ReMix: Tetris 'Piano Concerto in A minor'
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Jeremy Robson writes:
"Here is another classical-oriented submission of mine. It's a concerto for piano and orchestra based on two of the Russian folk songs from Tetris. It's not exactly a piano concerto, but it's written much in the same way as one from the classical-romantic era. It's written in a kind of condensed sonata-allegro form with several key modulations and some motivic technique I attribute mostly to Beethoven and Mahler. The tonality, however, is mainly Russian folk song-sounding, along the lines of Tchaikovsky or Rachmaninov. I don't claim to be the cleverest in writing for the piano, so it's all in good fun."
Good fun indeed - a little lighter than Jeremy's previous mixes, compositionally and thematically, this is nonetheless a treat for fans of falling slavic geometries the world over. I'll be frank in saying that, along with the Pokemon games, Tetris is a title that we recieve a disproportionately high number of less-than-stellar arrangements covering. For me, the definitive version of the game was the initial release for the original Gameboy, and I think that's where a lot of the momentum behind the phenomenon picked up, and thus what's inspired so many mixes. Robson brings something new to the act, however, with an arrangement that while light and fun, gives a little more weight to the themes by providing an orchestrated rendition, led largely by piano, as the title would suggest. John Burnett, who likes to place SF2's Zangief in compromising positions when creating animated GIFs for his forum signature, writes:
"This is a delicious feast for the senses. An orgasmic journey through time and space, where Jeremy holds the key unto new worlds, and in those new worlds, we are born anew in his image. There, under the watchmaker's delicacy of his mind and betwixt his strong and tapered fingers, music become wonder, and wonder becomes something beyond the human capacity to embrace, let alone understand. When we listen to his music and we unite, not just as a nation, not just a people, but as living creatures. As entities. As souls, balanced on the fragile edge between existence and Jeremy's heart."
...We keep him around because he has no place else to go, as the above should indicate. Whether Beethoven and Mahler would be proud to have their names cited as influences or not, this is a fairly mature and well-planned arrangement of extremely familiar source material. One issue that judges GrayLightning and zircon both cited was the "machine gun effect" common to earlier or less expensive sample libraries, wherein the repeated, consecutive attacks of a given instrument playing the same note give away the synthetic nature of the sample through the extreme uniformity of the sound. GL, who refreshingly chose to actually describe the music a bit in his decision, writes:
"I don't think most people would notice it anyway. It's noticeable, but it's not a huge deal ultimately. Now as far as this mix, really great arrangement. The orchestration is wonderful. All the different instrumentation, change ups, pacing and articulation usage is used expertly. Production values are generally excellent. I thought the dark sound here is perfect. It's got the perfect european sound. I would not like it any brighter."
Either way, it's a bit of a change of pace for Robson, but also for Tetris, which tends to garner more electronica attention than suitors from other genres. Enjoyable and also mature, but not so much so as to take itself too seriously or not have any fun with the inherently energetic slavic folk tunage.
Simply marvelous! :3
- Fun on February 11, 2013
- FallenOne on February 5, 2010
All I can say is "Incredible" after listening to this.
- Obtuse on November 28, 2009
- OA on November 27, 2009
However, as some have pointed out, each success exists within its own little section of music, so when streamlining it, things do sound slightly stilted. In no way does this sound like a bunch of ideas thrown together, but there is a noticeable stop-and-start mechanic that could have possibly been filed down. I can't decide if the piano was too close, or the strings were too distant. I think the strings may be a little too obscured.
Not flawless, but the flaws are at least easy to swallow, especially when the mix is this high-end. Good stuff.
- Marmiduke on June 19, 2009
It is kind of strange though to hear a Russian folk tune played by a classical orchestra. Still, this is good.
It's so beautifully arranged and orchestrated; the two themes blend so well together. Awesome stuff is going on here, and this is worth listening to.
- 42 on February 1, 2009
- lady zelda on January 16, 2006
- Crono3of3time on December 7, 2005
- benevolensaurus on November 16, 2005
- Zero000 on November 4, 2005
I was impressed. Very nice pacing, and - as has been said - it definitely felt like a story amongst itself, and that's a very good thing. Excellent orchestration, good variety in balance as to who had the melody vs the accompaniment, and so on. And definitely a great original theme to apply this style too. Good work.
- Mazedude on October 29, 2005
I can't remember if I ever heard those grace notes used elsewhere, because they give it a very Chassidic sound as opposed to Russian, especially when the clarinets play them. But yeah, this arrangement is entirely my own, especially considering the syncopation in bar 5 in the file above, which occurs throughout the entire piece in one form or another.
Thanks for the comments, guys.
- Sil on October 14, 2005
I really like that part
- PoL4RiZ on October 14, 2005
- Txai on October 14, 2005
- Robotaki on October 13, 2005