The Wingless? Who's that? Sum n00b? Nah, in this case, one "Butoh" makes all the difference... this is actually an odd, odd debut mix from newcomer Mikeaudio, aka Michael Isel. Not so much for the genre, although it's certainly not your run-of-the-mill electronica, but more for the combination of sources - Sonic Heroes, Kingdom Hearts I & II, and Final Fantasy VII?? It's a VGM ménage à trois! The artist writes:
"The only difficulty that came while remixing these sources, was finding a balance, especially between songs like "One Wing Angel" which could have a remix of its own, and songs like "Hang Castle" which is filled with traditional i-v-i chord progressions. I had to listen to all the melodies, then after stringing them all together, make a composite. Once that was finished it wasn't long before it fell into place. To be honest, most of my time went into thinking and not really mixing or writing anything at all.
Regarding my choice of source material to remix, it was actually a request mix from a user on newgrounds. Personally, I love doing requests for the sheer fact that you learn and improve more, because in order to deliver (unless they request something you love and could remix a Million times) you have to look at the source and find qualities you like or don't like and then make decisions. Making those decisions unbiased will give you more freedom.
Regarding the mix title, Butō (Butoh) is a performance art that has no bounds really, originated in Japan, and most of the time is accompanied by grotesque imagery. Because of the pace of the mix, I decided to call it "The Wingless Butō", Wingless hinting to Sephiroth. Enjoy."
Very interesting... I must say, while there are specific sections of this mix that don't work as well for me as others, the concatenation & integration of themes is never much of an issue - Michael did a great job linking everything up and weaving it into a plausible arrangement, and that's a serious accomplishment. So is the sheer variety... this starts off with almost a cinematic vibe, then goes breakbeat, then channels a bit of a rock vibe with some elec. guits, gets a bit heavier with some powerchords, then busts out a catchy pentatonic East Asian groove, then goes more epic towards the end as OWA rears its head. This could really have been a massive trainwreck; I'm amazed myself that it holds together as well as it does, which I suppose is a testament to the artist's considerable planning phase... as a debut mix, it exhibits a veritable arsenal of ideas, techniques, and textures - along with the kitchen sink - but is most impressive in its glue, i.e. its ability to tie everything together coherently. I like Jill's initial reaction:
"Holy crap, are you serious? I can understand mixing source tunes from the same series - but SIX, all from different games? I'm not sure what to think. The production is excellent, and listening to it as a song without paying attention to sources it does seem to flow well. I just don't know how to approach judging this..."
Shariq gives it a shot:
"What a weird collection of tunes. But hey, it works, so why sweat it? Seriously, I'm surprised to see such a cohesive piece. Transitions are good, there's excellent development across the entirety of the piece, and the performances are extremely solid all around. Very nicely done. I don't usually like medleys, but this works really well as a piece of music on its own."
On paper, this mix would look like prohibitively schizophrenic, almost arbitrary, even... in practice, Mikeaudio has got me scratching my head, because it all somehow worked out... enjoyable, solid ReMix that at its best moments manages to defy "arrangement gravity" with some nice twists & turns. Very interested in seeing what Mike sends our way next!
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Sources Arranged (6 Songs, 4 Games)
- Primary Game:
Sonic Heroes (Sega, 2003, GCN)
Music by Fumie Kumatani, Hideaki Kobayashi, Jun Senoue, Keiichi Sugiyama, Mariko Nanba, Naofumi Hataya, Teruhiko Nakagawa, Tomoya Ohtani, Yutaka Minobe
- "Hang Castle"
- Additional Game:
Final Fantasy VII (Sony, 1997, PS1)
Music by Nobuo Uematsu
- "One-Winged Angel"
- Additional Game:
Kingdom Hearts (Square, 2002, PS2)
Music by Hikaru Utada, Yoko Shimomura
- "Forze del male"
"Guardando nel buio"
- Additional Game:
Kingdom Hearts II (Square, 2005, PS2)
Music by Hikaru Utada, Kaoru Wada, Nobuo Uematsu, Yoko Shimomura
- "Tension Rising"
- Electric Guitar, Electronic, Strings, Synth
- Arrangement > Medley
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