Further proof I’m gettin’ old – a cuhraaaazy idea like a dedicated home for professional-grade video game remixes is now 15 years old. Launched in 1999, OC ReMix (note the intercapped “R” folks) has since grown into a nearly household name within the games industry. From its numerous free tracks to official soundtracks to composer interviews, it’s definitely a place to bookmark if you enjoy game music culture in the slightest.
I first heard about OCR back in 2002, via some EGM that’s long since lost to time. It took me a few days to get around to checking it out, but once I did, I was more than a little shocked. See, up until OCR, I assumed my passion for game music was unique, and shared by only a few other close friends. Seeing OCR’s (already!) long list of high quality remixes (ahem, ReMixes) made me realize my weird obsession with VGM wasn’t unique at all… and rather than act all sad about how my exclusive game music club wasn’t a uniquely Brelston thing anymore, I friggin’ rejoiced. HOW can this possible, HOW can this many people feel the same way I do??
It led me to download as many songs as I could on 56k; with the tech at the time a 3MB song would take about 5 minutes to download so I had to be somewhat choosy. But before long broadband found its way to Middle of Nowhere, America and then I was burning CDs, making mixtapes and leaving them around my work place for other people to discover. OCR became a site I checked daily, and occasionally more than once per day.
Fast fwd many years and, while I haven’t kept up as much as I’d like, I have had the opportunity and privilege to work with, and get to know both Larry Oji and David Lloyd (aka djpretzel). They’ve accomplished a great deal, I wish them the best and hope to god that by their 30th anniversary they’re going strong.
Sprinkled throughout this post are some older ReMixes that stuck out to me back in the 02-03 area. If you like any of them… there are hundreds more to check out 🙂