ReMix: Life Force 'Temple of Life'
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The beginning of this mix reminds me of the music from the Serial Experiments Lain soundtrack that plays during the little excerpts about Vannevar Bush, Roswell, etc. - i.e., it's fairly old-school techno that's not overly concerned with the staples of more modern electronica, but has a thing going and does that thing. However, Palpable decides to take this fairly straightforward techno Lifeforce ReMix in a totally new direction when at 2'29" he goes a bit nutty with some drill/tools style percussion ensemble shtuffs (for an early use of such, see Sharky's Day by Laurie Anderson) - if you can dig alternative percussion in this context, you'll appreciate it. Prolly won't be everyone's cup of tea as this brand of "found" percussion can be a little cacophonous, but it certainly is a deviation from the norm. Israfel writes:
"Conservative but welldone nonetheless. Enhances the original piece while bringing in just a few well integrated new ideas. Really love the organ and powertools section, and the thing just flows very nicely and has a good solid sound. Good job."
In general, most judges felt the power tools section did the most innovation and involved the most creativity, whereas the more standard techno bits were at times too direct and generic. Overall, though, this is a solid piece with a section that excels a bit and goes experimental, adding a dose of needed verve. Check it out.
So it starts out fairly cookie cutter with the drums and bass, though nicely layered and equalised drums and bass, and manages to keep its conservative nature with the melody addition just later on in the track. There may be a stale progression going on with the writing as it keeps itself very close to the source material, though I still have to say it's a very clean and well emphasized production that manages to stand strong even by today's standards.
The drill/SFX breakdown at 2:29 managed to really add some variety at that point; now for me I'm usually scared of drills in mixes because they'd have THAT MUCH high end on them that it would imagine me in the dentist's chair (don't ask), but thankfully the production feels tasteful here and offers a more pleasant sensation. :)
Arrangement-wise it may be straightforward, but I felt in regards to the execution it managed to stand the test of time fairly well. I'm going to have to admit that I didn't hear as much of Palpable's newer material within the past two years or so, but when comparing this to his Yoshi's Island entry when he became a judge, it's compelling me to righten things for the year ahead. For now, I feel good with this one :)
- Rexy on December 28, 2011
- DragonAvenger on December 1, 2009
- Bip on August 11, 2009
- maelkashishi on December 16, 2007
Regardless, the more power tools, the better.
- OA on May 4, 2007
Great stuff from Vinod, who's a very consistant arranger who I wish we heard more from. Adds a lot of energy to the source material with a fresh approach.
Glad it passed, although I didn't feel it was a borderline case myself back when I read the decision.
- Liontamer on May 10, 2006
- kablammyman on February 18, 2004
Much enjoyed and worth a listen.
- !Nekko! on February 16, 2004
anyways, we need more life force remixes grrr.. this is the second remix of the same tune.. Life Force has SOOooOOoo many good tunes to remix. Even the first stage tune is great, although a bit hard to remix. Especially if someone remixes stage 3's tune.. omg thats so damn hot.
- neostormx on February 16, 2004
Now if only someone would remix the divine song from the third (fire) level and I can die a happy man.
- Vitten on February 15, 2004
that you used weren't too overpowering which allows for easy listening even though the song has a relatively quick tempo. Keep remixing Life Force it's got some great tracks. Good work dude. :D
- blueblazer1224 on February 15, 2004
- triggerX4 on February 15, 2004
A nice attempt, competently mixed but with few surprises, it felt like it was tentatively mixed. Plunge in at the deep end and I think it'll do your music the world of good :)
- nostalgic gen on February 15, 2004
- djpretzel on February 15, 2004