ReMix: Touhou Koumakyou: The Embodiment of Scarlet Devil "Devil's Advocate"
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- Game: Touhou Koumakyou: The Embodiment of Scarlet Devil (Team Shanghai Alice, 2002, WIN)
- ReMixer(s): PrototypeRaptor
- Composer(s): Junya Ota
- Song(s): "U.N. Owen Was Her?"
- Posted: 2010-10-21, evaluated by the judges
- Terms (BETA): brass choir cinematic dark halloween orchestral strings vocals-female woodwinds
Alright, back to MIXPOST... we last saw PrototypeRaptor kicking our collective ass with the absolutely epic Sonic 2 "Chemixtrixx" mix back in July, but now it's time for something completely different. Mr. Paulsen shows considerable depth & range and takes on some Touhou, giving us our first mix of Touhou Koumakyou: The Embodiment of Scarlet Devil. You gotta love these Touhou game titles... Perfect Cherry Blossom? Phantasmagoria of Flower View? Sure, why not. PR writes:
"ProtoypeRaptor here with a radically different mix than my previous sub: an orchestral remix of UN Owen Was Her?, the theme of an extra level boss in Embodiment of Scarlet Devil, of the Touhou series. I've tried to take what was mentioned on my last orchestral work and try to correct it and, well, embarrassingly enough, there was a switch thrown when I mixed the old one down. It just goes to show to double check the system EQ before you finish something up....sheesh.
Anyway, this orchestration is heavily inspired by Danny Elfman's works (specifically Beetlejuice/Men in Black) and tries to capture the playfully evil nature of a 500 year old vampire child named Flandre as only Elfman can do. While it's not a very complex, intricate piece, I do find it conjures up the dark, brooding, most definitely black and white image of imminent death at the hands of a psychotic who looks like she's 12 quite effectively.
Also she has lasers. Good luck with that."
Nice. I've personally always felt like the Men in Black soundtrack was a watered-down version of Beetlejuice, which is probably my favorite Elfman score - I remember seeing it in theaters and being blown away by the opening credits music, with its prominent & devilish clarinet and bass clarinet part writing. This mix is PERFECT for Halloween, as it's both epic AND really rather spooky. Jagged, staccato piano underscores creepy female vocalizing before things get busy at 0'40" with full choir, triplet-happy piano rhythms and dark, resonating percussion. This might win a superlative for "Most Triplets in a ReMix," but it works. Check out the eery, spine-tingling build at 1'30", then the flagrantly Elfman pattern that ensues at 1'37", complete with brass flares and, when things drop out, playful solo clarinet, oboe, AND bassoon writing. THANK YOU, MR. RAPTOR. Pizzicato (and what also sounds like Bartók pizzicato) is used wisely, and things continue with impish, evil glee as mallets get the spotlight.
Sometimes orchestral mixes are vaguely Elfmanesque, or somewhat sound like John Williams, James Horner, etc. There's nothing subtle about this piece, and the influence is flamboyant and impeccably executed. The diverse instrumentation and specifically the use of mixed solo winds and heavy chromaticism are spot-on. Some folks might enjoy this ReMix on one level, but I've got a feeling a lot of listeners will be grinning ear-to-ear like I was, hearing how Jonathan has channeled his influences so effectively. Whether you've played any Touhou or not, this is a dark, gothic, Elfmanly orchestral playground of an arrangement that's seasonally appropriate and completely distinct; awesome work from PR!
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