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Old 03-23-2010, 03:00 AM
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OCR02009 - Uru 'Thanks for Dinner'

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Old 03-23-2010, 03:18 AM
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I am a fangrl from like 2001 haha.

Anyway, my initial take on this song is it starts very layed back and chilled. The drums/bassline/arpeggiation in the background is simple, but works pretty well. Not too complex, but I guess it really doesn't need it.

I'd say it's a very moody song. I also say it has a really good build, layer upon layer. Some of my favorite bands do this, like the Cure does it really well. Anyway...

I think all that's missing from this is some more interpretive sections, I am always a sucker for solos, no matter how small. I'd say a good place for something like that would have been around 3 minutes in. Nice key change at about 3:40.

The ethnic drums that come in really help. I also really like your lead synth, works well. Everything is well-mixed and atmospheric.

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Old 03-23-2010, 03:26 AM
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Not familiar with the source, but this song stands on it's own just fine. I love how intense it is, while at the same time not being overly energetic. I respectfully have to disagree with Monobrow about the solos. While it may have been fun, I feel that a solo would have drawn too much attention to itself, and this song seems to deliberately try and sit in the background. It's one of those peices that relies more creating a cool ambience (and does so quite well) than it does on hooks and flashiness. Even the key change was subtle (which is impressive btw).

Also, the tone on the lead is PERFECT. And that wah-sounding rhythmic synth is pretty sweet too.

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Old 03-23-2010, 05:59 AM
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I love it. digging the textures, the melodies, the soundscape, the kick, the's cinematic, dynamic, and so far from anemic.
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Old 03-23-2010, 03:20 PM
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Absolutely wonderful mix, it grabbed my attention right from the start and held it until I was left wanting more after the last second. Great job.
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Old 03-24-2010, 06:14 PM
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Because the sources share a common tone as well as certain key players, this mix is able to gather and strengthen those factors in such a way that the end result not only pays direct homage to them, but could very well be another source song from the game. Samples are modulated gradually and judiciously, allowing both the mix to evolve and the mood to stay laid-back but focused. To name a few versatility upgrades:

- The buzzy bee-like synth pattern (intro) tends to creep into the sound field, often at the tail end of the wavy, pitch-bendy, Egyptian-like lead (1:07, 2:30), and it appears anywhere from gauzy to shimmering as it faithfully plays in one of two different keys like in Cave Music.

- The Egyptian lead recites its own source notes, note patterns of other source synths, AND original material.

- The gum-throaty bass synth (0:21) resembles the opening grooves in Cave Music and Middle but accentuates the same moments in the beat a little differently, and the drums couple light and hard thumps like they're played by the son of Bigfoot (i.e. you don't mess with them).

Also, I CANNOT STOP DANCING TO THIS - everything just draws me in, without fail.

One of my new favorite ReMixes.
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Old 03-25-2010, 12:07 AM
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Fantastic reworking of Tim Larkin's Badlands theme into a much more electronica sound. The original track was one of my favorites from Uru, and this manages to retain all of the emotion of the original. I'm getting in a serious groove listening to it.

And as a little fun fact, the source wasn't used in the boxed Uru: Ages Beyond Myst release in 2003, or its two expansion packs (though it did appear on the original Uru soundtrack). It wasn't until the release of the Age called Minkata during the GameTap days of Myst Online: Uru Live that it actually found its way in-game.

(Also, everyone should totally play Myst Online, because it's free and stuff.)
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Old 03-25-2010, 03:11 PM
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Smooth and chill stuff, this gets looped a lot at work. I really like the lead synth, and the classy textures. Very nice and restrained work. I'd have probably given in to the temptation to solo on this. XD
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Old 03-27-2010, 11:26 PM
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I normally am turned off by the kind of cheesy synths that this mix has to sport, not to mention an intro that toys dangerously with repetition, but everything comes together in such a nicely textured, expansive way... I shall enjoy it in years to come.
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Old 03-29-2010, 09:40 PM
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Very nicely done. Though I've never touched any of the Myst games, I'm sure that by the example set here that they have their own charm for each one, soundtrack wise.

For this, I can appreciate the trancy feel with the ultra smooth soundscape that invokes visions of games like Eve or your choice of space flight games with fairly long times in between the action. But to see it as colorful and an abstract beauty of sight and sound this plays well indeed in such a vision.

The emotional crest (really the closest way to describe it) around 3:40 with the second chorus synth and the key change was quite an epic part for me until the drop-off to the ending, which works for me very well.

I'm sure bringing forth games and songs that aren't well trod would be a nice niche for you and many others to those of us with limited exposure to these sources.

Until next time.

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