Posted 2016-01-05, evaluated by djpretzel
We recently had the epiphany that:
- The original Double Dragon had some badass tunes, and thus...
- We should have more ReMixes of it by now!!
To remedy this injustice, we flashed the Bat-Signal & put out a call for DD arrangements that we would post expeditiously, and lo and behold, a wild Shnabubula appeared! Brandishing his unique piano & chip jazz synergies, Shnabubula (Samuel Ascher-Weiss) writes:
"This was my favorite track from NES Jams and definitely the one I'd have submitted if I had waited for the album to be done. Instead, I sent in the first one I finished in hopes of getting posted in a timely fashion.
When I saw Larry's Double Dragon callout, I saw that as a perfect opportunity to set things right and send this one in. It's a remix of the title song from Double Dragon 1 recorded on baby grand in studio with NES accompaniment made in FamiTracker."
Larry spearheaded the effort to get more musical love for Abobo & co., so he's chewin' up the bulk of this writeup:
"Much love to Shnabubula for recognizing the greatness of Double Dragon's title theme and offering up this classic from his archives to our callout effort for mixes from the DD series. If we never did an underappreciated games callout for mixes again, this will have already been worth doing it once, but I already can't wait to see what the folks around here submit - new or old - for future callouts. By the way, NES Jams is an amazing album, so get it from Sam's Bandcamp if you haven't already. Before I comment on the music, I also just want to say that the brilliance of "Bimmy Whatchu Got" as the mix title justifies IN EVERY WAY djp's decision back in the day to require unique titles for submissions. Merely calling this "Title (Double Dragon)" like on NES Jams just doesn't do this great performance justice.
Onto the piece, this one is frenetic, awesome piano/chiptune synergy that Sam makes sound effortless due to his virtuoso-level skills. I'd name a highlight, but the whole listen is one large one; the textures are alive, and this piece never stays in one place, it's always evolving. OK, I can do one subtle highlight: special props to the brief rhythmic shift at 1:39 to keep the listener on their toes and showing that this wasn't ALL badass busyness. For any fans in this community who somehow don't know of him yet, any time you see the name Samuel Ascher-Weiss or the handle Shnabubula (ANY time), get his music without thinking. In a scene already filled with super-talented creators, Sam continues to shine as a musician's musician."
Ditto ALL that; Oji said it well - this piece serves as an excellent poster child for Sam's unique ability to combine chips & dip - if by "dip" you mean impeccable & rapid-fire jazz piano :) Great stuff from a great album!
on 2018-05-20 01:14:26
Piano and chiptunes together on a classic track is quite the concept, and it certainly works here. I especially liked the switch up at about 1:40, that was cool. That piano was insane sounding, very fun to listen to. All around great arrangement and pretty sweet mix.
on 2016-02-08 22:39:27
Love the piano and chip sounds together. Some pretty tough runs in there o.o
on 2016-01-15 07:37:06
Well, it's Shnabubula, it's an auto-download for me. Heck, I even spell his name without looking.
on 2016-01-07 17:01:59
I am becoming more convinced OCR is a hot spot for interesting music styles, not just a video game music site. Chiptune + piano; I've never considered it, but it works so well here. Seriously good connection between differing elements. Plus that piano part just goes insane. Excellent remix.
on 2016-01-06 19:38:03
Wow, this is so good! Pretty nice concept with the chiptunes + piano, and the playing was simply fantastic! Sam really is an amazing musician.
on 2016-01-06 17:32:31
A+ on the style change midway through.
on 2016-01-06 15:09:13
I can't even imagine a human being playing this piano part. That's how good it is.
on 2016-01-06 14:31:32
This is awesoooome. I do wish the chiptunes were a little louder tho. As cool as the piano is, it drowns out some of the cool little chiptune sections and things feel a little lobsided mixing wise to me. That said, I can not fault the arrangement, its bonkers, so many cool updates and variations on the source tune. A great concept that works very well. Nice work man!
on 2016-01-06 01:43:34
Yeah, I'm feeling pretty enriched after listening to that. The piano is very fun to listen to, and the chips add a ton of energy to the song.
on 2016-01-06 01:09:52
Love it! Awesome piano work, great arrangement, I love everything about this
on 2016-01-06 00:02:08
Shnabubula makes his own chiptunes (and is quite the chiptune
maestro, to boot), and is an amazing pianist. This track
absolutely showcases both of his amazing talents at once, and
creates something amazing and unique. There isn't a person on the
planet who's life wouldn't be enriched by listening to this
What I'm trying to say it, it's pretty good.
on 2016-01-05 23:37:59
That piano. Bah gawd that piano. At first I had written this off as just you adding piano to the original track, but that's not the case at all. The chiptunes do sound updated, and more refined than the original. But man that piano is something else. I'm too blown away by the piano to concentrate on anything else about this track. So before I enter "rambling" mode, I'll just say this was a terrific track.
on 2016-01-05 16:49:39
Yeah, NES Jams is awesome. And this hybridism is such a fun listening experience. Great stuff!
on 2016-01-05 11:25:55
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Sources Arranged (1 Song)
- Primary Game:
Double Dragon (Tradewest, 1988, NES)
Music by Kazunaka Yamane
- "Double Dragon (Opening Theme)"
- Energetic, Jazzy
- Chiptune, Piano
- 6,300,842 bytes
- Size: 6,300,842 bytes
- MD5 Checksum: 048608fd5be117a3f129e851fd814bc9
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