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Love remixes of classic Mega Man music? How about a whole album full of them? That's what Hyde209 has passed along to us with his tribute album, "Mega Man 3 - Turn of Events." You can check out what's available in the playlist embed below, and follow his YouTube channel for more on Wednesdays and Fridays until the album is complete, at which time the whole thing will be released for download.
In the meantime, you can also check out his previous effort called "Mega Man 2 - Journey's End."
This album is massive. We're talking five discs here with over four and a half hours of remixes by 49 artists spanning the entire Mega Man X series. That's a lot of music! Where to start?
Having listened to the album in its entirety earlier today, I'll go ahead and make a few personal recommendations. For those who like funky jams, "Put Ya Guns On" by Diggi Dis is a must (and probably my favorite track on the album). Looking for a more straightforward (but face-melting) rock song that stays true to the source while adding additional flair? Try "Crawfish Crackdown" by Devastus. Or maybe you just want to dance the night away. Might I recommend "Anoplophora" by Jewbei?
Of course, that's just to get you started. Be sure to check out the album in its entirety when you can. You know... when you have four and a half hours to kill.
And for those that missed the trailer in our earlier post, here it is again:
What does it mean when OverClocked ReMix posts an album trailer on their homepage? It means the release is IMMINENT! We've been talking about Mega Man X: Maverick Rising for a long time now and it seems it's finally about to drop. That's 3 full hours of remixes from the Mega Man X series brought to you for free by 43 dedicated Mega Man fans.
It's only a matter of time before we can pump this into our ears. In the meantime, let's all just watch the trailer below on loop and pretend the album is already released. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QOKKaix_4LY
And in case you missed it the first time, be sure to check out the video of the full Infinity Mijinion remix in this post.
Thanks for the tip, Fei-Long!
Who wants to hear 3 full hours of Mega Man X series remixes? Was "everybody" your answer? Because it should be. The colossal fan album Maverick Rising is finally inching closer to release. The "2012" launch window may be a bit vague, but with the launch of an official website and a couple of videos released, it can't be too far off.
For those that need a refresher, Maverick Rising unites 43 talented artists to remix 64 songs spanning the entire Mega Man X series. That's 5 whole discs of pure musical delight. Did I mention it's free? It almost feels like stealing!
Head on over to the official site to get really excited, then disappointed when you realize the download links don't actually work yet. Remember, it's not out until next year! But you can read a bit about the album, learn who each contributing artist is, see which tracks were chosen to be covered, and take a gander at some really wicked disc art like the one featured above.
While we've posted a few teasers of "work in progress" tracks in the past, there is now an informative teaser video featuring a clip of Boomer Kuwanger's stage from the first game. You can also listen to the entirety of Infinity Mijinion's stage, complete with amusingly enthusiastic facial expressions from the guitarist himself.
Thanks for the tip, Michael!
Things have been a bit busy on our end as of late (hey, we have lives, too), and while we aren't always able to dedicate every waking moment to covering Mega Man, sometimes ol' Blue still manages to find his way into the stuff we do during our downtime. Such is the case with this writer and the infamous "Botchamania" series. For those unaware, Botchamania is a series of YouTube clip shows which feature some of the goofs and screw-ups which happen in professional wrestling. Making things more fun is that these clips are often set to video game music!
Such is the case with some recent episodes. Back in #184, creator Maffew decided to implement some themes and remixes from Mega Man X2 into his video. How many can you recognize?
Oh, and before you watch, be warned: these videos contain some Not Safe For Work language.
And perhaps it has proven popular. For one reason or another, Maffew has gone on to use Mega Man and Mega Man X tunes for the soundtracks of the three most recent Botchamania episodes, which you can find below.
Step aside, Grand Robot Master Remix Battle! There's a new Mega Man remix competition in town. But this isn't about lone wolves anymore. This is a game of musical teamwork. The Wily Castle Remix Gauntlet 2011 puts a new spin on an old formula. Participants still pick a Robot Master theme (classic series only) to stick with for the whole competition, but rather than combining it with a rival remixer's theme, they have to arrange it using that round's chosen Wily Stage theme.
