ReMix: Xenogears "Mechanical God: Create|Corrupt|Consume" 3:39

By Nekofrog

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Arranging the music of 2 songs...

"Awakening", "Premonition"

Primary Game: Xenogears (Square, 1998, PS1), music by Yasunori Mitsuda

Posted 2009-01-06, evaluated by the judges panel


Neko debuted back in 2008 on a Banjo-Kazooie collab with Audix; as a side note, we got to talk quite a bit with Grant Kirkhope in person at MAGFest, and he's really an awesome, down-to-earth guy with a lot of industry stories and a great sense of humor. Big fan of Judas Priest, too, which I promised him I would check out, and will. But back to Justin Jones and his debut *solo* mix... this is some kicking Xenogears action the judges were unanimously digging - the second time around. JJ writes:

"I first played Xenogears in 1998 when it came out (still have my copy :D ) and was enthralled. As time went on I learned to recognize its obvious shortcomings, which I think led me appreciate the game differently. It's not perfect by any means -- there's a lot I'd chop out of it -- but by and large it's enjoyable. The soundtrack pretty much makes the game for me. I've always felt that "Awakening" and "Omen" were the standout tracks, so I wanted to take "Awakening" and apply to it the "this is my world, and I'm ready to take it back" feeling. The name of the remix is "Mechanical God |Create|Corrupt|Consume|" in reference to Deus (badass robot) as the creator, the corrupter, and eventually the consumer.

Tech talk: Recorded in Steinberg Nuendo with an Ibanez SZ520 into a PodXT Live processor. Drumkit From Hell used for the drums. This is my second go at it, as the first was rejected based on technical aspects for the most part. I've refined it, eliminated all of the clipping that I could find, and threw in some bass now that I have one. Drums have been boosted as per request."

Mr. Aversa wrote:

"The original sub of this mix was only a borderline NO for me because of production issues. I loved the creative interpretation of the sources tunes, which, despite their popularity, are treated differently here than in any other mix on OCR. In this new version, the is noticeably improved from the original submission, as is the tweaked ending, which was the only aspect of the arrangement I didn't like last time around. I'm really glad Nekofrog was open to constructive criticism and decided to go back to this and resub!"

These ARE popular source tunes, so it's especially groovy that Neko's done something different with them, and you can tell from his submission letter but also the mix itself that he's into the game and its music. Sustained strings and mellow electric guits enter, then a shred bed and acoustic kit join in, leading up to the anthematic soaring-lead-over-meaty-chug melody at 0'23", at which point, I'm basically sold. What holds my interest and KEEPS me sold for the rest of the mix is the arrangement, which could have rested on its laurels and still resulted in a pretty awesome track, but actually takes the time to develop, getting more metal at 1'49" with sick arpeggio riffs and head-banging drums then backing off at 2'11" before building up again.

It's a brick house, baby, and since Justin bumped up the production, it's a killer follow-up that proves he can fly solo and make some pretty damn great stuff. I just got a raise today, this is the second great mix we've posted, and we're not even a full week into 2009 yet... pretty auspicious stuff!

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Discussion

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Octagon
on 2014-01-10 17:33:20

This was the ReMix that lead me to this site in the first place... I think.

I kinda miss some parts of the original, but you stripped down Awakening and emphasized its triumphant side very effectively, and the inclusion of Omen feels really natural. The buildup is incredible. A very powerful and inspiring tune overall.

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TBsmasher
on 2013-01-29 18:39:42

Just looked at the final edit, and WOW, that is impressive. That version really needs to get posted on here. It's a shame that this mistake was overlooked.

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tweex
on 2010-08-09 00:29:03

Now we get to hear Neko's first original/solo remix. Nice atmosphere coming in at the beginning. The drums feel a little thin as do the power chords, however, it's all performed admirably well, especially the guitar. The lead has a great GREAT tone to it. It reminds me heavily of Fishy's first remix from Pokemon (that still hasn't been released yet, but soon). The crazy double kick pedal section was a nice touch and really drove the intensity up right before the breakdown. I love the meaty-ness of the power chords during the breakdown section. The tremolo on the high strings right at the end were very well done and added a layer of texture there that was great. All in all, a very good first sub from Justin!

