Posted 2012-05-31, evaluated by djpretzel
Justin Tense debuted back in early 2010 with a really distinct electronica arrangement of Marble Madness - a NES soundtrack by Dave Wise which, incidentally, Stemage is releasing a whole album of mixes for quite soon. Now Mr. Tense is back with a similarly unique take on Cobra Triangle - another NES soundtrack by Mr. Wise, and our first coverage from the game:
"Being a huge fan and producer of all styles of Tech music, I've had the pleasure of hearing some of the world's best Progressive Tech artists this month just passed as they toured my home town. Guy J , Henry Saiz & Chymera graced Sydney with there incredible live sets and these club nights had me aching to get back into my studio after not producing anything for a while.
I was surprised to see that no Cobra Triangle tracks had been remixed on OCR. Cobra Triangle was a gem of a game but one I believe was a bit overlooked during its heyday. It had a great soundtrack and that is easily justified when you see the writing credits for this games soundtrack comes from a man who I honestly believe to be the greatest video game music producer out there; David Wise. During the 8-bit & 16-bit era, David was able to craft some of the most beautiful pieces of music even though he was limited by the system architecture he had to work with.
This game was a b*tch to finish, I remember rage quitting a plethora of times but when I finally did manage to finish the game as a kid I will never forget the rewarding hypnotic ending theme that stuck in my memory till this very day. It's that tune that I decided to remix when I headed back to my studio. At 6 ½ minutes this track might be above the average OCR track length but that is purely due to the extended intro/outro that I have to incorporate into my production style in order to let other DJ’s mix onto and off the track during their live sets. Hope you enjoy it :)"
Intro & outro are definitely both extended, but contribute to the piece's enveloping & developing style; the sidechain/gating on the intro takes the effect beyond a simple technique and makes it more or less the centerpiece for quite a bit, there's some really interesting sound design throughout, and the artist again creates an hypnotic landscape based on a series of interlocking, repeating patterns that change over time. While that's a staple for this type of genre, it's emphasized more relative to other electronica tracks on OCR, & the ReMixer does an excellent job working within that aesthetic. You can tell the passion for NES classics & for Dave Wise specifically is there, even if the groove itself is cold, crisp, and calculated; great stuff.
on 2013-08-28 11:04:38
Another ReMix where it seems that the electronic beat is right up my alley. The vocal echoing was kinda weird, but it does add something more to the track, and you were able to avoid being repetitive many times, which is good for an arrangement like this. Great creative title. It's nice to see than an anagram of the game's name can be rearranged to something eye catching. Pretty good stuff.
on 2013-04-24 00:23:57
I'm very surprised that this doesn't have more comments. This is one of the more neat tracks on OCReMix and deserving of some attention. It's very uplifting and is good to listen to on a bad day.
Nice job! I hope we get to hear more from Justin at some point!
edit: i'm also gonna echo that the vocal clip is creepy. but that's right up my alley in music so no complaints
on 2012-07-06 21:51:28
Whoa, this is a longer chill electronic track. The vocal sample sort of creeped me out a bit when it entered, I was not expecting that. I think it adds a haunting dimension to the track for me with the way it sits in the track.
It's an interesting track - without that vocal clip, I think the track is a little on the bland side for me. With it, I became more interested in hearing what was to come. It gave me something to think about.
on 2012-06-08 16:16:10
I admit that I never got to hear this song. I would get to level 7 and end up throwing my NES controller through a wall in a blind rage. Despite the horrible flashbacks that the game's title brings, great remix. Really chilled and contemplative while also keeping a very David Wise feel to it.
on 2012-06-07 20:22:55
I remember stumbling upon Justin's first mix in 2010. It intrigued me, but it didn't feel like much more than background music. This is the same great style from that mix but stepped up a notch. I'm going to be listening to this a lot in the next few weeks.
on 2012-06-03 06:37:48
This is an awesome mix! It's in the same style of your first one, except much better (in my opinion). really, the first one was boring, but this is...enthralling !!
keep up the good work
on 2012-06-01 15:11:05
Loved it from the moment I heard it. Lovin' the groove bias.
on 2012-05-31 23:56:48
Wow, this one is nice. I really like the vibe of this remix. It has a great flow to it, and handles the repetition well. All the synths sound excellent, awesome.
on 2012-05-31 23:25:03
Oh, I get it. "bra reloCaTing" is a character for character anagram of "Cobra Triangle".
on 2012-05-31 21:12:50
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