ReMix: Unreal Tournament "Forgone Rejuvenation"
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- Game: Unreal Tournament (GT Interactive, 1999, WIN)
- ReMixer(s): Phrakture
- Composer(s): Alexander Brandon, Andrew Sega, Dan Gardopée, Kai-Eerik Komppa, Michiel van den Bos, Peter Hajba, Tero Kostermaa
- Song(s): "Foregone Destruction"
- Posted: 2010-01-20, evaluated by the judges
- Terms (BETA): duration-long electronic synth
Newcomer Nafeu Nasir, alias Phr4kture, sends in some Unreal Tournament action:
"Forgone Destruction is a track that makes me very nostalgic. It's very influencal to my musical taste and style as well. This remix is a show of appreciation I have for the track."
Pretty straightforward, there, and so is the mix. Or so we thought - while Nafeu's mix is very well-produced and instantly enjoyable electronica, it employs some elements verbatim from the source material, which drew out the judge's decision and required my input to set a precedent. While the sine-wavey, basic synth motif utilized is pretty much identical to the source, everything else built up around said pattern is not, and is very well done. It's certainly not breaking any records for "most expansive arrangement," but we eventually reached the decision to post, and I think folks will dig it. AnSo sums up the presiding sentiment:
"Regarding the arrangement, I think Jimmy has a good point here. There is a sufficient ammount of expansion from the original, especially considering how the original is very groove-based. There is clever drum sequencing all over the track and not just a rip from the originals DnB drums. The original synth part at 0:56-> is great and reminds me of Andy's Mindbender. More counter-melodies at 1:52 and onwards. At around 2:36 the three-note chime pattern is arranged together with some additional counter-melodies from a square synth at 2:50. The main riff is arranged heavily with the new chords at 4:18.
I mean, all that doesn't qualify as enough arrangement? Even if it's not the boldest arrangment because of the track's length and similarity in style to the original it's outweighed, in my opinion, by the stellar production, dynamic and never repetitive arrangement (break at 3:18 sent chills down my spine) and overall clever treatment of the source. A tough call for sure though.. In my opinion, this might be borderline but it's a borderline yes."
The slick, gritty saw bass, bitcrushing and filtered drum breaks, and overall attention to detail on the production side really do Michiel van den Bos's source track justice. This one may have been a little challenging for the judges to digest, but for the average listener it'll go down smooth, presenting an instantly accessible, funky synth groove. Great debut from Phr4kture, hope to hear more!
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