ReMix: Super Metroid 'One Girl in All the World'

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Super Metroid fans have had it good recently, with Relics of the Chozo, and now The Wingless appends some more great SM arrangement onto the recent influx with a beautiful, very ornate and well-produced piece of his own. John's really gotten his game down to an art and a science, and his recent mixes have been stellar on all fronts; this is no exception. Melding evolving, pattern-based piano lines with analogue textures and ambient storm effects, this mix creates a very visceral atmosphere using primarily musical means. The moving drum line has enough verve and downbeat to make the song "techno" of a sort at times, but not so much as to pigeonhole the genre conclusively or impede on the flexibility that the ReMixer uses so well to his advantage: check out the synth and piano solo around 1'40", where the bass is left to keep the momentum going, or the successful stop and key-change segue at 2'34", which in others' hands might have sounded forced or abrupt. Towards the conclusion we get more ornamentation on the piano and some choir texture thrown into the fray, ending on a gradual fade. I think the variety, with the key change especially, helped push this mix further than it would have gone with just the core ingredients alone. The Wingless knows how to put together a group of great-sounding instruments that blend well in the mix, and add effects as appropriate, but it's taking it from there where you can end up relying too heavily on the strength of what you've already got, and it's the changes and variation here that prevent that from occurring and make this hybrid new-age/piano/electronica endeavour work all the more effectively. Recommended.

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Discussion: Latest 15 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
OutSpoken
on 2011-07-05 01:47:50
http://reoganworks.blogspot.com/2010/12/song-of-week-25.html
This is the track that brought me to OCR. This is the first track I ever heard, talk about good impressions. Definitely worth my while to feature on my blog.
JadeAuto
on 2010-08-16 22:50:42
I've always liked this song. It feels so elegant and emotive, it's just a good song and I've always loved it.
It definitely makes one feel like they are the only one left in the world, and that they are fighting for us all.
OA
on 2010-08-16 13:10:38
Really hypnotic and interesting, I love the melody and the non-traditional choices made, like the delayed bass. It's a very different style than I would normally do, but it's pretty inspiring all the same. Something to think about. :-)
I loved the twinkling piano and synth counterpoint, and the beats were interesting without demanding too much attention. Good stuff.
Dracs
on 2010-07-03 06:06:02
Usually, I don't post on songs, but I have to register just for this one.
Honestly, wow...
I think I have fallen for this song.
It really has a strange vibe, kinda mysterious, kinda sad and lonely, kinda scary, somehow unreal which makes me shiver...
Great great job.
(I prefer this one to the other one "All the world in one girl, which is also great, but more "conventionnal" in my opinion).
Anyway, all my thanks to "The Wingless".
Emunator
on 2009-12-19 04:51:08
I don't feel like this one's been sufficiently reviewed enough considering the absolute level of sonic perfection this track reached. This one's amassed more plays on iTunes than any other OCRemix just because it's perfect for so many occasions. It's obviously got the soundscape for chilling out and falling asleep to, and the rainy sound effects make it perfect for long walks/drives... I feel a lot more connected and content with the world while I'm listening to this.
Truth be told I don't really feel that much of the source in here, but that's hardly an issue when the end product is this good. Songs in this genre are unfortunately hard to come by, which makes me really sad that The Wingless isn't as prolific as he once was because he completely nailed this genre.
If ANY song is good enough to attain the rank of "my favorite SONG ever" (not just remix... favorite SONG) this one is. I absolutely love it to death, I'll probably never stop listening to it.
Polo
on 2009-09-03 04:38:05
1:43 is the most overtly recognizable part of Brinstar 2. Closer listening yields these source quotes:
- 0:25+ (watery synth) = first three rising notes
- 1:01+ (piano) = lone lead following the rising notes
- 2:43 (whistly synth) = finishing section
- 3:18+ (piano) = ditto, but more liberal riffage
Every player brims with vitality, especially the string swells (glowing), the supporting synths (chirpy, tappy, bubbly, soapy, etc.), and of course the twilight-y ivories. The pauses/silences are a bit distracting in that I feel I have to play the part of the metronome to bridge the gap to the next section smoothly.
Overall, a nicely cleansing mix.
Atryos
on 2009-06-01 16:59:32
The most beautiful/emotional music I have ever heard and I whole heartedly mean that. I cant decipher what emotion is brought out in the last 40 seconds, but I can tell it was exactly what meant to come out. I hope you continue to make awesome music like this.
42
on 2009-02-01 20:27:14
I love the background rain SFX, it really sets the tone of this mix. I don't know what it is about rain and Metroid, but they just work together. In Smashing Live, they do something similar with Depths of Brinstar, but this is still better than what they did. It's just so solemn, contemplative, sober, yet it doesn't take itself so dramatically. There is an incredibly vivid sense of place going on at times. This is a great mix.
Liontamer;160888 wrote: Inspired by the mix, up at DeviantArt: http://www.deviantart.com/deviation/40975299/
Very well made art, you guys need to check it out.

Blake;160935 wrote: WOW. That coherently spells out exactly what's going on in my head while listening to the ReMix. Awesome picture, completely fitting with the mood.

I agree completely; if this mix was visual art, it would definitely be those art pieces. And, Wow, those are good. :shock:
Lucentas
on 2008-12-06 23:05:12
I remember seeing that first piece in your DA favorites...I should have favorited it as well, it's gorgeous.
Anyway, this piece isn't just a ReMix, it's a story, and definitely not only keeps the Metroid vibe, but takes it to a whole new level; it seems to be speaking about Samus herself, not just her alien-blasting exploits, but about the person inside the power suit. Truly moving and beautiful.
Liontamer
on 2008-08-04 06:46:34
Liontamer;160888 wrote: Inspired by the mix, up at DeviantArt: http://www.deviantart.com/deviation/40975299/
Very well made art, you guys need to check it out.

Dayum, here's another great DeviantArt piece inspired by this one: http://fanficbug.deviantart.com/art/One-Girl-in-All-the-World-44894493
pants-of-power
on 2007-03-03 23:39:29
Well, it's the reason I'm here.
Rawnblade
on 2007-03-03 18:29:05
Liontamer;160888 wrote: Inspired by the mix, up at DeviantArt: http://www.deviantart.com/deviation/40975299/
Very well made art, you guys need to check it out.

Haha.. I saw this pic featured on Kotaku... wonder if all the hits to that pic (which links to this song) is gonna lead to a spike in OCR traffic?
about:blank
on 2006-12-31 09:16:38
Liontamer;160888 wrote: Inspired by the mix, up at DeviantArt: http://www.deviantart.com/deviation/40975299/
Very well made art, you guys need to check it out.

Wow, that's almost exactly what I pictured when first listening to this.
The arrangement itself is very creative, as a fan of the original song, I like where this was taken. I found this when I first started going to OCR. For a mix made only a few years ago, this brings back a lot of memories for me, which only goes shows how powerful the music is. Awesome stuff here.
Merid
on 2006-12-02 21:51:46
The wingless wrote: How DARE somebody else piggy-back on MY genius!
WWW.THEWINGLESS.COM

there, that should set things right!

Dude, I was just thinking about you and this remix the other day. I'll have to check out your site to see what other tasty treats you have for us!
As for the mix, golden! The keys, the effects, and the fact that it's a remix of one of my favorite tracks from this game make it an all around highly recommended mix. Get it!
The wingless
on 2006-11-19 14:33:15
How DARE somebody else piggy-back on MY genius!
WWW.THEWINGLESS.COM

there, that should set things right!