ReMix: Super Metroid 'Four Little Metroids'
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- Game: Super Metroid (Nintendo, 1994, SNES)
- ReMixer(s): AmIEviL
- Composer(s): Kenji Yamamoto (I), Minako Hamano
- Song(s): 'Brinstar - Plant Overgrowth Area', 'Item Room', 'Maridia - Rocky Underground Water Area', 'Opening (Destroyed Science Academy Research Station)'
- Posted: 2002-02-14, evaluated by djpretzel
AmIEviL totally needs to get into film composition, as his submissions continue to have sonic textures that have an elusive film quality to them - original, polished, and just excessively listenable. Hear five seconds of any of his better pieces - and that'd be a tough delineation to make as they're all quite good - and you're instantly drawn into his world. This submission is actually a medley, as you might have inferred from the name, of the SNES classic Super Metroid. What could be four hold-their-own ReMixes of substantial quality are combined here, with the classic gurgling ambient intro (nice static sample) starting things off. A perfect example of a fantastic and original lead timbre comes in at 1'00" - almost sounds like a distorted musical saw, very odd. Then a more deliberate beat sets in, with a moogish synth bass and choir pads, leading into piano with a chord change. Tempo changes in an abrupt but tasteful segue into the next theme, covered by a Blade Runner-esque synth (shades of Vangelis), with falling piano chords that then pick up gradually in an accelerando and masterfully transform into the background of the next theme, which is led this time by a gliding square wave solo synth that does some wild bends (probably my favorite part). Some great aliasing effects in the high-end are leftover for the outro, where a lower ambient hum enters as well. There's a lot of music in this here ReMix, folks, and it would be a shame to miss any of it. Very groove.
- sergio on June 22, 2012
You don't stray too far from the original, but you definitely took your own path. Excellent work.
- Mr.Coneman on June 6, 2012
- SubNormal J3 on February 27, 2011
The whole song was put together very well, you can tell a lot of effort went in to this one.
- CaptJono on July 31, 2009
- OA on June 25, 2009
- Dionyseus on April 27, 2008
- HoboKa on January 20, 2007
Anyway, here are my thoughts.
The introduction is slow, but not annoying. I can say this because the whole song has some very cool parts that the listener is likely to anticipate throughout the whole song, as soon as he or she has heard it once or more. I can also say this because this song's intro is a really nice break from all these action-packed songs I've been hearing recently, making FourLittleMetroids just so happen to be suited well for being situated within an audio CD.
Either way, the whole song flows nicely. As for the eerie sounds & strings which approach our ears at 1:00, I can't really say they're incredibly awesome anymore, but they haven't gotten old after all these listens. It's likely the most memorable aspect, causing listeners all over to easily identify this song.
Starting the song, the first meaty section chimes at 1:35 in with Brinstar. Except instead of chimes, AmIEvil implements well-mixed, well-panned choir, and a pulsing/grating lower-ended spectrum, with its clear bass and percussion, and a barely noticable, strange electronicy bongo sample drumming to Brinstar's harmonic melody. Back to the voices: they sing high quality into my ears. Everything's synthesized, yet is the epitome of an OCR, sans liberality in the melody/progression (barely even needed, given the numerous structural and transitional difference). To no one's dismay, the song isn't over yet, and eventually gets to a point where liberality [i]does[/i] get introduced, further sprucing up its structure. Keep reading to find out! (Or just listen to the song.)
The choir melts away, 2:05 comes in, and I'm not enjoying this mp3 as much, but what can one do! Oh, not much but maybe soften up the EQ a bit, and make it not so repetitious and grating with the piano, etc. Or even just make it cooler sounding! But wait, we are soon granted this request at 2:39 (cool transition here), sans (sans!) the coolness, with a true Maridia sound. In retrospect, it's a seemless transition, but, regardless, the piece is at a point where its conservative temperament begins to weaken my attention span. Mayhaps I should be grateful to this, due to it possibly being a plot construed by the Possibly Evil one? For soon at 3:32 my boredom will be washed away, and an excitement, ten times greater than any one prior, will shoot up my spine, at the same time straightening [i]it[/i] as well as my mind....
