Rihanna vs Donkey Kong Country 2
Diamonds vs Bramble Blast
This is a remix I thought up when trying to do a softer-sounding remix of very new vocals and classic VGM. 'Stickerbush Symphony' was the first thing that came to mind, and while 'Diamonds' had a lot of airtime on the radio, it turned out to be the one I thought would best suit it. Using Sony Acid Pro, the pitch of the music was up a few notches while the vocals are down at the same amount. It is a continual flow throughout from start to end. The only thing I wasn't happy with was the roughness of the vocals in some places, but nothing too noticeable.
Michael Jackson vs Sonic 3
Jam vs Carnival Night Zone Act 1
If I recall correctly, this was the third remix I ever did between Michael Jackson and Sonic music. It all stemmed from Sonic Retro's website which showed a sample of Jam being strikingly similar to a sound from within the game. From this I put together a filtered version of the original 'Jam' and 'Carnival Night Zone Act 1'. I wanted Michael to start off strong in this, so I started of with the vocals from the chorus, then added other bits of the song to follow it. Turned out pretty well and hopefully has been an inspiration for many to realise the link between MJ and Sonic 3.
Rick Astley vs Chrono Trigger
Never Gonna Give You Up vs Robo's Theme
It was only during recent years that I decided to finally play through Chrono Trigger and see what made it such a great RPG. Upon my journey, I inevitably came across 'Robo's Theme' for the first time, and instantly thought of a resemblance to 'Never Gonna Give You Up'. A quick visit to the Internet showed that it was an idea shared by many. So in my true fashion, I went about doing this clear vocal version along with the original video. A little bit of Robo dancing was the final comical touch I felt it needed. Yasunori Mitsuda says he had no idea of the Rick Astley song, so this looks to be just one of those things!
PSY vs Sonic CD
Gentleman vs Wacky Workbench Good Future
After listening to the original song by PSY, I thought it could have been better produced. So I set off into my catalog of Sonic the Hedgehog soundtracks to find a good match for the vocals. I nearly ended up using Hill Top Zone for this, but felt the quality of the Sonic CD music went better with the lyrics. In saying that, I also created a FM Genesis version of Wacky Workbench to see if the classic Genesis soundchip could be used with PSY. This track has also rekindled my interest in using more International tracks from other countries.
Super Mario Genesis
I always wanted to hear a Genesis/Megadrive version of many SNES tracks, and this was one of them. The ominous setting and tone the stage and music gives is genius from Koji Kondo and I wanted to keep that feeling infact. I initially thought of keeping it a straight redo using no added instruments but I quite liked this Streets of Rage inspired remake I settled on in the end.