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Many of us love video games, but how many of us actually care about the music that plays while we interact in virtual worlds? I know that I do. In fact, I purchase quite a few video game soundtracks. In my collection are the likes of Civilization IV, Red Dead Redemption, Dark Souls, Mass Effect (both 1 and 2), and orchestral and techno versions of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. In my time as a denizen of the world wide web, I have come across numerous sites dedicated to video game music. Some of my favorite Youtube videos are of people doing their personal renditions of video game music. However, there is one spot on the web that has really changed the way that I view video game music and shown that, while I may love video game music, there are others out there who put my love to shame. That website is known as ocremix.org.
OverClocked ReMix is a collection of both talented musicians and beginners who love video game music and create their own versions of both classic and recent video game music. A quick glance at the most recent songs uploaded reveals diverse game music from Zelda II: The Adventure of Link, God of War, and Chrono Trigger, as well as less well known games like Secret of Evermore, Dynamite Headdy, and SaGa Frontier 2. Now let me tell you, these guys (and gals) are GOOD. Seriously.
What does OverClocked ReMix say about itself? To quote its ‘About Us’ section:
“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.”
To say that OverClocked is simply a collection of fans is a gross misinterpretation of what the organization is about. It is much more accurate to say that it is a collection of artists who love games and video game music. They don’t simply remake classic tunes. They reinterpret music in their own unique style and make them at times incredibly different. Often the remixes might be in entirely different genres from what you would expect, like Super Mario jazz, or Street Fighter instrumental pieces.
One of the best parts is that often times these unique arrangements are completely free to (legally) download. The rare songs or albums that aren’t free are quite often worth the price asked for them. Through OverClocked ReMix I learned about great bands like The Megas, a Mega Man tribute band that make awesome songs based on the classic tunes from Mega Man stages.
Before I stumbled onto OverClocked I knew that I liked video game music, but I didn’t really know why. Seeing the user dedication on the site taught me that when I was humming classic or recent tunes to myself and imagining my own version of the Metal Gear Solid theme I wasn’t alone. Many other people do the same things, but a select few take it a step further and make those head-songs into ear-candy (wow, that was a weird sentence…). Video game music is not just a hokey jingle that you hear in a commercial. It is as much art as a soundtrack in a film or a song played by Mumford and Sons.
If you head on over to the OverClocked ReMix site you can look through their collections of music by game or artist and find almost any game that you are looking for. If you go into the forums you can chat with musicians and composers. Some of these artists even become professionals in their time with the site. After hearing the work that various artists put into the Street Fighter II tribute album Blood on the Asphalt, Capcom USA hired them to do the soundtrack of Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD. Other composers or musicians who got their start on OC ReMix include Danny Baranowsky (of Super Meat Boy fame), Jillian "pixietricks" Aversa (who worked on Civilization IV: Beyond the Sword), and Jimmy "Big Giant Circles" Hinson (who helped create Mass Effect 2'ssoundscape), just to name a few.
This site is seriously awesome and great. You should check it out if you like video games, music, or any combination of both.