ReMix: Final Doom 'Clairvoyant Elegy'

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TO teams up with Bladiator on piano for another excellent Final Doom mix, two of which have previously come in from Dj Redlight and one from TO himself. Something about Final Doom seems to lend itself to consistently excellent ReMixes - go figure. TO's style works REALLY well with Bladiator's piano, here, which has sort of a Bruce Hornsby-style chord-heavy melody feel to it. The ReMixers write:

Bladiator: "When Lee asked me to add some piano to this track, I wasn't sure if he was asking the right person. Thankfully, his groove style and my new age style somehow locked together to make something we're both really proud of. This was an enjoyable collaboration."
TO:"I originally started this remix by request from the requests forums. It's from the wormhole level music in final doom (My second FD entry.) I'm not sure what genre you'd put this kind of music under, though we believe it fits under a groove/new age genre or even just chill music. It involves a completely rewritten drumline with some crisp drum sounds, heavy backing strings, belltones, synthstrings for the main melody and a bassline to kick the main section. I collab'ed with Bladiator to bring in his miraculous live-piano skills."

I wouldn't particular characterize Bladiator's playing in this mix as New Age, as it could just as easily be in a pop tune, but both mixers certainly have formed a symbiotic relationship in the construction of this arrangement. It wouldn't work as a piano solo, and the accompaniment wouldn't be nearly as cool without a solo instrument of this depth covering the melody, but with the two combined... TO gets his peanut butter in Bladiator's chocolate, and like the Reese's slogan of old boldly claims, it's two great things that go great together. Nowadays, of course, there's no wrong way to eat a Reese's, but the point being that this is a very solid collab with a cool piano lead that's full and has just the right amount of soul in terms of timing that it sits perfectly in TO's surroundings. There are a couple key changes that do come off a bit odd - 1'47" in particular is the most abrupt, and does take some getting used to. Not sure what I would have recommended to handle a transition as dramatic as that (perhaps a piano cadenza, who knows), though... Baranowsky cites some over-aggressive compressing, which other judges noted as well, but signals an overall verbal high-five:

"...I think in this case, the compression is a mixed blessing. It has a very focused, clear sound. But the mix as a whole seriously lacks dynamic contrast. There could definately be a solid ABA structure to the dynamics, and that would very much aid the transitions between sections. That's my only main beef, as the rest of the mix is an excellent example of adept piano usage combined with energetic and interesting electronic elements. The percussion is pretty basic, but in this instance, less is definately more. Synths are slightly above average, but mixed very well and arranged in a way that many new electronic artists can't seem to master - in context. They fit the more organic elements of the tune like a glove, and it really makes it seem much more cohesive experience. Not much to critique, only nitpick. Great job, dudes. This is a rare one that will be playing in my car. Thanks."

I'll echo that sentiment - this is a pair I'd love to see future collaborations from, and a Final Doom mix that continues the .600 batting average of FD submissions to date. Download it today, and make your elegy clairvoyant, too.

