ReMix:Threes "Reactive" 3:14

By timaeus222

Arranging the music of one song...

"Threes Is the Bees Knees"

Primary Game: Threes (Sirvo , 2014, IOS), music by Big Giant Circles

Posted 2016-04-13, evaluated by djpretzel


OCR03333, our three-thousand, three-hundred and thirty-third ReMix, is our first arrangement of Threes, the super-addictive iOS puzzler with an equally addictive soundtrack composed by ReMixer and former judge Big Giant Circles, mixed here in a compelling, progressive fusion/EDM style by timaeus222 (Truong-Son Nguyen), whose pseudonym is precisely 111 away from being additionally relevant:

"Interestingly enough, Threes is one of the only games whose OST I've remixed that I've actually played. My highest card was a 192, which, y'know, is not too shabby. :) When Larry popped up to ask me to make a mix for this game, I actually wanted to write something that would be almost out of left field, but still retaining my glitch + atmospheric style, and hopefully still recognizable.

I was inspired by "Aviation" by Ian Dorsch on SoundCloud to do a fairly syncopated, odd-time-signature track with some grungy FM elements and a bit of an organic backbone. The intro and the part after the breakdown section are alternating 5/4 and 6/4, while the main "verse" + "chorus" are standard 4/4 with a 3/4 fourth measure. The title is based off of how cyclopropane is a reactive 3-carbon ring. I don't even know what to call this "genre," by the way. Acoustic-Grunge? Anyways, hope you enjoy! \^-^/

Rough Source Breakdown:

0:12.6-0:23.4 = Threes (0:59.1-1:13.9)
0:25.9-0:32.9, 0:34.7-0:43.5 = Threes (0:59.1-1:13.9)
0:43.5-0:50.2 = Threes (0:59.1-1:13.9)
0:52.1-1:01.2 = Threes (1:29.6-1:39.7)
1:10.3-1:13.9, 1:15.3-1:17.4 = Threes (0:59.1-1:13.9)
1:19.7-1:29.4 = Threes (0:59.1-1:13.9)
1:29.4-2:06.7 = Threes (2:24.1-2:53.6)
2:06.7-2:12.9, 2:13.5-2:17.5 = Threes (0:59.1-1:13.9)
2:20.0-2:27.1, 2:28.8-2:37.3 = Threes (0:59.1-1:13.9)
2:37.3-2:42.4 = Threes (0:59.1-1:13.9)
2:42.4-2:45.6 = Threes (1:14.3-1:17.5)
2:46.2-2:57.6 = Threes (1:29.6-1:39.7)"

Larry "Liontamer" Oji orchestrated this numerically serendipitous mixpostage, and gives us the full rundown:

"Thanks to Truong-Son for including his usual source tune usage breakdown (check the MP3's tags!); it's always nice to fully understand the extent to how the original music was used, and he almost always takes the time to document that. Of course, I <3 Threes (and the rip-off game 2048 is garbage), so I'm very familiar with Jimmy's incredibly catchy theme for the game. Since timaeus mentioned his highest number, I'll plug that my highest tile's actually a 768, but it's only happened once, and I'm fairly sure it'll never happen again. :-)

Now, when I need a ReMix to happen quickly, I know to hit up artists with ridiculously efficient workflow, like Mattias Häggström Gerdt and zircon. In the case of securing a Threes mix for OC ReMix #3333, hitting up timaeus was a no-brainer to get something done quickly, creatively, AND throroughly, and he delivered with a VERY transformative take on BGC's "Threes Is the Bee's Knees." The FM synths at 1:31 were a big highlight for me, and there's a dark aspect to the some of the textures there despite the happier leads and funky, electronic energy going on most of the way through.

Ultimately, I don't know what to call the genre either, and the time signature changes were a fun & unique curveball, but I love the whole package by timaeus... even if I don't know what to call it. It's an excellent musical tribute to Jimmy Hinson, Asher Vollmer, and Greg Wohlwend's work on Threes, so I just call it a success. :-)"

I called it "progressive fusion/EDM" (because OMG time signatures!) but if you've got your own suggestions, let us know :) Whatever it is, it's fun, it's interesting, and it puts a great spin on Jimmy's original, which I'm stoked to finally see arranged on OCR. It's always very cool & very profound when a ReMixer composes his/her own game soundtrack that ends up getting ReMixed and submitted to OCR... very circle-of-life, pay-it-forward, etc. All we need is for Kevin Bacon to either submit a ReMix of his own and/or compose a game soundtrack that someone else mixes, and we'll either be instantly propelled to the center of the known universe, or sucked into a world-ending paradoxical black hole. Great stuff from Truong-Son that makes some rather intricate structures very approachable & easy to enjoy - kudos to him & to BGC for writing great and very mixable VGM!




Latest 7 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
on 2016-09-25 15:49:29

This is one of these tunes that needed some time to get my appreciation, but I really love it a lot now. The wacky soundscape is just incredible - the bass is simply killer and the percussion is sweet as well, especially those sorta clicking sounds. Nice job!

Venom Fighter X
on 2016-05-03 11:36:31

timaeus222 always does an amazing job.

Really enjoyed it.

on 2016-04-15 01:22:14

I am in love with the way this track sounds. I don't know the source at all, but the holistic soundscape is so well put together, it's really a wonder to listen to. The 1:45 section is a really neat break, but man, the choice of instrumentation and mixing just grab your attention. Again, I can't believe how well this all fits together. It's like someone was given a box full of chiptunes, Sonic the Hedgehog II struts and DBZ-style joins and built a temple, where sacrifices were made to the old audio gods. And they were pleased.

Really impressive.

big giant circles
on 2016-04-13 23:07:39

wowza. Groovy and flattering, two of my favorite sensations! :)

Thanks timaeus!!

on 2016-04-13 16:29:37

Very cool tune, I love the mixed time signatures! Very clean sounding mix!

on 2016-04-13 14:32:42

I play Threes a LOT. This remix is awesome. Really cool electronic take on the jazzier source. Syncopation is KILLER.


on 2016-04-13 13:29:17

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Sources Arranged (1 Song)

Primary Game:
Threes (Sirvo , 2014, IOS)
Music by Big Giant Circles
"Threes Is the Bees Knees"

Tags (11)

Acoustic Guitar,Electronic,Synth
Time > Tempo: Variable
Time > Time Signature: Variable

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