August 5, 2013
Gaming in Stereo: The Sounds of Heroes
I apologize for skipping this segment last week, with the significant other in and out of the hospital, it was a busy week. Now, since all is well, I have 4 remixed tracks for your listening pleasure. OverClocked Remix has replaced iTunes or Zune (Xbox Music) as my go to for music, personally. My phone and MP3 player are filled with tracks from OC Remix and 8 out of 10 times, that is what is being played when I travel down the street or from state to state. Though this music maybe just remixed tunes from video games, these are typically labors of love. No one is getting paid, there are no manufactured tracks; it’s music for the love of music, and I respect that. The three main tracks are from a OC Remix album from 2011 highlighting tracks between famous heroes and villains dubbed simply “Heroes vs. Villains”. Now, the bonus track is not from OC Remix, it is by Plasma3Music, the same one that made the awesome “To Galaxy” remix I featured two weeks ago. His track was the one I was looking for when I stumbled upon his Halo 4 rendition, and I am finally sharing it this week. Now on to the music!
The Bounty of a Brain – Big Giant Circles – Super Metroid
This track is just fantastic. Now that’s out of my system, the beginning of this track is eerie and haunting just like the dilapidated opening to the game. At the (1:13) mark kicks in the Capcom like guitar that propels this track into atmosphere. The middle of this track seems more fitting of a Capcom fighter, though towards the end it reverts to the loneliness of the Metroid titles. At (3:25) the haunting opening music reverts back and ends with the cry of the baby metroid. This track would fit right at home in the next Smash Bros. title if Nintendo would be up for putting OC tracks in the mix. I have several Metroid tracks, but this if by far one of my favorite. At the (2:41) mark it sounds like I should be sitting at a menu for a recent Street Fighter release, but I’m not. I think that is why I love this track so much, it incorporates many of the great Super Metroid themes and adds a recent Capcom vibe to it. Enjoy this great hunt for Mother Brain.
Go Ninja, Go – bLiNd – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
I am a huge Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle fan. I grew up during their popularity during the late 80’s and early 90’s, I had so may action figures it was ridiculous, and I still see Turtles in Time as the best brawler of all time. I love the first movie for its more faithful comic representation than it’s campy sequels and still think the first NES title has some of the best Foot brawling music in a TMNT game to date. This remix, is a look at the title screen music from the NES classic Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The remix starts out soft with a good drum beat and synth notes, at the (0:43) the ripping guitar takes hold of the classic menu music. The pulsating drums and guitar take a break around the (1:39) mark to make way for the surreal synth, while the guitar picks back up for a reprise at (2:11) to bring the melody back into play. This track is a great ode to one of the NES greats, even though the game is still tougher than nails.
Ryu (Street Fighter) – zircon, Joshua Morse – Street Fighter II: The World Warrior
I am always on the look out for new Street Fighter mixes and came across this one while checking out the Heroes vs. Villains album. It has smooth jazz themes, a great beat, and features a koto (a Japanese instrument). This is Street Fighter at its smoothest, but yet feels like it could fit. Most of the modern Street Fighters have a very electronic vibe to the music, but this could mesh very well. The more uptempo beat could set the rhythm well for bouts. I could even see myself cruising along the coast line with this playing an not feel out of place, it’s just such a great song to kick back to. Enjoy.
DuckTales Remastered – Moon Theme – Plasma3Music
Now this is not the official track that will be in DuckTales Remastered but a take on the theme since the game was announced. Plasma3Music has captured a huge orchestra sound for the classic 8-bit tune and knocks it out of the park. When I first heard this remix on his YouTube page, then as fast as possible headed to his Soundcloud page, downloaded it, and hit repeat for the next couple of hours. If you have ever listened to 8-bit tracks, you know that DuckTales “Moon theme” is one of the classics. This remix takes out almost all the electronic components and replaces them with pianos, horns, and strings for an effect that is epic in scale. Capcom should have got in touch with him to feature the music in the remastered game, but we will see how the game turns out here in just a week when the game hits on August 13th.