ReMix: Xenogears 'Skyline'
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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.
- tweex on August 27, 2010
- Emunator on October 15, 2009
- yosefu on May 12, 2009
Nothing less than the triple heart for this one.
- OA on March 23, 2009
- Marmiduke on January 5, 2009
And I absolutely love this song in it's entirety.
- Zellfreid on December 30, 2005
...And then the main theme started. The theme track sounds completely out of place. It sounds like it was made with a child's Casio keyboard with a poor artificial echo. It sits awkwardly onto the fantastic track and IMO spoils it. Maybe it was the choice of instrument or something - I don't really know the details of how remixes are produced in anything other than Fruity Loops.
The intro is a 9/10 and the same layers stay at a 9/10 for the duration. Unfortunately the main theme layer drags it down to a less impressive 7/10 overall once it kiks in. if I'm listening to it on my jukebox I skip past the track once the main part kicks in :(
- ZenDadaist on December 29, 2005
- Brim on December 30, 2004
This is the kind of music that makes me happy to be alive :)
- big giant circles on November 15, 2004
- Aderyn on May 26, 2004
- kirbenvost on February 2, 2004
- Isk on October 2, 2003
- TheGreatTetsuo on September 29, 2003
- Nip on September 14, 2003
something about it just seems like a midi rip(not saying it is). no special tune with the main melody, I heard you play the melody, and some real awasome breakbeats ... but you didnt offer any more .... well its just that I expected more because of what friends of mine told me about this song. and I just thought that I might as well tell you. I dunno but I kinda sound like an ass right now :oops: sorry, not usually like me. great work though. it had alot of varity and difference in it. I love hearing stuff like that.
- ffmusic dj on September 13, 2003