ReMix: Metroid Prime 3: Corruption "Lore Hunter" 4:04

By DarkeSword

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clarinet jazz mellow piano strings tempo-fast
Arranging the music of 2 songs from 2 games (view all)...

"Bryyo Cliffside", "Luminoth Story (A-Mos's Account)"

Primary Game: Metroid Prime 3: Corruption (Nintendo, 2007, WII), music by Kenji Yamamoto (I), Masaru Tajima, Minako Hamano

Posted 2011-08-12, evaluated by djpretzel


One last HoH ReMix - for now - from judge, ReMixer, and long-time Metroid arranger DarkeSword, who had the first Metroid Prime mix on the site, as well as the first mixes for its two sequels. Shariq writes:

"I wanted to try doing something a little cooler and jazzier with my next Metroid Prime remix. This is a bit of a departure from my more electronic oriented MP pieces, but I think it really works. There's a lot of Rhodes piano in here, along with some fun ride cymbal patterns and clarinet (!), an instrument that I think is really underrepresented on OCR. The weird wooshy sounds are actually meant to be Metroids. Enjoy!"

First off, clarinet is definitely underrepresented on OCR... I think there are some good reasons for that, not the least of which is that it's also underrepresented in pop music, but also sample libraries tend to have difficulty with it, especially for use in any sort of jazz context where passages are more dynamic. Just the other day I was saying how we need a Klezmer ReMix, but clarinet is hard to emulate, and there aren't many in the community who play it, so it's funny to see Shariq making more or less the same point. Very mellow, very smooth & understated arrangement that favors jazz & acoustic elements over electronic textures, ending up with a piece that conjures Mission Impossible in its intro and then expands on the main melodic motif with hand-offs between icy cold piano and clarinet, as subtle choir & swirling synth pads undulate underneath. Rhythm picks up towards the end, giving the piece more energy & speed, but despite the brisk tempo this still comes off as more of a chill, toe-tapping jam than anything more explicitly aggressive. Samus be sneaking around, doing covert things, and getting her jazz on. In space. Nice to see more from MP3, and yet another solid track from Harmony of a Hunter!

djpretzel

Discussion: Latest 15 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
timaeus222
on 2014-08-17 10:52:04

I thought this sounded just fine; no glaring issues IMO. I mean yeah, the samples feel soundfont-ish, but that's like Shariq's style, sorta. Things still click overall and the sequencing, I feel, was sufficient for the sample quality presented. Still enjoyable. :)

Crulex
on 2012-11-07 10:26:43

Nice, very nice! This is one of those smooth tunes that walk that fine line of being sneaky and lively. The production sounds good, and I greatly enjoyed the way the drums where used here. They just seem to move the ReMix along in a smooth, slick pace. Probably one of the better jazzy/latin sounding pieces I've heard in a good while.

Bahamut
on 2011-12-12 16:20:18

This is certainly one of the more organic tracks Shariq has done. This piece goes a more mellow route, although the drums still see some action throughout. It still manages to keep some pace despite its mellowness, which I've always seen as a trademark of some of Shariq's tracks. It might be a tad on the repetitive side for some, although I'm fine with it here. It's a nice enjoyable piece for listen every now and then in the background to me, which is what it aspires to be as far as I can tell.

kaijin
on 2011-09-05 15:27:09

Again, I apologize if my comment about the velocities seemed curt -- I did not mean for it to offend. That aside, you did a fine job arranging it. :)

AngelCityOutlaw
on 2011-08-28 20:29:04

Lol @ people complaining about velocities. I think it's fine. Seriously 9/10 people who will visit this site and listen to this remix will probably not care about velocity or even notice.

As for things that are far more important. Production = Everything sounds pretty clear to me. Well, I would've liked the melodies to be a little louder though. I like the drums and the woodwinds especially. Samples and all that sound good. Arrangement = No complaints really. Good and relaxing. Could maybe use a little more variation each time around but meh I still loved it.

Overall I like it. I guess you'll never please everyone though. Great job Darkesword!

urdailywater
on 2011-08-25 16:27:41

I've refused to comment on this one for quite some time, I should do that now though.

It took me a while to get into this one. I agree with the comments about the velocities. If there were some more differences between them - in the drums especially - it would have made this better.

I do want to commend for how you implemented Luminoth's story. I absolutely LOVE the source, and to hear it in this fashion was weird, but it worked well.

Not my favorite piece from DarkeSword, but it's cool nonetheless.

HarmonicSonic
on 2011-08-22 20:14:34

Props for pulling off a Metroid Prime piece. I don't know if other people feel this way, but it seems to me that the music from the Metroid Prime games is, in many ways, so ambient and indistinct to begin with that it's very difficult to make ReMixes of them that are both good and recognizable. You managed to do it beautifully with this.

Just a couple of things: I have to agree with the critique (though not the manner in which it was made) about dynamics and velocity. I think that adding a little bit more variety to it might "flesh it out" somewhat. I liked the changes in the underlying percussion through the song, but it did get a bit repetitive. I would say that some variety in the arranging for the other instruments would have go a long way, too. (Though, in all fairness, I know that sometimes there's a very fine line between acceptable and overly liberal when it comes to ReMixes).

Overall, though, the cool jazz feel to it is a great choice. It really seems to work very well for this particular part of the score. This is definitely a ReMix worth downloading.

