ReMix: Fear Effect "Cel-Shaded Geisha" 4:00

By Rosencrantz & guildensterN

Arranging the music of one song...

"Main Screen"

Primary Game: Fear Effect (Eidos, 2000, PS1), music by Matt Furniss

Posted 2002-07-09, evaluated by djpretzel


You gotta hand it to Rosencrantz & guildensterN - you may not enjoy their edgy brand of techno-industrial hodge-podge arrangement as much as I do, but they picked a great name for this mix :) Our first Fear Effect mix, with gratuitous smart-aleck comments by the game's riot grrrl progressive protagonist. Not heavy on melody or harmony, but deadly on layered, creative drum programming, soupy guitar sound beds, and achieving an overall industrial/dystopic aura convincingly. The flanging on the game samples sometimes makes it difficult to hear what's being said, so you might have to listen a couple times, but for me that was an enjoyable process. The guitar bit that enters at 3'22" sounds just like some of the theme music from Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, which you should see if you haven't. I give R&G props for always putting together an interesting mix - while your individual tastes may not run along the lines of industrial/experimental, I still encourage you to check out all their pieces, including this one, as they bring a lot of ideas to the table and consistently implement them in cool and unexpected ways.

djpretzel

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TillyFun
on 2013-10-29 22:22:39

It sets great atmosphere and never lets up throughout. Good stage music. :)

The prominent howling (siren?) at the start works well (0:20-0:50) and the harder bit at 1:44-2:00 is also welcome.

hmm... with my head phones I can't make out all the words, but none of them grate on my ears either.

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MechaFone
on 2010-12-17 13:20:17

I went through the whole thing, and I'm sorry, but I didn't enjoy any of it.

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OA
on 2008-09-18 12:37:21

The vocal samples seem to be designed to kill people's ears. Complete pain.

Sorry guys, it hurts too much to go on. :-(

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Martin Penwald
on 2006-08-25 09:15:32

Most of the voice samples are too hard to understand, but they certainly add to the atmosphere. And I love the song itself; it sounds very dirty and brutal. Makes me wanna play the games again.

More Fear Effect love, plz.

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Vash the Stampede
on 2004-05-08 01:40:28

Hey badass tune man! I for one did like the voice clips, and having played this game I do recognize the main theme, but this beat you got here is a LOT sweater!! Nice work dude

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lefty
on 2003-04-11 00:01:49

if you think this is bad, just wait till you hear what we put out next!!!

:tomatoface:

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Vagus
on 2003-04-10 09:21:54

Earf*****g. Horrible, painful, earf*****g. The other songs by Rosencrantz guildensterN were good in their own way, but this is digital pain in it's purest form. Knife-sharp samples blurred together with weird, high-pitched drum samples creates the worst remix on this site. Sorry guys, better try again.

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Cuddly PyramidHead
on 2002-11-27 20:10:47
What's that sample at the end with the Lock, Stock-ish guitar from, and what's being said?
The sample WAS lock, stock, I believe, and the dialogue is also from Lock, Stock.

Pick: "Ah! I've been shot!"

Dog: "I don't fuckin' believe this, could everyone STOP getting shot around here?"

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Riku
on 2002-11-27 18:15:50

What's that sample at the end with the Lock, Stock-ish guitar from, and what's being said?

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lefty
on 2002-11-03 19:24:09

ok, your right.... all the samples are taken from FE 2, but the music itself is from FE 1... honestly the samples in fe 2 are much more memorable, so thats why we used them....

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Cuddly PyramidHead
on 2002-11-03 19:20:07

Great song. Good guitar work, good atomosphere, good use of Lock, Stock and 2 Smoking Barrels sample. I agree with Ginnsu that the sample flaws actually improve the song, I don't really hear any Aphex Twin in here (this is far too straightforward and melodic to remind my of anything by Mr. James...)

My only complaint is that technically, this is a Retro Helix remix. Correct me if I'm wrong, but most (if not all,) of the dialogue samples are from RH. A sampling:

"Was it worth dying for?" - from RH's opening vid. Hana talking to the dead body in the bathtub.

"You had your fun on that pony ride" (?) - right after Hana kills the first boss, referring to Rain's experience with the Hentai-tentacle lookin' machine.

"God, do you ever stop? And here's a clue for you buddy, my eyes are up HERE!" - Hana's second exchange with the dumbass at the party on disc 2.

I think the song this is built off of was in both FE games, though. Overall, great song.

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Ebonyks
on 2002-07-15 02:51:30

The song itself isn't bad. but that sample has a crystal-like sharpness to it... all i can say is ouch

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EmptyMy
on 2002-07-11 13:51:49

It's kinda cool. I like the intro, and that Lock Stock-ish guitar in the end.

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lefty
on 2002-07-10 18:58:03

well technically its not cel shading in the video game sense... but the term was coined long ago, before video game cel shading was started (circa the release of akira), to describe anime style graphics, where solid colors are used to shade instead of varying tones of black or whatever, so in that sense, its cel shading sorta. atleast it sounds better than "polygonal geisha"

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CaptainSyrup
on 2002-07-10 18:11:05

I'll be honest; I haven't heard the song. I'd just like to say...

When will people learn that Fear Effect doesn't utilise cel-shading!?

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Primary Game:
Fear Effect (Eidos, 2000, PS1)
Music by Matt Furniss
Songs:
"Main Screen"

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