ReMix: Metroid Prime "Just a Little More (Prime Edit)" 6:04

By DarkeSword

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Arranging the music of one song...

"Ice Valley (Phendrana Deep Lake Area)"

Primary Game: Metroid Prime (Nintendo, 2002, GCN), music by Kenji Yamamoto (I), Koichi Kyuma

Posted 2004-12-12, evaluated by djpretzel


And here you have it, the last mix for the night and our first from Metroid Prime. Mr. Ansari writes:

"Got a new remix I just finished, called "Just a Little More (Prime Edit)." The (Prime Edit) is there because I wrote an original piece called 'Just a Little More' that uses the same bassline and general instrumentation. It's a remix of the Phendrana music from Metroid Prime."

The Prime soundtrack is pretty freeform, and from what I can gather Shariq's fleshed it out a bit more and given it structure. Running harp lines, expansive choral work, a drum line that stays out of the way but does establish an undulating pulse, along with the bassline, that's like a heartbeat for the piano and synth lead. At six minutes, this isn't a mix that tries to fill that time with a variety of musical ideas - the length is used in the same way the source material uses it, to establish motifs and more of a "tone framework" and then color within those lines in an impressionist sort of thing (Metroid Monet? Clair de Samus?)... it's less the telling of a story and more the enveloping of a setting/atmosphere. It's not Shariq's most memorable piece, but it does create a smooth, transient vibe that takes the MP original and plants it on firmer ground, while still stretching out into spacious depths in an explorative, ambient, reaching vibration.

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urdailywater
on 2013-02-24 23:37:54

I love the arrangement. It definitely takes a simple is better approach IMO, and does well with keeping a calm mood, while still changing up throughout the song to keep things interesting.

The harp coming in around 3:00 sounds beautiful.

A great Phendrana remix. I would say that this song has had more influence over my style in music than most any other song on OCR, because it's just perfect by my book.

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Polo
on 2011-04-17 05:50:57

I get that familiar feeling of traversing wild, chilly heights, and it's not just because of the sounds of distant wind currents. First, the bouncy groove from Just a Little More (0:24+) sets up the "let's get exploring" vibe. Then, commanding players like the piano, the choir, and the synth at 1:51 not only take the stage, they take it for a glide and expand its scope. Topping it off, we get a few quiet sections in the beginning and middle that allow for reflection, not unlike taking in the view from a mountain summit. By the way, I like how the churning electric sounds (beginning and elsewhere) remind me of those tunnel-dwelling Scatter Bombus.

There's never a dull moment in this Prime edit.

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WesternZypher
on 2010-10-28 14:53:49

I love this and that Linus Spacehead mix. They're very...galactic. Cosmic, even.

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ufo2222
on 2010-10-21 16:33:49

i got so excited someone made an effing phendrana drifts remix

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OA
on 2010-05-06 11:35:30

I think it was pretty decent stuff- the melodic hook of the source wasn't super strong, but the treatment Darkesword added to it was pretty nice, and though the track remained pretty constant for the 6 minutes, it was relaxing and nice.

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Marmiduke
on 2009-12-12 09:05:43

This one has been a pretty huge deal for me ever since the day it was posted. I wish I knew how many times I'd listened to it but it's probably a blessing that there's no way of knowing. I wouldn't dare take a guess.

Deep, contemplative treatment to an already perfect example of game music. It never fails to impress me how so much of the original was retained even through introducing some very cool, dynamic changes to the direction. The tonal lift into a more hopeful, lighter sound resulted in a great payoff that is just as encapsulating as the original.

A tremendous beginning to DarkeSword's trilogy of Prime mixes, which each share the same structure as this, but are each amazing standalone pieces in their own right. Just A Little More [Prime Edit] is the one that has lived inside me the most. It's a stunning piece of work; subtly arranged in many ways, but extremely memorable and enjoyable regardless. A perfect mix.

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Pyro Paper Planes
on 2009-06-16 04:11:53

A remix should always recreate a song, yet create new emotions for new experiences. Just a Little More (Prime Edit) does just that, and surpasses all expectations.

Just a Little More is quite simply one of the best remixes on OCReMix. It's beautiful, and pays respect to the original source, but varies enough to credit its own existence. DarkeSword has achieved a perfect balance.

