Posted 2003-09-11, evaluated by djpretzel
Well, damn. Ziwtra sent in an extensive, interesting write-up accompanying this Xeno ReMix, and I'd feel remiss if I didn't share at least part of it:
"William Hazlitt, an old time English journalist and essayist, once wrote of a characteristic in art that he called *gusto*. It has come to mean a variety of things, but originally it meant evoking feelings not immediately presentable by a certain medium. So a painting of autumn leaves may be done in such a way to remind the viewer of the feel of the breeze, the sound of dry crunchiness, and so on. That's gusto.
Hopefully this mix has gusto. At least for me, I can't help envisioning flying above the clouds. Not only that, but a kind of optimism accompanies it, one that has been released from a certain burden or weight. This is a pretty personal mix for some reason. I have always felt pretty close to the original melody of this song, and I didn't want to touch that. Only to have it convey a bit more than was in the game track.
So, gusto it is then :) There's a great blending of elements here, and it's almost overwhelming - just enough density and movement to, as the ReMixer suggests, conjure sweeping images of flight or similar transcendence of some ilk. Introing with looped, orchestral flavors, the gradual addition of sublte layered elements happens quickly, but is worth noticing - the hyperactive (but low in volume) resonant 303 synth augmenting the drums on the extreme of the stereo field, the cross-panned bells that also play off the percussion, electric guitar hits, and the various other attentions Ziwtra has become so adept at paying to mixes (and was already pretty dern good at to begin with) - drums that never get boring, several hooks for the listener to latch on to at any point in time, and watertight sequencing and programming. I especially liked the very "robust" marching-style snare rolls used in transition a couple times, and a bassline that doesn't sit on autopilot but pulls some unique - but always musical - tricks here and there. Ending pulls a nice ritard, backing down and away from the gusto towards a more sedate "landing". Transporting and quite detailed - recommended.
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