Posted 2010-09-10, evaluated by djpretzel
Last but not least, the main man himself, project director Shariq Ansari writes:
"The Monk is a martial artist, and coincidentally, so am I. As some of you may be aware, I practice Shaolin Northern Dragon Style Kung Fu, and every year I go up to Chinatown in New York City with my school and we perform the Lion Dance in front of all the stores up there for the Chinese New Year. Part of the Lion Dance involves us wheeling a giant drum around, and I happen to be one of the drummers who gets to make a lot of noise in the streets every year. Gentle Fist is my first remix that isn’t made entirely with free soundfonts and FL Studio preset sounds; I’m using an ethnic library called Ra here for all of the Chinese instruments. I wanted to evoke an Eastern kind of feeling here, and the big drum with the rimshots is something you hear a lot when you’re out in Chinatown doing the Lion Dance, and indeed, something you can practice your Kung Fu forms to. The rhythms aren’t entirely the same (my master would kill me if they were), but I came up with something I thought would be fun to play. I hope everyone enjoys."
I can totally see this as "training montage" music for a heart-warming film about a young kid who gets bullied and then learns discipline and respect by studying with Pat Morita, Jackie Chan, etc. and eventually faces his enemies - while growing as a person. But I kid; DarkeSword's really gone outside his usual sound with something that's far more ethnic than standard motif, but the emphasis on shimmering melodies and delicate, refined accompaniment is still there. I dig what sounds like shamisen patterns, taiko rumbles, and erhu, as the whole arrangement embraces an Eastern instrumentation that still has a Western melodic push & structure to it, and the contemplative, fade-to-duet conclusion is also something you don't hear often and which works well.
Fantastic work from Shariq, who gets kudos for putting this entire album series together, and a general congratulations to all who were & will be involved; while we're only on part one of five, I've got a feeling WIND will be well-received, and that WATER, FIRE, EARTH, and DAWN will successfully continue expanding and developing The Fabled Warriors project while paying tribute to Uematsu's amazing music. Please help us spread the word on Facebook, Twitter, and anywhere else you think appropriate, head on over to ff5.ocremix.org to grab the whole enchilada, help us seed the torrent, and enjoy another great OC ReMix album!
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