Gamer Remix Review #11: McVaffe - Castlevania Adventure [CV2K] and Nullsleep - Depeche Mode GameBoy remixes

February 10, 2004 By Glenn Turner

I'm a big fan of video games. I'm also a huge music fan, especially of the electronic variety. Merging the two is one of life's more delicious inventions, like peanut butter & jelly or computers and a musty basement. Unfortunately, it appears that all too many people have not been exposed to this niche genre of music so in order to illuminate and thwart our current update policy, every Tuesday I'll take a short look at one of many fine video game remixes.

Note: Normally I don't like reviewing multiple tracks by the same artist like I've done with McVaffe's Tetris mix previously, but I really wanted to pimp this track this week. As my penance, I'm taking a look at two tracks this week - the McVaffe remix and Nullsleep's Depeche Mode GameBoy remixes.

McVaffe - Castlevania Adventure [CV2K]

Oh, Castlevania Adventures - the game that would practically push me to chuck my GameBoy (the large, clunky original one) at a wall, how I loathe your auto-scrolling Level three. Words cannot express the shear hatred I have for that level. However, the music in the game is actually quite good and carried not only memorable tunes, but all sorts of creepy minor undertones. In this remix, McVaffe not only retains the tone and elegance of the original, but improves upon it and even kicks in some top notch beats as well. In fact, it's the latter that impresses me the most - with it the remix becomes a creepy crawly, slinky sexy song. The composition is left almost completely intact - the main theme hasn't been altered at all (in tone or otherwise) even the background swooshes remain, but he piles on the layers, orchestral elements, bells and not a single one feels out of place in the least. The result is a song that, like all the best remixes, kick up the nostalgia while piquing your ear with something new.

  • Download McVaffe's Castlevania Adventure CV2K OC Remix
  • Nullsleep - Depeche Mode GameBoy minimix and megamix

    Nullsleep does a variety of different kinds of remixes, including the more traditional gaming remixes (or well, recompositions) but also has a fine selection of non-gaming compositions manufactured from video game aural elements. For example, his Depeche Mode minimix and megamix - remixes versions of your favorite Depeche Mode tracks, such as Enjoy the Silence and Everything Counts) mixed into one easy to swallow remix (clocking in at five minutes, 20 seconds for the minimix) to epic (the megamix'es 14 and a half minutes). Now here's the catch - they're both done with GameBoy sound technology. The end result is fantastic and perhaps even catchier than the originals based on the sheer tone alone. Now, while Nullsleep isn't the first (and certainly won't be the last) to use pure gaming sounds for entire compositions, he has provided perhaps one of the best ways to introduce friends, family & loved ones to this fine genre. So download 'em and enjoy and spread the goodness!

  • Download Nullsleep's Depeche Mode GameBoy remixes
  • Want more video game remixes? Visit these fine sites:

  • VGMix.com Forum - What used to be a staple remix site is now mostly a message board (well, they say the site is coming back). There are some good works in progress to be found here though.
  • Remix.kwed.org - Reinterpretations of classic Commodore 64 tunes. Outstanding quality mixes.
  • Overclocked Remix - Remixes for most every system.
  • Remix64 - Comprehensive coverage of the c64 remix scene.
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