ReMix: NiGHTS into dreams... "The Nemesis Schema"
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- Game: NiGHTS into dreams... (Sega, 1996, SAT)
- ReMixer(s): Avaris, Level 99, prophetik music
- Composer(s): Fumie Kumatani, Naofumi Hataya, Tomoko Sasaki
- Song(s): "NiGHTS and Reala", "NiGHTS and Reala : Theme of a Tragedic Revenge"
- Posted: 2011-07-08, evaluated by djpretzel
- Album: Featured on NiGHTS: Lucid Dreaming
- Terms (BETA): collab electric-guitar jazz metal rock saxophone sound-fx synth talking
We now return to your Lucid Dreaming mixflood, already in progress... thanks to Verizon showing up and my getting FiOS back at our new house. This ReMix from Level 99, prophetik, and Avaris is really crafty & intelligent, blending rock/metal with jazz, then adding some electronica-style stuttering into the fray and applying some DSOTM-esque clock & misc. FX for a piece that defies comprehensive categorization - and is all the better for it. Director & ReMixer Stevo writes:
"NiGHTS and Reala is an iconic track, pitting NiGHTS against his antagonist equal, Reala. They're matched in power and abilities, providing a near-stalemate of a boss battle. I wanted to convey the malice and animosity Reala has for the hero of the game, and how intense the battle between them is. The destructive guitars are always vying for control with the crisp saxophones, provided by Prophetik. With Avaris’s mixing help, this grand confrontation between nemeses is given proper treatment."
Sort of like a battle of the genres, played out between protagonist jazz and antagonist metal, but as Stevo mentions, both are given equal weight & energy - nice concept. The intro is downright sepulchral, with mad cackling and disturbed monologue transitioning to guitar-led rock & electronic undertones, until sax takes over a counter-riff that's extended past the lead guitar as a jazzier motif takes over... then BAM back to metal, with some stutter edits that I think made a lot of sense and add to the friction. The clock at 2'25" can't help but make me think of Pink Floyd's "Time," especially as things get a bit quieter & smoother - fantastic dynamics, enhanced greatly by Brad's performance & tone. A mix of elements, dynamics, and genres like this could easily have ended up being a trainwreck of incoherent cacophony; it takes patience, planning, and skill to have something this elaborate and contrasting reach its full potential, and major kudos to all three artists for making that happen. Warranting repeated listening, while this arrangement speaks to the breadth that Lucid Dreaming offers, it represents the depth even more. A complex, intense, well-executed vision!
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