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OverClocked ReMix

OverClocked ReMix , Also Known As OC ReMix and OCR , is a non-commercial organization dedicated to preserving and paying tribute to video game music through arranging and re-interpreting the songs, both, with new technology and software and by various traditional means clustering. The primary focus of OC ReMix is ​​its website, ocremix.org , which freely hosts over 3,000 curated fan-made video game music arrangements , information on game music and composers, and resources for aspiring artists. In addition to the individual works, called “ReMixes”, the site hosts over 70 albums of music, including both albums of arrangements on a particular video game, series, or theme, and albums of original compositions for video games. The OC ReMix community created the Super Street Fighter II HD Turbo Remix soundtrack for Capcom in 2008, and began publishing commercially licensed albums in 2013.

The founder of OverClocked ReMix and Its Parent company OverClocked ReMix, LLC is David W. Lloyd (aka djpretzel) Who coined the word “ReMix” to Refer to distinctive and interpretive arrangements, as Opposed to a remix qui Typically Involves less transformative alterations to the original works. Originally, the site has been curated by the United States, but since 2002 submissions are judged by a panel of community members for quality and originality. The site has been positively received by both critics and video game industry professionals, and several video game composers have submitted their own ReMixes. Multiple OC ReMix contributors have gone on to have professional video game composition careers.


OverClocked ReMix Was founded by David W. Lloyd, using the screen name djpretzel, as a video game music website hosting on December 11, 1999. Lloyd, Who HAD just created an arrangement of the title theme from Phantasy Star III: Generations of Doom titled “Legacy”, created the “DJ Pretzel’s OverClocked ReMix” database and remixes of his. [2] The name was taken from OverClocked , a webcomic about playing and emulating video games Lloyd Was it working. [2] [3]“ReMix” was a term invented to distinguish interpretive arrangements from a remix which typically involves less transformative alterations to master recordings. [4] [5] Over the next few months, Lloyd began adding arrangements from other artists. [2]

At the time, it was a mixing scene that focused only on the subject of music, with an electronica emphasis, but I love arranging, and I wanted to take care of it. From the very beginning, the topic has been promoted from all platforms, arranged in as many musical genres as possible. That’s what made us different – that was the ‘big idea.’

– David W. Lloyd (djpretzel), 3D World [6]

The website’s format was derived from Commodore 64 arrangement website C64Audio.com, then a host for many fan arrangements; [7] Lloyd thing to have OverClocked ReMix expand the focus to all games regardless of game system. [8] [6]Originally coded in HTML and sporting an orange color scheme, and located at remix.overclocked.org, a subdomain of Lloyd’s webcomic, the site underwent several visual redesigns before moving to www.ocremix.org in July 2003 and its present design in 2004. [9] [10] [11]Initially the site was hosted by ZTNet and run directly by Lloyd; in 2006, it became self-sufficient and moved to dedicated hosting, and, in 2007, Lloyd registered OverClocked ReMix as a limited liability company . [9]

At its founding, music submissions for the site have been evaluated for inclusion by Lloyd, which requires an original interpretation of the music, rather than minimally changing the original track. [3] [12] In early 2002, however, to better accommodate the volume of music submissions and improvements, Lloyd instituted a panel of judges, composed of accomplished artists and contributors to the community, he still provides an initial evaluation of a minimum quality bar. [3] [9]Judge Larry Oji (aka Liontamer) became head of the evaluator for the organization in June 2006, taking over the majority of Lloyd’s evaluation work and freeing him to focus on the site itself. [12]

Main features

OverClocked ReMix’s primary focus is hosting and distributing video game music arrangements. The site hosts more than 3,000 “ReMixes” from a variety of genres , submitted by more than 900 “ReMixers”. [13] remixes are available for individual download and bundled through BitTorrent distributions, [3] and are searchable through a database of games, composers, companies, systems, and remixers. [12] ReMixes are released under a non-commercial, attribution-requiring content policy. [14]

ReMixes are added to the site after being submitted by their creators and passed by a panel of judges based on standards and guidelines encouraging creativity and high production quality. [12] Since the site’s founding, more than 150 works have been removed after being admitted to the site. [15] To meet the inclusion standards, which is more important than a ” MIDI rip”, a term used for a document that takes into account the translation of the source material and makes only minor changes to it. Other barriers to inclusion include stolen or unoriginal recordings, cover versionsthat changes the performance of the music itself, which is one of the following: [4] [15] The site also maintains a database of the skills of its community to encourage artist collaboration. [16] Lloyd and other staff also conduct interviews with prolific ReMixers, video game music composers, and celebrities about video game music creation. [17]


In addition to the individual ReMixes, OC ReMix also hosts albums of arrangements and original music. These albums are typically created as collaborations among groups of ReMixers; OC ReMix has released over 70 albums. The majority of these albums of arrangements, though it also hosts and distributes original soundtrack albums for indie games . These albums are released for free, and are created by members of the ReMix community. Titles include the iOS game Trenches , the Xbox Live Arcade game Return All Robots! , and Missile Master, Episode 1: Invasion . [18]

