ReMix: Super Metroid 'The Mother Is in Control'

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OCR newcomer Revolver Project, aka Ty Scheuerman informs us that the Mother is, in fact, in control. Most likely he's referring to Mother Brain, but let's not rule out Mother Teresa, Mother Jones, Mother Earth, or Nanny from Muppet Babies, who - while admittedly not a real mother - certainly had both the qualifications and an amazing pair of striped socks. Regardless of maternal identity, this is some nice industrial Metroid mixage, reminiscent of KMFDM in a lot of ways, most specifically the precise, chopped and aligned electric guitar. Sascha Konietzko meets Samus Aran? Might be the closest thing you'll get, who knows... it's late and it's been a rather disappointing evening, so I'm gonna take the easy out and let the quotes do the talking - the ReMixer writes:

"The mix is definitely my own sort of take on the theme.. the flute and strings and choral hits you hear were all created in a (somewhat) faithful sense, but were used primarily to link the track more closely to the original. I just recently returned to the mix after about 10 months of having it sit around, because I wanted to wait until I sort of knew what I was doing. I know the guitar can become somewhat repetitive (or at least it did to me while I was mixing), but I used to support the somewhat "inhuman" theme I had going in my mind while I was working. The two voice samples you hear in the song are both from the Hal 9000 computer in 2001: A Space Oddysey. I've heard that they're a little hard to understand to some, but they seem as clear as I possibly could make them since I returned to the mix. The words spoken are "This sort of thing has cropped up before, and it has always been due to human error." Later on in the mix is "I know that you are planning to disconnect me, and I'm afraid that is something I cannot allow to happen." At the end of the mix, I just wanted to return to the original mix, and tone down the noise, because I think the original melody is really ingenious, and I just really had to make sure it made it into the mix somehow unspoiled by all the noisy guitars and drums."

Can't go wrong quoting from Kubrick films, doncha know (although some of the judges could live without the quotes or were indifferent) - TO writes:

"Scary start going there. Good synth coming in over the distorted percussion and guitar (nice by the way.) The rhythm guitar coming in sounds very eerie and powerful, the reverb is almost a little too much, but I'm willing to give it as it makes the mix sound.. larger, so to speak. I can really dig the industrial sound here. The distortion is overbearing in some sections, but it's done well overall. I was cringing expecting the mix to be a whole mess of these distorted sounds. But after 2 minutes we head into the cream of this mix. The clear guitar, wonderfully clear industrial hits. powerful synthwork still working with that crunchy sounding distortion bordering on being over the top. The sound here is another hit or miss mix. You either like this stuff or hate it. This is produced well enough that I'm pleased with it."

This reminds me of the heyday of Wax Trax! Records, back when "industrial" was a relatively new genre and hadn't splintered off into sub-genres. I definitely had what I would refer to as an "industrial phase", where all I listened to were Pretty Hate Machine-era Nine Inch Nails, Front 242, KMFDM, etc., and while I think I ultimately prefer more melodic/harmonic action than industrial usually encourages, I still love the smell of napalm in the morning, so to speak. Revolver Project provides that smell, and the ballistics report indicates that most anyone seeking a rippled, stark metallic landscape of Super Metroid goodness should sign up for the firing squad, post-haste.

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Discussion: Latest 15 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
ymlie
on 2012-10-20 11:18:30
can someone please tell me what the computervoice is saying.
love the mix by the way.
just love it
Dubanubiel
on 2012-09-02 17:16:36
It has been a long time coming posting something to this mix. I often find myself going back to this song and falling in love with it all over again. That chugging guitar may be repetitive but it is exactly what the song needs. It's a dark, unstoppable, plodding musical onslaught. I'm still not sure I like the way the Hal quotes were used but the words definitely fit the song. Props!
RDX
on 2011-03-11 01:50:55
Amazing
Extra Credits sent me here :nicework:
OA
on 2009-11-11 10:47:52
Awesome use of guitars to give a good rhymic backing with lots of open space to put all your crazy distortions in-between. Oftentimes a noise artist will just throw a bunch of sounds together and crank up the distortion, but having a grounding element really lets the song progress. I love how you add some extra riffage into the guitars later on to keep the song feeling fresh.
Ominous synths kindof float through the sound scape, and a lot of intelligent choices make this a really clever and cool mix. I like it a lot.
Bozlifyme
on 2008-11-10 21:22:11
One of my favorite Metroid tracks and it never gets old. Tell me, did anyone else think of Silent Hill for the first 10 seconds or so?
Nutritious
on 2006-10-04 15:23:17
Excellent, solid Industrial. I wasn't sure I'd like this song when it first started, but as soon as that synth bass came in at :19 I was reassured. Also, contrary to Revolver's description, I don't find the guitar repetitive since it really fills in the low-end of the mix. Great work.
Solid Soldier
on 2005-12-07 16:50:12
This is probably one of my favorite mixes of all time. Very catchy, very sweet. And the 2001 quotes, despite my lack of love for the movie (sorry 2001 fans :|), I thought they were a great touch as well. Kick ass, indeed.
Darkmetamorphasis
on 2005-12-01 18:11:01
I loved this remix, simply because it captured the anxious waiting of being in the same area as Mother Brain, and pretty much the energy you feel from being close to beating the game, but besides that, I thought the way the Remix sounded was really on the top of my list
metroixer
on 2005-11-29 16:44:39
I have 2 words for it also: top ten! This remix would be put in lower brinstar if kraid ever became an 80's fan. IMHO off course.
TX-419
on 2005-11-29 16:27:15
The only possible way I can think of describing this song is in the from of two words: "KICK" and "ASS" (preferably in that order).
Asterin
on 2005-11-08 00:15:31
I really enjoyed this. While listening, two different visual analogies came to mind that helped bring the piece to life for me. The first time I listened, the industrial hiss and crash sparked the mental imagery of some gargantuan creature breathing heavily. (Mother Brain, perhaps?)
The second time, especially with the 2001 quotes mixed in there and the white noise clearing and later returning, it felt like someone was slowly flipping through different radio stations that were all playing variations on the same theme, producing a creepily awesome feeling.
Whether you intended any this or not, I was very impressed with the piece.
Martin Penwald
on 2005-11-05 21:35:54
Being a sucker for the music of Super Metroid, I really looked forward to hear this song. And it didn't disappoint me the least. I think that you did a great job here, and the voice of HAL just adds this certain kick to it...
It's just like some of the earlier posts said, we need more ReMixes like that one.
PlastikBag
on 2005-10-30 13:37:20
Awesome.
JimSelve
on 2005-10-30 07:43:41
RimFrost the Tourianist wrote:
Wanderer wrote: Holy shit. This is one of those remixes that come out of nowhere from a newcomer that just ends up kicking your ass. I freaking love this.

I second that.
And it really starts kicking at 2:00 :P
Amazing submission indeed ! Hope we get to hear many more remixes from this one.

This is so true. This site needs more industrial mixes of this quality. Great job, Revolver. :o
CE
on 2005-10-29 18:51:49
Hmmm... With this remix being so good, it makes me wonder... Why dont we have more Metroid Prime Mixes on the site? I mean, Prime not only captures the feeling of the other games, but it also improves it with the music!