ReMix: Super Metroid 'Kindred'
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"This mix was produced for the bLiNd "Get Well" project - we wanted to pick a source that could be interpreted with a dark, atmospheric vibe and have room for vocal parts. Maridia 1 fit the bill - it's creepy, minimal, and atmospheric already. We developed the arrangement together, doing the entire mix from planning to mastering in the span of a single 48 hour marathon session (sleep included, of course). The end result is similar in style to one of our other collaborations, an original called "Red July" from Jill's debut album Origins. Other inspiration also came from Oceanfire's "Xenosphere" mix, which is a favorite of ours.
Andy did the production, incorporating many atmospheric synth elements like the deep bass sweep and twinkling choir pad, along with heavily processed electronic percussion. This set the stage for Jill's vocals, which stick to the melody of the source in the verses, but then become wholly original in the chorus sections. Her lyrics are loosely written from the perspective of Samus, exploring deep into an alien world filled with ruins, completely alone.
We also added a little something mainly for bLiNd, but any fans of his original music might pick up on it too. In the second chorus, we quoted the melody from "The First Day", a popular original trance track that Jordan produced along with Leifo as part of their group, Vega Projekt."
You may have already read about Jordan's illness and the Super Metroid album Shariq organized to lift his spirits; DarkeSword summarizes:
"When I heard about Jordan's illness, I thought it'd be nice to do something for him that only a community like ours could do. You always hear about how keeping a person's spirits up helps with their recovery, so I decided that maybe Jordan would like to hear a load of remixes from his favorite game, Super Metroid. Granted, we've already done a great Super Metroid album here at OCR, but this was different. This was specifically for an artist who's given us some really phenomenal music over the years.
I'm happy to say that the community rose to the occasion - veterans and novices alike - and we ended up with 28 tracks. I'm also happy to say that Jordan expressed to me that he really enjoyed the album, and that he's been doing better. I just want to say thanks to everyone involved and thanks to Jordan for some great tunes over the years. Please stay tuned for a public release in the coming week or so."
I must say, it was very classy of Shariq to arrange all of this. While I unfortunately didn't have time to contribute myself, I'm really proud of this community for coming together and contributing to something that was focused solely on raising a sick ReMixer's spirits. Jordan's given us amazing, free music for a LONG time, and paying him back in this fashion when he could certainly use the lift is indicative of how much he means to us, but also how much the community means to all of us - were I not a masculine, chiseled example of testosteriffic manliness, I might even get a little teary-eyed.
Still, even given the inspiring, feel-good context, we wouldn't be posting a mix from the project unless it was good. In this case, it's another bf/gf collab from Andy and Jill, so there shouldn't be much doubt... even with a 48hr. gestation period, these two can put together some great stuff. In this case it's new-agey ambient vocal material with some trance/industrial overtones. Andy mentioned Oceanfire, which I hear, but I also see a bit of Sephfire in there, too. The melody is a bit more chromatic/minor in the verse than most of what I've heard from Jill, while the chorus is more familiar & also doubles up the vocal with a nice harmony. It actually reminds me of an anime ED... no specific track, maybe something by Kanno or Yuki Kajiura or something. The lyrics might sound a little elementary when read without music, but - as with so many other songs - they take on a different life when sung in context, and are totally appropriate to the arrangement.
All in all, this is a great vocal Super Metroid mix from zircon and pixietricks that came out of an inspiring and thoughtful act on Shariq's part; it's the result of a chain of events that is really unique to this community, and represents it well. Here's to their inspiring effort to lift bLiNd's spirits and to Jordan's continued recovery!
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