...The tempo slows a bit, dynamics build, respectable, eerie electronics enter the planet's hallways, the speed returns to normal, a brief, beautiful reverb ripples itself within the walls, and we're off to the best section, 3:47. Play it loud, please. My only curiousity is why the bass stays the same. I wonder if subtle (progression?) changes besides the ones already applied (getting louder, etc.) could have made the song more [i]moving[/i].
Oh, wait, now play it really loud, because the song's best sample introduces (literally---it sounds like it struggles at 4:00, quickly breaking free to openly spray its funk) itself. Hmm, it's not much of a spray, but more of a super-soaker's cylindrically pressurized liquid flowing through a filtered nozzle. And that means something good I think. Now I'm wondering if this melody is from any Metroid game. 'Sounds like it is not.
The crime here is that the best sections are so short (however, I can make up for this by the fact that I can listen to this ending infinitely). I need more similarly unique samples! Unfortunately, we are soon met up with the weakest sample at 4:28, though it has its charm. I guess. At 4:31, the background chaotic noise really goes by noticed, ascending a potentially horrible sounding section up into an interesting flurry of semi-ending. Because I enjoy the whole song, it's fine to listen casually, partially due to the mixing levels of the combined samples. But when analyzing, I notice the same old bassline, and the same old melody, and an ending that could have been better-thought out. Maybe the author found out his true identity to be one of Evil tendencies after discovering a pandora's box of quality samples, and then decided he had better things to do with his time, like destroy insecure ReMixer's n00by songs. Truly an evil heretic.
Overall while listening, I am thrown back and forth between a groove and a deep-thought-ed peace of mind. But sometimes people need just the groove (with more chord-progressive variety)! And sometimes they need just the peace! But luckily most of OCR just likes Super Metroid, so why shouldn't they have yet retrieved such a concoction of mysteerie?
(Hah, it's pretty funny. Back in the day I used to have similar thoughts as other reviewers here, regarding the imagining of a surreal environment, while listening to this mix particularly. The conjured images were quite vivid, but now this ReMix is just a cool little song thing. Oh, well; so much for imagination. Luckily I still remember an image I thought of when listening to this song. If I had super artistic skills I could post an image for everyone! But I can't do that, yet you could say it was something akin to the ruins inside a recently sunken Titanic, except more grey.)
- Audity on December 4, 2006
- Liontamer on May 4, 2006
The beginning really builds an atmosphere, then there's that interesting bass drum rhythm and then ah Wow! At 1:00 there's that effin' awesome sounding instrument!
But then it quickly jumps into a faster paced section
At 2:39 theres the nice suttle piano with a soothing flute. It starts to speed up at 3:33 with some cool electronic sounds in the back then a groovy beat comes in with an awesome melody
AmIEvil has done some songs that aren't too impressive but this is definatly not one of them. Kudos AmIEvil, too bad you're never around any more
- jordex on March 23, 2005
here, It's nothing special.
- schwagnah on September 14, 2004
My rating, 9.5/10--only because I too wanted to feel the killing of Mother Brain after rushing through the whole planet! This is my second post, I'm really only posting about songs that are incredible (and I'm going through every single OCR)
- Graeme Shaw on August 13, 2004
- RimFrost the Tourianist on June 15, 2004
A perfect 10.
- OstrichBoy on June 15, 2004
But I stand here today, corrected and dumbfounded. Four Little Metroids (which I downloaded because of the cool name, mind you)has to be one of the most innovative ReMixes at OC. With the weird metal saw "wooble" sounds in the beginning, followed by echoing bells playing those three infamous Metroid notes, I got hooked. At 1:00 when I heard that almost-vintage, record player, screech, I nearly cried. That, though very, [b]very[/b] eerie, is beautiful! The rest of the song has a cool, groovy beat, nice changes in tempo, and covers four amazing Super Metroid melodies. This...if I ever visited Zebes, this song would [b]definitely[/b] be playing in my head all the while. God-sent. Without a doubt this mix gets a 10/10.
- Millman on June 15, 2004