ReMix: Final Doom 'Memoriam'

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Dj Redlight's previous, initial submission, also from Final Doom, accomplished a couple things. In addition to being a kickass mix, it also opened my eyes up to the Final Doom soundtrack, which is distinctly different than other Doom soundtracks in tone, and has a multitude of styles and a good deal of substance as well. His second submission is not as agrressive but continues exploring more of this game's music, in this case the intermissions (stats) tunage. As the title correctly suggests, this is more somber fare, with slow piano arpeggios and distant strings introing as a cymball roll introduces minimal percussion. At half a minute a military orchestral snare and dancing short ensemble string patterns come in, and soon after a synth and gated distorted guitar are also subtly layered on. Redlight has a good feel for having the addition and subtraction of elements happen without the listener necessarily picking up on it, i.e. smoothly and very naturally. Though some additional harmony and counter-melody come in towards the end, which finishes off with a nice ritard and sustained strings, the core arpeggio persists throughout the vast majority of the song; there's something of a guitar solo circa 2'17", however, that helps shift focus and extend the life of the fairly minimal source material to the near four-minute mark. Though not quite as slick and energized as his previous FD submission, this ReMix again embellishes a rather sparse original and draws out the better aspects of its melody and structure while also adding some embellishments. Not "happy" music and not something you'll want to play at a party, this is deliberate, almost funerial in tone, and has an effective sense of loss and closure.

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Discussion: Latest 15 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
WesternZypher
on 2010-10-27 11:30:07
This somber, evocative piece is great for these contemplative rainy days. Whether he's a girl or she's a guy, I'm glad DJ Redlight's got a plethora of mixes on the site, although ones hopes we'll see another posted submission soon (the last one was 2007!)
Emunator
on 2009-12-03 18:18:25
Wow, this does feel like a funeral march, making the title feel all the more appropriate. Great mood, it feels melancholy but still "moves" at a very solemn pace. I love how each instrument contributes just a little bit to the song, each one seems meticulously placed and chosen to create a unified sound. Nothing sounds out of place. I'm really pleasantly surprised by this! :-D
OA
on 2009-12-02 14:37:41
wow, this is super moody- really nice stuff with the piano and snare rolls. The soaring strings give a more epic quality to it, and the subtle synths help fill out the sound further. Final Doom is one of those soundtracks I have some sort of weird bias against, so that every time I hear a mix of it that is really well done, I am surprised. It's something i've been trying to change of late, and mixes this good help in making progress a lot. Good stuff. :D
ZealPath
on 2009-07-11 03:04:38
After randomly seeing "Quick Fix" get bumped, I decided it might be time to check out all 3 of DJ Redlight's Final Doom mixes, and it ended up being a great idea! Final Doom may have been a little obscure next to the first two games, but it was still very good for the doom fans out there, particularly Evilution which featured all new music (featured in these mixes).
I always really liked this intermission track, and distinctly remember how it was used in the secret level as well, which I found pretty cool at the time. The mix adheres to the source quite a bit, while bringing in some new elements that sound completely at home with the original. A logical "upgrade" to the original, I dig!
42
on 2009-01-20 18:10:39
I can't quite put my finger on it...:?
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The electric guitar (at least I think that's an electric guitar -_-;) sounds too much like static, which, imo, detracts from this mix. I'd be a whole lot better with out it.
So far it's an o.k. mix; not too bad, but just misses the mark of greatness.
Boolean
on 2005-09-09 12:08:39
Ashley is a predominantly male name in Australia, so...
I've always enjoyed Ashley's Doom mixes and even though I've never even played Final Doom, this is no exception.
ac_decoy
on 2005-07-30 20:31:41
mythril nazgul wrote:
djredlight wrote:
First, I'd like to point out that DJ Redlight is a woman, despite what DJPretzel might write in his reviews :p

Really? News to me... I guess you know what you're talking about, you seem fairly confident. haha.
I don't know where you got that idea. I really should put a "By the way, I'm a guy" page on djredlight.com.
Glad you enjoyed my mixes but, whether you enjoyed them more thinking i was a chick is another matter :P hahaha.

