We are OverClocked ReMix, creating free game remixes since 1999. We just released a 6 hour free album of Final Fantasy VI arrangements after a $150,000 Kickstarter last year. Nobuo Uematsu loved our take on the opera. Ask Us Anything!
We are OverClocked ReMix (http://ocremix.org), one of the oldest sites dedicated to video game music on the web. With thousands of free arrangements from games of every era (PlayStation 3 to Sega Pico), 40 (!) albums available via BitTorrent, a thriving community of hobbyist and professional musicians, and a growing database of composers, games, and soundtracks, we've been working very hard to accomplish our goal of proving to the world that video game music can be an art form.
We've just released our 40th album, "Balance & Ruin", inspired by the music of Final Fantasy VI. Like all of our other album projects, this is absolutely free:
UNLIKE our other albums, this one was funded on Kickstarter to the tune of $150,000, far surpassing our original goal. Though we are a completely volunteer-based, non-profit organization, raising money was integral to making the album a success by enabling us to print high-quality physical copies for backers, compensate studio musicians, and pay full royalties to Square Enix, among other things.
- David "djpretzel" Lloyd (founder of OC ReMix, ReMixer)
- Larry "Liontamer" Oji (community manager, no musical talent, just a good ear)
- Andrew "zircon" Aversa (ReMixer and director of "Balance & Ruin")
- Cain "Fishy" McCormack (ReMixer)
- Shariq "DarkeSword" Ansari (ReMixer, judge)
- José "The Bronx Rican" Felix (ReMixer, video editor)
- Other folks perhaps?!
(7/5) This isn't merely a 2-hour or 1-day AMA, we're still checking it for new questions frequently. Fire away!
"Can I get a physical copy of the album even if I didn't back the Kickstarter/missed the second Kickstarter after I backed the first?"
Unfortunately, when the first Kickstarter was taken down, there was absolutely no way to contact backers -- you only receive access to that information when the Kickstarter is successfully funded and the funding period has already finished. So if someone didn't follow ocremix.org, or our Twitter, Facebook or YouTube channels for our updates, or any media coverage, they may not have seen the relaunched Kickstarter.
We did print more albums than were necessary for backer rewards, but we won't be selling them. We'll be giving them away or using them as contest prizes during convention events like MAGFest, Otakon, PAX Prime/PAX East or even smaller cons like ConnectiCon; check our Announcements forum from time to time and see where we're going to be next. We'll also be providing copies to Video Games Live for them to give away, and anytime we run our own contests/raffles (etc) on ocremix.org, we'll try to get them out to fans.
"You need more ReMixes/an album of [insert game here]."
"You have too many ReMixes of [insert game here]."
As far as wanting something to be covered, don't convince us (staff); it's a matter of convincing ReMixers or a potential album director to cover it. :-) While we do have a Requests forum, most ReMixes are made because the artist wanted to tackle themes which they have nostalgia for. Virtually all of our album projects are started by members of the community and built from the ground up.
We only post remixes that people submit to us. We don't scrape content from other sites or anything like that. So, if people are mostly submitting from the NES/SNES era (which is most familiar & nostalgic to a large number of gamers & musicians, and also very memorable in terms of melodic content), we'll end up with lots of mixes from that era. You may be overlooking a lot of the gems on the site from a huge range of games on other platforms; why not grab our latest torrent and check it out?
As for whether we think there's an issue with repetition, our policy is not to discriminate against any submission based on game or platform (with the exception of things that fall outside our submission standards, like games with licensed music). That does mean if people love Mega Man 2, Chrono Trigger, and Sonic 3, we'll evaluate their remixes fairly as with anything else.
On the other hand, we DEFINITELY don't want to only promote the popular titles. That's why we've repeatedly rejected the idea of a rating system or anything involving mix popularity. The results would immediately skew toward those really popular games. Instead, we're exploring ideas like a tagging system (which is already partially implemented) which would let people browse and discover new mixes in a different way besides sifting through the torrent or using the front page ReMix Roulette.
Are there tunes from the C64/NES/SNES era not getting enough attention? Absolutely! We've had projects in the past focusing on fairly obscure games like Teen Agent for example, or underappreciated games in general (Unsung Heroes). There is certainly interest in that stuff. The best thing the community can do is just download, promote, and share these mixes + projects, post reviews, and encourage musicians/ReMixers you know to take a crack at the under-arranged material :)