ReMix:Mega Man X2 "Dusty Dune Devil" 3:10

By Vurez

Arranging the music of one song...

"Overdrive Ostrich Stage"

Primary Game: Mega Man X2 (Capcom , 1994, SNES), music by Yuki Iwai

Posted 2013-01-31, evaluated by the judges panel

Vurez! We saw Don in July of last year with an MMX cut off Maverick Rising, and here's another MR track from MMX2 that rocks out, blends genres, and features some superb mixed instrumentation that the ReMixer is known for:

"This is one of my tracks for the Maverick Rising project. I had originally intended it to be a desert sounding rock song, but when I added violins, the track took a turn towards Irish/riverdance and I decided to just go with it. So now it's three genres in one."

Album director Wesley Cho writes:

"Vurez taps into his melding of folk music with electric guitars, this time with a more Middle Eastern and Celtic flair. It has a pretty nice flow, although it might leave you wanting more, because of how short it seems to be. I think this speaks to how well his style works in general, and how memorable his work can be, which all his tracks on this album are."

I definitely dig how Don realized the potential for the genre infusion and just WENT with it, and part of what makes that work is the strength of the violin sequencing - might not pass for real to the observant, but his craftsmanship ensures that verisimilitude (or lack thereof) doesn't get in the way whatsoever. Great vocabulary word if you're stuck with too many i's in a game of Scrabble. Writing believable parts for a wide variety of instruments is a hallmark strength of Vurez' work, and lets him genre-hop and play around quite a bit - it's a pretty emancipating skill, from an arranger's perspective, and he's always used it well. This mix is no exception; Deia's not a fan of the source, but digs the revised version of the mix that Don sent in based on panel feedback:

"Huge improvement here, and overall a way unique approach to this theme (which I never liked!). The balance is much clearer, and the interplay between the instruments is great. There's a lot of detail here, and the drum sequencing really helps bring things together nicely. Thanks for bringing it on the improvement!"

Fun stuff, a little on the short side as Wes notes, but it develops the idea and delivers on the concept in the allocated time, and makes for a fun romp that puts a creative spin on the source that only Vurez could have dreamed up & executed so well!



Latest 7 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
on 2015-11-08 17:36:36

A fun piece for one of the best albums on ocr. ^__^ The turn from cowboy to celtic to eastern is just odd. XD But cool. ^__^

At a few spots at the start it can seem a bit slow, but I chalk that up to me not being used to a violin used this way. (My same problem with Arcanum's ost.) With that said, I wish the piece went on longer. c:

on 2015-01-25 03:49:37

Ha, the intro fooled me a bit :D I like how this song changes when it picks up. The blend of guitars and violin is just excellent! It sounds totlally like a badass western-styled track. Love the mandolin section as well. Very cool thing :nicework:

on 2013-02-02 18:33:59

Another one of my favorite ReMixes off the Maverick Rising album. I particularly love the use of electric guitars and the Celtic flavor working together to make such a devilishly good treat, along with a dash of some Middle Eastern melody. Definitely an improvement on the original, so props!

on 2013-02-01 20:18:11

Loved this song. Vurez and his instrumentation is awesome :)

on 2013-02-01 13:52:25

Loved the mandolin breakdown and the instrument interplay. Great job, Vurez! :D

on 2013-01-31 17:10:06

I've always loved this remix.


on 2013-01-31 15:58:40

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Sources Arranged (1 Song)

Primary Game:
Mega Man X2 (Capcom , 1994, SNES)
Music by Yuki Iwai
"Overdrive Ostrich Stage"

Tags (6)

Electric Guitar,Violin
Regional > World
Time > Tempo: Fast

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