ReMix: The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind 'Island of Edges'
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The Wingless gives us our first XBOX ReMix. I've expressed in the past that I will probably end up buying this system, with the DoA Volleyball game being a major catalyst . . . for the gameplay, of course :) But games like Morrowind, which have a more mature, "adult" feel than traditional console RPGs, as well as Orta and Halo don't hurt, either. The Wingless says: "I hated the fact that such a large game has the same damn tracks looping ad nauseum, and none of it is context sensitive. So I tried to spice things up a bit, cause it's a catchy little ditty. Here's my little ode to island at the edge of the world." - with what sounds like an alto flute covering melody, along with acoustic guitar and mucho ambient pads and effects, this is very atmospheric but also melodic as well. Piano plays a bigger role later in the piece, after a couple breaks, and the tone switches from epic to more melancholy, exiting on ambient wind / town effects that are quite well done. At 3'35" there's some nastiness with chords that's not too pleasant and does disrupt the otherwise smooth flow. The sounds used are fantastic, however, and are used in exposed contexts with skill. The first bits of the piece are extremely cinematic and transporting - though the arrangement varies a bit further on, the overall tone remains the same, so it's the initial phrases that held my interest the most. The musical ending - the last, Good, Bad & Ugly-style "ooh-ee-ooh", is a bit truncated. There's a few blemishes here and there, the mentioned chord weirdness being the most salient, that disrupt the feel, but The Wingless succeeds in creating a vibe that for most of the mix evokes a compelling world.
First of all, this is a superb sounding mix, as are all The Wingless' mixes. However, Jeremy Soule's original is one of the most equisite melodies composed in recent years for me, and I get the feeling that it is trampled on here. The stop and start mechanic detracts from where the theme seems to want to flow, and the strength of the melody always seems just out reach; frustratingly so. The source seems distant; recognisable but obscured and twisted in an uncomfortable way. The arrangement just doesn't sit right for me in ways where the other Morrowind mixes, 'The Final Stage' and 'Fear Not', really excel.
I get that the focus of this mix is to be restrained and complacent to the theme, and it does draw out the meditative aspects of it quite nicely. But I hate to see things go to waste, almost as much as a I hate trashing this otherwise fine mix.
I wish I wasn't so precious about the melody. But that's what hundreds of hours of hearing it in-game will do to a person.
- Marmiduke on June 14, 2009
Rain sounds are a cool touch as well.
While this doesn't jump out at me as much as probably everyone who's played the game, it's still good listening.
- OA on March 30, 2009
- Trashbot on November 19, 2008
I agree, this is a beautiful tune and one of the only songs on OCRemix that I downloaded and liked before hearing the original. I'm playing through Morrowind now (I'm a bit behind on the PC titles, but since I picked up a used Xbox last year, I'm getting through them) alongside Twilight Princess and FFXII.
I disagree with the 3:35 comments about chords not working. Personally I like the dissodance of that piece, and despite listening to it over and over, can't actually see anything technically wrong with that section.
- Zipp on December 15, 2006
wow its awsome.. yea i love video game music.
hmm i cant seem to download it though, would someone please message me or w/e and tell me whats wrong? cause i click on one of the mirrors or whatever they are, and it brings me to a website where a quicktime player comes up and plays the song, theres not even anything else on the site.. :(
- Lidless on March 27, 2006
- Antelucan on April 25, 2005
- Pineconeboy on April 9, 2004
- bmalwayswins on April 9, 2004
- Lord Veovis on April 4, 2004
An excellent remix of the epic MW theme
Nastiness at 3:35-DJP
? well im not a musician, but i didnt think there was anything wrong with it Bigfella. :D
- Bilbo_Baggage on February 16, 2004
This is by far better than the original, it truely captures the stunning essence of Morrowind, and I use it in game. Thanks Wingless!
- SLX on November 18, 2003
If you are going to get this game, get the PC version. There are so many mods that it takes at least double the normal time to beat if you have a few of the better mods in there.
- djuniah on November 12, 2003
Four :Ps out of five!
- Dracofire87 on September 10, 2003
- UltimaAvatar on August 24, 2003
- Kontarioth on June 14, 2003