"When I was invited to the "Harmony of a Hunter" project, this was the source tune that project leader Darren specifically asked me to remix. The plan was for it to be a dark, downtempo mix in the style of Kindred featuring female vocals. However, plans don't always work out and for weeks I was having trouble coming up with a good arrangement for the piece. At the last minute, I asked my friend C-GPO (Chris Gordon) if he had any ideas, and thankfully he did! We collaborated on the final mix in person and managed to finish it in a day of intense work.
Stylistically, I think the name of the remix sums up the 'feel' of it. Imagine Samus throughout her career exploring the vastness of space and hostile planets alone, with no one to trust or look out for her. While the atmosphere of the mix is a bit similar to Kindred, it picks up later into something more resolute and powerful with heavier drums, guitars and a lead solo. After that section ends, what's left for Samus but more isolation and loneliness?"
Bell chords, almost strummed, intro as a beat comes in at 0'21" along with lead melody on keys. A running sixteenth-note bassline lends momentum and makes the relatively slow tempo seem faster, pulsing underneath a fleshed-out accompaniment, before synth lead takes over and then... WOW, awesome guitar chugs AND lead give the mix's last minute serious energy & drama. Hybrid electronica/rock, with more ambient intro/outro bits, definitely works well for the source, and gives the Metroid scifi universe a bit of darkness and edge to go with all that technology. Strong track from zircon & C-GPO that pulls no punches in both impact & execution!
I had to finally comment on ocremix. Because damn. This mix made me
involuntarily tear up and I'm not even much of a Metroid Prime fan.- Panaru on July 30, 2012
One of my favorite Zircon tracks. It's got a mature feel to it.
Love the guitar.- Argle on June 14, 2012
This mix reminds me of the first moments I stepped on the Tallon
I was amazed by the landscape. Yet I felt so alone.
As I kept going, it got more and more exciting however.
This mix perfectly accompanies my first venture on Tallon. I love
this mix.- Tuberz McGee on December 25, 2011
This is a pretty chill mix, I like it! It's a little on the short
side though. The atmosphere is nailed pretty solidly, more delicate
& with a sad tinge than any music you hear throughout Metroid
Prime. The concept is also done pretty well, but that's tied in
with the atmosphere. It's a good listen when all is said and done,
but I can't help but be left wanting more :( .- Bahamut on December 15, 2011
Bells with solid beat intro? Awesome. Someone else mentioned that
it had a DKC2 sound in some places, and I wholeheartedly agree,
which makes it cool. And then those guitars rip into the ReMix and
I couldn't stop grinning. Then ending on a relatively peaceful
fading note was wonderful. This ReMix is without a doubt a ten on
the scale of how great it is. Zircon, C-GPO, nice collab.- Crulex on December 2, 2011
When I first heard the track, I really appreciated the mood being
brought in here. On a production level we have this ethereal yet
intense chilled setup that manages to reflect well on the title and
play with peoples' minds, all well utilised to the point that it
reaches close to the edge of professionalism. And with the intense
decision making behind the writing throughout, reaching a critical
moment for me when the guitars were brought in at 2:10 (is that
Chris playing or is that a patch?), you can tell that so much has
been done to the track to make it really stand out.
But strangely, I didn't detect as much of the source as some of the
others did; usually in zircon's works I detect it right from the
word go, but for a more atmospheric score like Metroid Prime I
found it really tricky to make many connections at all. But that
might probably be me in my old age trying to figure out things on
an arrangement level.
It's still a very pretty downtempo track, no doubt about it; will
be keeping a good hold on this one for sure, so well done :)- Rexy on December 2, 2011
Hotness. I love the Tallon Overworld theme. Andy's stuff is always
excellent. It's funny, b/c often people tend to become identifiable
through their music (as in, you hear a song and immediately know
who wrote it due to the style or other small details contained
within) and while that's sometimes true with Andy, what's more
interesting is that I feel like I can often identify his music more
by the quality and style of the production itself. That's a pretty
cool talent/ability he has (on top of being a great
composer/remixer in general) :)- big giant circles on August 13, 2011
I'm so glad this source finally got some love, it's often
overlooked when it comes to Metroid. This was a brilliant
arrangement that stayed true to original while gaining a very
intense and soaring feeling. Very well done.- TheKrow on August 11, 2011
It was so ambient when it came in. Immediate hook. Stereo Delay
with the broken chords set the mood. zircon brings in epic mixing
skills and his powerful drums as usual. And then... oh wait!
Wah guitar?! C-GPO perhaps? I jizzed when I heard that at 2:08.
Overall, wonderful mix.- timaeus222 on August 10, 2011
Wow! Honestly, I thought this piece was amazing because of the way
it started and ended. The song just left me with a great feeling.
Good Job!- NonSequitor on August 10, 2011
So I listened to the other remix posted from Harmony, and now
this?! Okay, now I really
need to check this out, like
immediately. Great work guys!- rainmanbk on August 9, 2011
Very well done! I never played the game, but this makes me want to
give it a try.
It also reminds me that I gotta do some grinding. Gotta get my
music skillz up to par.- Blue Magic on August 9, 2011
Hey, there's some nice development in this. The textures and such
make it sound like DKC2 in a good, no, great way. The piece has
impact and is mixed wonderfully. Great work, guys, and I'm glad to
have another great remix to keep listening to!- C7 on August 9, 2011
Lots of good Metroid Tracks lately, so I should get the album, huh.
The track itself is great, the instruments and synth lines really
make it feel vital and organic, and it suits the atmosphere well,
I'm also loving how the melody lines were altered and used until
you realize the original tune, just great! :)- Swanky on August 9, 2011
What did you think? Post your opinion of this ReMix.- djpretzel on August 9, 2011