Off Sonic CD: Temporal Duality, Rexy gives us an upbeat jazz/synth arrangement of the JP version of the Tidal Tempest theme:
"After nearly a year of not submitting anything, I have returned to the judges' inbox. This track was done for OC ReMix's Sonic CD project Temporal Duality, which I honestly swear is going to be AMAZING when it comes out. While "Tidal Tempest" (JP) wasn't exactly my first choice of track to mix when SuperiorX sent it around those that initially took interest, it did however present me with sweet ideas to work with on a sound design level. Knowing for sure that the JP soundtrack (my most preferred of the two) was ahead of its time, I felt the best approach would be to do something in a more contemporary style as of 2013 - 9-bit elements. In other words, "Rexy attempts to wear halc's shoes." :P
Instrument-wise it's more stripped down than what I'd usually do - piano lead, 6-part Genesis soundfont work, bass, drums/percussion, strings and square lead. But to me, that's what Tidal Tempest feels like in comparison to the busier levels in the rest of the game - a water level so tranquil even the dreaded "drowning" motif doesn't pop up. It still doesn't mean life is a breeze - one just needs to break out of the water that's binding them and find those directions to make a difference to the world."
While this actually didn't hit me as particularly chippy/9-bit, that bass certainly wears its FM badge proudly, and the overall vibe is some pretty swift smooth/jazzy action that's a bit of a departure from Rexy's usual fare. It might actually be a little TOO swift, in my opinion - I don't make this specific suggestion/criticism often, but I think the tempo could have been dropped 3-4 BPM and things might have sat a bit better. Your mileage may vary; this is definitely pretty complex & syncopated stuff, and at times a little rigidity sets in, which is really something that Rexy has otherwise overcome relative to her much earlier work. Overall, though, a fun & funky jam - Larry writes:
"Once the track picked up at :37, I wished the bassline wasn't quite so similar to the original "Present" track, but the overall arrangement was unquestionably personalized substantially, so it wasn't a big deal. Not that I'm looking the other way, but it's understandably difficult not to just roll with that bassline fully intact, since it's so swank. Nice chiptune and piano spices, as well as extended freestyle-ish sections. The Genesis-style chippy intro and outro were huge ear candy, nostalgia-inducing highlights.
On the minus sides, the piano timing was stilted in places, but nothing beyond a passing comment rather than a big hit against it. Agreed as well re: the compression being a bit much; you SHOULD have eased it back some, but at the same time it didn't bother me at all personally.
Nothing but strength on this one overall, and an awesome component of Temporal Duality. In 2012, I said Bev was showcasing more well-rounded execution with Mega Man 6 'Synthesize This!'; even with the flaws in that one, the potential was clear. Lately, there's nary a meaningful seam to be found. Her stride. She has it. :-)"
Funny, I actually dug the obvious compression on the drum part, which has really nice writing & fills to the gills; just seemed stylized to me. The flow here isn't quite as smooth as artists who work predominantly in genres like this, such as Joshua Morse, but as a foray into the style, it's great stuff, and a fresh/funky addition that fit right in on Temporal Duality!
on 2015-12-29 12:17:38
Lovely remix. It's very groovy, and yet also very chilly -- the soundscape is amazing IMO. Nice choice of instruments, clean production, and GREAT arrangement ideas. Loved it, Bev, keep up the good work!
on 2014-11-27 15:14:54
This is really unique indeed. A wee bit weird at some points, but it does have a wonderful sound to it and the chillness of the arrangement was cool to hear. The piano and chip elements worked nicely together and the whole ReMix had a smooth feeling to it that washed back and forth. Not bad.
on 2014-11-25 13:53:28
Nice work, it has a unique vibe. I agree that the compression on the drums is fitting.
on 2014-11-24 22:15:07
What's this about sequenced piano? Rexy, sequencing piano? Wut. I mean, doesn't she play piano? xD Agreed though, the tone was a little too hard IMO. Some things sounded a little distant in the sound field (the drums were pretty upfront, lead and C64-ish arp were pretty far back, etc.), giving kind of a gap depth-wise for me, but mostly things clicked IMO. Yeah, this is great! Awesome writing on the piano and other melodic components, and on the harmonies in general.
on 2014-11-24 19:03:59
Yaaaay Bev!! This ReMix is one of TD's highlights for me. I frankly love it when you foray into the jazzy side of things (see: Go Into the Light), kand this is no exception. Great piano work, as usual, just like with your little cameos tucked in and there. I suppose the production has a couple ragged edges, but nothing major, IMO - definitely up to par in my book, especially with the balance of frequencies and the EQ. As for the drum compression, I took it as a stylistic thing, and rather like it in the context.
My favorite part of this song is how your use of the chord progressions keeps the whole thing building and building
on 2014-11-24 15:13:52
Quite awesome thing. Maybe it doesn't flow very smoothly, but it's a very enjoyable arrangement with all that piano, bass, percussive elements and some chippy goodness. Very refreshing take on the original. BTW, love how Bev hides cameos here and there in some of her works
on 2014-11-24 14:23:05
It's easy to get swept up in this ReMix. The consistent, chill bass was a good friend to the always-in-motion piano; I loved the nods to Sonic - You Can Do Anything and Lava Reef Zone as well. This entire album houses lots of good memories for me and this is one of my favorite tracks.
on 2014-11-24 13:32:52
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Sources Arranged (3 Songs, 2 Games)
- Primary Game:
Sonic CD (Sega, 1993, SCD)
Music by David Young, Mark Crew, Masafumi Ogata, Naofumi Hataya, Spencer Nilsen
- "Sonic - You Can Do Anything"
"Tidal Tempest (JP)"
- Additional Game:
Sonic & Knuckles (Sega, 1994, GEN)
Music by Howard Drossin, Jun Senoue, Masaru Setsumaru, Masayuki Nagao, Sachio Ogawa, Tatsuyuki Maeda, Tokuhiko Uwabo, Tomonori Sawada, Yoshiaki Kashima
- "Lava Reef Zone: Act 1"
- Easy Listening, Jazz
- Chiptune, Piano
- Time > 4/4 Time Signature
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- Size: 8,722,473 bytes
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