Posted 2004-07-31, evaluated by djpretzel
Star's mixes are worlds unto themselves. Each has the feeling of being refined over a significant period of time, polished, built into singular creations that have virtually no self-similarity save that all are stupendously produced and brilliantly constructed. This mix is so conceptual and creative, it's somewhat frightening. He's taken the Dazil and Omen themes, merged them, and juxtaposed arabic and hebrew vocals from biblical verses, building on the brief vocal snippet from Mitsuda's original and extending that into a fully realize universe of prophecy and middle-eastern motifs, achieving a grandiose vision that is at once world music, hymn, techno, industrial, and orchestral, but above all, Star Salzman. No one should hesitate for a nanosecond in deciding whether to download this; it transcends fandom of individual games as readily as it transcends genres. I could write spades on even limited aspects of the mix - the intelligently varied, very strategic use of ethnic percussion infused with electronics, the utterly believable vocals, the natural, effortless transitions and morphing structure, and... everything else. Synths, traditional world instruments, strings... picking out each element is ultimately pointless - they're all on par with one another; that is, all excellent. No repetition, no dead space, and such a flair for the dramatic - numerous pieces of this mix sound HUGE in scope not as much due to their volume, but by the skill Star's applied in constructing builds and making every bit count. Star pisses me off in conversations all the time, as our personalities are quite a bit different, and is not the most humble person in the world (by far); he hardly needs more praise thrown his way, and I'm not going to be biased towards his submissions (not that that really figures in), but I suppose I can express my opinion on this mix most clearly by saying this: Pillar of Salt is a superbly crafted, brilliantly produced ReMix with a wide pallete of high-quality samples, classic AND unique vocals, and all the audio polish you could want, really. But conceptually - conceptually it frightens me, and is something in that sense that I wouldn't have problems calling genius.
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Sources Arranged (2 Songs)
- Primary Game:
Xenogears (Square, 1998, PS1)
Music by Yasunori Mitsuda
- "Dazil, City of Burning Sand"
- Orchestral, Singing, Synth, Vocals: Male
- Lyrics > Lyrics: Existing
Regional > Middle Eastern
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El layali ragaitni tani,
The nights brought me back again,
Hob qalbi min gideed.
And renewed the love in my heart.
Baad ghiba, gani, rah nadani.
After he left, he came back and called for me.
[from the original theme]
Oh ne baya
Oh ne baya
Psalm 2, verses 1-4
Lamah rag'shu goyim
Why do the nations rage,
Ul'umim yeh'gu rik?
And the people imagine a vain thing?
N'natkah et mos'roteimo,
Saying, let us break their bands asunder,
V'nashlichah mimenu avoteimo.
And cast away their cords from us.
He that sitteth in the heavens
Shall laugh, and the Lord
Shall have them in derision!
Va'Adonay himtir al-Sedom ve'al-Amorah gofrit va'esh me'et Adonay min-hashamayim.
God made sulphur and fire rain down on Sodom and Gomorrah - it came from God, out of the sky.
Vayahafoch et-he'arim ha'El ve'et kol-hakikar ve'et kol-yoshvey he'arim vetsemach ha'adamah.
He overturned these cities along with the entire plain, [destroying] everyone who lived in the cities and [all] that was growing from the ground.
Vatabet ishto me'acharav vatehi netsiv melach.
[Lot's] wife looked behind him, and she was turned into a pillar of salt.
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