Artists will compete in teams of three (with each member choosing their own theme), alternating who will take the lead in each round. After a week of rigorous work, each song will be ranked by public vote and tallied for points. Unlike the GRMRB, there is no elimination. If you're participating, you're in it for the long haul. Of course, since you're in a team you will only have to do one remix every three weeks.
Personally, I'm unsure whether or not I will have the time to compete this time, but if you're interested in signing up (and given how fun these sort of competitions are, you should be), make sure you submit your top 5 Robot Master theme choices to the competition thread before Saturday, October 22, 2011.
For a full list of details, visit the official Wily Castle Remix Gauntlet 2011 forum thread.
A big thanks to Zero for the tip! (By the way, if you could tell us what exactly it is you're fighting for, that'd be great.)
Were you sad to find out after downloading Mega Man 9: Back in Blue that there wasn't a single Concrete Man remix to be found? You are not alone! Artists on the OCR forums have banded together to bring you no less than thirteen Concrete Man remixes to fill that cube-shaped void in your soul. Tasked with making a remix in a single week (similar to the Grand Robot Master Remix Battle) with an additional week to clean up the tracks, the Rockin' Sockin' Cinder Blockin' EP was born.
This is not an official OCR album so much as a companion piece to Back in Blue. It's free and waiting for you to download here. And, of course, if you haven't yet heard Mega Man 9: Back in Blue, be sure to grab that while you're at it on the album's official site.
It was a long journey with its fair share of pitfalls, but we do it all for you! Mega Man 9: Back in Blue officially released today (for free download). Fourteen different artists threw their hat into the ring (including myself) and I hope you have as much fun listening to this 18 track album as we did making it.
You'll hear the rocking rhythms of Sixto Sounds, the bumpin' beats of bLiNd, the jazzy jams of Joshua Morse (who recently put together his own Mega Man album), and a whole lot of other talented artists. And let's not forget k-wix who pulled everyone together as the album's director while working on a few tracks of his own.
A lot of work went into this, so much so that Capcom announced and released Mega Man 10 during the album's development. Maybe if we make a Mega Man 10 album Capcom will release Mega Man 11. It's worth a shot!*
Here's the trailer again for those who missed it in the last post:
*This is just a joke, not an announcement of a Mega Man 10 album.
I bet you thought after two years of waiting, hard drive crashes, and missed deadlines that Back in Blue, a remix album of Mega Man 9, would never come out. Well think again, you pessimist! Not only is the album's release imminent, but we have a trailer to prove it.
The 18 track album features a little something for everybody covering rock, electronica, and a number of other genres by various artists. Oh, and did I mention I have a track on this one? You can hear a teeny tiny glimpse of it in the trailer (it's the second track featured: Strange World/Wily Stage 3).
We'll keep you updated when the album officially drops (for free download). If nothing else, be sure to watch the video below for all the robot master puns.
It's been a crazy few months, but the Grand Robot Master Remix Battle of 2011 we covered back in April has finally come to an end. What does this mean for the casual observer? How does 57 free Mega Man remixes from a wide variety of artists sound? For those not in the know, the GRMRB is a remix tournament open to artists of all skill levels. After choosing a robot master from the classic series, each person was placed in a one-on-one musical battle of epic proportions where they had to combine both their chosen theme and their opponent's. Each song was made in a single week followed by a week of public voting to determine who would move to the next tier of the bracket.
32 different musicians signed up for the task, but only 1 was left standing among the robo-carnage. Even I threw my hat into the ring, only to fall in round 3 to none other than the champion of the competition himself.
You can find download links for each round in the competition thread as well as higher quality files of my own entries here. To see the breakdown of the artists, robot masters and how everybody progressed, click on the icons below.
