ReMix: Ico 'Icon'
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Newcomer Binster is actually friends/acquaintances with A Scholar & A Physician, at least semi-famous for the SMB Dirty Mix from days of yore. There's manipulations and DSP in a similarly mangling, free-form spirit, so you should be able to hear the connection if that mix is fresh in your mind. For more on all that check the ReMixer's website at www.abandonedsheep.com. This takes the minimalist music of ICO in all sorts of cool directions. Though mildly oppressive mastering may disturb some with sensitive ears or whom accidentally listen at initially high volume, what this mix does at its core is takes a competent, strong electronica mix of ICO and then tricks it out, sorta like misled teenagers do with their Honda Civics, only tastefully and with much better end results. Things begin with the cool otherwordly language from the game and some backwards samples, then go into a hip-hop beat with retro synth bass, a plucked ethnic type motif, and ambient fx. The serious mucking begins circa 1'50", where things are deconstructed rather dramatically, with some nice wound-tape effects. This segues nicely into a break with clippy synth patterns overtop the gradually unfiltered original beat. Then comes a white noise crescendo into some mean, distorted synth that'll growl you into submission. Mix ends by fading out and into more and more reverb in a cool, watery sonic vacuum. In pointing out the mastering but seeing the positive as well, Israfel encapsulated both sides of the panel's comments:
"heh- that middle section reminds me of Secret Chiefs 3 or Mr. Bungle Really cool stuff- nice variety, quite stylish and imaginative all around. The mixing does hurt though- some instruments are much too up front, and everything sounds overcompressed But if you can get past the mastering, there's a pretty good mix here."
Sounds about right. If you're not into the type of manipulations involved, something tells me no amount of revision to the mastering would really help; if you're into the type of processing in the afforementioned SMB mix and solid, aggressive techno with some hip-hop methodologies, I don't think you'll mind too much. Fun stuff.
- Flexstyle on February 24, 2013
- underthesun on May 15, 2011
A lively pastiche.
- Polo on December 8, 2009
Really good stuff, check it out. :-)
- OA on November 27, 2009
- metalsnakejuice on September 25, 2009
I FUCKING LOVE THIS SONG OMGOMGOMG BINSTER NEEDS MORE ATTENTION!
I've been working on my OCR playlist for my trip to Florida in October and I heard this again and .... yeah.....
I want more Binster mixes. :puppyeyes:
- JaDE ARaN HaRuNo on September 24, 2009
I wish the explosion at 2:56 (and following section) were made a couple decibels higher; more oomph would have capitalized on the transition. Everything else, of course, is fantastic.
- K.B. on January 1, 2009
- aakapaisiiwa on July 13, 2006
Tons of awesome things about this mix. The buildup to the end is perfect, just like it was in Poltergeist Mix. Loved the use of reverse samples too. Can't wait to hear the rest of your stuff.
- Radiowar on June 23, 2006
I've uploaded the long version of Icon to my myspace page. It's also less harsh on the ears, which is a good thing.
Go to http://www.myspace.com/thabisnit to have a listen, plus I've got some other tracks up there too.
- binster on February 1, 2006
- RoboticNinjaZombie on June 18, 2004
Amazing production, samples, ideas, execution <3
- ILLiterate on May 30, 2004
I like the crazyness that cuts in at the middle section. The tape effects and samplechopping, all of it's just incredible. Even the ear-stabbing static is good when you volume down or cut off the high frequncies with EQ.
The ethnic guitar is just amazing. It might not be like ICO in the ambient aspect, it's making want to play ICO again so I can locate the songs again. I want to hear the original again so I can compare.. This really reminds me of how I felt at the end of ICO.. mostly wanting more.
The use of game sounds is great. Especially in the placement of the one at the end.
Overall, awesome mix 9/10 mostly for the ear-stabbing mixdown in the static. Everything else's just perfect.
- LightCecil on May 30, 2004
- Animazed on May 30, 2004
As for the genre.. it's total porno-funk, + some electronic weirdness in the middle. Haven't heard the VGMix version yet, but honestly I think that this mix is just about perfect.. I wouldn't change a thing about it. I [i]like[/i] the weird breakdown in the middle, but maybe because I've been listening to music which includes similar sounding parts for some time now.. [i]Mischief of a Sleepwalker[/i] by Sound Tribe Sector 9 comes to mind. I don't think I'd like to listen to 4 minutes of this stuff, but a little insanity in the midst of an absolutely beautiful track is fun and different.
Binster, I hope you continue to make music for us! You've got some serious talent.
....and I really need to play this game sometime. With your mix and SGX's, there are some stellar remixes coming out Ico, not to mention all the wonderful things I've heard about the graphics and gameplay.. and I did see it in the bargain bin at EB once (a while back). I'll have to keep an eye out for it..
- Debotron-6K on April 27, 2004