Thursday, October 18, 2012

OCR in the Car

Amid all the chaos, music can be one of the great calms in my mind. And the time I get to listen to it most is in the car. Which is probably why I love driving so much. My husband hates driving, because it tends to bring out the worst in people. Perfectly nice neighbors sometimes turn into road-raging warmongers. But as long as I can blast my music, I'm okay with that.

When I'm in the car, I've discovered that I kinda need heavy beats and a strong melody. Things like progressive trance would really appeal to that beat, but it's classically-oriented songs that hold the strongest melodies. So where to get the best of both worlds? OverClocked ReMix

I've always loved video game music, but good ol' NES stuff was really limited on presentation. In fact, it's only been the last few years where real orchestras have taken the place of synth ones. So it should come as no surprise that people want to represent their favorite games through upgraded sound. And that's where OCR comes in. I needed a new mix CD when I started taking my husband to work every day, and searched OCR for the best. Remember, heavy beats, strong melody.

Coming in at #3 is a remix from Banjo-Kazooie. Heavily influenced by Mario64 but with its own silly twists, Banjo-Kazooie took a bear and a bird on a journey to save a girl from an evil witch. And the area Mad Monster Mansion seems highly appropriate for Halloween.

#2 is from one of my newer favorites, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney. The series takes the gamer on a set of turnabout murder cases, with a few supernatural elements. This song comes in as Phoenix puts pressure on lying witnesses...

And #1 must come from the greatest game series of all time, The Legend of Zelda. Link's Awakening is an odd duck in the family (similar to Majora's Mask) where Link is whisked off to a foreign land and must gather all of the magical instruments, which together create this song, the Ballad of the Wind Fish.

Does this style of music appeal to you? What do you like to listen to while driving?