ReMix: World of Warcraft 'All Nations Rise'
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What can one say about John Burnett that hasn't already been said, in some corner of the world? He lives by his own moral code: a freelancer, a diamond in the rough, charting his own rugged path on the high seas of fate, propelled forward by a tireless engine of motivation, hunger, and need. His turbines run on curiosity, his pistons pump with the galvanized knowledge of possibility, enthralled with the potential he hurtles ever towards... of course, he's also just a messed-up African-American Midway employee who got tossed off the judges panel for inactivity, who still manages to haunt the vaunted halls of #ocremix... where he is known more commonly as 'The Wangless'... but that's merely *context* for the larger, more profound picture.
The Dubya gets first dibs on two popular PC titles in one with this mix, as it covers themes from both World of Warcraft and Guild Wars as well. The ReMixer self-promotes:
"Hey kids! Wingless here. The following is a list of fun things you can do with this song:
1.) Email the folks at NCsoft and the Guildwars website and say, "Hey, there's a pretty decent remix of Guildwars up on overclocked and www.thewingless.com . You should have a listen."
2.) Email the folks at Blizzard and the World of Warcraft website and say, "Hey, there's a pretty decent remix of World of Warcraft up on overclocked and www.thewingless.com . You should have a listen."
3.) Email the Midway Games studio in Chicago and say, "Hey, there's a pretty decent composer in your Building. You should listen to his stuff at overclocked and www.thewingless.com and maybe let him try a track or two."
Why do I get the feeling we're being used like a toy? Nevermind the masturpimping; John's put together a lovely orchestral arrangement that pretty seamlessly integrates the two games' soundtracks into one cohesive whole, with his trademark piano taking a lead role often, and primarily ensemble playing from strings, beautiful french horns, and winds. There's plenty of solo sections, however, like 0'53", where flute and alto flute duet, with falling harp lines and piano, creating a very icy, wintry feel. Actually, this could easily have worked as an overture to the recent Chronic-what?-cles of Narnia film; it's got a very cinematic feel, lots of motion, but also more specifically summons the season of Winter in many sections. It's been a long time since John showed himself 'round these parts, but he hasn't lost his touch or his nerve, and I happen to know for a fact that there's more where this'un came from. Mr. Burnett's done a fantastic job arranging two already lush, elaborate soundtracks into something new, a not-insignificant feat, and while I'm sure he's got parts that are much more in need of a good stroke than his ego, you nevertheless have to dole out the large kudos for a wonderful, varied, and imaginative ReMix.
- The cumulative flavor of each successive instrument in the intro is like the sun dawning on a fresh, pleasant day, telling all nations to rise with it.
- 0:54 counterbalances the previous buildup with soft scale falls via fewer instruments before rising in incremental intensity at 1:35.
- The [i]Guild Wars[/i] theme plays extensively in different blushes early on. Stormwind supplements one of its iterations at 2:37, crafting a melodically similar bridge. After a later grand build, 4:51 gently plays 1:36 of Stormwind to wrap things up.
- What really whets my appetite are the composite rhythmic strings. They give the loftier sections a feeling of movement, like when the [i]GW[/i] theme shines in a noble light at 1:48, and they stay tense and busy when they're subdued or creeping into the fray, especially at 3:24-3:56.
- Polo on November 17, 2010
- Skyline Drop on June 29, 2010
- OA on April 29, 2010
- Jarvi on January 29, 2009
1:48 starts the best part for me. The background strings really give it some oomph.
- SoC on September 22, 2006
ShrikeArghast wrote: By the way, I love the ironic blending of these two games. WoW - the juggernaught, breakthrough MMO - combined with Guild Wars, the much-halooed 'boy who would be king' [b]sequel-in-playstyle to Diablo II[/b], that WoW's detractors claimed would sink Blizzard's product in a matter of weeks.
I don't know if you've actually played GW but okay.
Song is pretty awesome though. Wingless made a good guildmate, even though he always referred to me as "my lady".
- Kakumei on July 27, 2006
... not that that's really all that high of a crime. Jeremy Soule is certainly a superior artist to whoever composed the SW theme - it's just that I wanted to here more of the competing product.
By the way, I love the ironic blending of these two games. WoW - the juggernaught, breakthrough MMO - combined with Guild Wars, the much-halooed 'boy who would be king' sequel-in-playstyle to Diablo II, that WoW's detractors claimed would sink Blizzard's product in a matter of weeks.
That, of course, didn't happen, but I love hearing these two rivals thumping along with one another in the same tune. It's like forcing Draco Malfoy and Harry Potter to duet on a piano.
- ShrikeArghast on July 27, 2006
- DJ EK BEATMAN on February 25, 2006
- Chuckles on February 20, 2006
- Snooper_1989 on February 4, 2006
What can I say. I find it difficult to find the Stormwind theme, but heck.. do I care? This is a remix full of changes yet with a theme that holds it together.. like all of The Wingless' remixes. And it has this depth that makes me think it may be as deep as Zebesian Midnight (another favourite of mine) which allows for different interpretations during the times I'll listen to it. So, thanks for this new remix!
- Synchrone on January 23, 2006
The Guild Wars half sounds very nice, but I'm not as familiar with it these days as I would like to be.
- CapnHulk on January 19, 2006
I'm not sure if this ever even saw the judges panel... but, I s'pose, if you are the Wingless anything you create is guaranteed golden.
- DJ Skratch 'n' Sniff on January 19, 2006
- zircon on January 18, 2006
I can't fault this beautiful piece.
The harmonies, rhythms, melody; it all fits perfectly together. The brass warms to your ears and the strings are smooth. Don't pass this one up, it's a must-hear.
- FiremanJoe on January 18, 2006