All in all, it was a blast to participate and I encourage anybody with the means to do so to give it a shot when it comes around again (probably next year). Until then, enjoy the results of everyone else's hard work!
Update: There is a now a zip file containing every song in all its retagged glory. Get it here.
It begins! OverClocked ReMix's second annual Robot Master Remix Battle is upon us. Just like last year, artists from around the internet will choose one robot master theme to rule them all and attempt to fight their way through fellow remixers for that number one spot. How does it work? After choosing a stage theme (classic series only!), participants will be pitted against each other in one-on-one remix battles each week. Each artist must create a remix that involves both the tune of their own robot master AND their opponent's. The following week, a public vote will be held (based on production, enjoyability, and how well the piece incorporates both themes) to determine the winner who will then get to move up the brackets and be one step closer to being the last man/woman standing.
You have about 2 weeks to sign up before the competition kicks off in mid May. Simply visit this thread and (after reading the rules) choose the top 5 themes you want to claim in order of preference. If more than one person chooses the same theme, they will randomly decide who gets it and move on to the loser's second choice. Remember, the theme you choose is the one you're stuck with for the entire competition!
It's sure to be a fun competition. Even I've signed up! Sign up now and maybe we'll meet on the remix battlefield in a couple weeks.
While we still have to wait until sometime next month for Ippo Yamada's new album, we can help pass the time by listening to some new classic series Mega Man remixes right now! Mega Man: The Robot Museum is a free, downloadable album from OverClocked ReMix artist, Joshua Morse. Unlike the majority of albums released on OCR, The Robot Museum is a one-man album with Morse's signature style of jazzy, disco funk present throughout each track.
The nine track album features a stage theme of one robot master from each numbered classic game up to Mega Man 8, with the ninth track as an arrangement of the CD Database song from Mega Man & Bass. You can download the album on the official site. Check out the trailer below to see a sample of what to expect.
It's hard to believe it has been a whole year since we last covered the Mega Man 9 remix project. Many had speculated that the project must be dead by this point. But project manager k-wix says otherwise:
Just wanted to let you know that the project has NOT been abandoned/forgotten. I said that I would see this through till the end and that's precisely what I plan to do!
Here's your update information - We're about 80% completed and awaiting tracks from just a few more mixers. The 'Mixer' section of the website has been updated! Our 'Tentative' release date is
March 1st 2011 That's right, it's coming. . .
Though it seems we might have to wait just a bit longer than even that. Another member of the OCR community, KyleJCrb, writes:
Just as a note: You probably won't be able to get this out as an official OCR release by March. There's about 4 projects in queue ahead of this one that are already done and essentially just waiting.
The Mega Man 9 remix project has definitely had a rocky road to completion, but it's looking like the light at the end of the tunnel is finally visible. Even if the album isn't available on March 1st, it's still comforting to know that it's now at 80% completion.
If you've forgotten how the album is sounding by this point (and considering how long it's been, I can hardly blame you), here are the teasers we've posted before:
Teaser #1 [audio:http://kwix.shackspace.com/mm9/mix/mm9teaser1.mp3]
Teaser #2 [audio:http://kwix.shackspace.com/mm9/mix/mm9teaser2.mp3]
If you want to share you support with the people involved, you can find the forum thread here. And to prevent you from scratching your head in confusion, yes the last song in teaser #2 is a bonus track from Mega Man ZX.
The Mega Man X Series album from the Overclocked ReMix community is nearing completion (just look at all the finished tracks!). As if the gigantic track list wasn't enough, it will also feature a bonus remix of Esperanto from Mega Man Zero 4 (one of my personal favorite tracks from the series). While there isn't much new to report on the album itself, the bonus track is available in it's entirety right now. You can stream it on YouTube or grab the mp3.
