ReMix: Luigi's Mansion 'That Balcony Thing'
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DJ Carbunk1e has given us promising, quality FF7 and Tales of Phantasia ReMixes to date, and shows that he's improved his craft with his latest mix from Luigi's Mansion - our first Gamecube ReMix. This is some edgy, unique electronica - right off the bat you'll notice a hissing, bit-crushed (or highly compressed) open hi-hat, reverbed pizzicato strings, dark, ominous strings, and an aura of foreboding. Then a nice syncopated beat comes in along with filtered, delayed, phased synth patterns, over which a trancey lead begins with the melody. We then break round 1'31" to an ambient section with nice minimal hi-hat rolls, then come back into the fray with a deep resonant synth bass, the melody adding some more movement. At this point, I was duly impressed - Carbunk1e started off with skills, no doubt, but has improved them markedly with this ReMix. Very polished, never boring, multiple layers that interact with each other, a fully developed intro and ending, and quality effects and mixing throughout. A breath of fresh air, in a sense - dark, ominous, downbeat techno with subtle but perfect drums, from a previously unmixed game and system. I'm impressed, and glad to see clear, linear improvement of this nature. Highly recommended.
One lead (0:30) follows Outside's lonely arpeggio in spirit, popping up and shifting in sporadic ways, and another (0:59) is simultaneously shaky and paralyzed in its exploration (sorta like Luigi, heh). 1:34 rises to the third note and briefly pauses (as in the source), and 2:14-2:27 finishes what's left to cover, playing not three but four of the same notes to square out the song and come full circle. And the piano in the end couldn't be more direct homage to the original.
Captures the tension and amplifies the atmosphere of the game. Well played.
- Polo on March 24, 2010
It's all just works so well together. Great mix.
Jeph;408047 wrote: My question is why don't people make more remixes on this game. It has a really good soundtrack, Just my opinion,
I agree. The Luigi's Mansion soundtrack was good.
- 42 on February 5, 2009
- Jeph on May 15, 2008
I think the source itself is a little dull; decent texture, but not much going on melodically, so making it listen able takes a little extra work. I think a good job was done here, though. Some nice breakdowns, the melody itself played by a saw, with some good gating variation between repetitions to keep it sounding fresh, and great use of panning.
Basically a great treatment of an average source song, it's a distinct improvement over the original, and atmospheric enough to have some personality.
- OA on February 28, 2008
- Pricilla619 on May 29, 2006
note: I did it on my laptop which has limited bass frequencies. sorry if it's a bit too much, I can always change it later
- Xaleph on July 15, 2005
- jordex on March 23, 2005
The orginal soundtrack was a bit scary, but if I was in a really big house and heard this music, I'd go crazy. I can listen to this song over and over again and never get tired of it.
My favorite part is probably around 2:14.
Download it right now!
Overall Grade: 10/10
P.S. This song is so good that people will be listening to it 5 years from now.
- DJ Solarus on September 18, 2004
- Mazza on January 11, 2004
Good, tasteful use of that synth that is so overused in techno songs (and even those arpeggios normally so *ugh*); put to a fresh use. The modified top hat sample that you hear right in the beginning is sweet stuff. At around 1:30 there's that child-like thing that's not quite a xylophone - really evil :D Then you've got those gastric thingies at around 1:50 - REALLY EVIL :D And at the ending there, with the piano playing as the rest fades out, you've got that discordant sharp note tossed in... OOO! Too cool, too cool...
I actually had a lot of fun playing Luigi's Mansion. The controls are difficult at first, but make for some smooth playing. It's also fun to watch Luigi panic all the time, shakin' his knees, whimpering, nervously humming along with the music :)
- Nobbynob Littlun on March 26, 2003
but seriously, this is some awesome tunage. I could never get bored listening to this mix, its feeling is definately "Haunted House". Awesome.
- esden9 on March 22, 2003
But seriously, its an awesome way to start the Gamecube selection of music here, ohh and orky, go out and buy a GCN, its as amazing as this song is ^_^
- Weirdboyscott on November 10, 2002
- Kuribo's Shoe on November 8, 2002
- Xaleph on October 30, 2002
- Ignis on October 18, 2002