Posted 2005-10-31, evaluated by djpretzel
While it may not be particularly spooky, Halloween is as good an occassion as any to debut an Earthbound arrangement project, which is exactly what Joe Cammisa and a group of talented artists from all over the place have done, unveiling Bound Together - An EarthBound Remix Project today to anxious fans. BT's status as an independent project has probably helped it to attract remixer talent from multiple sites and communities, thus representing some voices you may or may not hear in an official OCR site project. I still think there's room for both approaches, but there's no arguing the list of contributing artists to Joe's project is both impressive and varied. Joe writes:
"The only thing to say about this project is that I got the best musicians around to make the best music for the best cause. For that I thank all of them from the bottom of my heart. They love this community and support what this project stands for. We are all truely 'Bound Together' here. Now, let the music speak for itself from here on out..."
That's a whole lot of "bests" in that first sentence, there, but I think you can take that as a sign that Joe's proud of the results, as well he should be. You can check out the rest of the project at earthbound.joecam.net or just download the torrent straight away. Now, before going into the juicy details on Jordan's (excellent) mix, I'd be more than a little dishonest in not mentioning that up until very recently, I myself was on this project, and the fashion in which I dissociated from it wasn't exactly 'amicable'. You'd get ten different stories from ten different people, but my own take is that because I was uninformed up until the last minute of someone on the project that I'd rather not collaborate with, even in a symbolic sense, I withdrew my contribution. I still question the goal of "unifying" the community by an invitation-only mixer selection process that keeps some people, namely me, in the dark BUT... forget all that for a second, and remember this: EarthBound has an amazing, peculiar soundtrack, and everyone involved has done a great job arranging its many quirky gems. You don't NEED an agenda or a loftier goal (or me for that matter) to justify this project, because - sans drama - the end result works on a musical level. The game's music and these artists' interpretations are both strong enough to stand on their own without any sort of higher ideological theme; while my part in things didn't work out, it don't much matter.
On to greener pastures... or, rather, snowier tundras, as the case may be. Jordan writes:
"This is a euortrance style remix of snow woods from the snes earthbound. Its pretty high quality pumpy dance music, and its a liberal approach to the original. You can still identify the melodies for the most part. I wrote a lot of extra parts and decided to use the tent music as the ending."
The last time we saw bLiNd on OCR it was March of '04, with his Extreme-G work, but he's clearly been keeping himself busy and hasn't lost one iota of the sheen and class he brings to the trance thing. Things get started pretty quickly, with a wide, expansive groove laid down lickety-split as verb-drenched synths percolate and things build towards the four-on-the-floor at 0'42". The thematic introduction at 1'22" is what really sets the mix out, as it's far more chromatic and varied than the typical melody you'd transplant into the middle of a trance track, but Jordan handles it well. Things go back into traditional territory for awhile, but there's a few more tricks up the mix's sleeve, with a nice ambient oasis at 3'14", followed by that rarest of beasts, the trance ritardando. The last minute is a very hypnotic rendition of the tent music that reminds me of some of the very hypnotic musics off the generally excellent Robot Carnival soundtrack. I've somewhat inevitably spent more time talking about logistics than bLiNd's mix, but it's everything you'd expect from him, which speaks tomes, and makes the often-challenging EarthBound soundtrack familiar, welcoming, and ice cold.
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Sources Arranged (2 Songs)
- Primary Game:
EarthBound (Nintendo, 1994, SNES)
Music by Hirokazu Tanaka, Hiroshi Kanazu, Keiichi Suzuki, Toshiyuki Ueno
"Winters' Wake Up Call"
- Electronic, Synth
- Time > Tempo: Fast
Usage > Winter Holiday
- 7,014,956 bytes
- Size: 7,014,956 bytes
- MD5 Checksum: 0a367d52df90a383aad6ad4633ebdc6e
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