ReMix: Rez "Fear (Arrakis: GIGA)" 4:49

By Mr_44

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dark halloween synth
Arranging the music of one song...

"Fear"

Primary Game: Rez (Sega, 2001, DC), music by Adam Freeland, Keiichi Sugiyama

Posted 2002-06-30, evaluated by djpretzel


Fun. If you're like me, and I know I am, you dig David Lynch's original Dune film far more than the version Sci-Fi recently put out (which I felt had bad acting and cheesy special effects, personally). I'm a big Lynch fan in general, as those who might recall a Mulholland Drive thread on our forums a while back will remember. So, what does this have to do with a Rez ReMix by Mr_44? Well, in a neat little turn of events, he's laced his latest ReMix from Rez's techno soundtrack with audio samples from Dune, including classics like "the sleeper has awakened" "put your hand inside the box" etc. I felt a little cheated that "tell me of your home world" and the famous "I will kill him" refrain that Sting so eloquently delivered didn't make the cut, but the tunes is good and that's what's more important. Starting with basic kick-snare and a swirly digital pad, the bread-and-butter of the track comes in at 0'21" - a nice osc-sync synth that's just perfect for the track. You then get softer mangled drums and the Dune quotes start. Mr_44 then continues to largely implement chopping and splicing effects and some excellent screaming distorted synths along with more Dune bits for the life of the mix. Undoubtedly, the quotes won't be everyone's cup of tea, and some may wish it was straight music and that he'd left them out, but what can I say - I dig Dune and view it as immensely quotable. I can call 90% of the lines before the actors say them when I'm watching it (which annoys the hell out of everyone present but is still quite fun ^^) In fact, I'm gonna watch it right now. Musically viable and technically impressive mix from Mr_44, who has an edgy style with some very cutting timbres and precise audio manipulation, but the appeal of a mix like this will always rely at least in part to one's disposition towards Dune movie samples. To those that dig 'em, and enjoy a good techno-groove piece: highly recommended.

djpretzel

Discussion

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Sergei Dragunov
on 2010-12-07 05:39:18

Awesome remix.~

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OA
on 2010-01-12 14:37:48

I'm really sorry to give this a bad review, but i simply did not like this one at all. A bland background track filled with movie quotes? No thank you. :-(

Sorry. :-(

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Marmiduke
on 2009-12-12 09:54:15

I really hate movie samples pasted into techno, firstly because it sounds horrible and is no subsitute for studio recorded vocals. And secondly because its a fairly transparent coattail ride on the cult status and appeal of other media. There's a few mixes on the site that I find abhorrent for these reasons.

This, strikingly, isn't one of them. Because there's a musicality to how they are integrated into this; they don't merely hover over the music, they are the music. Of course, there's a few movie samples in there that I could have done without, but I have to say this surprised me a lot.

It's a sparingly made mix, but a really unique one. There's definately nothing else like this on the site, which is a shame, because I really dig the way this sounds. The chopped up, sometimes distorted approach does it a lot of favours, but what I like most is that it never falters from its strict techno-scene roots. This is much closer to trance-style electronic music than the videogame music scene, and the change in scenery is very welcome around these parts. I only wish there were more like this (though the movie quote mixes can stay in the god-forsaken past).

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Liontamer
on 2009-04-07 01:25:36
I'm actually surprised that no one pointed out that this song was originally composed by Adam Freeland (which incorporates the Dune quotes) as a single, and the song was consequently remixed for Rez.

I'm seeing it used in Rez in November 2001, and the other version you're referring to released on Freeland's album Now Them in September 2003. Is there anyone who can explain when "Mind Killer" originally came out?

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Arcana
on 2009-04-07 00:38:49

I'm actually surprised that no one pointed out that this song was originally composed by Adam Freeland (which incorporates the Dune quotes) as a single, and the song was consequently remixed for Rez.

The Rez version is better than the original, though!

The remix caught my ear right away when I was going through it - the gating is pretty ear-catching and the original song was sampled ingeniously, but it was too much of a "tease" for me. I was really hoping for the orchestral hits to come through but that moment never really came.

