Posted 2014-01-29, evaluated by djpretzel

Next up with an EDM track that features a section with vocals & original lyrics is fellow newly-anointed judge Flexstyle, taking on MM4 with a shimmering electronic landscape, some very atmospheric intro/outro vocalizing, and a first half that has more of a pop format, with some tastefully auto-tuned singing:

"And now for something a little different! This is a mashup remix/re-arrangement of two Mega Man songs. The first is the theme from Cossack Fortress 2 in Mega Man 4. The second is Top Man's theme from Mega Man 3. Lyrics written by myself and Jason Covenant, who also helped a bit with the arrangement. Vocals and all instrumentation done by me.

This was my entry into the sixth round of the Wily Castle Remix Gauntlet 2011. Even a year or so later, it's still got a place in my heart. It's the only track I did vocals on for the compo - and, in fact, is my only vocal game remix at the time of this writing. I'm rather fond of this song because it doesn't fit comfortably into any one genre, but has elements from several different types of music. The lyrics are meant to be from the perspective of a man climbing a very difficult mountain - no matter what the trail (or lack thereof) throws at him, he comes out on Top (Man, herp derp).

I realize the song structure is not standard by any stretch of the imagination, with only two verses and no standard choruses or bridges or anything of the sort, but I think that it flows exactly as well as I want it to. You'll want to listen to it a couple times through, as there is a LOT going on, melodically. Pay attention to the right and left channels individually, as at times during the song each one will be carrying a separate melody line at a time. Somehow, the songs managed to blend together in a way that I don't think made it too overly cluttered. Shariq has good taste in competition song choices. :P"

What I especially like about this song is how it's completely comfortable quarantining vocals to the first half or so, and how it makes that work. Usually once there's a lead vocal, it remains ubiquitous & dominant throughout most of a track, but with the right structure - and this is probably a bit easier in electronic genres - you can arrange things where vocals are the emphasis for a given section, but then pivot to an instrumental focus afterwards. The bookend vocalizing helps tie it all together, and while it's a little strange, the whole entire mix is a pretty big departure for Mr. Birch; less "aggressive electro", more "transcendental pop." Same attention to detail on synth part-writing, though, with plenty of modulation, filtering, and movement across the board. Reminding me fondly of "For You" in certain regards (Robbie, where you been? Come back to us!), this is a nice change of pace for Mike and an interesting & successful experiment. I'd love to hear him pursue more vocal arrangements, whether singing himself or collaborating with other artists, as I think this initial foray shows a lot of promise!



Latest 7 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
on 2014-01-30 16:43:18

Very nice mix, guys! I love the vocals and the autotune. Really nice electronic soundscape. Enjoyed it! :-D

on 2014-01-30 09:38:43

I actually don't mind the autotune, since it's not overused like it could be. I think Flexstyle did his vocals in a tasteful way like DJP said, and he and Jason Covenant made a great mix out of these two sources. It's great to hear Cossack get another ReMix, as it seems to be one of the lesser used Castles. Interesting that only half of this ReMix has vocals and the rest from then on is pretty much the instrumentation, but it gives it a bit of a "this ReMix takes off like a plane NOW" kind of arrangement, and I can get behind that type of uniqueness. Great Megaman ReMix, guys.

on 2014-01-29 22:46:23

I actually like the vocals, even with the autotune. It would have been cool to do vocoding instead, but not something that Mike "has" to do. The kick could have been better, but these days Mike is more capable.

Great, for a 3-year old mix! :P

on 2014-01-29 20:02:19
Great music, the vocals... I would use less autotune and more vocoding next time - the vox sound tinny, so might want to lopass them more substantially next time.

Love the frickin music though.


Yeah, I've (a) gotten a lot better at singing and (B) gotten a lot better at vocal mixing since I created this track. It's something like three years old at this point, if you can believe that. Still holds a special spot in my heart, though!

on 2014-01-29 19:25:17

Great music, the vocals... I would use less autotune and more vocoding next time - the vox sound tinny, so might want to lopass them more substantially next time.

Love the frickin music though.


on 2014-01-29 14:39:39

So smooth. Love this piece! Also never thought I'd ever enjoy Top Man's theme this much in any context. :lol:

on 2014-01-29 14:20:28

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Sources Arranged (2 Songs, 2 Games)

Primary Game:
Mega Man 4 (Capcom , 1991, NES)
Music by Minae Fujii
"Dr. Cossack Stage 2"
Additional Game:
Mega Man 3 (Capcom , 1990, NES)
Music by Harumi Fujita,Yasuaki Fujita
"Top Man Stage"

Tags (8)

Electronic,Singing,Synth,Vocals: Male
Lyrics > Lyrics: Original
Origin > Collaboration
Origin > Competition

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Blood, pain and suffering, I can see
Trails, paths I'm covering, mercilessly
Every hour I breathe, I falter inside
Still I'm pressing onward
For the ones who survived, how many have died
Climbing free?

Light, thankfully I see, pathway's end
Regal sight, end of my journey, hope again
Though my body is tortured, I'm still so alive
I have made it through this
Dreams sustain me, the truth I cannot deny
I am free.


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