ReMix: Halo: Combat Evolved 'Ruined Desert'
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Streaming preview on YouTube
Edgen Animations aka Justin R. Durban actually has some experience with composition for television - currently his music is being used for the TV trailer for the upcoming film Taking Lives - pretty cool. Also a slick website design with some good originals and arrangements worth checking out. This is our first ReMix from Halo, and as such requires a bit of a preamble - though the game's soundtrack was very minimalist, there was in fact music and Justin has in fact managed to produce an arrangement that takes the original score and works with it in a substantive way. It's late and I've spent large portions of this weekend working on OCR's fabled redesign (more on that as we edge closer), so I'll quote some emphatically punctuated DarkeSword:
"Pretty cinematic. Nice opening. Brass is kinda bleh, but good atmosphere. Samples at some points are kinda "meh," but the arrangement is good. Nice highs and lows. Kinda slow goings though; I wish it would pick up more. Choir swelling at the end is nice. The gong would have been nice to hear again at the end. This works. I LIEK IT!!~1~1!!@12"
I'd say Halo is a difficult game to ReMix - there's not all that much there, and what's there is fairly high quality - so kudos for taking on a difficult task and running with it. The cinematic style would seem to be the ReMixer's forte, and I imagined this helped quite a bit. Very dramatic choral work, atmospheric percussion, and a rich, dark sound from Edgen Animations.
If there were more strings to this, I'd love it.
The rythmic changes that were made are cool, however, and they definately were a touch of a surprise for me. Snare and bass drum at the beginning was very nice, and the use of the Gregorian chant throughout the piece was also interesting and something that I enjoyed.
So on that note, good job!
There's my two-and-a-half cents.
- sefirosu on April 2, 2009
I loved this mix, mainly because I love choral music, and the writing and samples were really well done in the choral department. I'm not sure what people were expecting, but I thought the end was a terrific climax. Certainly satisfied me.
There are dull samples in here, but that's not worrisome. It's a great package regardless. It has that epic sound, but not the ambition. A brave concept, and one that I'm sure alienates a few people. I dig it, though.
- Marmiduke on March 31, 2009
As is, it works very well and is Super Effective(!) even for those of us who haven't played the game, and is great mood-setting music. Very nice work.
- OA on February 12, 2008
As a technical note, i have to agree with the writeup in that the brass is lacking, BUT having said that, i dont think its the composers fault. If someone out there has a program that can actually MAKE synth horns sound good, then number one its worth its weight in GOLD and number two PLEASE LINK IT FOR THE REST OF US! lol
- Inv1ctus on October 6, 2007
For me that's saying alot, IMO the music is what told the story and the emotion of Halo. I've had this on my playlist for about a year now it's friggin awesome. The choir, the soundscape, I really couldn't ask for more. I've really enjoyed listening to this thanks dude.
- avaris on December 27, 2006
- The Master Maniac on May 20, 2004
- prophetik music on April 20, 2004
- neminem on April 18, 2004
But the arrangement kicks my ass all over the place. The mixer's cinematic background is quite obvious. :wink: The way it climaxes and dies away at 3:45, I can just see the title of whatever it's previewing coming up on the screen with release dates. But ask me if it's overly cheesy or in any way bad or unpleasurable to listen to... and I'll say "whatchu talkin' bout, Willis?" All in all, this is a very tight, professional piece of work that gets top marks with me.
- fisherman on April 9, 2004
If you liked this one, look out for my "Master and Chief" track. Its still in the "submission phase" and will most likely take a bit to get reviewed. Oh well. Lots of time. Lots to do. Of course, you can d/l it at my site as well. I appreciate the kind words about my web work DJpretzel! 8)
- Edgen on April 9, 2004
I thought the horns were good, despite what everyone else says. It's just extreamly hard to top the games existing sound track. Those vocals are just too cool, thats why I think I'll sample them when I make my version. Or sing it my self :roll: I'll leave the rest of what I'm going to do to be a suprise :)
- VicksCornatto on April 8, 2004
- Scuba on April 7, 2004
Somewhat anti climactic. For all the buildup that happens in the final act, there is little payoff. Still, the mix itself is well done. I applaud ye.
- Navi on April 6, 2004
- Kaede_X on April 6, 2004
Great ambient orchestral work, with a nice soundtrack feel... I like it!
- Ether on April 5, 2004