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Nekofrog
on 2009-12-04 02:16:15

I dunno, I've tried to point it out a few times to several people, but it never made any headway. In the meantime you can hear the final version here:

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SwordBreaker
on 2009-12-03 21:36:29
It should probably be noted that my REJECTED version of this mix got posted instead of the version that I actually subbed and got passed.

There aren't really many production issues in the redo. I think someone messed up in the remix posting department.

Really? That has to be a first. Wonder what will happen now?

On that note, I love this remix either way. Nice energy and guitar playing. If OCR doesn't fix this then I'm interesting in having the final version. :)

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Nekofrog
on 2009-12-03 21:25:43

It should probably be noted that my REJECTED version of this mix got posted instead of the version that I actually subbed and got passed.

There aren't really many production issues in the redo. I think someone messed up in the remix posting department.

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Emunator
on 2009-12-03 19:22:12

This is a really insane mix, but it's definitely a bit weak on the production side of things, at least, compared to some of your newer stuff. It's great seeing how far you've come in that area of things, but your arrangements have been awesome from the start :-)

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Marmiduke
on 2009-10-31 02:00:28

Expertly crafted buildup mix. It constantly reminds us that we are being led somewhere, and it's going to be crazy when we get there. And it certainly doesn't fall short, either.

The mix is at its best when it's utilising the layered guitars to their full capacity, and thankfully, that consists of a good portion of the mix. Certainly, the climax is an enlightening highlight, but there are several really awesome, powerful mini-climaxes sprinkled along the way. As far as the simpler, thinner sections like the intro and bridges went, they showed consistency and quality, but are obviously dwarfed by the very conventions they hold together.

I think this mix is all about the guitar, and the guitar sounds wicked. Heavier and more to the point than the norm; it's a hell of a ride. Recommended if you enjoy the contained-blast-of-metal-in-both-ears approach to game remixing.

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Impreza WRX
on 2009-07-03 19:40:36

For some reason, the lead instrument sounds a sequence a lot like what you hear in the Super Metroid Brinstar mixes.

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WillRock
on 2009-02-09 17:53:23

Nice intro I thought :P

A somewhat misleading intro.

I love the chunky rhythm guitar sound :D

The bass is lost in the mix tho, I can hear it, but I have to listen very hard.

I liked the panning on the leads, however, the lead sound didn't seem to quite fit with the sound, it sounded somewhat exposed imo :S

I love the source btw, its def suited to the style your working in.

I didn't think the drums flowed very well. You had plenty of variation in your drum patterns, but you didn't use fills to introduce the changes. They went from one pattern to the other without warning and it threw me off a little.

I don't know the source, but I liked the arrangement. Not perfect, but an enjoyable track, and worth the download :P

Nice work :nicework:

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ChaosPlayer
on 2009-02-03 16:06:13

The first 20 seconds thought it would be somthing cheesy, but goodness gracious... This is something tasteful for guitar for this song. I love it. A+Must Listen!

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Gollgagh
on 2009-02-02 07:24:08

Aw yeah, I was wondering when this was going to get posted.

nice work Neko

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Martin Penwald
on 2009-01-27 14:57:46

The sound of the guitar(s) isn't exactly my cup of coffee. However, the arrangement is very nice, and the fast sections (i.e. 2:00 and 3:15 onwards) are awesome.

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HitoriJaNai
on 2009-01-21 16:21:19

This is tight. Really.

Keep up the good work, Nekofrog, and congrats for your first solo piece up here!

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42
on 2009-01-21 13:19:55

This sounds like metalification of pain and sorrow.

Wow, this is great stuff, nice work. :nicework:

Sources Arranged (2 Songs)


Primary Game:
Xenogears (Square, 1998, PS1)
Music by Yasunori Mitsuda
Songs:
"Awakening"
"Premonition"

Tags (4)


Genre:
Rock
Mood:
Dark
Instrumentation:
Electric Guitar
Additional:
Origin > Resubmission

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Xenogears_Mechanical_God_Create_Corrupt_Consume_OC_ReMix.mp3
Size:
3,588,995 bytes
MD5:
621fc1fc115485e32e725a11b98bd45f
Bitrate:
128Kbps
Duration:
3:39

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