Posted 2010-04-11, evaluated by djpretzel
Beckett007, aka Rich Douglas, writes:
"I have to apologize for being out of the OCR loop for so long... work and life have both gotten the better of me but I recently found some very unlikely inspiration for a new arrangement from a well known game you probably played the hell out of... Wolfenstein 3D. With the recent port of Wolfenstein to the iPhone and marking its 17th anniversary, I figured there was no better time than now to tackle this remix! Much like my previous mixes, I have taken something not meant to be epic, reorchestrated it, and made it sound like it was put together for a Wolfenstein film. The piece starts off on unfamiliar territory as BJ Blazkowicz kills his prison guard, steals his weapon, and begins his heroic escape from castle wolfenstein. Then right around 30 seconds... the familiar bassline from the in game cue "Get Them" makes its rousing entrance stacked with elements of the heroic brass line. Right around :53 should be overly familiar to any of you who have played Wolfenstein 3D.
Liberties were taken here and there, but I opted to keep this one as familiar as possible for pure nostalgia. I truly think this is my best remix yet!"
All of Rich's mixes have a certain flair for sound design & production sheen to them - I really dug when he busted out some granular synthesis on his last mix, for example. His original material at www.richdouglas.net is well worth checking out, too. We haven't had a Wolfenstein 3D mix since Mazedude's, which was our first, back in 2003, so it's great to see some very well-known yet undermixed source material making an appearance, and a timely one at that.
I dig all of Mr. Douglas's mixes, so when he claims something is his best yet (which seems to be something of a trend lately!), he's got my attention. While less experimental from a sound design perspective, this orchestral mix is BIG. It uses empty space, bold ensemble brass, and a narrative contrast between the staccato, intermittent beginning and the running, paced second half to paint the exact picture that Rich describes himself above. In other words, it's highly cinematic. If they did a Wolfenstein 3D movie, they'd probably screw it up royally, and this music would be far too good and end up being wasted, but if they did it right (something tells me Inglourious Basterds is as close as we'll ever see) then this mix would be absolutely perfect. I can certainly understand work & life being priorities, but I'm glad Rich got the time to put together this arrangement, because when you close your eyes, this one really takes you there... great stuff.
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Sources Arranged (1 Song)
- Primary Game:
Wolfenstein 3D (Apogee, 1992, DOS)
Music by Bobby Prince
- "Get Them Before They Get You!"
- Brass, Orchestral, Strings
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- Size: 4,716,994 bytes
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