ReMix: Terminator 2 'CSM-101 Level One'
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Newcomer Kevin "Lorenzo" Sisk gives us our first ReMix from Terminator 2 on the NES, which mixes the memorable movie theme in with the original music from the game in an interesting sort of arrangement that transitions around quite a bit. The actual, sampled 8-bit percussion starts us out, with detuned synth falls, then a nice sorta funky bass comes in along with a solid beat. There's a slap bass and a saxophone that also enter; both of these acoustic emulations sound pretty artificial, but they do blend well with the background and don't sound out of place, per se, just synthetic. You can recognize the modified film theme in this first section, which then cuts out. The lo-bit NES percussion is used, this time at a different rhythm and tempo, as a segue into the second portion of the mix, which is a bit harder-edged and features rising synth arpeggios over a more industrial groove, with moving distorted electric guitars. The ending takes us back to a more mellow reprise of the notable movie tune. Sound-quality wise, some of the judges had some reservations about the bass hits and a couple other elements. As far as the arrangement goes, the drums were cited as not augmenting/expanding on the original NES percussion as much as they could have. This seemed to be the type of mix whose style either appeals to you or it doesn't; several of the judges were really rather positive, and while no one was too negative, the sound quality was a bigger factor for those that I would guess weren't as into the style. Malcos puts it well: "Hmmm... there's just something about this mix. It has a very distinctive style, and I suppose I am biased slightly because I like the theme. Nevertheless, he doesn't overuse it as I expected..." - I agree, the style is distinctive. In rearrangement, it actually sounds more reminiscent of a Yuzo Koshiro piece. I enjoyed certain parts more than others; I tend to have a hangup on transitions in pieces that vary so much, and wasn't particularly keen on the dropping out completely then coming back in via the drums. Bottom line is that the arrangement is really pretty cool, with a good sense of nostalgia to it, and varied as well. Some of the sounds aren't drop-dead gorgeous, but honestly I think this is the type of mix you like for its style, regardless. Really no way to know for yourself without checking it out; a predilection towards NES tracks and the T2 soundtrack won't hurt either, of course :) Good stuff from Mr. Sisk.
- WesternZypher on December 28, 2010
I see no problem in keeping the source's "drop the song and pick it up again" tactic; the guitar seizes the opportunity to roar back to 2:25 as if to say, "Think you averted Judgment Day? Think again!" (Its wavy vibes really add to the apprehension.) Economic use of the [i]T2[/i] theme, as well. It fits where the source is driven more by Follin-esque percussion and atmosphere than a leading melody.
- Polo on May 19, 2009
Dhsu;464581 wrote: Just came up on my 1001-1250 list. Kinda surprised it made it through the lockdown, considering the considerable Terminator theme usage. Must've been the FOLLIN BIAS.
The change in the rules with extensive incorporation of a non-VG source came with Dave's veto of "A Star Freezes Over". Up until then, they weren't contested, so stuff like this and the VGM/Xmas music hybrids are gonna stay.
And Follin bias.
- Liontamer on October 15, 2008
That aside, decent track. I'm gonna have to agree about the weird transitions though. Like at first I thought my player had gone to the next track, but then 2 minutes later the Terminator theme comes in again and I'm like "wait I'm still listening to the same track??"
- Dhsu on October 15, 2008
- debeerguy007 on March 14, 2008
This one's worth checking out.
- evktalo on March 13, 2008
- WolverineDK on February 19, 2008
- OA on May 3, 2007
- Zerohero1024 on March 24, 2006
- Kurokun1293 on February 14, 2006
In my opinion the low quality works perfectly for this mix. It just sounds right.
It get the NoWave seal of approval.
- NoWave on August 26, 2003
Sounds a bit broken.... like it's a four-movement sonatina... which is kinda neat but a bit jagged to call it one inseparable piece. An electro-clash sonatina..... *walks away... even remembering the WIP*
- Xelebes on August 23, 2003
- Kamikaze Noodle on August 23, 2003
Anyway, for those who don't know, the Terminator 2 soundtrack was done by Tim and Geoff Follin, the guys behind the amazing Plok soundtrack...I was just listening to the NSF of Terminator 2, and they do some really stunning things with the NES soundchip...I'd expect nothing less from the guys who produced the best sounding music from a SNES soundchip in Plok.
- Klondike on August 22, 2003
It sounds so incredibly fake. And it's a shame, since it's obvious Mr. Sisk has an ear for music and arranging.
I would have loved this mix if the entire thing had a sound/soundfont overhall.
Disappointing, yet promising.
- endblink on August 22, 2003