He’s been away from the Sonic the Hedgehog scene for a while, but record producer and artist Bentley Jones has come back into the fold – just in time for Sonic’s birthday – with a fresh remix of ‘Dreams of an Absolution’.
The original song, if you remember, was developed by Bentley Jones for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3… er… ‘classic’ Sonic The Hedgehog. It was used as the theme for then-newcomer Silver the Hedgehog, and it gave fans a bit of a unique ‘trance’ vibe in a series whose soundtracks were, until that point, largely focused on a hard rock sound.
What you might find interesting is that Bentley Jones came to work with SEGA on Shadow the Hedgehog and Sonic 2006 after creating loads of fan-made Sonic remixes on video game community Overclocked Remix under the pseudonym ‘LeeBro’. Much like Tee Lopes today, Bentley went from fan remixer to official soundtrack contributor in about 60 seconds flat.
Bentley Jones has remixed the song since the game’s release a number of times, but this new rendition changes things up significantly and will sound pretty fresh even to the Silver fans who have the original song on constant repeat. The general ties to Sonic and Silver are, obviously, removed, with the video instead opting to depict Bentley saving… Bentley from the ‘Absolution Tower’. Interesting stuff. Metaphors, eh? Brilliant, aren’t they?
Anyway, we think the new track sounds pretty good, and it’s always nice to see Mr. Jones pop back in the community every now and then. What do you think? Let us know in the comments section.
If you’re interested in the fascinating story of Bentley Jones (the artist formerly known as Lee Brotherton), you can read our exclusive interviews with the chap when he worked with SEGA on Shadow the Hedgehog in 2005, and again for Sonic 2006.