Posted 2016-12-24, evaluated by the judges panel


Newcomer James Wong spreads the holiday cheer with a sweet electro-dubstep funk/jazz jam that puts a new spin(dash) on the most-mixed Sega theme of all time:

"I made this track about half a year ago, and I finally decided to send it to OC ReMix. Heavily inspired by Kruai's "Schizophrenic," I tried to give one of the most remixed Sonic tracks my own spin as well - "Ice Cap Zone." The source melody was incredibly short, so I tried to improvise on top of the melody without being too repetitive. (This is what happens when I finally get a MIDI keyboard.)"

Sweet breaks on this one, to complement the luscious EP, elastic synth bass, and generally funky demeanor. Programming and processing are all precise & delicious, so the inspiration from Kruai is apparent & well-executed, too! Even though the year's almost over, this is still one of the strongest & most memorable OCR debuts of 2016; James basically killed it, and the panel concurs - Gario writes:

"Damn, this is a powerhouse of a track. You really go all out, with that jazz/funk/dubstep fusion in this, it really is pretty amazing you managed to fit what you did and yet have it come out as a coherent piece of music. The source is there, but you transform it in so many ways it never gets boring."

Chimpazilla adds:

"Wow what a cool combination of sounds and styles! It remains chill even with the heavy wubs. Source well represented with tons of fun interpretation. This is so creative."

And Larry closes us out:

"Having heard this just now, James really downplayed the extensiveness of the arrangement. Nice job transforming this, even while keeping it relatively melodically conservative. So many great rhythmic changes, and even when the foreground went into more a comping-style approach, the familiar backing chords of the source were always in play. Smart stuff! Welcome, James."

Agreed on all three counts; this is some damn good stuff, blending two genres and doing BOTH justice while also giving us another very worthy vision of an oft-mixed (understatement) source. VERY glad James decided to submit this, and VERY glad to welcome him to the site! Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and Happy Holidays to all!



Latest 5 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
on 2017-01-03 07:20:09

Really cool arrangement. Some of the chords feel a little "stilted" (f.ex. 0:49) to me here and there, think it could flow a bit better.

The glitchy bits are really cool, nice variety of sounds. I do find the sidechaining rather excessive and pumpy in these sections particularly, to the extent that it is uncomfortable for me to listen on headphones. It's unfortunate that it's taking attention away from what is actually happening in these sections rather than highlighting it.

The lead is a tad loud towards the beginning (0:38-) but it's a very minor thing and doesn't make the piece at all less enjoyable.

Desipite the crits, very nice debut! Also, impressively creative on a well-trodden theme.

on 2017-01-02 16:01:13

Easily my favorite remix of Ice Cap Zone.

on 2016-12-29 15:52:20

I have to say, I appreciated the personalized contour on the e. piano partwriting. It takes good effort to take a well-known source and use your own chord progressions. For me, the soundscape could have been a bit more filled, but aside from that, this certainly stands out in a good way.

on 2016-12-25 02:09:58

Idk, I kinda feel like it's "just another" Ice Cap remix.

on 2016-12-24 11:24:39

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Sources Arranged (1 Song)

Primary Game:
Sonic the Hedgehog 3 (Sega, 1994, GEN)
Music by Bobby Brooks, Brad Buxer, C. Cirocco Jones, Darryl Ross, Doug Grigsby III, Geoff Grace, Jun Senoue, Michael Jackson, Tatsuyuki Maeda, Tomonori Sawada
"Ice Cap Zone: Act 1"

Tags (12)

Dubstep, EDM, Electro, Funk, Jazz
Chill, Energetic, Funky
Electric Piano, Electronic, Synth
Effects > Glitching

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