I tried to pick a source that's dear to me (a game from the MSX home computer I grew up with), but also one that I hope is accessible and open enough for some interesting interpretations. Eventually came up with the first level song of Aleste 2, a shooter for the MSX2.
Jeez, another shooter with catchy music! Looks like I really missed out while I was younger D=
Took a little bit for me to figure out what to do with this track, since it's not terribly long or varied. I took some inspiration from Ishikawa-san (Kirby composer) and tried to mess around with using different instrumentations and more subtle melody changes to keep the one repeated melody fresh. Wound up having a lot of fun with this =]
Since I couldn't participate this round, I decided to go overboard and play around with the track. Main starting point was the Realivox Blue instrument that does the vocals; I bought that a while back but never used it. Playing around with it sounded nice and the rest of the song more or less took off all by itself. Not sure about the style, I'd like to dub it "Ethereal Italo".
The mix could use a bit more polish and the song screams for a real vocalist, but hey, deadlines :)
If you want the lyrics:
Through the sky
Fighting for freedom
Victory for Aleste
Heroes of the sky
Raise your battle cry
Aleste will survive