ReMix: Xenogears 'Pillar of Salt'
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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.
- Liontamer on December 14, 2012
- Radiowar on December 14, 2012
- XPRTNovice on October 27, 2012
- Phonetic Hero on September 21, 2012
- WesternZypher on November 10, 2010
There is absolutely no reason to not download this song.
- OA on August 27, 2010
42;618725 wrote: (although I do have some objections of using Biblical versus to paint this picture though).
Now that I think about it, so do I. Although the song is good, I find it disturbing that at the time Mr StarBlast created this song, he uses the Bible in an esotaric fashion without actually considering the "real" revelation behind the words used. I say this because a year later, he wrote a juvenille FF6 mainstream rap remix with the term STFU.
My questions to StarBlast would be "What do words actually mean to you as a person? Do you actually consider the fact that words can be used to inspire rather than just entertain?" Please do not treat words in the English language like a baby playing with building blocks. They've got way more power than you think when both spoken and meditated upon.
- A-RoN on March 27, 2010
- Kerodohi on March 26, 2010
- cjlenig on January 10, 2010
I like how DjP described this: "worlds unto themselves"
Admittedly, I've always liked the image Dazil, City of Burning Sands, has invoked, but this mix takes it and goes crazy with it.
It reminds me a lot of Greek mythology describing how petty and jealous gods can be (although I do have some objections of using Biblical versus to paint this picture though).
- 42 on December 2, 2009
- WhiteMembou on October 13, 2009
- yosefu on October 9, 2009
A fervently pious narrative, both in words and music.
- Polo on October 9, 2009
- Forderz on January 18, 2009
yes. The thi...
This is the stuff! Sometimes when mixes use non-Western instruments, it can be gimmicky and fake. This flows so well and melds the styles and timbres effortlessly. Just great.
- Sam I Am on June 12, 2008