Sonic 1, GarageBand, and More
This past Friday, we spotlighted NicoCW and his breadth of Sonic remixes. We later interviewed him about the origins of his work and his own creative process; we now present that interview in full.
TSSZ: When did you start creating Sonic remixes, and what inspired you to do so?
NicoCW: I uploaded the classic remixes of every Sonic 1 stage one night in May 2012. I was just listening to Sonic Generations‘ soundtrack and I liked how the classic remixes for the Genesis stages were the originals with enhanced drumbeats and instruments. Since I had some experience with GarageBand by making music for a game my friend and I have been working on, I thought I’d give the Sonic 1 soundtrack that treatment. I was going to stop there, but I liked how they came out, and I kept on going with more Genesis songs, then expanded to others. Originally, my channel consisted of me uploading pointless videos like a picture of a green cup with with epic music in the background (I still kind of do stuff like that, honestly), so I really didn’t expect to still being doing this four months later.
TSSZ: I personally loved your Modern remix of 8-bit Green Hill. Can you describe the creative process you underwent to create that remix?
NicoCW: I was just aiming for a remastered version of the song. I tried to match those synthy trumpet things used in the official Modern Green Hill, but I couldn’t get it right, so I just settled for regular trumpets. Unfortunately, GarageBand can’t do guitar riffs to save its life (either that, or I just don’t know how to), so I took them from the intro of the 2011 re-release of Sonic CD, as I mentioned in the description. So it’s kind of cheating, but then again, 99% of my remixes overlay the original tracks.
TSSZ: What programs and tools you use to create your remixes?
NicoCW: GarageBand for adding the instruments and beats, and Audacity for slightly changing the tempo of the original songs so they sync up. I’m getting a new PC at the end of this year, so I’m gonna see how using FL Studio works once I do.
TSSZ: Is there any one remix you’re particularly proud of? If so, why?
NicoCW: Marble Zone Modern. I feel like it’s the most authentic remix and the instruments mesh well together. I tried to make it sound a bit like Flame Core, but I got this result instead, although a lot of people think I nailed the Flame Core feel perfectly.
TSSZ: Do you have any interesting upcoming work you want our readers to know about?
NicoCW: Not really, I kind of just make remixes when I feel like it and upload them when I’m done. I have been working on a Modern remix for Spring Yard Zone, but I can’t seem to get it right, so I’ve been putting it off a bit. I did start making classic-styled remixes for other games, so I’m planning to do a lot of Pokémon songs since it’s my number one favorite franchise.
TSSZ: What was the first Sonic game you ever played, and which one is currently your favorite?
NicoCW: Sonic 1 back on the Genesis. It was also the first game I ever played, and I was only about two years old when I first played it. My current favorite is Sonic 3 & Knuckles because I feel like it’s momentum-based platforming at its finest. Plus three different characters, over ten full levels, and an amazing soundtrack make me come back to it over and over again. Since some crazy Sonic fans are gonna send me death threats for considering Sonic 3 & Knuckles one game on its own, then my second favorite would be a tie between Sonic Colors (Wii) and Sonic Adventure 2: Sonic Colors for its fun gameplay and funny dialogue, and Sonic Adventure 2 for its replay value. So many memories of twelve year-old me feeding little animals to Mr. Poop, the shiny green dark flying Chao, to go kick some butt in karate. Sonic 2, Sonic CD and Sonic Advance are honorable mentions.