September 16, 2011

Listen to this: OverClocked Remix


I am a huge fan of the music in video games. I have sev­er­al sound­tracks that have been sent to retail and find it to be one of the most crit­i­cal points in encom­pass­ing a play­er with that immer­sion fac­tor I always talk about. Does good music make for a good game; no. I’ll be the first to crit­i­cize one of my favorite games; Advent Ris­ing. The music was first-rate to the point I over looked the glar­ing issues it had, and it had sev­er­al. The game play was mediocre and there were graph­i­cal glitch­es abound, but the music drove home the strug­gle and hope of the sto­ry that it turned what would have been mess of a game into some­thing ser­vice­able. There have been count­less games and sound­tracks that have become gam­ing cul­ture icons. What if you took this icon­ic music and let ded­i­cat­ed fans put their per­son­al spin to these clas­sic tunes? Enter Over­Clocked Remix.
 
Over­Clocked Remix — “Found­ed in 1999, Over­Clocked ReMix is an orga­ni­za­tion ded­i­cat­ed to the appre­ci­a­tion and pro­mo­tion of video game music as an art form. Its pri­ma­ry focus is www.ocremix.org, a web­site fea­tur­ing thou­sands of free fan arrange­ments, infor­ma­tion on game music and com­posers, resources for aspir­ing artists, and a thriv­ing com­mu­ni­ty of video game music fans.”
 
I first learn of this tal­ent­ed com­mu­ni­ty when the Super Street fight­er 2 HD Remix was launched on the XBLA and PSN in 2008. They pro­vid­ed the sound­track and were avail­able for down­load short­ly after launch and I have fall­en in love. The com­mu­ni­ty at Over­Clocked does ren­di­tions on hun­dreds of game com­po­si­tions, every­thing from Mass Effect, to Mor­tal Kom­bat, to Mega Man, and to Son­ic the Hedge­hog. Hear­ing the remix­es puts a dif­fer­ent spin, the remix­es range from met­al, to are­na rock, to tech­no, to even soft­er acoustic ones, to grandiose sym­phon­ic arrange­ments. I have lis­tened to their remix­es at work, in the car, while putting togeth­er arti­cles, and even in the show­er. This music is free to any­one; nor­mal­ly they ask you down­load it from the site via tor­rent to keep band­width at a min­i­mum, though you can just get it from the site as well. The music ranges from a sin­gle song to entire albums, again all free of charge. These are some real­ly tal­ent­ed musi­cians as well as ded­i­cat­ed fans of our indus­try we hold dear. All of the music can be pre­viewed and down­loaded via mir­rors or bit tor­rent at ocremix.org. I will leave you with some of my favorites at the bot­tom let me know what you think and if you have down­loaded any of this won­der­ful music your­self.
 
pic­ture — “Eye of the Rock” by Alex Graziano, Cyrus, djpret­zel; art­work from the Mega Man 9: Back in Blue album
quote — ocremix.org/info/about_us
I apol­o­gize for the crude­ness of some of the videos, all of down­loads from ocremix.org are in MP3 for­mat and sound much bet­ter.
httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TJ0TGL07QAE
httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uKi8akeLKtg
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rss7Ldwh-ZM
httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eAifZXCny8o
httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ypgCLyHCdwc
httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q_KZ6m1dMy4
httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GAU1cGhdDkg
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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