The artist (who goes by "melody") had this to say about the track:
With this arrangement i sought to singularize the multi-faceted gem that is esperanto. the original seems to take on the narrative voice of zero; his response to the oppression and genocide that run rampant in rockman zero's dystopian reality. he awakens from century-long stasis to mere traces of the world he fought to protect in the past, and the song speaks of his noble decision to ultimately press onward in the face of insurmountable odds. an old war hero against the backdrop of a crumbling world, one gets the sense that he truly understands the futility of war and there are overtones of finality as he resolves to make the ultimate sacrifice to propagate his ideals.
Don't let the YouTube time display fool you, the remix clocks in at around five minutes with the other three and a half filled with Zero 4's ending.
Warning: The video below does contain spoilers so if you've never played the games, you might want to go with the mp3 version.
In September, we posted a tantalizing preview of an upcoming Mega Man X series fan remix project. Since then, the hard working community at OverClocked ReMix has been slaving away to fill your ear holes with more Mega Man X Series remixes than you can shake a Z-Saber at. The album may not be finished just yet, but they have been nice enough to release a whopping 16 and a half minute preview. It includes a lot of new material as well as some other sections of songs heard in previous teasers.
A quick refresher: The final album is planned to have over 70 tracks, covering (to varying extents) the entire numbered X series (sorry, no Command Mission at the moment).
Warning: Due to the long nature of this teaser, it isn't as polished as the previous ones. There are currently volume inconsistencies between tracks. Also, there is some pretty severe popping from about 7:52 - 9:01 that will, of course, be fixed in the final mix. But don't let that stop you from enjoying the music!
Teaser #3: [audio:http://bahamutwc.com/Files/MRFinalPreview.mp3]
There's still no word on a release date for the full album, but considering that this is supposedly the "final" teaser, I imagine it's not far off. You can check out the project thread here.
Thanks to Fei-Long for sending this in!
Sure, we're still waiting on a few other fan remix projects to release, but that isn't stopping the folks at OverClocked ReMix from attempting to tackle a wide selection of tracks spanning the entire X series. No, they're not tackling every single song ever featured in an X game. There is, however, still a ton of tracks featured. 61 songs have been claimed and are at various stages of completion. Some tracks are even 100% done already.
Started back in January, the project already has two teasers available for your listening pleasure.
Teaser #1: [audio:http://bahamutwc.com/Files/MRPreview.mp3]
Teaser #2: [audio:http://bahamutwc.com/Files/MRPreview2.mp3]
They're currently asking that artists present their final tracks on October 9th. Hopefully we'll know more about a release date then. You can find the project thread here.
It's been quite some time since we last covered OverClocked ReMix's Mega Man 9 Remix Project, but I'm happy to say that this time the news is good. Despite his earlier reported hard drive crash, Sixto Sounds is back on board to bring his rocking guitar stylings to Plug Electric and Flash in the Dark. I apologize in advance for your socks because, when the time comes, he will rock them clean off.
With the addition of a new artist named Ralph Vickers, the missing tracks are filling out and we'll supposedly have a new release date to look forward to very soon. The project has also finally been given a name. The album will be called "Back in Blue".
UPDATE: Because of the bandwidth issues ilp0 was having from so many people trying to download the album, we've hosted it in our music archive (with permission). It can be found in its entirety here. Well, here's a pleasant little surprise. While I was checking out the updates for OverClocked ReMix's 10th anniversary, I made an interesting discovery. One of the ten remixes posted in honor of the occasion was none other than a Cut Man remix by OCR veteran, ilp0, entitled "Cutman's Lullaby".
While a lone remix from a Mega Man game isn't exactly news, what was far more interesting is what I found next. As it turns out, "Cutman's Lullaby" is actually part of a bigger project: an arrange album of the entire soundtrack to the first Mega Man game.
The album is finished and available for free download right now. The arrangements, while not particularly high energy for the most part, are pretty unique. ilp0's work is very polished and some of the tracks even flow into each other. The style of it actually has a bit of an Alph Lyla (or one of its many other spellings) vibe to it.
So what are you waiting for? Head on over to the album's site and grab it!