Might be the picture here. I'll admit, that does look like a woman.

Woah *slaps his forehead* :oops:
My apologies to DJ Redlight and DJ Pretzel!! :)
Yes, it was probably the picture on your website and of course the fact that your name is Ashley. I automatically assumed you were a girl, silly me!
Of course it wasn't the reason I enjoyed your mixes! :) My brother sent me "Memoriam" a long time ago, before I had even heard of OCRemix.org, and back then I assumed you were a guy because.. well.. it's game related, hehe.
Thanks to you, Ash, this great mix, and of course DJPretzel I'm now addicted to OCRemix.org :D (Sounds like a bad thing, but it's not!)
I hope I didn't offend you in any way. If I did, please forgive me.
Keep up the good work. I hope you had a great birthday.
AC
Navi
on 2005-07-30 11:44:39
djredlight wrote:
First, I'd like to point out that DJ Redlight is a woman, despite what DJPretzel might write in his reviews :p

Really? News to me... I guess you know what you're talking about, you seem fairly confident. haha.
I don't know where you got that idea. I really should put a "By the way, I'm a guy" page on djredlight.com.
Glad you enjoyed my mixes but, whether you enjoyed them more thinking i was a chick is another matter :P hahaha.

Might be the picture here. I'll admit, that does look like a woman.
djredlight
on 2005-07-30 09:54:12
First, I'd like to point out that DJ Redlight is a woman, despite what DJPretzel might write in his reviews :p

Really? News to me... I guess you know what you're talking about, you seem fairly confident. haha.
I don't know where you got that idea. I really should put a "By the way, I'm a guy" page on djredlight.com.
Glad you enjoyed my mixes but, whether you enjoyed them more thinking i was a chick is another matter :P hahaha.
The Orichalcon
on 2005-07-29 14:38:05
DJ RedLight is a woman? I'll have to ask when I see him/her on MSN next.
Still it's interesting to know that all 5 Final Doom tracks on this site have come from Perth, Australia (with a little bit of Texas in one of them.)
ac_decoy
on 2005-07-29 11:22:49
First, I'd like to point out that DJ Redlight is a woman, despite what DJPretzel might write in his reviews :p
This piece is simply amazing! Today I listened to the original for the first time.. THIS is what it's supposed to sound like. Great work, Ashley.
I suggest you check out her website. More awesome tracks there.
Especially "The Gift" and "Relic".
I'm looking forward to hearing more tracks from you like "Memoriam".
--[ AC ]--
:: Silent Hill Stole My Soul ::
The Orichalcon
on 2004-11-19 06:27:10
jordex wrote: There's tons a clipping errors but the actual song is great!

Not for me. Turn your speakers down.
jordex
on 2004-11-17 20:04:40
There's tons a clipping errors but the actual song is great!
Vercalos
on 2004-11-17 05:39:38
This is quite simply a beautiful piece. I can close my eyes and my senses to everything but the music and I get goosebumps. The first time I heard it(when it was first posted, in fact), I was blown away. That feeling still hasn't gone, and the piece still blows me away each time I listen to it. It's simply amazing just how much this piece manages to retain it's magic throughout and even after, as the somber mood carries on long after the silence begins.
The Orichalcon
on 2004-10-10 03:25:00
Gren-Lohart wrote: This is doom??? Wow, you've really changed the mood. If i heard this somewhere random i'd never know. That doesn't mean thats it doesn't have any original melody to it, but man, it's completely different than what i expected, i really should have read more closey to what djp was talking about.

This was the credits music, it's meant to sound really sad and DjRedlight did a magnificent job in capturing the emotion of this piece.
The level music in doom is eerie, hardcore and sad all rolled into one. The credits music was always sad though. Remember the victory music from doom 1?