ReMix: Pokémon Red Version "Rain Prayer" 2:43

By PROTO·DOME

Arranging the music of 2 songs...

"Road to Cerulean – From Mt. Moon", "Road to Viridian City – From Pallet"

Primary Game: Pokémon Red Version (Nintendo, 1996, GB), music by Junichi Masuda

Posted 2011-03-16, evaluated by the judges panel


More Missingno! This track from Blake, who was all over the PokeAlbum with some great & varied arrangements, was subbed back in 2009 and is thus one of the earliest postable tracks back in our regular queue. Proto wroto:

"The source is a lil’ limited so I’ve been battling to keep this within OCR standards, yet liberal enough to make it fresh and original. Urm, what else do I need to point out? Oh yeah, the distortion and ‘clipping’ sound at 1:17-1:24 is intentional. I also need to say that I do include more than the first three notes in the Route 1 modification only there’s an extra note run before the chord change. Most people didn’t seem to get that, that’s all.

...I tried to keep that ‘fun’ feel the Pokémon games have but lose the immaturity of the source. Oh and the title is the Japanese equivalent of the Pokémon move “Rain Dance”. あまごい (or amagoi) means “Rain Prayer”, which just seemed a fitting title really with all the rain sounding analogue noise."

You'll hear that right at the intro, but for a prayer this is pretty upbeat, jazzy stuff, almost like "fast lounge," with delicate synth/piano interplay and quick, shuffling drums. BGC writes:

"Pretty short track, my vote will be the same. Breakdown definitely seems to check out. Really nice catchy little piece! I feel like it might have been able to use just a bit more punch in the mastering, but what's in here otherwise is really interpretive, fun, with a really fantastic flow. Lots of smooth chords and textures, and some fun, improv-sounding expansions of the respective source melodies."

Vinnie adds:

"Smooth new chords transform the melodies of the original into something less sugary but still playful. Very imaginative approach, Blake."

Enjoyable, creative, playful, and fun to listen to, which also all describe the overall vibe of Missingno, this is another sweet jam from ProtoDome.

djpretzel

Discussion

Latest 15 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
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DjjD
on 2016-01-08 16:40:34

Dang, very jazzy stuff. I guess a part of me isn't too surprised, especially after some of the crazy chip-jazz I've heard from him in his "Blue" series on Bandcamp. However, for this track, there's a lot of intricate countermelodies and arrangement thrown in considering how short the track is. Just shy of 3 mins, it's really impressive to see how much he meddles around with the source tunes. Really quite an earful, in the best of ways. :nicework:

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The Damned
on 2015-12-05 21:27:03

Nope. Couple years later, and it's still awesome.

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Vaizar
on 2015-12-05 20:02:20

This song is so chill; the piano and synths or whatever combine to make for a really good mood :D The piano's a little quiet sometimes imo, but it's still gr8

If I need a pick-me-up I just put this mix on repeat and I'm good to go.

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Bahamut
on 2012-08-03 13:37:14

A Protodome mix!

This mix has a nice light yet upbeat atmosphere to it. The little effects used in addition to the lead synth piano add to the song, keeping things interesting with a subtle touch. It probably won't wow you, but it is a nice background listen for those looking for a light listen.

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Tuberz McGee
on 2011-12-25 00:32:34

Such a soothing melody. I really do fall in love with it. The warm texture feels like home.

The high pitched piano that comes in at parts reminds me of sitting inside under a blanket watching the rain outside.

Is it weird to get nostalgia from something so recent?

I don't care if it is or not. I listen to this when it's raining. It makes me feel like I'm eight again. :razz:

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Rexy
on 2011-12-01 20:00:49

If there's one thing I love seeing from Protodome, it's definitely happy arrangements, and it manages to really take the two Pokemon sources together together into something more stylish and anime-like in nature.

I got to admit, it somehow feels more liberal in nature in comparison to various other works I've heard from Blake; the melody has its presence, but the chords have been changed up that much I can understand how people may struggle to detect much source at all until around the 2 minute mark. But for those that managed to make the connections with the melody, you can somehow feel more of a classy suburban vibe with this one, as if Red, Blue and co have grown up with us somewhat.

Though in regards to the production work, it may have its dated moments now especially with the key programming, but it still manages to catch on when measured up against other tracks of the time, and when comparing this with the other Pokemon releases before and after from him (looking at "14.5 West Coast Radio" and "Home is Where the Luvdisc Is" respectively) you can pretty much see how far Blake is progressing as a site musician.

So all in all, fun track if not a little unpolished, and I can't wait to see you in the flesh on Saturday :D

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Emunator
on 2011-03-22 06:44:52

Proto never puts out for me :-(

(this remix is fantastic. For me, in context of the Pokemon album, it's second only to his Canalave mix. So much 2 here!)

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Benjamin Briggs
on 2011-03-21 23:55:09
Why isn't there a good Pokémon Kart game?

lol 646 playable characters

more on-topic, this remix is amazing, just like everything else blake puts out

lol puts out

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Crulex
on 2011-03-21 12:40:37

Smooth and catchy. It a good ReMix, a little too upbeat to be in the chilling range on my end, but it is definitely relaxing. I could use a bit of that about now. Another great ReMix from a wonderful album.

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psychowolf
on 2011-03-17 21:10:03

One of my personal fav chill out songs on this album well done ProtoDome.

Your one of my favourite jazz remixers at this moment due to many of your remixes on this album :D

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Overdriven
on 2011-03-17 19:42:20

I love this track. Nice little upbeat Mix to listen to whenever. Not much else to say.

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Mr. Fox
on 2011-03-17 14:29:05
I'm not sure what genre this is either, but I like it! What a unique feel. It almost feels like a song off a Mario Kart soundtrack. Great Job! Instant download.

You think so?

Personally, I get more of a SEGA racing feel. Damn I wanna play some Daytona now. Why isn't there a good Pokémon Kart game?

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rainmanbk
on 2011-03-17 09:21:58

I'm not sure what genre this is either, but I like it! What a unique feel. It almost feels like a song off a Mario Kart soundtrack. Great Job! Instant download.

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Skinner3D
on 2011-03-16 22:55:04

I don't even know what genre I would classify this as. :)

Its fun to listen to. :)

Slip it into your playlists as a good 'genre transition' song.

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djpretzel
on 2011-03-16 22:31:24

What did you think? Post your opinion of this ReMix.

Sources Arranged (2 Songs)


Primary Game:
Pokémon Red Version (Nintendo, 1996, GB)
Music by Junichi Masuda
Songs:
"Road to Cerulean – From Mt. Moon"
"Road to Viridian City – From Pallet"

Tags (4)


Genre:
Jazz
Mood:
Instrumentation:
Piano, Synth
Additional:
Time > Tempo: Fast

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Pokemon_Red_Version_Rain_Prayer_OC_ReMix.mp3
Size:
4,532,352 bytes
MD5:
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Bitrate:
218Kbps
Duration:
2:43
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