ReMix:Sonic the Hedgehog "A Blue-Green Color" 3:54

By metaphist

Arranging the music of one song...

"Green Hill Zone"

Primary Game: Sonic the Hedgehog (Sega , 1991, GEN), music by Masato Nakamura

Posted 2015-09-16, evaluated by the judges panel

MIXING!! metaphist (Paul Ford) delivers on the first half of his pseudonym with a meta-mix that juxtaposes quotes about color mixing (hence the title) with a funky, FM+schnazz (17-bit?) jazz/funk take on the venerable "Green Hill Zone" theme:

"This started out as me trying to mix "Green Hill Zone" in the style of a Sonic R song, mostly taking inspiration from "You're My Number One." At one point, I was trying to mix in some of that source so I could include it on the Sonic R album project that was going on at the time. Although that would have been awesome, I couldn't really make it work out, so I just scaled it back to "Green Hill Zone" and didn't worry too much about it resembling Sonic R in any way, though you can still hear the influences. The sample is from a random documentary on color, not sure who the voice is. :p"

Did you know that we STILL don't have a featured Sonic R ReMix on the site? What's THAT about? Paul takes care of intro duties quickly, quenching fevers with a cowbell countdown and then taking off into a very full mix that echoes the sonic palette of the Genesis but clearly employs some fancier components. Excellent job syncopating the main melody into something instantly recognizable but recognizably altered, too. zykO writes:

"i'm down with your chord breakdowns to space out the main A section of the source by rethinking the B section; this is expertly done. definitely can sense that sonic R feel though i think this is better on its own. the sound bites are great; their use is just right. not too much, the pacing is on point, the context relevant, check, check, check.

generally speaking, the track stays fresh, teasing us with modal changes and a rethinking of the source's chord voicings while not only pontificating about mixing through the sound bites but also by giving us some cerebral arrangement skills. very cool stuff.

MIXING. i dig."

Some judges felt that things got a little too cluttered at points, but the consensus was that this wasn't too problematic - it's a busy mix, sure, but I personally feel like I can follow all the bits. Nutritious concurs:

"Gonna keep this vote short. I do agree that there could be some improvement on the mixing levels to get a better balance. Overall, though, while the track is pretty busy, the various parts in general came through clearly enough to be distinctly heard. The swing feel of the arrangement is sweet."

Indeed it is; I almost felt like it was applying some of the attitude/rhythm of "Spring Yard Zone" to GHZ, which is an interesting notion. Fresh, funky, delicious, and spot-on in its crafty usage of sampled quotes; reminds me of "spirit of law" in that last sense... great to see/hear more from metaphist, who's painted a very familiar source tune in a new & fitting hue!



Latest 8 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
on 2018-01-03 01:38:24

Oooh, funky and smooth, that sounds so nice! Gives me a kinda Vegas styled vibe from the way the arrangement plays. Liked the way the voice samples were utilized so that it was mixed into the beat, very clever. Blue and green indeed, good ReMix, man!

on 2015-12-30 01:23:34

This mix is super catchy, providing a nice fresh take on the source. The little color sound bits provide a good interlude as well as a good ending, although I feel that the quotes could've been changed up a bit.

Nice mixing dude!

on 2015-12-29 14:20:07

Wow, nice take on the over-remixed Green Hills theme. It sounds very funky/groovy -- the bass and drums are on spot, especially with the scratches and the cowbell. Not sure about the quotes, but it worked okay. The later breakdown was needed, as the track sounded a little repetitive. Nice track, nice job! :)

on 2015-12-21 15:31:32

What a wonderful take on Green Hill’s theme. It’s like the sound chips in a Sega Genesis had a baby with RB, and that baby brought interesting but effective vocal samples to help bring this track even further to life.

on 2015-12-17 16:02:45

The rhythm here is pretty interesting. It's still 4/4, but having the melody starting ahead of the first beat and making it further syncopated really adds to the unique character of the mix. The pun on color mixing is pretty funny too. Harmonically this also differentiates itself from other variations on this theme. This really does sound as if you were writing a variation on the original for an OST initially, and then decided to make a ReMix out of it.

on 2015-09-21 01:11:30

This isn't necessarily my style, but it doesn't need to be to comment that the artist feels in control of his off-beat, swinging version of this song. Sometimes I feel like I can't decide if its too close to the source or too far away, and I'm not a huge fan of the vocal samples, but there are sections (particularly the variations laid out 2:22-3:07) where I think this mix shines. Nice!

on 2015-09-17 00:28:07

Perfect track for a ToeJam Earl game. So much funk. Love dat scratches and quote samples. Very unusual approach to the source tune. Great track.

on 2015-09-16 03:08:17

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Sources Arranged (1 Song)

Primary Game:
Sonic the Hedgehog (Sega , 1991, GEN)
Music by Masato Nakamura
"Green Hill Zone"

Tags (10)

Cowbell,Piano,Sound FX,Synth,Vocals: Voice Acting
Time > 4/4 Time Signature

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