Sometimes I doubt if certain genres can portray certain feelings, but it's tracks like these that I am gladly reminded of how anything can work. I never imagined an Electronic track could turn out so well, in portraying the beauty of isolation and exploration.

This song is more than just a song to listen to: It's a song that should inspire other mixers the quality that their own remixes should achieve. It's the pinnacle of an OCReMix song.

I thank the author, DarkeSword, for such a beautiful mix to listen to. It is examples like these where I point out that videogame music is an art of its own, that should be paid attention to.

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Neblix
on 2009-05-24 16:47:22
The composition is excellent, yes, and the Chozo Ruins coming in the middle is pretty awesome, and fine, the bass line really does something for the track ... yet, as a whole, it just sent me digging into my MP3 collection for the OST version. I don't know exactly what it was, but my best guess is

a) it doesn't feel cohesive. The best bits are sampled almost wholesale from the OST tracks. The bits in between don't feel right.

B) little 'bounty hunter badassness' is left. Its just a little too bouncy/happy and not enough 'fully charged plasma beam.' See comments below.

I am a great fan of Phendrana Drifts' music, and I have always compared it to the Dam music from Goldeneye 64 in that the character's onscreen gun wobble when running matches the beat of the song perfectly. The Dam/Phendrana music was so hot I would always go back to that stage many times to wipe out the helpless enemies with maximum firepower, just to hear the music. That gun wobble/bassline connection obliterated, I just don't feel it for this track.

How else am I supposed to look like a moron walking around my house pumping Phendrana music through my MP3 player and doing the gun wobble if its not there anymore?! :oops:

It's a remix, jeez.

It's not supposed to be trancy and looped a million times while fighting bad guys... it's a SONG.

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JH Sounds
on 2008-08-22 18:25:57

Heh, "Just a Little More Prime"... Nice unintentional Chairmen of the Board reference, there.

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KingTiger
on 2006-04-24 15:38:23

This song just rawks. All of the intruments fit perfectly, great arrangement...I thought it would be really hard to remix a Prime song, but you did an excellent job! I like how you integrated pieces of the main Prime them in there, too. This is awesome.

DarkeSworde Fanbase points +1

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Vertigo88
on 2006-04-24 15:14:13

Phendrana Drifts music wins.

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Audity
on 2006-04-17 21:26:19

I first listened to this thinking the original could never be done justice except with an arrangement that basically made it another song altogether, like something done by djp (:)) so I didn't like it then when it went against that. But when I listened the second and third time, I listened to it based on the fact that it pretty much was very much like the original, while still adding lots of good elements (DarkeSword Elements). Basically a huge reworking of the P.Drifts theme from the game, and it sounds good, because the feeling brought from the original is great (as those who played the game should know what to expect). Download if you like the original a little or a lot. Or just download it if you like good wintery smooth music with appropriate ambient percussion, but definitely not too ambient.

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Infinite HP
on 2005-05-23 17:44:54

Wow, very nice. I love the way DS arranged (or reaaranged, not sure of the correct terminology) this song. I love this game, and I hope Darkesword and/or others do more remixes from this game.

Well Done.

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jordex
on 2005-03-27 23:57:15

The first time I heard this, I wasn't very impressed but after I heard the original again, I realized that DS did an amazing job emphasizing it!

With a catchy bassline and soothing ambience, it can't get any more relaxing, actually -- it would have been great if Shariq could fit the Underwater Frigate Reactor Core theme into this, that would make it all the more beautiful but this is an excellent piece with or without the Frigate theme.

Huge thanks for this one DarkeSword!

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Shwenky
on 2005-03-20 23:16:00

Nice work, DarkeSword. The bassline really helps pull everything together.

Sources Arranged (1 Song)


Primary Game:
Metroid Prime (Nintendo, 2002, GCN)
Music by Kenji Yamamoto (I), Koichi Kyuma
Songs:
"Ice Valley (Phendrana Deep Lake Area)"

Tags (11)


Genre:
Ambient, Experimental, Trance
Mood:
Chill, Mellow
Instrumentation:
Harp, Piano, Strings, Synth
Additional:
Time > 4/4 Time Signature
Time > Duration: Long

File Information


Name:
Metroid_Prime_Just_a_Little_More_(Prime_Edit)_OC_ReMix.mp3
Size:
7,878,450 bytes
MD5:
9915b9a613221de9b003567930820f83
Bitrate:
171Kbps
Duration:
6:04

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