ReMix: Metroid "Space Orchestra" 2:21

By MkVaff

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ambient chill chiptune duration-short edm synth tempo-slow timesig-3-4
Arranging the music of one song...

"Kraid's Chamber"

Primary Game: Metroid (Nintendo, 1986, NES), music by Hirokazu Tanaka

Posted 2000-12-25, evaluated by djpretzel


McVaffe couldn't just sit by and let others have all the Metroid fun, now, could he? So in comes his ReMix on the deliberate, arpeggio-laden Metroid theme that AmIEvil did justice to awhile back. How does it compare? Well, I usually don't do direct comparisons, but since both ReMixers are just SOOO damn good, I think it's fair this time. In the end, I do prefer AmIEvil's take on this theme a little more, because to my ears it just sounds richer. But McVaffe is ALWAYS, and I mean ALWAYS great when it comes to things like production quality, style, and execution. Both ReMixes are totally worth downloading - I'd definitely have both in my collection, no question. McVaffe has gone for a more synthish, techno thing here, and the sound choice and modulation IS excellent. This sounds like "gothic synth opera" in a GOOD way :)

djpretzel

Discussion

Latest 14 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
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SubNormal J3
on 2011-02-20 01:02:31

I remember downloading this one expecting a real orchestra sound, but the space orchestral sound is pretty cool, too. It really captures the essence of playing a Metroid game.

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Bahamut
on 2009-12-02 18:53:27

Can't say I was a fan of this back then, and am not now. It's essentially a cover of the original.

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Dj Mokram
on 2009-03-19 19:50:13

I love the Kraid theme from metroid. I could listen to a thousand of its iterations.

This one really makes you realize the progress made and the difference in terms of standards here at OCR.

So well, let's go back in 2002. ;-)

The first few notes made me anxious as to what was coming next.

Slowly but surely, the other instruments come along and give more texture to the whole.

The song conveys a feeling of loneliness, of being lost in space, in a place far far away.

We're not talking about the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra here. It's very minimal, and meant to be that way.

It's clean, sober, and effective. I guess I like it because it stays very much faithful to the original.

So considering my opinion is partly biased, don't hesitate to make up your own. Listen to it.

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Marmiduke
on 2009-03-18 02:27:41

This mix reminds me a lot of the Brinstar Depths arrangement from Super Smash Bros. Melee, and not just because it is melodically identical. I think that both versions of the theme expand on the original mood which the NES couldn't quite master.

But that's all I would call this. A good expansion, and since it was made before the Melee track, I appreciate its relevance in relation to the original. Not the most interesting of McVaffe's work, but pretty much anything pales in comparison to the most interesting McVaffe stuff, so it's no big deal.

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SoulinEther
on 2008-12-09 16:59:32

My gripes are that it's short and sticks too much to the source. Would have been better if it had been a little longer and uniquer (I think McVaffe himself made a note in that OCR interview about... like.. not expanding upon the great ideas he had?).

Makes me feel like I'm in spice. I mean space. Why did I right spice? Write. It's solid, unlike my writing at the momento. ...Moment...

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DragonAvenger
on 2008-10-10 22:56:57

Really atmospheric, which I think is the biggest draw in this mix. Not much is changed melodically, but the feel that it creates is refreshing. Definately an enjoyable mix, one that's been in my library for a while now.

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Rozovian
on 2007-12-06 17:09:03

Okay, one of my favourites from when the remixes I knew were Metroid ones. It's a great remix. And it's surprisingly old, which makes it even better. :) While the first synth is really primitive, it fits right in with the crazy calm, or calm crazyness, that this remix induces. Highly recommended.

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OA
on 2007-06-06 10:43:24

A pretty hypnotic mix, the opening reminds me of a track from final fantasy 7 with that synth. This really needs to be listened to on headphones or high end speakers to catch everything, as this mix is incredibly subtle. Breathy pads join in, as well as pizzicato strings, and a few more filtered synths, all slowly building to a double time section where the energy is increased, but the mood is maintained.

The ending is way too abrupt, as it snaps you right out of the trance you were in, but until that point the mix is amazingly effective.

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AshDragon
on 2006-10-14 02:11:55

Now this song is pretty cool. In the beginning part of the remix, it sounds very old-fashion until you reach 0:15 in the song, an interesting sound slowly creeps up improving the remix greatly. Now you have a nice combo going, then at 0:56, this remix isn't done impressing you, it shows multiple varieties of one of your favorite themes in metroid, combining different sounds and still being recognizable.

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Mini Mog
on 2004-12-14 21:32:16

Let me begin by saying I LOVE THIS!!!!! :D

I've been listening to this mix repeatedly, but the first time through I was already smiling like crazy. I knew I had a wonderful addition to my playlist right then and there! 8) Although this is a Metroid mix, it reminds me of playing Galaga on the Atari. Just floating around in space, shooting stuff...those were good times! (But don't let that fool you, it isn't a chiptune or anything like that.) I highly recommend this to any fan of Metroid! You won't be disappointed! :wink:

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Soldier
on 2004-08-11 12:27:17

Awesome remix, I love metroid music.....could've been a bit longer though...

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jordex
on 2004-08-06 19:57:21

Okay, i'm 2 years behind schedule but whatever, i wanted to see what ppl said about this remix...

The original song i know reaaally well, the main melody hasnt been changed in this remix, the background melody has changed but not by alot... not much at all actually. all thats new are some cool electronic sounds and parts mixed around. Theres a cool electronic sound at :56 and the main instrument really fits the metroid atmoshphere...

But this song is too short, i was hoping for mcvaffe to really play around with the melody

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mDuo13
on 2002-07-28 01:09:27

This one opens up with the Kraid theme played solo on some mysterious kind of wind instrument that sounds fairly electronic, and soon the rest of the creepy and moody effects are in. Small file, large appeal == no reason not to get. NONE! D'ya hear me? Download it! Even if you already have it! (okay, maybe not if you already have it..)

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m68030
on 2002-05-16 13:33:44

Metroid 'Space Orchestra'

I'm not sure about "Gothic Opera", that's something I'll leave to Saviour

Machine.. But McVaffe gives us some interesting minimal spacy noises

with hollow cavernous reverb echoing off into the alien worlds below.

A nice interlude to stick between two other Metroid mixes on a cd.

Sources Arranged (1 Song)


Primary Game:
Metroid (Nintendo, 1986, NES)
Music by Hirokazu Tanaka
Songs:
"Kraid's Chamber"

Tags (8)


Genre:
Ambient, EDM
Mood:
Chill
Instrumentation:
Chiptune, Synth
Additional:
Time > 3/4 Time Signature
Time > Duration: Short
Time > Tempo: Slow

File Information


Name:
Metroid_Space_Orchestra_OC_ReMix.mp3
Size:
2,347,403 bytes
MD5:
9dc1f5010b0072feb3497e22d5d8b100
Bitrate:
128Kbps
Duration:
2:21

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