ReMix: Metal Gear 'Snake Infiltrates'
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"Snake Infiltrates"...a cancelled adult film from the late 90s? Probably not, but I can't say for sure. I can however personally attest to it being the latest cinematic masterpiece from Rich Douglas, alias Beckett007, who's been serenading us with epic, Hollywoodesque arrangements since 2007. This marks his sixth posted mix, and it's from the appropriately dramatic/cinematic Metal Gear series' first outing:
"By now, you're all VERY familiar with how I like to go about my remixes... take source music and turn it into something suited for a film score. In the case of the original Metal Gear on the NES, there's TONS of great source material there. For this one, I thought it might be really neat to approach it as if it were scored by Harry Gregson Williams or Hans Zimmer, and update the "Outside" cue from the original title to something that might be heard in peace walker or any of the more recent Metal Gear titles. It translates REALLY well! I also took the sneaky vibe of the original and turned it into a powerful action cue at the tail end of my remix as it hypothetically follows snake as he infiltrates the enemy base. There's tons going on here which made it a crazy challenge to mix, but I'm extremely happy with the end result."
Of course, that's more or less the direction the series' music took with the Solid games, so it makes sense to go back and revisit the origin with the style and approach of its own modern-day incarnation. Very cueish, militant vibe, with the initial sneakiness getting bolder and more determined, and choral components shining through, then at 1'14" a quick tempo change into action-packed, racing drama, complete with Gladiator-esque Lisa Gerrardness. Rich's mixes certainly paint pictures, in this case taking the 8-bit, retro world of the first Metal Gear and pulling it straight into MGS territory, with some overt Zimmerisms and excellent technique blending choral and orchestral timbres. Excellent work from Mr. Douglas, who continues to impress, express, and produce some very slick, conceptual arrangements.
- Bahamut on July 15, 2012
- Crulex on December 13, 2011
But yes, listening to the interpretation of the source, I do indeed can sense that Hans Zimmer vibe towards it with the string and low-register work in the writing and the more minimalist way of writing.
I got to admit, you got me laughing at 1:20 though - I could almost imagine Snake being caught, guards with explanation mark bubbles above their heads, as if it was remade in the style of the Metal Gear Solid games. The calm parts after it managed to capture something more subtle and triumphant, if not a little brief. I say you got the sneaking part down to a T in regards to the writing - nice!
I do however am with the same consensus with most of the other people in regards to the track length, but to be honest, I don't even know how else it can be extended without making a completely different B section out of it. But what we have in this small package is a lush arrangement, complete with a great amount of realism involved (I'm especially calling kudos on the string and percussion work), and I can say that it's short but [i]very[/i] sweet.
Beckett, you've got to have some contributions lined up for 2012; from what I've seen of you, I am seeing a promising symphonic arranger :D
- Rexy on December 13, 2011
- HitoriJaNai on December 7, 2011
- OA on December 7, 2011
I like the singing/chanting, and how the remix goes full on movie-OST around the 1:50 mark.
Beckett's mixes are always so short. I want him to make some 7 minute epos some day, damnit.
- Martin Penwald on April 20, 2011
For the most part, it had a nice feel to it. However, there were a couple arrangements that were iffy, notationally. As for the drum sequencing, that was excellent.
Suggestion: give the song more of a progressive feel. I don't mean in notation, although that's nice, but rather, in arrangement. Make it seem like one thing causes another, if you know what I mean.
- Salluz on February 24, 2011
- docnano on February 19, 2011
- Conrose on February 17, 2011
I will admit I pretty much despise the Commodore64/NES/Famicom soundtrack. But I do very much like this remix of them a lot!
- BONKERS on February 17, 2011
- djpretzel on February 16, 2011