Posted 2009-10-19, evaluated by djpretzel
It brings me great honor to announce the release of OC ReMix's 15th album, Humans + Gears: Xenogears ReMixed!
You want some quick links? Sure thing - already gave you the homepage, but you can grab the whole album (MP3 + FLAC) using the bittorrent distribution, comment on the overall album on the comments thread, check out José's super-amazing trailer, and please do help us spread the word via the Digg article and anywhere else you can think of. And now some words from director Avaris, aka Shaun Wallace:
"Humans and Gears was a lengthy undertaking. The project began in the summer of 2006. Many Xenogears arrangement albums have been released in the past. The albums tries to re-envision the soundtrack in a new yet familiar way. We set out to create two unique albums in one. The first album features songs with a focus on natural elements and a "Human" touch. The second album is dark in tone and electronic in texture, symbolising the fear and destruction of "Gears." Artists were given complete creative freedom to express and reimagine the game in a new sonic format. We hope the listeners relive part of the amazing story and music that is Xenogears through this album. Thank you to all of the artists for your hard work and relentless dedication towards completion of this wonderful project."
Love the concept, definitely good to encourage stylistic variety, and after listening to the finished product, I believe the original vision behind the album was fully realized. This was another album that was in gestation for awhile - I remember Taucer telling me about Ziwtra's badass tracks for the project WAY back when, and now that I've heard them, I certainly agree with his appraisal. To start the project off with a bang, however, we've got E-Bison, who hasn't had a mix posted since 2006 himself. His two existing mixes on the site are both absolute classics, though, so I was looking forward to hearing what he cooked up for H&G. The artist writes:
"By the time I was asked to do this project most of the straightforward themes had been snapped up, which was a good thing because I ended up working with something I wouldn't have chosen on my own. A Light from the Netherworld was created for the games intro sequence and acts as an overture, touching on many of the game's prominent themes and textures.
I picked some of my favorite themes, added some others and did a fairly liberal interpretation of the materials. Despite the changes and additions, the spirit of the track draws heavily from the Xenogears palette."
The initial intro hit, with what sounds like Mongolian throat singing, grabbed my attention RIGHT away, and the choral work that follows reminded me of Kenji Kawai's score to the original Ghost in the Shell film. Things get more electronic later on, with some sick gated processing of the chorus circa 2'16" - very cool. It's the perfect introduction to the overall album, because it actually has a nice mix of "Humans" elements incorporated into a "Gears" framework. Shaun writes:
"I was really stoked when Eliot started working on this track. I remember people on the project, and myself included, being blown away by the track's level of creativity and execution. This track signifies what we were trying to achieve with this project. Mixes that focused on creativity and catchy sounds while paying homage to the amazing soundtrack that is Xenogears. I cannot thank Eliot enough for his patience and professional attitude in this mix that truly 'stands tall' in comparison to other Xenogears mixes."
Love that tribal percussion breakdown ending, too; everything about this mix is rich, dynamic, and dramatic. It serves as a wonderful overture to the album, which has a diverse and creative collection of songs arranged by an equally diverse and creative group of artists. 2009 has been one of the very best years for this site, with Summoning of Spirits, Echoes, and now Humans + Gears; I am continually blown away by what our community is able to accomplish.
Check out the Square Enix Music Online interview with Shaun to learn more about the background & creation of this fantastic album. Major props to Avaris and the entire team of artists behind Humans + Gears - it took awhile, but it was worth the wait!
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