ReMix: Xenogears "My Child"
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- Game: Xenogears (Square, 1998, PS1)
- ReMixer(s): Abadoss, DragonAvenger, Nutritious
- Composer(s): Yasunori Mitsuda
- Song(s): "In a Dark Sleep....."
- Posted: 2010-01-14, evaluated by djpretzel
- Album: Featured on Humans + Gears: Xenogears ReMixed
- Terms (BETA): collab lyrics-original orchestral singing vocals-female
So, we were out of commission for a bit, but it was for a good cause: we've migrated to a shiny new server with much better specs (all the better to serve you with, my dear), that will pave the way for additional content & features planned for the rest of the year. It might not seem like a big deal right now - slightly faster page loads, hopefully - but it was completely necessary, long overdue, and I'm psyched about the doors it will open down the road. I met Kenneth briefly at M8 but really didn't get to talk much; same deal with Sebastian and ktriton a bunch of other people. I blame Hilton, since our room sort of evaporated. At any rate, Mr. Edward Keyn had more than one badass arrangement on Echoes last year, and also showed up big for Humans + Gears. This musical ménage à trois with DA and Nutritious combines Kenneth's arrangement, Deia's vocals, and Justin's production into a sweet lullaby. Abadoss writes:
"I approached the writing of this piece in a way that reflects the dark, bittersweet feel of the original. I imagined a mother singing to soothe her child, whom she knows will not survive the night. All she wants is for her child to pass away free of fear. The arrangement became that bittersweet lulluby that she might have sung.
On the technical side, 'In Dark Sleep' is a very short source. It comes in at about 0:30, with half of that being the fade out. In order to make a working piece out of it, I had to take a retrograde version and tack it onto the end of the original part of the source in order to make a complete phrase that I later built the rest of the piece off of. So, while it may not all sound like the source, I guarantee it is in one form or another. There's also a modulation to a major later on in the piece that is still the source material. Only the little bit at the end is not directly source related.
Once I finished arranging the piece, I asked Nutritious to help me out with the samples and the production, as I'm somewhat ill-equipped on that end. I then asked DragonAvenger to provide the vocals. I couldn't be more grateful for and satisfied with the work that they have put into this piece."
"There aren't many songs that I've written that have been this depressing, so it was interesting to try to get the right feel for the song. I spent a lot of time experimenting with my voice, trying to get a fuller sound and a bigger vibrato."
And, last but not least, Justin:
"It wasn't difficult to translate this into my orchestral samples either as he did a great job with phrasing and dynamics as well. When incorporating DA's vocals, I tried to give it a bit of a soft, airy quality to fit the lullaby theme. Hopefully I succeeded."
I definitely think he did; Deia sounds downright angelic, and because the delivery is continuous and there are a lot of intervals, it reminds me of the type of singing you'd hear in a quasi-religious setting. Kenneth really kicked ass in 2009, when you think about it - the arrangement here is great, but oh-so-different from 'Kind of Green' - scary versatility! I think his musical powers have been unlocked through the power of collaboration; artists like Nutritious can provide the overall production that do his ideas justice. Great work from all three artists, resulting in a track that really enhanced the heartfelt, emotional Humans half of the album!
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