Posted 2010-10-04, evaluated by djpretzel
Mr. Morse writes:
"Same story as "Sparkle" with this one. I hit pause and let the music play. This arrangement was pretty difficult to get going as the source was already complex and, at the time, didn't lend itself well to re-arranging. However, I bucked up and put my spin on it and am happy with the final result--I just hope you are, too!"
Happy in a dark, hazy, Castlevanian sort of way... but happy nonetheless. Since Sonata of the Damned was relatively short, Morse edges ever closer to having every track off of it posted individually as an OC ReMix. Castlevania funk/jazz is a proposal that sounds iffy on paper, but when you write "jm" next to it, makes complete sense... This is certainly a source that I can see would have presented a formidable challenge; it's intricate, multi-faceted, and a bit of a stretch for conversion into any sort of conventional "jam". Of all the tracks on the album, it's the one where I sorta shake my head and wonder what dat crazy mofo was thinking, but given the circumstances, he does a fantastic job. A large part of his success is due to some more eccentric, non-sequitir arranging that's a bit more playful than other Sonata tracks; check the segue at 2'03" for some vintage Morse style, the greasy synth brass solo at 2'28", and the way minor-key, dark, cinematic melodies are juxtaposed against a flamboyant funk foundation - it's actually kinda weird, and probably more Frankenstein than Dracula. In some ways it doesn't work as well as the other tracks on the album, but in some ways it works better - it's not as straightforward or accessible, but the musical backflips necessary to begin at point A and end up at point B with this mix make it a rather gymnastic display of arranging prowess, coupled with signature stylistic sizzle. I think that results in a less predictable ride, and one that warrants repeated listening to see what Morse did, how he did it, and enjoy the very unique progeny of his mad scientist funk experiment.
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Sources Arranged (1 Song)
- Primary Game:
Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin (Konami, 2006, NDS)
Music by Club Kukeiha, Michiru Yamane, T, Yuzo Koshiro
- "VICTORIAN FEAR"
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