ReMix: Grim Fandango 'The Enlightened Alaskan'
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While you may have already heard VotL in its entirety, chances are you haven't heard this Mazedude mix, our very first arrangement from the legendary Grim Fandango. Yeah, that LucasArts game with all the dead skeleton people in it. I actually never played it, which is a damn shame, because the combination of LucasArts humor/presentation with a somewhat Tim Burtonesque, noir setting seems like it would be right up my alley. Mr. Getman also provided our first (and only, to date) coverage of Day of the Tentacle, also by Peter McConnell but that time with Clint Bajakian and Michael Land. Mazedude's doing wonders for American game composers on OCR, and this recent trend of LucasArts classics in particular is doubtless making many fans of the games happy. As well they should be; Chris got the skills, and proves it yet again. At just over three minutes, this is a little short, but... it's really cool. It blends Chris' love of quirkier, mangled fx with a lot of choral elements, Middle Eastern intonations, and ethnic percussion. I think you'll find that while it's identifiable as a Mazedude mix (for all the right reasons) it's a bit different from his other stuff because of these two motifs. The solo choral entry and minimalist fx intro is perfect, the chopped, unprocessed effect outro (with fading pad underneath) is perfect, and the overall sonic aesthetic is just immensely transporting, well constructed, and effective. Chris writes:
"I'm rather proud of this one, it's been finished for a long time, and yet very few people have heard it. I'm also excited to be the first Grim Fandango remix on the site. :)"
He should be "rather proud" of ALL his mixes, really. I've personally got a few older tracks I'm less than proud of, truth be told, but everything on OCR from MD is hot business, in my humble opinion. This, however, is one of his best, most unique and visionary pieces. It's the ReMix equivalent of opium (comparison not based on empirical evidence), being downright hypnotic, and from start to finish feels like an idea that crystallized in his brain and made the transition from gray matter to WAV matter fully intact. Awesome.
My memory problems aside, this is a very atmospheric mix, and the pitch-bended synths really stand out in the piece. The whole environment that was created was very lush and chilled. Despite the fact that this is short, this is still great and distinctly Mazedude.
- Sir_Downunder on December 13, 2009
Sure hides a lot of personality like the [i]Grim Fandango[/i] characters.
- Polo on October 9, 2009
- Martin Penwald on March 30, 2008
There are so many layers that it takes several listens to even begin to get to the core.
Melodically it reminds me a bit of a few Xenogears tracks in a few spots. Always a good thing. :-)
Overall very mysterious and meticulously crafted. Fantastic work.
- OA on March 12, 2008
- Moo2u on March 11, 2008
- Doomguy on March 11, 2008
Very amazing production as well.
- Hy Bound on March 10, 2008
Reminds me a little bit of Ghosts N Goblins at some points.
- The Orichalcon on March 9, 2008
- Dafydd on March 9, 2008
now i have to play this game .. indeed indeed
that lead that comes in halfway is just crazy
good job !
- Platonist on March 8, 2008
- Jacian on March 8, 2008
A very cool adaptation it is. The mix brings up new feelings with scary choirs, panned pan flutes and distorted evil leads. There was some tabla percussion on the source tune as well. However, this time it made fusion with noised drum synths and magic wind chimes.
- Txai on March 8, 2008
I didn't notice when the track was ended really.
Just went on repeat all the way and captured every part in me.
Been listening on this soundtrack for long period a while ago.
A really good OST.
This mix I think is really smooth and breathing.
Love your work with dynamics.
Reminds me a little of your "Minotaur Nightmares" which I adore.
Really nice flow.
- AeroZ on March 8, 2008
- herograw on March 8, 2008
- djpretzel on March 8, 2008