Welcome to another edition of Fridays in the Key of Geek. This week we’re bringing you another full soundtrack, but this time it’s remixes of classic gaming music to pleasure your ears. The guys at OverClocked Remix put an project together based on Sonic the Hedgehog called The Sound of Speed. If you’re not familiar with OC Remix, they’re a community of video game music fans who specialize in remixing that music with amazing results. A large focus of OC Remix has been on the 8 and 16-bit eras of game music, but many more modern gaming songs have found their way into fan-made arrangements. Some gamers may be familiar with OverClocked Remix and not know it; they worked with Capcom to create the Super Street Fighter II HD Remix Official Soundtrack, which was the first major video game with an entirely fan-made soundtrack. OC Remix is also a wellspring of information on the original game music and the composers who made it possible.
The Sonic the Hedgehog soundtrack they’ve made here is mostly up tempo, with songs like the title track The Sound of Speed blazing a path. A few surprises are scattered throughout the album though, in the form of more laid-back tracks like Fifty Rings to Ride or the orchestral samba of Caos. They have the full album up for download here, along with information about the project, the artists on it, and the source tracks they used to create their remixes. The transformation of the classic tracks into what the artists have created is fascinating. Here’s a few preview tracks below that I hope whet your appetite for more.
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[audio:http://www.mediafire.com/file/dvgkmd9hmgqnpew/08%20Under%20Construction.mp3|titles=The Sound of Speed - Under Construction]
[audio:http://www.mediafire.com/file/tnb5bpw90dsn4nd/09%20Hogtied.mp3|titles=The Sound of Speed - Hogtied]
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