on a nostalgic level, even if you're like me and were "never really into" the whole craze, I think you're STILL gonna dig this album. Congrats to Project Director Gerry "The Damned" Wheatley, who writes:
"More than a decade ago, a small company called GAME FREAK released a role-playing game called Pokémon for the Nintendo Game Boy. In the years since, Pokémon has gone on to sell over 200 million copies and continues to be one of the most successful video game series of all time. Fans around the world have spent countless hours training and battling their favorite monsters, and now we are on the threshold of a new adventure with Pokémon Black and White.
The Missingno Tracks contains 28 remixes of music featured throughout the handheld series. Fans of the games will hear familiar tunes remade into pulse-pounding techno, piano concertos, rock ballads and chiptunes, and much more. Each track was created to delight the ears of Pokémon fans and music-enthusiasts alike. We, the contributing musicians and OC ReMix, present to you this musical journey through the world of Pokémon."
Awesome. I'm glad this album is finally seeing the light of day, because as we've presented panels at Otakon, PAX, Katsucon, MAGFest, San Japan, and elsewhere, this is the album we got the most questions about regarding release date; a lot of people have been looking forward to this for a long time, and while we've had some great individual ReMixes of Pokémon posted over the years, with this album the series' music and composers finally get the full attention they deserve. This collab between Blake, Will, and Drew is unique in being the only submission *I'm* aware of where the artist comments were provided as limericks:
"There was a remixer called Blake
Who said: “In a collab I’ll partake!”
It wasn’t long,
Before Willrock made the song,
And Blake and halc took a break."
"What originally started as three
Ended up near the end with just me
Because halc and proto
Got lost outside Johto
And left me with credits you see"
"arises a proposition to me
to join a collab of three
i made a few bloops
and sliced a few loops
and made my escape you see"
I'm gonna have to declare WillRock the informal winner of this limerick slam, but none y'all should quit your day jobs... at least when it comes to poetry ;) When it comes to music, that's a totally different story - great intro quote, fantastic blend of rock & chiptune, with guitar, synths, acoustic drums, a jazzy break with some ivory action, and just a generally energetic, dynamic, anthemic vibe. As both a great example of a successful collab AND an upbeat, slick production with wonderful arrangement, it seemed like a great way to kick things off. Congratulations to The Damned, ProtoDome, WillRock, halc, and all artists who contributed to Pokémon: The Missingno Tracks; there's MUCH more where this came from!
on 2015-12-30 23:23:44
This is a really great mix,
With some fantastic guitar licks.
The credits part
Gave feels to my heart
So I think I'd rate this 6/6.
(i'm basically shakespeare)
on 2015-12-03 12:21:17
Holy shit, this is just gorgeuous mix bursting with energy! Very clever blend of guitars, chips and piano licks! Especially love the uplifting and inspiring part from 2:32. Great collab, guys!
on 2012-05-09 14:24:48
Ha, nice intro. I have to say that the title is a complete and utter win. Loving the guitar, piano and overall arrangement and the production sounds top notch. Everything just blends in perfectly between the different unique styles from you three. This is one of the best tracks off the album for sure.
on 2012-01-22 16:39:14
You know, when I first saw this pop up in the to be posted list, I thought this was going to be a Bullet For My Valentine parody. But I guess that's where the puns end and the amusing tracks start; and let me say this now, I absolutely LOVED both sources you guys used!
So, taking aside the not-quite-as-relevant-yet-cheesy anime quote at the beginning, what we have here is a track that manages to fit the uber-happy post-success feel of Route 225, and for the most part its involvment stays really safe to the source, though the additions to the source - and in halc's case some alterations to the melody via the chiptune elements - expresses the nature of all three artists as the track is manipulated.
Even the WillRock solo brought in afterwards was really precise and fitted some kind of Journey-like twang to the track, and with the kind of flexibility thrown in to the hammered notes, it manages to adapt remarkably well with this nostalgic approach. Nice going, man
The manipulation to the source taken aboard prior to leading into the G/S credits section may not have been the best way to go about it with the mechanical piano, but given its use as a bridge it could probably be excused. I had chills going through the last minute simply for the strange relevance relating to Pokemon games in general - you can do all you want after defeating the Elite Four, but you can always beat the crap out of them all over again and still feel fulfilled multiple times over; a sign that there's no end at all to being a Pokemon master
Please excuse my reflective nature, but the stylistic approach from all three artists managed to create something that hit the sources nail on the head and showed a great amount of expression from all three of them. I can easily say this is one of my favorite tracks from MissingNo, so way to go you three!
on 2011-03-04 09:27:14
I love this track. Everything just falls into place perfectly.
Oh, and WillRock's Limerick definitely wins.
on 2011-03-03 20:29:37
I loooooove the intro
It's actually from the track "The Night Before Christmas" on Pokemon Christmas Bash, in case any of you were wondering. I've had it pointed out to me before.
on 2011-03-03 19:19:55
Wow, this has to be one of THE BEST OCR albums I've listened to so far. This song is one of four songs I am now constantly listening to. The track reminds me of something like.....well, I don't know what it reminds me of, except for the themes that were ReMixed.
Props to all three of you guys, you did great!
on 2011-03-02 17:48:22
this is probably the best mix title i've seen so far
on 2011-03-02 17:46:47
I'm actually quite honored to get in the debut post for this album. It was the first album I joined, the one i've contributed most to (MMX doesn't count since more than half of those were GMRB mixes).
Also, being a game of my childhood, these games really meant alot to me, and was great fun remixing them. Not to mention, this project was the home of my first attempts at various styles (namely rock music) and also the first time I ever did a collab (with rozo)
This collab was a bit of an experiment in style change ups mid remix. Not done anything like that before, and working with Protodome and halc was alot of fun.
Also, protodome and halc get credit for coming up with the title and putting in that infamous quote in the intro, both things I consider master strokes in making this remix more appealing (I think) and stuff I would NEVER have thought of adding myself.
on 2011-03-02 17:25:09
I loooooove the intro
on 2011-03-02 12:01:16
i love this remix mainly for when the credits start up not to say the rest isnt as good its just pokemon gold and silver holds a special place in my heart, great track guys im loving all of this album so far, thank you.
on 2011-03-02 10:44:29
You guys are the REAL Pokemaynez.
on 2011-03-02 08:52:13
i reeeeally like this mix man fuck that i LOVE the whole project ive been a huge fan of pokemon since it aired on tv i remember staying up all night to catch the pilot ep on WB even saved up and got pokemon blue on launch day and after that day i was hooked. great job guys!
on 2011-03-02 08:01:29
with two of mah best english remixin' buds.
We 3's u 2 mayne.
Props to my piano sequencing, being the "weakest point" of the track!
on 2011-03-02 01:11:19
i ripped off will's limerick so bad.
honored to be part of the debut post, with two of mah best english remixin' buds.
Sources Arranged (2 Songs, 2 Games)
- Primary Game:
Pokémon Diamond Version (Nintendo, 2006, NDS)
Music by Go Ichinose, Hitomi Sato, Junichi Masuda, Morikazu Aoki
- "Route 225 (Day)"
- Additional Game:
Pokémon Gold Version (Nintendo, 1999, GBC)
Music by Go Ichinose, Junichi Masuda
- Electronic, Piano, Synth
- Origin > Collaboration
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