ReMix: Star Control II 'Through the Angles of Space'
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With a dramatic timpani run followed by crystalline cross-panned piano arpeggios, Mark Vera's latest submission from his series of Star Control 2 ReMixes is similarly well-produced and vast in its scope, echoing the exploratory expanses from the game. This is sort of orchestral rock/ballad, sans guitar, mixed with some electronic elements - laserblast synth chirps, shimmering FM bell textures, and some background work mixed in with strings, aforementioned orchestral percussion, flute, and piano, all fueled forward by a classic stadium acoustic rock kit. A flute solo becomes more prominent towards the end, and I dig the alternating legato and staccato articulations on it. The only "weakness" I'd percieve here I might apply to Mark's other mixes, which is that while not repetitive per se, their second half is sometimes too similar to their first, i.e. the repetition is not from measure to measure or section to section, but at the midpoint more could be done to delineate the last half from the first. Other than that quibble, this is again some sweeping, dramatic stuff, with excellent production values and a very wide open atmosphere. Jouni seems particularly adept at layered, intricate percussion, and the way he's added synth fx on top of an acoustic rock kit and paid attention to fills and breaks on both is killer. This piece could easily be grafted on to the space-faring anime of your choice, when the band of protagonists enter an unexplored territory or face a large armada of enemies, etc. (does anyone else miss Gundam SEED?) - yet more professional arrangement from Mr. Vera. I'd love to see him extend his talents to console games and other series, but I'm cool with his amazing work with SC2 nonetheless.
- evktalo on December 8, 2010
The production on this is super-quality, everything is clear and has great presence to it. The melody is very apparent but is pretty ambient, so the track tends to slide into BGM territory, but it is very image-rich.
If you like ambient, this is about as good as it gets. :-)
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- CapnHulk on September 7, 2004
LightCecil wrote: On the subject of more energetic pieces, I'd love to hear Yehat and Pkunk themes done. I wonder if those are in judges queue somewhere...
Thanks for the comments guys :)
Atleast from me there is no Pkunk and Yehat in the queue (yet). Yehat I haven't even done, and the Pkunk I made I don't like myself (although the few who have heard it says it's good).
There should be other sc2 remixes in the queue, we'll see if they get posted. I'll be putting Syreen remix into the queue soon..
- Mark Vera on June 27, 2004
As with the Druuge song, you have to really plug this into the game ( http://sc2.sourceforge.net ) To appreciate how truly good a remix it is.
- Nobbynob Littlun on June 25, 2004
In particular, I've always loved the Quasispace music (I always thought it was pretty though repetitive, much like my bizarre fascination with the fairy music from QFG1) and I think this remix is absolutely stunning in all measures. Everything about it just conveys that vast emptiness that is Quasispace and still keeps that enigmatic beauty.
Ah, such joy.
- Zarla on June 9, 2004
10/10, excellent job!
On the subject of more energetic pieces, I'd love to hear Yehat and Pkunk themes done. I wonder if those are in judges queue somewhere...
- LightCecil on June 8, 2004
- Genoism on June 8, 2004
In the game, this theme would drive me nuts in the game after 2 minutes (I'd always have to consult the hand-drawn map my brother and I drew to plot where each wormhole led to in-game, a time-consuming process in which I'd hear this song repeated over and over and over), but the much improved quality and layering of instruments here make it eminently listenable, over and over again. I liked Electro Blast a lot, didn't much like Property of the Crimson Corporation (loved the druuge though, BOOM!), but this is definitely the king of SC2 remixes so far. Excellent adaptation, way to take a creative synth arrangement and turn it into a damn fine song.
- Pander on June 7, 2004
edit: Ooooo Star Control [b]2[/b]! No wonder. :)
- Joe Redifer on June 7, 2004
- Zelnick on June 7, 2004
- Oruroku on June 6, 2004