ReMix:Mega Man 2 "Dark Depths of Wily's Castle" 5:00

By RushJet1

Arranging the music of one song...

"Dr. Wily Stage 2"

Primary Game: Mega Man 2 (Capcom , 1988, NES), music by Manami Matsumae, Takashi Tateishi

Posted 2016-07-29, evaluated by the judges panel

What's this? Chiptunes, in your OCR? It's more likely than you think... RushJet1 (Tadd Nuznov) makes his OCR debut with an exciting, electrified chip arrangement of "Dr. Wily Stage 2" from Mega Man 2 that keeps ratcheting up the intensity in one long build:

"This was originally made for my Mega Man 2 Remade project. This version of it has been cleaned up a good amount since the original release. I always thought the first Wily Castle theme from Mega Man 2 got entirely too much coverage on remix sites, and even though the second theme was just the same bar raised a half step over and over, I thought I'd give it a crack anyway. This song is straight FamiTracker/NES/VRC6 with the extra 2 square channels panned about 75% left and right."

We don't prohibit chiptune arrangements, we just want there to be enough decision-making on instrumentation & the production side of things so we don't get straight-up demakes, more or less. OA really nailed things with his decision:

"It's pretty ambitious to consider this specific source for a remix, especially using famitracker, but using the source as a canvas to paint a pretty creative theme and variations structure is the perfect way to go about it. I love how each variation increases the intensity, and the melodic additions or ornamenting the melody heavily while keeping the same 4 notes is really well done.

I like the parts where you use the 4 note progression of the source as a call, and then respond with a resolving melody line. The added backing arpeggios, bassline, and percussion all flow well, and while there is significant (SIGNIFICANT) expansion, the source is audible for basically the entire song. The transition at 2:30 was a small hiccup, IMO, but overall not a huge deal in the grand scheme of things. Production overall is strong and clear, and a lot of care has been put into making the soundscape full and rich. Pretty masterful work, it's like you've built your own epic boss fortress on the smoldering ruin's of Wily's castle."

Couldn't have said it better myself - which is why I didn't, and instead just copied & pasted what HE said ;) There's been confusion in the past on submitting chiptune arrangements, but so long as the arrangement is kickass and attention has been paid to the production side of things - via mixing, mastering, panning, FX, and/or the programming of the synths themselves - good things can happen. Tadd is pretty well known in the chiptune scene and it's great to have his talents represented on OCR, with a slick take on one of Mega Man 2's lesser-mixed gems that smartly embraces the suspense & embellishes the energy of the original. Gario gushed specifically about the arrangement techniques used to expand on things:

"Not that I can add much to what has already been said, but it's incredibly impressive just how much Rushjet1 has pulled from such a sparse source. There's a lot of original writing in this, but it's very solidly based on that rising, repetitive motif. Changing chords, antecedent/consequence form, generative development of new themes and motifs that build off of the previous material... if anyone wants a lesson on how to develop a simple source in rich, interesting ways, study this track. It's incredible."

Yup. Great debut, great example of building an arrangement from a shorter source, & nice to see more chiptune represented on the site!



Latest 7 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
on 2016-08-10 11:25:57

It's nice to hear remixes of the other Dr. Wily theme, since it's pretty good. Awesome arrangement by the way, love how it expands on the simple idea behind the source by adding more harmonies, more percussions and more melodies.

on 2016-08-03 11:04:55

I was unaware of RushJet1 before this. I promptly headed to his bandcamp page, donated, and downloaded his entire catalog.

on 2016-08-01 12:52:25

Good to see RushJet here!

Always loved his stuff. Been on a chiptune craze lately and this is great stuff!

on 2016-07-29 18:53:52

Loving this. Lots of rich harmonies. Lots of good sounding drums. It has a more dramatic, sudden death feel than the original. Congrats, RushJet1! :-)

on 2016-07-29 17:15:29

I said it once, but I'll say it again - this is an amazing track from one of my absolute favorite chiptune artists of all time (one of the few I've paid attention to since before I was on OCR, in fact).

I'm not kidding when I say I was listening to this track on the album when I heard it on the panel (and subsequently gushed on how awesome it is). I recommend virtually anything Rushjet1 puts out - he's quite the prolific chiptune artist, and I'm happy as a peach he's representing the more "purist" chiptune genre on here.

Really, though, listen to this, study it, get every ounce you can get out of it. It's that good of an arrangement.

Kenogu Labz
on 2016-07-29 16:55:35


Awesome to see you join the roster here, and even moreso to see it under yet another excellent Famicom chiptune. The attention to detail is, as always, impeccable. Your percussion is as strong as ever, and the composition is delightfully rich for such a limited palette. Glad to hear you continuing to stretch the platform to its peak, and looking forward to hearing more from you here!

on 2016-07-28 14:38:59

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Sources Arranged (1 Song)

Primary Game:
Mega Man 2 (Capcom , 1988, NES)
Music by Manami Matsumae,Takashi Tateishi
"Dr. Wily Stage 2"

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