Posted 2020-07-27, evaluated by the judges panel

Eladar (Darren Malley), composer of hit indie game Mythic Ocean, made a pretty awesome debut on OCR as part of A World Reignited, and now returns with an EDM/downtempo take on S&K's "Lava Reef Zone":

""Volcanic Glass" is a synth-heavy arrangement of Acts 1 and 2 from Sonic & Knuckles' "Lava Reef Zone." I always loved the inherent juxtaposition of Lava Reef, environment-wise: the fiery magma of Act 1 vs. the cool, almost ice-like crystal structures of Act 2. Likewise, Act 2's background music is such a great reinvention of Act 1's, and together they fit their respective level designs perfectly.

So the goal with this remix was to try and blend the smooth intrigue of Act 2's theme with some of the intensity of Act 1's. Genre-wise, it's a mix of things -- early on there's some downtempo/chillout vibes, but later it gets more energetic. I suppose there's some synthwave influence too (plenty of analog-style leads and pads). Hope you enjoy!"

DarkeSword actually blended these SAME two themes into a ReMix all the way back in... 2003! You know, seventeen years ago :) He writes:

"Yeah I really dig this. A lot of reverb but it's a nice atmosphere. Cool arrangement; I like how you're using elements of both Acts to create a single piece of music. Sound design is great."

Well I suppose he WOULD like that, yes... judges were unanimous, but did pick some nits on (brief) muddiness/mixing issues; Rexy's analysis of the arrangement, specifically, was insightful:

"I'm impressed with how you used the sources. The framework essentially boils down to ideas from act 2, then act 1, then back to act 2 and act 1 with entirely new integration - which is a sweet way to explore the similarities and differences between both sources. You allowed for transformations in the melodies to shape up this framework - and except for 22 seconds combined from the bookends, the VGM is present entirely, so no problems with dominance whatsoever. The backing element integration got used straight, however, but as they are responsible for carrying the source through when melodies are absent, there was no need to change them up in the first place... "

It's a smart, creative arrangement with chill production that develops over time, and since we haven't had an S&K mix in a couple years, it also checks that box nicely. Great to see Darren back after his superb contributions to the GS album - enjoy!



Latest 9 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
on 2024-04-10 12:40:21

Great interpretation of the original tune(s). I don't give act 2 the appreciation it deserves, but this remix did a good job of reminding me that it is cool as well ?. Fantastic job!


on 2022-02-06 22:51:59

I signed up just to comment on this, I get serious Synesthetics - STS04 (Instant Zen) vibes from this and I love it!


on 2022-02-06 22:50:06

Accidental duplicate - deleted.

on 2020-08-30 23:57:40

I like it. It gives me that same feeling I got the second or third time I played through the game, when it starts to sink in just how close I am to the end of it.

on 2020-08-03 03:38:16

Lava Reef's music is my absolute favourite of any Sonic OST, and having this gradually building from chilled-out up to a *slightly* more frenetic interpretation is just beautiful. Excellent work, Eladar.

on 2020-07-30 12:24:17

Kind of hearkens back to OCR's early days, sounds like. During a long, hot summer, I'm digging the chill vibes the energy of this gives off. Like opening the fridge to stick your face in...

on 2020-07-29 12:50:14

Great to see this one posted!

on 2020-07-28 05:48:58

A pleasant surprise! I like the 'desert' feel in the middle (2:02)!

on 2020-07-24 11:33:30

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Sources Arranged (2 Songs)

Primary Game:
Sonic & Knuckles (Sega , 1994, GEN)
Music by Howard Drossin,Jun Senoue,Masaru Setsumaru,Masayuki Nagao,Sachio Ogawa,Tatsuyuki Maeda,Tokuhiko Uwabo,Tomonori Sawada,Yoshiaki Kashima
"Lava Reef Zone: Act 1"
"Lava Reef Zone: Act 2"

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Chromatic Percussion,Electronic,Synth

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