ReMix:Castlevania "Wild Night" 3:27

By Guifrog

Arranging the music of one song...

"Stalker (Tower BGM)"

Primary Game: Castlevania (Konami , 1986, NES), music by Kinuyo Yamashita, Satoe Terashima

Posted 2012-12-12, evaluated by the judges panel

So you've heard it a thousand times already today, but... 12-12-12 OMG!!! Now that we've gotten THAT out of the way, let's hit up Guifrog for some more Vampire Variations action, this time in the form of self-described Afro-Electronica:

"Chernabogue wanted everyone to give their own styles to the project, so I decided to make an entry and made an afro-electronica track. "Wild Night", because the way this mix turned out, I guess it's pretty much nightclub-friendly, crazy-dance friendly, party-hard frenzy whatever :P. That said, it's a mix of mixes, as I tried to give contraditory emotions to it - eerie, but dancey. Obscure, but fun. Some SFX have a pretty sutile haunted feel to them and things end in a fade-out; but the brass turn things somehow bright and the boom-tiss beat from the chorus will make you dance before thinking of getting scared.

Also, I was mostly influenced by Benin singer Angélique Kidjo when I made this. She's totally awesome!"

While some judges took issue with the source being a little difficult to pick out at times, Mr. Frog provided a helpful breakdown that made things a bit easier. Percussion is a highlight here, as Larry points out:

"Overall, what counts though is I'm really loving the overall direction and creativity of the arrangement. The woodwind sequencing (1:22-1:32) wasn't great, but it was brief, so the sequencing wasn't a huge hit for not sounding organic and human. The hand percussion sounded all sorts of crazy and energetic though.

Interesting dropoff at 2:34 that worked nicely before building things back up for the finish. Some people might have a problem with the fadeout, but forget 'em, it was a perfectly reasonable way to end it. There were no source usage concerns here at all, and I didn't need the breakdown. Great usage of "Stalker," really altering it rhythmically to give it a completely different kind of energy without messing with it too much melodically. Just a really fresh take on things and a solid sub."

Do I take issue with the ending fading out in general? No, I do not. Do I take issue with the CURVE of the fadeout being too abrupt? Yeah, actually... you generally want a curve that takes a bit more time winding down, otherwise you get that "Hey, who's turning the volume down!?!" hand-on-knob effect, which I think happened here a bit - that, and it's also just truncated, and never reaches silence. A note for the future, to be sure, but that percussion is sexy enough to compensate - Guifrog really jammed it out on the drums, which more or less make the mix. Most people take Castlevania in a rock/metal direction, some go electronica, and Joshua Morse infused the entire franchise with a heavy dosage of funk/fusion, but Guifrog has gone all world-beat on us; poor Belmonts must be VERY confused by now ;) Unexpectedly upbeat and positive stuff for vampire-hunting of any sort, Guifrog's delivered another varied, well-sequenced, creative arrangement.



Latest 5 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
on 2015-12-21 14:42:16

I can see why this would be called Wild Night. I would definitely describe this as something to dance to in the middle of a “wild night” so to speak. At first, I wasn’t sure about this one. Seemed like an odd production of a remix inspired by a Castlevania game. But the more I listened, the more I could tolerate this at a club or a rave. Not every synth sound used worked for me, but there were some synth sounds (mainly the bass) that did compliment the track fairly well. Not for me, but definitely worth a download.

on 2013-08-31 11:33:48

Lots of club energy, and the percussion is pretty good for the beat it's giving. This fusion was an interesting one to hear, and I generally enjoyed it. I don't mind fade outs, but it seemed like this one faded a tad too quick, but that's a small nitpick for a ReMix that I liked everything else about. Pretty damn good, man.

on 2012-12-22 14:10:19

Fast-paced and funky, great for clubbing with vamps.

on 2012-12-15 11:57:19

With so much energy and fun, I'm surprised no one's taken notice of this one on here. There's just a whole lot of funk and movement in this one. While I agree that it's tricky to hear the source in this one, it's all there, and quite cleverly mixed into the textures and sliding melody.

I like it, and hope more people get a chance to listen to it. ;-)

on 2012-12-12 17:05:14

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Sources Arranged (1 Song)

Primary Game:
Castlevania (Konami , 1986, NES)
Music by Kinuyo Yamashita,Satoe Terashima
"Stalker (Tower BGM)"

Tags (6)

Origin > Resubmission
Regional > World
Time > Tempo: Fast

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