ReMix: Beyond Good & Evil 'Frame of Mind'
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This game makes me mad. Why? Because I've read reviews, seen screenshots, and it's the type of game that, back when I had more free time, I would have played by now. It's not a problem when your hobbies get in the way of your work, but when they start to get in the way of each other... well, at any rate, SGX has teamed up with Aurora for some stunning wordless vocals and Destructo for assistance with this very narrative, atmospheric arrangement. Danny explains:
"Heyhey. New remix here. Big collab medley! I collaborated with Destructo on the arrangement and Aurora who sang the vocals. I arranged the intro and ending sections (BGaE main theme), while Destructo was responsible for the arrangement of Home Sweet Home. The main beat in there is Destructo's, and the crunchy modification of it is my doing. I added my electronic flavors throughout the track and wrote for the vocalist. The first two vocal sections are from the game, but the last two are original melodies by me. The vocals were a challenge because Aurora's recording equpment kinda sucked...she was using a headset mic which picked up a lot of hiss and background noise. I did my best to EQ that stuff out, and I think it sounds pretty acceptable."
I'd say it sounds very acceptable - those of us with better microphones clearly have no excuses, as the clarity and strength on the part here and the overall production are impressive. The mix intros with dark, cinematic pads and Aurora's vocalising, with a sort of medieval/monastery vibe to the intonation. Strings then take over the progression, leading into a more established vocal melody over pizzicato patterns. Things then go instrumental as the strings do their thing and there's a very subtle piano solo. At 2'46" drums enter with alternating ascending and descending piano arpeggios and eighth-note string stabs, with more vocals, and at 3'47" or thereabouts there's some kickin' mangled percussion that sounds scratched and tres stereo - this ReMix has some FANTASTIC textures, and variety in that arena as well, and the three forces behind it should be proud of what their combined talents have acocmplished. Things go drumless into a piano and strings breakdown of sorts, but rhythm and vocals fade back in before the piece is over. The breadth and depth of this piece, the directions it goes in, the amazing textures and the slickness of presentation - without sacrificing emotional impact and sincerity - all indicate a level of arranging and mixing that would be perfect for a great film soundtrack. Awesome work.
- WesternZypher on November 24, 2010
Some of the samples are slightly weaker, specifically some of the more exposed strings, but, taken as a whole, the whole track is very serene, and still feels 'right'. I'd love to hear this performed with a live ensemble, as I think it would feel even more emotional, but I certainly won't turn my nose up to this mix. Fantastic work.
- OA on September 1, 2010
Oh yeaaaaaaaaaaah.... this now jogged my memory of nighttime in Hyrule field in Twilight Princess except a little more industrial. :shock:
Needless to say, this is an awesome track. :razz:
- 42 on December 20, 2009
One thing I always remember though is the soundtrack. The songs were well composed, and titled with a sense of humor.
This song could EASILY fit in with the soundtrack for the game, and then some! Im making sure this ends up on my music list for all time. Thanks for a great listen!
- ZapRowsdower on September 2, 2009
- FR on April 16, 2008
- MechaFone on December 8, 2007
- Vash-san on August 12, 2007
Besides that small piece, the remix itself is okay.
- Ruki on July 29, 2007
- Aninymouse on January 27, 2007
sgx;29192 wrote: I've got the Reason project file here if anyone wants to look at it: http://www.supergreenx.com/rns/Frame%20of%20Mind.rps
Vocals, some EQing and compression were done outside of reason, so this file is not totally complete.
Man oh man this song is real good. BTW I've baught two of your albums so far in your site for electronica music. There really good :D. Maybe you should try to get the attention of a recording company and make some big bucks. Well, unless you don't like to sell yourself out, which I respect if you feel that way. Any hoo, well done with the song :)
- HoboKa on January 14, 2007
Frame of Mind, an instant classic and a necessary addition to the music art collection.
This is JerichoWilks by the way and I got a private message but somehow, I'm unable to get to it because of the forum update thing.
If you or someone else sent me a PM, please send again to this account please.
- JerichoMccoy on January 13, 2007
I'm sure I'll do something with Destructo again sometime.
- sgx on December 29, 2006
But honestly though, there has got to be another collaboration for another remix for this game.
If Aurora, Destructo, and SGX can come together and do some other work, get those inspiration juices flowing again...
I might just create another MV :D .
Thank you fellas for that wonderful song and work you did. Brought tears to eyes and touched the hearts and souls of alot of folks across the globe.
- JerichoWilks on December 29, 2006
I also highly recommend his other videos of the game- The Great Gaming Escape, usings BT's The Great Escape, and Trip Like We Do, with Filter and The Crystal Method's (Can't You) Trip Like I Do (also includes the ever awesome Psychonauts).
- watkinzez on December 18, 2006
- Jasoco on January 30, 2006