In 2008, the musicians of OverClocked ReMix were chosen to handle the Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix soundtrack after Capcom USA associate producer Rey Jimenez heard the site’s 2006 Super Street Fighter II tribute album Turbo Blood on the Asphalt . Entitled OC ReMix: Super Street Fighter II HD Turbo Remix Official Soundtrack , the complete 66-track album was released at OverClocked ReMix. [19] The album includes new arrangements, edited versions of Blood on the Asphalt tracks, and other prior remixes from the site. The remixers arranged the music based on the knowledge of the Street Fighter IIseries alone, as the music for the game was completed before the visuals and gameplay. [20] OC ReMix founder David “djpretzel” Lloyd directed the soundtrack and served the organization’s contact with Capcom “to ensure that working with a large fan is as close as possible to Capcom to working with a single composer”. [20] [21] Jimenez praised HD Remix’s music as “above and beyond our expectations” and OC ReMix’s efforts as “one of the most rewarding aspects of working on SF HD Remix “. [22]Capcom’s then-Vice-President of Strategic Planning and Business Development, Christian Svensson, described the soundtrack as “impactful” and claimed in an interview that the demos of the game have been praised before any other aspect. [20] In its review of HD Remix , IGN commends OC ReMix’s work as “a great tribute to the original soundtrack”. [23] Other entities with favorable reviews of the soundtrack include Eurogamer , [24] GameSpot , [25] Official Xbox Magazine , [26] and GamesRadar , [27] as well as long-time game deal”The Fat Man” George Sanger , who referred to the Capcom-OC ReMix collaboration as “Game Audio 2.0”. [28]

Incomplete albums, the site partnered with Capcom in 2013 to release OC ReMix’s first commercial album, For Everlasting Peace: 25 Years of Mega Man , featuring licensed arrangements from various Mega Man soundtracks. [29]In 2014, OverClocked ReMix expanded its publishing wing into an associated record label, OverClocked Records, through which it sells licensed songs and albums. [30] In July 2015, the label published its first official license remix, an arrangement of ” Song of the Ancients ” from Nier for streaming or purchase. [31] [32]


According to Lloyd, OC ReMix has grown steadily over the years, in terms of both visitors and visitors. Influxes of new visitors happened whenever will a piece about the Site Was published on a news website Such As Slashdot and Electronic Gaming Monthly . [4] The website has-been covered by Sites Such As Electronic Gaming Monthly , [33] G4techTV , [34] [35] PC Gamer magazine, [36] 1UP.com, [7] [3] Game Informer , [37] Ars Technica , [20] Minnesota Public Radio , [12] Hyper magazine,[13] and others. OC ReMix does not advertise or market itself, but OverClocked ReMix makes appearances at fan conventions ; its first was Otakon 2006 in Baltimore, Maryland . [38] In April 2008, Lloyd and Oji joined Six Apart ‘s Anil Dash , MetaFilter ‘s Matt Haughey , Reddit ‘s Alexis Ohanian and FARK.com’s Drew Curtis for a panel debate is virtual communities at Internet meme agreement ROFLCon co -sponsored by Harvard University and theMassachusetts Institute of Technology . [39] Beginning in 2008, OC ReMix promotional CDs, Tommy Tallarico ; Tommy Tallarico ; Video Games Live at the invitation of composer and series ; ReMixes were played in the concert hall before the June 29 and June 30, 2007 Kennedy Center performances in Washington, DC [40]

According to a 2005 interview, the organization has never received negative feedback from a game composer or game publisher, and Lloyd stated, “Like all communities living on fan, we’re out, first and foremost, to honor that which we love, and I think the concept and goals have been well received all around. ” [4] Several professional video game composers have positively commented about OC ReMix, such as Tommy Tallarico , Jeremy Soule , George “The Fat Man” Sanger , Hiroki Kikuta , Alexander Brandon , Barry Leitch , Nicholas Varley, and David Wise . [4] [41]OverClocked ReMix has also been praised for its work by non-composing industry figures Doom lead designer John Romero and Contra 4 associate producer Tomm Hulett, who said he hoped for the game’s music, scored by Jake “virt” Kaufman , would be arranged for OC ReMix in the future. [41] [42]

I just wanted to know you’re doing what you’re doing with game music. [I completed this] in your honor and Nobuo Uematsu’s.

– Jeremy Soule to David W. Lloyd (djpretzel), upon submitting Final Fantasy VI “Squaresoft Variation” to OverClocked ReMix [43]

In addition to praising OC ReMix and the works on it, some professional game composers have submitted their own ReMixes to the site. The first was in late 2002 by George Sanger, “Fat Dance”, remixing his own composition from The 7th Guest . [44] In early 2004, this was followed by a second ReMix of its kind, “Squaresoft Variation” ( Final Fantasy VI ) by Jeremy Soule, who was responsible for OC ReMix founder David W. Lloyd and Final Fantasy series composer Nobuo Uematsu . [43]In 2005, Dave Govett, Joe McDermott and K. Weston Phelan, entitled “Wing Theme Surf” ( Wing Commander ). [44] Composing Tommy Tallarico released Earthworm Jim Anthology , an album of music from the Earthworm Jim series, in 2006, which includes tracks originated by OC ReMix by other arrangers. [45] In October 2009, compose Alexander Brandon and ReMixer Jimmy “Big Giant Circles” Hinson collaborated to arrange a track Brandon composed for the game Deus Ex , which was expanded in 2013 into an eight-track album collaboration between OC ReMix and Brandon. [46][47] In March 2010, OC ReMix released its Donkey Kong Country 2 ReMix album, Serious Monkey Business , featuring a closing track performed by the game’s original composer, David Wise, alongside Grant Kirkhope and Robin Beanland , three composers with Rare ‘ s Donkey Kong Country / Land deductible . [48]

Several amateur OC ReMix submitters and community members. These include Dain “Beatdrop” Olsen ( Dance Dance Revolution SuperNOVA 2 ), [49] Jillian “pixietricks” Aversa ( Civilization IV: Beyond the Sword ), [50] Andrew “zircon” Aversa ( Monkey Island 2 Special Edition: LeChuck’s Revenge ) , [2] Christopher “Mazedude” Getman ( The 7th Guest: Infection ), [2] Jimmy “Big Giant Circles” Hinson ( Mass Effect 2 ), [2] Jake “virt” Kaufman ( Shovel Knight ),Danny Baranowsky ( Super Meat Boy ). [51] [52]


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