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Last Ninja Musicology reviewed by LaLa

Fastloaders Ninja Musicology

Massive respects to the FastLoaders!

 

Remixing tunes from The Last Ninja is a tricky business - seemingly everybody remembers them differently. Remixing them in a hard rock style is even trickier - mostly because music from the Last Ninja series has been remixed over and over so many times on RKO already (well over 200 remixes and counting). Yet, the FastLoaders, a group of Last Ninja enthusiasts / rock-band from Norway have managed to do it better than most by treating the tunes with utmost care and respect, with faithful arrangements, and with impeccable mixing.


Naughtyboy New C64 Sid Album By 8 Bit Weapon
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Our new chipmusic concept album is a collection of ambient music crafted to help facilitate relaxation. Over 1 hour of mind defragmenting tones for you to enjoy! Each sound is hand crafted from the Commodore 64 personal computer's SID sound chip. Portions of the album were co-written by a computer as many of the notes were set to be selected by the CPU at random! All tones have been digitally processed for maximum smoothness and optimum ambiance. Relax and Enjoy!

See what some original SID Composer legends have to say about the album:

It's beautiful... it's a work of art... genius. - Martin Galway

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Very nice and soothing lengthy 8-bit soundscapes... nice for digital meditation! Nice work ! - Jeroen Tel

So ambient my hips fell off - Ben Daglish

 

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Listening Recommendation
6

 Supernova (the slow tune)

Arranged by Thomas Detert

"Thomas Detert", is that an alias for Vangelis? Are you sure you're not related, because this tune has most of his newest characteristics in terms of sound and songwriting:

Full, brilliant timbres, wandering, sweeaping brass "leads", steady and somewhat staccato rhythms, and huge sounding choirs. Massive timpany and (orchestral?) bass-drum made a huge statement - again, just as Vangelis.

This is a must download for everyone who likes to fall asleep listening to Vangelis, such as myself :-)

I really enjoy the piano part, and I like the soft yet brilliant brass section that pans around, but not so much when the same part seem to switch stereo position for each note; it gives the impression that it could be two different instruments. The snare playing in a somewhat shuffle beat was a nice touch.

The only really bad thing I could say is that by uploading the tune here, it may *really* discourage some others (like myself, LOL) to uploading their work, since we have no way of getting the same kind of quality :-D

Rating: Beyond anything I have ever heard here before in this category, although I must admit I have never heard it as SID, and don't have that particular part on my system. Looking for it now though.

Review by beathoven


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5

 Great Giana Rastas

Arranged by Makke

Sometimes a tune is covered so strangely that it becomes a work of art in itself. Makke's Great Giana Rastas is one of them. While obviously based on the Great Giana sisters theme, it's really a song about Giana, with Makke singing the lyrics, and a very persuasive reggae beat. Giving this marks would not be the right thing to do: it's a coherent original track in its own right, which is well worth a download. What I will do is (a) say that I'm not 100% keen on those lyrics, and (b) say that overall I'd give it an 7 for entertainment value. I'm not sure I'd listen to it regularly, but creative jumps like this make for a much more interesting C64 scene, and long may it continue.

Review by Chris Abbott


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 Nemesis the Warlock

Arranged by Xenobioz

Several problems here: the arrangement tries to be orchestral, but the individual instruments are not played the way a real orchestra would (the strings are especially cringe-worthy). The arrangement is rather thin to begin with and relies too much on timpani to drive it. The female vocal is a nice touch, although it, too, sounds bad when it's pitched too low or too high. There is also little dynamics in the arrangement which makes the entire tune sound flat.

Review by LaLa


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Reyn Ouwehand - The Blithe, the Blend, the Bizarre

The Blithe, the Blend and the Bizarre

by Reyn Ouwehand

Reyn Ouwehand once again sets new standards in C64 live performance. This CD concentrates on those small or overlooked tunes that once filled our hearts with joy, and produces the definitive versions of them. Once you've heard his rendition: your brain will always think of the tunes that way. Performed live by Reyn and previewed extensively on Boz's Bit o' Bollocks Slay Radio show, this CD is further enhanced by Gilliam-esque artwork from the multi-talented Reyn and that Wizball and Sanxion-meister himself, Mark Hennessy-Barrett. This CD will leave you with a big soppy grin on your face. Guaranteed!* * Not a guarantee, but it's very likely.

Check it out...

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Sanxion
MRT
2
Golden Axe
MRT
3
Watch my balls in action [The Real Take]
Vincenzo
4
R-Type Theme
Instant Remedy
5
Falcon Patrol II
Mano
6
Deflektor
ziona
7
Flight Path 737 (Lost)
Dr Future
8
Cyberworld remix
Teo
9
Aztec Challenge (Aztec Funeral mix)
Sidicium
10
International Karate (80s Edit) [FIXED]
Hanz Meyzer

1
Turrican 2 - The wall [EXON Version]
EXON
2
Turrican 2 - The Desert Rocks [EXON Remake]
EXON

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Asian Legends
Reyn Ouwehand
2
Deflektor
Reyn Ouwehand
3
Dominator
Tonka
4
Only You
Monotron
5
Shades
Thomas Detert
6
Flimbo's Quest
Reyn Ouwehand
7
I am a Database
Makke
8
Glider Rider
Makke
9
Galway Is God 2000
Jogeir Liljedahl
10
Wizball High Score
Tonka

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