ReMix: Final Doom 'Hung Like a Pinky'
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"Similar to my original Final Doom remix "Iron Demon", I gated most of the synths and pads in this to give it that clean sound that I oh so enjoy. The source didn't have a lot in it, as most Doom music tends not to. So most of the remixing is done by means of atmosphere and flirting with the general melody by switching keys around to give it that dark/quirky sound (ie: the piano from 2:15-2:32 and 3:06-3:53, the music box from 2:34 to the end.) The rest of the source is padded out through the pads and bassed out through the bassline. Props to Ashley (DJRedlight) for helping me with figuring out the FL compressor to get the sounds balanced."
As for the mix's rather... peculiar... title, TO explains, perhaps in greater detail than is necessary for most:
"As for the title. The original map the music is from is named "Hanger", and a Pinky is a demon from the game. It's a double entendre as a Pinky is also your little finger, and many wouldn't consider being "hung like a pinky" to be a good thing."
Indeed. Thank you for conjuring all sorts of Freudian FPS imagery for me. It is, after all, an "Id" game... right? I'm just glad there's a semi-rational explanation that links in with the game itself, as otherwise this would have been the most self-deprecatingly titled ReMix ever. Psychoanalytical guffaws aside, TO continues the FD legacy that he and Ashley have been steadily carving out ever since February of '04. These guys have essentially created a two-man Final Doom ReMix project that just happens to be temporally elongated; at this rate, some time in 2011, they'll have the whole thing done with. I'm not complaining though - they've managed to work in some killer mixes from other games/series along the way, and keep returning to this specific title with some excellent stuff. TO's been progressing with more and more interesting and varied production. His compositional style itself has also evolved, but I think he's always focused more on establishing moods and soundscapes, and that's where the more significant development has occurred. There's all sorts of squishy loveliness here, with music boxes, undulating chords, layered beats, deep bass, plenty of fx, a wide stereo spread, and a hypnotic, pulsing chromatic descent. I especially like all the subtle detail Lee's worked into the drum track, with acoustic, electronic, and hybridized elements generously but thoughtfully applied. I would have liked to see the dynamic change to something truly aggressive at some point, with some loud toms or something - sorta like the transition in Phil Collins In the Air Tonight, where things really just bust out, but the alternate approach here of keeping the mood contained but suspenseful has its own appeal as well. Great stuff; tense as hell, but given the subject material, that's basically the idea.
For me, despite the variation in instruments/synths, the Halloween-style piano and all the cool juxtaposition that happens with the music box style portions, this doesn't rise out of the gloominess of it's source. I like the Doom soundtracks, but they need a lot of bolstering to become something more than creepy, atmospheric music to explore demon-infested hallways to. This never really escapes that. It's more faithful or restrained than most Doom mixes I've heard here, which is something that should be appreciated. But some small part of me wants to see this go further than it already does.
- Marmiduke on October 8, 2010
- DragonAvenger on December 4, 2009
It lures you in... and then the trap closes.
- Polo on October 30, 2009
adam2;293948 wrote: Why is the name retarded? I think its ballsy.
- WesPip on July 14, 2007
The intro is somewhat cheesy, but it works nevertheless.
- Martin Penwald on July 13, 2007
- adam2 on July 13, 2007
- WesPip on July 11, 2007
- Liontamer on July 10, 2007
Man, your Doom mixes never cease being awesome. It usually takes ,e while to warm up to a track, but this one I loved from the first play. I cant wait to hear your work in Delta Q Delta :}
- Ragnor on July 10, 2007
- Nobbynob Littlun on July 6, 2007
- MrBogus on July 2, 2007
The beginning started sort of like a pop song. I can't remember if it was Nsync or Backstreet or Britney; one of those; just the opening notes and the tone of the instrument. Take from that whatever, but regardless, this is a sweet song. Never really was a fan of the doom soundtracks but you've made me like at least this track. :-)
- OA on July 2, 2007
- Red Shadow on July 1, 2007
- djpretzel on July 1, 2007