Hello, readers! I hope you’ve all had a wonderful week through April’s first seven days. If not, then hopefully this is the sort of that is sure to boost your spirits! Ladies and gentlehogs, you are now reading the premiere article of an all new weekly column: Sound Test Saturday! Just like Mash-Up Mondays feature music mash-ups between Sonic and any other party, Sound Test Saturdays will highlight music – original compositions, covers, or remixes – made by the Sonic community. That’s right! Sound Test Saturdays will concentrate on music created by you!
So, what better way to start things off than to feature one of each from the get-go?
Let’s kick things off with Badnik Factory Zone, composed by TheSymphonicGames!
Check out Badnik Factory Zone Act 2, a groovy drum cover of HydroCity Zone Act 2, and a wonderful reinterpretation of Frog Forest after the jump!
Now, it’s especially rare to find a very good original song that would seem fitting for a given Zone, but TheSymphonicGames’ music here does an excellent job: both tunes not only work well and sound great for just about any industrial/Eggman-centric stage, they live up to the standards of the majority of Sonic music by being extremely catchy and fun to listen to! I wouldn’t mind downloading these and playing them over the likes of Final Egg or Metallic Madness!
Next up, the drums!
If there’s one thing I absolutely love about Funkflash’s drumming here, it’s the simple fact that he’s having a whole lot of fun tearing up the already funky HydroCity with even more funkiness. It’s nigh impossible not to enjoy this cover without being affected by Norman’s contagious feels, or his intense drumming! It’s guaranteed that his playing will turn any frown upside down, or raise that smirk one already has a little higher!
What’s that? Is that a smile on your face I see?
Told ya so!
And finally, what better way to wind down from such intense songs than succumbing to the soothing sounds of the Frog Forest?
Freen in Green… Is there anything this group isn’t capable of? I’m sure the name sounds familiar to some of you, whether it is through the Bentley Jones So Much More video contest back in 2010 (video does not work anymore, sadly), or much recently with their contributions to The Sonic Stadium Music Album. “The Serene Beauty”, their response to Sonic Heroes’ Frog Forest, is a perfect piece to chill to. It is calm, ambient, welcoming, and so relaxing! I would honestly catch a few z’s with this being the chosen background music, taking a short nap without a care in the world!
And that’s this week’s round-up for Sound Test Saturday! Do these guys a favour and check out more of their material: you will not regret it! Tune in next week for another round of community music!
A quick heads-up: once SEGASonic: Radio returns, Sound Test Saturday will be primarily hosted there. Don’t fret: previews to the complete article will continue to be posted on TSS!
Oddly enough, when I hinted as to the incoming new column on the SSMB and told the forumers to guess, many have said “ponies” for some strange reason. I wonder why that is…
Found an interesting tune you’d like to share? Want to submit something of your own and get it featured? Send it over to firstname.lastname@example.org!