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oc remix what the heck is that

OverClocked ReMix (www.ocremix.org) is an online community dedicated to the appreciation and reinterpretation of video game music. Founded in late 1999 by David “djpretzel” Lloyd, the site’s mission statement explains how its members seek to prove that such music "is not disposable or merely just background, but is as intricate, innovative, and lasting as any other form.” With over 450 talented remixers and 1500 songs, the community is ever growing!

OC ReMix? What the Heck is That?!
how does it work exactly
How Does It Work, Exactly?

Submitted remixes are pre-screened by djpretzel, and often uploaded to a judges panel (currently eight site representatives) for further evaluation.

With every new track that makes it to the site, DJP posts a special writeup describing the mix, sometimes quoting the remixer and/or judges expressing their thoughts on the piece.

ZOMGhigh standards! Arrangement and production are equally important to pass.

something for everyone
Something for Everyone!

OC ReMixes can be based on music from any computer, console, portable, or arcade game, so long as the original composers are given credit where due. Naturally some games have more representation than other lesser-knowns, but we have some pretty obscure stuff!

Genre indiscriminate: you name it, OCR has it.

OKAY, LET’S HEAR SOME EXAMPLES!!!

street fighter 2 the ken song
Street Fighter 2 ‘The Ken Song’

ReMixer: jdproject

Genre: Rock

System: Arcade

Original Composers: Alfh Lyra and Yoko Shimomura

earthbound da black market
Earthbound ‘Da Black Market’

ReMixers: D-Lux, Flik, Joe Cam, and Mythril Nazgul

Genre: Rap

System: SNES

Original Composers: Hirokazu “Hip” Tanaka and Keiichi Suzuki

metal gear solid 2 metal gear may cry
Metal Gear Solid 2 ‘Metal Gear May Cry’

ReMixer: Jared Hudson

Genre: Orchestral

System: PlayStation 2

Original Composers: Harry Gregson-Williams, Norihiko Hibino, Rika Muranaka, and Tappy Iwase

secret of mana dragon song
Secret of Mana ‘Dragon Song’

ReMixer: Harmony

Genre: Acoustic/Easy Listening

System: SNES

Original Composer: Hiroki Kikuta

sonic the hedgehog love hurts
Sonic the Hedgehog ‘Love Hurts’

ReMixer: djpretzel

Genre: Funk

System: Sega Genesis

Original Composer: Masato Nakamura

zelda oracle of ages nayru s love
Zelda: Oracle of Ages ‘Nayru’s Love’

ReMixer: Dhsu

Genre: Piano

System: Gameboy Color

Original Composers: Pure Sound Inc.

bomberman bomberfuzz
Bomberman ‘Bomberfuzz’

ReMixer: Fuzz

Genre: Electronic

System: NES

Original Composer: Jun Chiki Chikuma

chrono trigger electric clouds
Chrono Trigger ‘Electric Clouds’

ReMixer: po!

Genre: R&B

System: SNES

Original Composers: Noriko Matsueda, Yasunori Mitsuda, and Nobuo Uematsu

super mario bros 2 superbuckjazz
Super Mario Bros. 2 ‘SuperBuckJazz’

ReMixers: Estradasphere

Genre: Jazz

System: NES

Original Composer: Koji Kondo

sonic knuckles lover reef
Sonic & Knuckles ‘Lover Reef’

ReMixers: D-Lux, Geoffrey Taucer, pixietricks, Shonen Samurai, zircon

Genre: Pop

System: Sega Genesis

Original Composer: Howard Drossin

community focused xd
Community Focused! XD

Anyone registered to the site is free to post their own remix reviews!

Several forums exist for the purposes of general discussion, technical assistance, remixing tips, works in progress, and site projects.

The result is a dynamic community of musicians and fans alike, who often enjoy organizing online gaming tournaments, friendly remixing competitions, and real life meetups!

don t believe us
Don’t Believe Us?

Meetups have been held all across America: so far New York, Washington DC, Texas, Maryland, Utah, Oklahoma, California, Arizona, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and North Dakota.

There have even been international meetups held in Canada, Australia, and the UK!

AND WE HAVE THE PICS TO PROVE IT!!!

site remix projects
Site ReMix Projects

OC ReMix receives a lot of attention particularly when a new site-wide ReMix project has been released.

Games that have garnered full remix albums thus far: Super Metroid, Donkey Kong Country, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Kirby’s Adventure, Doom, Chrono Trigger, Street Fighter 2, Sonic 3 & Knuckles, Tales of Phantasia/Symphonia, and Final Fantasy 7!

All this music can be found on individual ocremix.org subdomains that djpretzel has hosted!

vgdj the official oc remix podcast
VGDJ: The Official OC ReMix Podcast
  • VGDJ made its debut on May 22nd, 2005 and is now the #1 music/radio podcast on PodcastAlley.com!
  • Hosted by reps zircon and

pixietricks (wave hi, guys!),

the show compliments OCR

in seeking to raise awareness

and appreciation of video game music and remixing.

  • Check out our 50-plus episodes at www.vgdj.net!
oc remix in the press
OC ReMix in the Press

OCR has been plugged at EGM, 1UP.com, Penny Arcade, MP3.com, Game Music Radio, Salon.com, PC Gamer, VideoGamesLive.com, Gamers With Jobs, and even Tommy Tallarico’s personal website.

Several interviews with djpretzel, the VGDJ crew, and other talented remixers have also been published!

EVEN SOME GAME COMPOSERS HAVE SUBMITTED REMIXES TO THE SITE (namely Jeremy Soule and The Fat Man)!

other sites inspired by ocr
Other Sites Inspired by OCR

Anime Remix (www.animeremix.org) is a website dedicated to the appreciation and reinterpretation of anime and cartoon soundtracks.

OverLooked ReMiX (www.olremix.org) spawned as a parody site of OCR- a place where musicians can submit “joke” remixes for others to enjoy.

Remix: ThaSauce (www.remix.thasauce.net) was founded as an alternative to the somewhat higher standards of OverClocked ReMix, and features many of the same musicians.

that s a wrap
That’s a Wrap!

Soooooooooooooo…who’s up for some trivia and prizes?! How 'bout a few live performances of VG music?

(P.S. WWW.OCREMIX.ORG)

This PowerPoint presentation was brought to you by your friendly neighborhood game music nerds: djpretzel, Geoffrey Taucer, Liontamer,

pixietricks, and zircon!