ReMix: Halo 3 'Immortalized'
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Halo 3... Sole Signal... okay, yeah, I'm down with that. Greg writes:
"The main source is such a powerful track, especially with the swelling strings after the first time through the melody. I knew when I first heard it that I wanted to try a remix of the track. Hope everyone enjoys my take on a few of the classic Halo themes."
This was a little different than what I expected, for a Halo mix, but in a good way... it's got gritty beats, some industrial/electro perc fx, strings, etc., but Greg really emphasizes piano, both compositionally and from a production standpoint. So, instead of a more cinematic usage, where the piano might enter here and there and be a bit more distant, it's more of a sci-fi instrumental with a consistent, deliberate structure, which I can dig just as much. Kudos for what I personally consider a relatively unorthodox approach to the source. Fishy writes:
"Phat beats, epic source, nice strings/piano samples. My only real criticism is the section with the main halo theme didn't feel as epic as it usually does the first time it enters. Ending with the piano was a cool idea. Pretty solid all around. Just as a sidenote, some of the halo music is really excellent. Moar remixes."
I actually like that Greg doesn't go for balls-to-the-wall epic and instead leans more toward a traditional song structure, because I think it's the non-obvious choice and makes the arrangement a bit more interesting. Shariq adds:
"Great percussion and percussive elements, especially around 1:30. Nice use of choir too; it's not too exposed and it gets the job done. I like the relative dryness of the piano, it sits nicely in the mix. Great stuff. Really captures the feel of the original tracks with a great, groovy spin."
Well said; I like being surprised, and while it was certainly no surprise that a Sole Signal mix was well constructed & produced, I like the more melody-centric, instrumental approach Greg took with the source material.
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