ReMix:Sonic the Hedgehog 2 "Biohazard" 3:32

By DjjD

Arranging the music of one song...

"Chemical Plant Zone"

Primary Game: Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (Sega , 1992, GEN), music by Masato Nakamura

Posted 2014-09-18, evaluated by the judges panel

Last up & completing our five-mix mega-drive mega-flood is DjjD, with a slow-burn EDM version of the ever-popular 'Chemical Plant Zone' that's got me mega-hyphenating things left & right. The artist provides a completely fresh & distinct take on a source that's been covered in similar genres before by creatively changing the emphasis and flow:

"For as long as I can remember, I've loved this tune. After hearing a wide range of remixers remix this particular source, I guess I was convinced I had to make my own reinterpretation of it. So, thanks to bLiNd, A_Rival, and PrototypeRaptor... this song was born. I started it almost two years ago, and I guess I just never really knew how to finish it. So, thanks to the advice from everybody, really appreciate it."

The primary concern from the panel in this case was source usage, as there's quite a bit of expansive glue that holds the main motif in place, and things take time to develop. Chimpazilla writes:

"Track is a win for me, but I wasn't sure about the amount of source so I asked Jake for a breakdown. I think his timestamps are accurate, and it works out to 51% source. Cutting it a little close! I would have preferred a little more source in the intro and outro instead of sandwiched in the middle (but I'm guilty of something similar myself, and it passed haha!)... also I feel like the intro phase of the song goes on a little too long for how short this track is... but it's certainly cohesive enough, and man, what a track. Jake you sure are talented."

Palpable echoes her overall sentiments:

"This takes a little time to get where it's going, but there are lots of interesting detours along the way. I appreciate how the source is handled (especially the halftime sections) but the intro is a tad long, especially for a 3:32 song. Apart from the gripe, I really liked what Jake gave us here. Great arpeggios coloring in the soundscape, smooth groove. Yea, I say."

The source is so well-known & substantive that I think it withstood this sort of treatment; something with less structure and meat to it might not have survived. Jake cuts it a little close, but in doing so he also differentiates his version from many other (excellent) interpretations that put the chemicals more front & center. DjjD puts HIS chemicals up on the high shelf, where it's hard to reach them, and then offers promotional samples to get you hooked, after a tantalizing sales pitch. It's a different approach, and while I don't think it'd work for a great many source tunes, it jives & comes together rather well in this case. Nice work, and a big thanks to all ReMixers who made our MEGA DRIVE FIVE flood possible!



Latest 5 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
OverClocked PodCast
on 2014-09-24 21:55:41

It took a while for me to warm up to this ReMix, but then again, it takes the ReMix a while to warm up. I was real happy to hear good old Dr. Eggman make a little cameo, and the build up was certainly worthwhile. Very cool!

on 2014-09-24 20:21:49

I like how the game plan here wasn't "let's make this as fast and/or powerful as possible" as per usual with Chemical Plant mixes and has a long-drawn out progression to it. Not saying that anything else is bad at all (I actually like fast and powerful), but it's just refreshing to hear the details of the build to this one. I love the "just getting started!" voice clip. I feel like I know what that is from or have heard it before (I think), but damn it if I can't remember exactly where. I hate when that happens. :P Anyway, awesome mix, Jake. You've really done well here.

on 2014-09-22 15:43:16

There's more detail in this than meets the eye. It's more of a subtle progressive track than it is an obviously progressive one. Takes a while to get going, but ultimately, it still makes some sufficient and substantial additions before it gets to the higher-energy parts. The bass is pretty slammin', too. I think it's a fair structure that works. Instead of calling the heavier parts the "main" parts, I would actually call them the climactic parts to a subtle, undulating, dubsteppish, atmospheric arrangement. ;)

Also, just for educational purposes, there's a click at 3:11.

on 2014-09-19 21:06:41

Excellent progression. :D The kicks at 1:36 and 2:02 and 2:43 are much appreciated. :3

For the first minute, I feel a little bit of Donkey Kong water stage. :) Starts out relaxing, gets heavy. Beautiful intertwining(?) melodies.

on 2014-09-18 10:52:34

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Sources Arranged (1 Song)

Primary Game:
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (Sega , 1992, GEN)
Music by Masato Nakamura
"Chemical Plant Zone"

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