Neblix
on 2011-08-12 20:38:27
blah blah blah everyone's attacking me i want my mommy

Anyways, love this. The first time you showed it to me (completed), I was instantly surprised when I heard the Metroid Prime 2 cameo. I remember the song from when I was sifting through the Metroid Prime 2 soundtrack in order to cook up a tracklist for my project. I was only looking for tracks that were able to be remixed and it was one of the ones that I wasn't sure if it could be done. You just proved it could, so on the tracklist it goes!

I like the latin-style grooves here and while I agree with BS on the sample quality, it's nothing that detracts from the production. The sequencing here is top notch, especially your drums (as always). Love those gated choirs in the background and your use of the clarinet has very strong ties to a lot of your old stuff that I listen to.

Great job, glad to see it on the front page after hearing it incomplete (for a couple years now?) :D

Brandon Strader
on 2011-08-12 18:25:40

I see no problem with the velocities, and the arrangement is very nice and enjoyable. If you felt the velocities were really that bad that you were unable to enjoy the song, then that's really your problem... The sample quality on the other hand, leaves a bit to be desired. ;P But on the whole, very good effort.

kaijin
on 2011-08-12 17:45:45
kaijin;801696 wrote: Really?

Well, I certainly won't patronize you by giving an in-depth example of how to humanize your parts since you claim to do so already. However, as someone who actually plays a musical instrument, might I suggest increasing the increment of your velocities ever so slightly? At least enough that we can perceive it? I assure you it will only help.

Have you ever listened to anything else darkesword's made? If not, I suggest you hold back further comments before you further humiliate yourself. If he made the piece less dynamic, he meant it to be that way.

As for my thoughts on the piece, I like it but find to be just okay. Something about it felt like it was lacking...something, although I'm not sure if it's really the velocity. I think for me it's the underlying bass that doesn't quite sound/feel right. Regardless, it's still a good piece, even if it's not your best.

I seriously forgot how defensive people can get on this site. Yes, I've heard his previous works. What does any of that have to do with my post?

Even if he has demonstrated a fundamental understanding of dynamics in the past, he still could have forgotten to use them this time around, thus a simple reminder doesn't hurt anyone. I swear, it's as if I have to go back and add three or four lines of fluff about what he's done right in order for anyone here to accept a valid critique. I'm sure Darke knows what he did right and doesn't need me to point it out.

DarkeSword
on 2011-08-12 17:25:36
kaijin;801696 wrote: Really?

Well, I certainly won't patronize you by giving an in-depth example of how to humanize your parts since you claim to do so already. However, as someone who actually plays a musical instrument, might I suggest increasing the increment of your velocities ever so slightly? At least enough that we can perceive it? I assure you it will only help.

Have you ever listened to anything else darkesword's made? If not, I suggest you hold back further comments before you further humiliate yourself. If he made the piece less dynamic, he meant it to be that way.

It's okay, kaijin's entitled to his opinion.

Ursa Major
on 2011-08-12 16:45:33

kaijin;801696 wrote: Really?

Well, I certainly won't patronize you by giving an in-depth example of how to humanize your parts since you claim to do so already. However, as someone who actually plays a musical instrument, might I suggest increasing the increment of your velocities ever so slightly? At least enough that we can perceive it? I assure you it will only help.

Have you ever listened to anything else darkesword's made? If not, I suggest you hold back further comments before you further humiliate yourself. If he made the piece less dynamic, he meant it to be that way.

As for my thoughts on the piece, I like it but find to be just okay. Something about it felt like it was lacking...something, although I'm not sure if it's really the velocity. I think for me it's the underlying bass that doesn't quite sound/feel right. Regardless, it's still a good piece, even if it's not your best.

Blue Magic
on 2011-08-12 16:30:59

Nice work as usual, Mr. Sword!

"Great job editing those dynamics with your mouse!"

:whatevaa:

kaijin
on 2011-08-12 15:55:54
I do know how to play an instrument actually; I played trumpet for a number of years before switching over to mainly composing. :)

Well, I never said you didn't play one. However, since you used to, surely you understand what I was saying about the importance of dynamics. :)

DarkeSword
on 2011-08-12 15:45:13
Really?

Well, I certainly won't patronize you by giving an in-depth example of how to humanize your parts since you claim to do so already. However, as someone who actually plays a musical instrument, might I suggest increasing the increment of your velocities ever so slightly? At least enough that we can perceive it? I assure you it will only help.

I do know how to play an instrument actually; I played trumpet for a number of years before switching over to mainly composing. :)

Sources Arranged (2 Songs, 2 Games)


Primary Game:
Metroid Prime 3: Corruption (Nintendo, 2007, WII)
Music by Kenji Yamamoto (I), Masaru Tajima, Minako Hamano
Songs:
"Bryyo Cliffside"
Additional Game:
Metroid Prime 2: Echoes (Nintendo, 2004, GCN)
Music by Kenji Yamamoto (I)
Songs:
"Luminoth Story (A-Mos's Account)"

Tags (6)


Genre:
Jazz
Mood:
Mellow
Instrumentation:
Clarinet, Piano, Strings
Additional:
Time > Tempo: Fast

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Metroid_Prime_3_Lore_Hunter_OC_ReMix.mp3
Size:
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MD5:
3650afa4803d2e7b7c4fe64caff50ab7
Bitrate:
181Kbps
Duration:
4:04
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