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?!
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.
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!!!
Original Composers: Alfh Lyra and Yoko Shimomura
ReMixers: D-Lux, Flik, Joe Cam, and Mythril Nazgul
Original Composers: Hirokazu “Hip” Tanaka and Keiichi Suzuki
ReMixer: Jared Hudson
System: PlayStation 2
Original Composers: Harry Gregson-Williams, Norihiko Hibino, Rika Muranaka, and Tappy Iwase
Genre: Acoustic/Easy Listening
Original Composer: Hiroki Kikuta
System: Sega Genesis
Original Composer: Masato Nakamura
System: Gameboy Color
Original Composers: Pure Sound Inc.
Original Composer: Jun Chiki Chikuma
Original Composers: Noriko Matsueda, Yasunori Mitsuda, and Nobuo Uematsu
Original Composer: Koji Kondo
ReMixers: D-Lux, Geoffrey Taucer, pixietricks, Shonen Samurai, zircon
System: Sega Genesis
Original Composer: Howard Drossin
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!
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!!!
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!
pixietricks (wave hi, guys!),
the show compliments OCR
in seeking to raise awareness
and appreciation of video game music and remixing.
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)!
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.
Soooooooooooooo…who’s up for some trivia and prizes?! How 'bout a few live performances of VG music?
This PowerPoint presentation was brought to you by your friendly neighborhood game music nerds: djpretzel, Geoffrey Taucer, Liontamer,
pixietricks, and zircon!