ReMix: Shadow Hearts: Covenant "The Result Is Always Death"
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- Game: Shadow Hearts: Covenant (Aruze, 2003, PS2)
- ReMixer(s): Mattias Häggström Gerdt
- Composer(s): Kenji Ito, Ryo Fukuda, Tomoko Kobayashi, Yasunori Mitsuda, Yoshitaka Hirota
- Song(s): "Death is the Great Leveller (Tower of Atonement)", "Result (Victory)"
- Posted: 2008-10-26, evaluated by djpretzel
- Terms (BETA): electronic piano synth
"First and foremost, Shadow Hearts is an amazing series of games with soundtracks that are way better than most RPG soundtracks. Yoshitaka Hirota's unique Industrial flavoured music is mixed with beautiful themes and mellow tunes. Obviously I've wanted to remix this for long. Lately I've realized I've grown quite confident in one style of music so with this I wanted to take a leap in another direction.
When I was listening through the soundtrack for songs to remix (there were many candidates) I was caught by 'Result'. Not the fanfare-like jingle but what came afterwards. The worlds coolest bass sound. Ever. So I tried hard to mimic this sound (and failed horribly) but I just couldn't let the little melody go. So I laid down the percussion, fx and the bass and I soon realized I needed something more if I wanted to keep this an arrangement. 'Death Is The Great Leveller' was the ultimate companion, it fit with the simple bassline I had in a way that amazed me. This slowly turned into an industrial piece, something I think fits when working with the Shadow Hearts 2 soundtrack and something that's pretty new for me. So, after heavy tweaking and some serious fiddling to get as much source in there as possible, (and it's hard with this kind of source) I'm done. It's not very long but it's long enough.
This was very much a challenge for me and a way to expand my musical skills. I hope you enjoy this as much as I did making it."
Definitely some mad props for throwing the love to Shadow Hearts; I've heard plenty of folks talk about this series and its music, so it's great to finally see a mix. This is glitchier, edgier production work from Matthias, who lately has been doing more groovetastical jam pieces. Compositionally, it's downright minimalistic compared to some of those tracks - no spiralling solos, no funk infusion, just ambient/industrial work of a stark, cinematic style not unlike Sephfire's. Acoustic piano leads the way with a somber melodic refrain, while bitcrushed, rolling hats and fx play around over a slower, heavier kick/snare groove. Then there's the bass, which AnSo talks about... rather huge patch, and made all the huger by repeatedly bending downwards in a deliberate, chill motif.
I really like the sonic contrast between the very crisp percussion and piano/bells and the (intentionally) muddy, gigantic bassline that seems analogous to the pistons/turbines of some large, ungodly machine... it's slick production, either way, which is especially important in an arrangement that isn't filled with AnSo's always-entertaining solo work. He paints a pretty, if mechanical and dark, picture, and fills out his ever-increasing stable of ReMixes with a unique piece that expands his stylistic arsenal. Solid, dramatic arrangement from AnSo, breaking ground for himself and for OC ReMix with our first mixage from SH.
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