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Bad Boss Plateau

If you’ve been following my stuff for a good while now, you must have seen this entry coming from at least 10 miles away. Here’s the third entry of Sounds Alike:

Blast Kongs – Bad Boss Plateau

Some years ago, I made a song called Blast Kong. It was the same combination of songs, but it sounds completely different from what you’re about to hear. The combination I’m talking about is Bad Boss Boogie from Donkey Kong Land and Jade Plateau (Skerries) from Blast Corps.

Now here’s the thing: this is kind of an exception for this series. Not only do they sound very similar, they were also composed by the same guy, so they’re…essentially the same song? Well – one being a boss theme and the other being a racing track with a mini game kind of feel – I’d say they are at least quite different versions of the same tune.

Another thing to note is that I couldn’t resist to add some robotic sounding DK Rap parts as well. It kind of fits if you think “Kongs” are the machines the corporation uses to destroy stuff. Or the ones piloting the machines. Whatever works! BUT don’t worry, there’s of course an instrumental version as well! So here we go:

Bad Boss Plateau (10 downloads) Bad Boss Plateau [instrumental] (8 downloads)

 

And here’s the video, note that I didn’t bother to make a video for the instrumental version this time:

In the meantime I got another set of suggestions, I’d say we’re definitely set for a Sounds Alike Vol. 2. VG Arch Rivals isn’t done yet either and other ideas also already crossed my mind…then again, making more than one album per year is kinda tiring. Well, I’d say there’s still enough ideas in my mind for years to come!

Lunatic Stage 2

Are you ready for the second entry in Sounds Alike? Some of you certainly have seen this coming, but here’s…

Touhou X5 – Lunatic Stage 2 ~ Invisible Zero Virus

I think I’ve done this 2 or 3 times before, but it just had to come back one more time for Sounds Alike. Zero Virus Stage 2 (Mega Man X5) meets Lunatic Eyes ~ Invisible Full Moon (Touhou 8: Imperishable Night).

Lunatic Stage 2 ~ Invisible Zero Virus (77 downloads)

 

Here’s the video:

Thanks for your suggestions for similar tunes so far! A sequel to this project is getting more and more likely. Keep ’em coming!

Cheetah’d

A few days later than usual (as announced), but now it’s time to start a new project I’d like to call Sounds Alike. I even made a little logo for it:

I had this idea in my head, but the way it turned out was more a coincidence. the idea was having two notes that form an ‘=’ (equals) sign. That these notes would form some sort of ‘S’ as well is a nice bonus. You know, like Sounds Alike or DJ the S. I’ve never been good at these graphical things, so I’m happy that it turned out like this~

Now, what is this new project about? Nothing more (or less) than mixing together songs from different franchises that sound alike. It’s good enough if there’s just one part that sounds very similar, but we’ll have songs here that are similar entirely. Or even almost the same. You get the point…and you also understand that I might need to stretch that philosophy a bit if we want to get a decent amount of songs out of this. BTW, if you know of any such songs, please: suggest away. Although I have the songs for Vol.1 in my head already, I could use some more ideas if we want to go further than that.

But enough talk, let’s get this thing started with song number one. I present to you:

Ace Attorney 52 – Cheetah’d

I think you know what’s happening already, as this seems to be a rather popular thing to do: mixing Cornered from Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney with the Cheetahmen Theme from that infamous game collection Action 52. Let’s hear it:

Ace Attorney 52 - Cheetah'd (129 downloads)

 

And here’s the video for that:

That should get this party started. I know I told you to suggest away, but of course, I already have some songs on my mind that I don’t want to reveal yet. I’ll give you this hint though: I already did most of these combinations a good while ago (however, most of these songs are already rather old and the new ones aren’t going to be remakes). But if you find some similar songs, simply suggest them. If I already have it on my list, it just means you don’t have to wait too long for it to happen!

With that said, I’ll see you in two weeks with the next song~

Divine Rhythm

I’ll be honest with you: I have no idea how to start this post. So let’s just skip the intro, you probably already know what this is about anyway!

The newest song Divine Rhtyhm was a rather spontaneous idea – like, a sudden inspiration. I felt I should make a(nother) remix of Divine Identity (Shin Megami Tensei: Digital Devil Saga 2). That I ended up mixing it with Stone Tower Temple (The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask) just came naturally.

I tend to follow these flashes of insight as such songs usually turn out pretty well. Is this the case this time as well? Let’s find out:

Divine Rhythm (143 downloads)

 

Also check out the video if you like. If you want to comment, comments on the YouTube video are preferred:

The song may be a bit rough around the edges, but there’s always the possibility of a Best of edit on the album I release at the end of the year. I think I never really mention that anywhere.

Also, did any of you notice that the website was down some days ago? An update for a plug-in broke something and I had to use a backup of the website. Afterwards the update went without problems, guess it was just bad timing with regular maintenance and such. Sorry for any inconvenience this should have caused!

So, what now? There’s a new project idea I wanted to work on, I call it Sounds Alike for now. I’ll give you some updates in 2 weeks – although it might be on Monday/Tuesday this time. Just so you know!

Clad in Shadow Vol. 1

As promised, I present to you today: Clad in Shadow Vol. 1!

The album is already out since yesterday, so act fast! There’s a limited number of free downloads, only about 150 remaining as of the release of this post.

Some relevant facts:

  • The song Shadow Dial is a bit different, I wanted to fix some of the clashing melodies, so you get an exclusive version of Shadow Dial.
  • The album also features an exclusive instrumental version of Shadow Dong. For those who aren’t into memes that much~

So here you go, have a listen:

And that’s that! Now I’ll have to think about what to do next…

Clad in Shadow – Shadow Core (Phase 2)

Some people mentioned that Shadow Core itself doesn’t really stand up to the feel of the Clad in Shadow series and sounds more like a Phase 1 theme. I realize it’s more on the heroic side and doesn’t really have this dark feel the other songs offer. So I’m here to fix this.

Of course, there are also some people who are simply tired of the Last Boss theme and won’t be very happy this time either, but I’m afraid I can’t help those. Gotta wait for Vol. 2, I guess…

So, how are we gonna fix this? We turn the song into a faster, darker, (shorter,) more aggressive tune and change some other small things and call it Shadow Core (Phase 2). And then we decide that this is the actual finale of Clad in Shadow Vol. 1. Sounds good? Good. Then here we go:

Clad in Shadow - Shadow Core (Phase 2) (186 downloads)

 

And for those who want to leave a comment saying “1/10 same song” here’s the video:

With that out of the way, I can focus on the album release. The album will be released later on, I’ll have another post and video about it tomorrow.

Clad in Shadow – Shadow Core

Are you ready for the fifth and final song of Clad in Shadow? Alright, then prepare thyself for Shadow Core!

In this project, tunes get a ‘Shadow‘ version by mixing them with a Persona Battle Theme. They will usually have a darker feeling to them as well. Exceptions prove the rule though.

The final song of the first batch of tunes features Last Boss from Cave Story, The Battle for Everyone’s Souls from Persona 3 and – what else could it be – the Battle Theme from Persona 2: Innocent Sin!

Clad in Shadow - Shadow Core (174 downloads)

 

And here’s the video, I included the Joe logo with the moving bars so you have something to look at for now:

The album release is coming soon too, if nothing goes wrong it should be next Sunday. The album will be free for a while and also feature an instrumental version of Shadow Dong. With that said, I’ll see you next week!