djpretzel

Discussion: Latest 15 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
orior
on 2009-11-28 08:47:04
Thanks for that remix guys! :)
I listened to it a lot in my car, with cloudy weather out there and it just fits perfectly and gives you a pensive dreamy atmosphere. The piano melodies are simply hypnotizing!
thanks!
OA
on 2009-06-25 10:15:44
Dang, this mix got a ton of love early on and then nothing- what gives, people?
I first heard this track at the best doujin contest at gamingforce I think a year or two back, and of course, before I started listening, I did my standard doom music eyeroll. :roll:
That was before I knew it was TO, who always manages to make doom music interesting and exciting, and Bladiator, who's piano skills I have the utmost respect for. Needless to say, I was exceptionally impressed. The mix has a great driving feel and sort of juxtaposes something calm and serene with some sinister undercurrents and textures. Great modulation about 2/3 through, and a very classy ending.
An exceptional mix, be sure not to miss this one.
jelloegg
on 2008-03-28 12:47:59
I didn't really get this piece of music until I actually READ the main section. Then I was like "oh yeah it's about a wormhole uh-huh I can picture it now." :<
archi
on 2006-02-04 16:48:38
i'm listenin to this song right now.
yeah that piano is great...especially at the end, great finish. thank for that amazing remix :D
NeOmega
on 2005-12-21 20:32:02
This is a remix I have had on my hard drive for a very long time, and it is still very enoyable to hear.
After listening to this and a few others, I realized I needed to come back to this sight and give kudos to alot of songs I never mentioned and thanked the creator for the extra 5 minutes or so of bliss.
TCK
on 2005-11-29 23:15:47
It's kinda sad that it takes a connection to furries for this track to grab my attention :lol:
Fantastic remix. The almost freestyle sounding playing of the piano is beautiful, and it's nice to hear that sort of thing in a mix where it's not absolutely necessary. And that fused with the base of the song makes this one of my top 50 tracks on this site.
OmegaDonut
on 2005-11-29 13:01:00
Geoffrey Taucer wrote: You know what this makes me think of? Furry sex.

WHOA DUDE I SURE DIDN'T SEE THAT COMIN'
Geoffrey Taucer
on 2005-11-29 11:28:33
You know what this makes me think of? Furry sex.
bladiator
on 2005-06-30 09:20:59
GrayLightning wrote:
The Orichalcon wrote:
GrayLightning wrote: Blad is a closet Yanni fan, whether he admits it or not. The performance and style here is very reminscent of his works and fits the mix perfectly.
Dazzling mix.

The piano is inspired by "The Rain Must Fall" by Yanni. Blad's quite open about his Yanni boneration. :wink:

I didn't know that. That's good to hear. 8) It worked out remarkably well in this context.

It's true. I'm a big Yanni weenie. :cry:
GrayLightning
on 2005-06-29 11:09:04
The Orichalcon wrote:
GrayLightning wrote: Blad is a closet Yanni fan, whether he admits it or not. The performance and style here is very reminscent of his works and fits the mix perfectly.
Dazzling mix.

The piano is inspired by "The Rain Must Fall" by Yanni. Blad's quite open about his Yanni boneration. :wink:

I didn't know that. That's good to hear. 8) It worked out remarkably well in this context.
The Orichalcon
on 2005-06-29 04:15:51
GrayLightning wrote: Blad is a closet Yanni fan, whether he admits it or not. The performance and style here is very reminscent of his works and fits the mix perfectly.
Dazzling mix.

The piano is inspired by "The Rain Must Fall" by Yanni. Blad's quite open about his Yanni boneration. :wink:
GrayLightning
on 2005-06-29 03:49:35
I already voted on this in the panel, but I was listening to it again. Really incredible stuff. I dare say, it has to be considered one of the best mixes on the site. TO don't let your head get bigger. :lol:
Blad is a closet Yanni fan, whether he admits it or not. The performance and style here is very reminscent of his works and fits the mix perfectly.
Dazzling mix.
AMDgeek
on 2005-01-09 13:09:50
This ReMix is absolutely amazing! I can't listen to it enough! The piano work combined with the drum work and the beautiful ambience are just so hypnotizing...
When I saw this forum, I wanted to listen to your mix again. As I browsed my media library, I began to freak out because I couldn't find it! I scanned my Doom mixes forever. I suddenly realized that it was a Final Doom mix and it would be in the "F"s alphabetically. I felt so relieved and happy to know that I had found it and that I could listen to it again!
This is one of my all-time favorite mixes. Keep up the good work you two. I love the mixes that come from both of you, and the combined talent is AMAZING!
Brim
on 2005-01-08 17:56:45
I really love this song, especially since I have always clamored for a piano mix with cool instruments in it as well. And it happens to be Doom as well. Totally awesome, everyone I have made listen to it loves it as well.
Epic1044
on 2005-01-06 20:19:46
It's hard to believe this is a collaboration piece, with how well the strokes blend together into such a cohesive tapestry. This is awesome.