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Liontamer
on 2007-10-05 16:42:08

Just scanning through Reviews, I can't believe how many tracks I enjoyed and never commented on. Yet another mix here, this time by Mr_44, that made me take notice of the soundtrack and seek it out. And indeed, "Fear (Rez Edit)" from the original soundtrack kicks ass. Again, the quality of the ReMix prompting me to check out the the original soundtrack was a hallmark of a good arrangement. It made me want to know more about where it was inspired from.

Love the arrangement here, which caught my attention but also took me a little bit to really get a bead on in terms of the very unique style. I'm glad I gave this a chance, but really this was so odd and catchy, I couldn't have helped listening more than once.

Dunno a THING about the Dune movie. Never seen it. I once tried to read the book back in middle school for summer reading because it counted as 2 books. There was so much stupid sci-fi jargon that made me turn to the glossary every other word that I gave up after 10 pages. I certainly didn't miss much. But regardless, the movie clips fit really fit the atmosphere well and enhanced the almost sordid darkness of the arrangement. Allllways worth the listen.

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Frogblade
on 2005-10-16 15:11:49

First off, being that Fear is my favourite song from Rez, good job for doing a remix of it. I like how you chopped up the "string section that everyone likes," and in answer to everyone's questions, it's actually sampled from a song called "California Soul" by Malena Shaw. Dune was a good choice. *thumbs up*

Frog

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jimkatai
on 2005-10-06 05:25:55

Mainstream-ish compared to anything else on this site. It's the easiest one to show to anyone and they will almost always appreciate it.

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OmegaDonut
on 2005-10-04 19:47:20

"Mainstream-ish?" Sounds far, far, far from it.

Besides the fact that Fear is an excellent choice for a ReMix, I really admire how well-placed the vocals are within the song. I know some people miss the "muh-muh-muh-mind killer!" part from the original song, but I think the well-timed "What's in the box? .......... PAIN!" works just as well.

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jimkatai
on 2005-10-04 17:39:50

This is possibly my favorite song on OCRemix. I love the slickness it has along with the general bad-assedness that is usually missing from any vg remix. The best part about this remix though, is that it is the most mainstream-ish so it's a good song to spread the word with.

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nithron
on 2005-07-23 16:44:04
i don't like how my favorite part of this song is sooooo chopped up to the point where i can only hear tiny bits and pieces of it

Yeah.. i agree. That is by far the coolest part of the whole song, but it's been all scrambled up for this remix. Actually, i have yet to find a version of this song that has that part intact... even the official Rez soundtrack CD has it removed. I'm mystified as to how Mr 44 managed to get it at all

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neoyaku
on 2005-06-16 14:34:39

awwww.. i don't like how my favorite part of this song is sooooo chopped up to the point where i can only hear tiny bits and pieces of it.. The part I'm talking about is first played at 1:33... In rez this part is explosive and uplifting not chooped up and looked over... other than that i think it's an okay mix.... btw.. where are th other rez mixes?

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jordex
on 2005-02-22 23:58:59

Wow awesome song here

Quality drums, bassline, editing, sampling for well over four minutes

Check it out

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Numiso13
on 2004-07-05 09:31:26

Very nice, very nice. The synth has kind of a smooth, robotic feel to it, and the drum track compliments it well. It actually resembles the sound style of a band called Pitchshifter, but not too much.

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zircon
on 2004-03-22 15:38:40

Definitly awesome stuff. Great drum chopping, pro synthwork (especially with the bass), and good integration of the movie quotes.

I actually think the original Dune movie was quite corny compared to the Sci-Fi version :(

Sources Arranged (1 Song)


Primary Game:
Rez (Sega, 2001, DC)
Music by Adam Freeland, Keiichi Sugiyama
Songs:
"Fear"

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Genre:
Mood:
Dark
Instrumentation:
Synth
Additional:
Usage > Halloween

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Rez_Fear_(Arrakis_GIGA)_OC_ReMix.mp3
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Bitrate:
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Duration:
4:49

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