ReMix: Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin 'Fear of Haze'
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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.
- Crulex on September 19, 2012
Definitely feels like a standout track to me!
- Emunator on December 9, 2010
This one caught me from the top. From the opening I knew I was going to like it, and I wasn't disappointed. It has been so long since I listened to it, it feels like listening for the first time. It's really funky and cool, just listening to what's going on. It's dark and crazy-sounding. I can't really think of what to say in detail, just that it's something really cool to just sit back and listen to.
- EmpyClaw on December 9, 2010
- DragonAvenger on December 8, 2010
Aside from that, intense mix is intense.
- Polo on October 31, 2010
It must have been tough to retrack the entire song.
*Fear of Haze is literally 3 songs in one - minus the boss increment??
**in 2:20 wow that was a nice segway
This is a great cover!
- Kadosho on October 21, 2010
- TheCorty on October 18, 2010
another cool castlevania remix by Joshua.
Dude, your productions just get slicker and slicker by the minute.
I love the harmonization at 2:30~ ish
keep it up.
- Platonist on October 8, 2010
- OA on October 5, 2010
btw, anyone knows where to find JM's Symphony of the night remix album?
- Deathtank on October 5, 2010
- SubNormal J3 on October 4, 2010
Synth solo was probably my favorite part--either that or the buildup to the end.
- ktriton on October 4, 2010
Can't go wrong with more Morse!
- Bahamut on October 4, 2010
- djpretzel on October 4, 2010