Are you ready for the fourth entry of Sounds Alike? No? Yes? It doesn’t matter, here we go:Shin Megami Tensei: Mega Man Moonwalker – Natural Beat Robot
That logo turned out to be such a mess. But there’s a good reason for that: we’ve got 4 different themes this time! Most of them have at least one very similar sounding part. We’ve got the Boss Theme from Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner, Natural Killer Cyborg from Mother 3, Wily Stage 1 from Mega Man 2 and Michael Jackson’s Beat It.
Long-time fans probably remember Electrocuted, which already included 2 of those themes. This is certainly a step up though. I’m especially happy that I was able to include the Devil Summoner Boss Theme there. I like the tune, so I tried to start sequencing it to make a remix of it. Sadly, that didn’t really go so well…but that doesn’t matter now, since I was able to include my favorite part in a song after all!
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:
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!
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).
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:
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~
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:
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!
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!