ReMix: Metroid 'Suite for Violin and Piano'
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- Game: Metroid (Nintendo, 1986, NES)
- ReMixer(s): Gabe Terracciano, Shnabubula
- Composer(s): Hirokazu Tanaka
- Song(s): 'Big Boss Confrontation BGM (Ridley, Draygon)', 'Brinstar', 'Brinstar - Plant Overgrowth Area', 'Crashed Ship Frigate Orpheon', 'Ice Valley', 'Item Obtainment Jingle', 'Kraid's Chamber', 'Title'
- Posted: 2011-08-12, evaluated by djpretzel
"A few days ago we asked Samuel Ascher-Weiss (also known as Shnabubula), the guy who did the Wii Piano Medley, if he'd like to do something for Metroid's 25th anniversary this weekend. He got together with a violinist friend of his, and two days later they sent us this - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=06M49QZQ-HQ"
Very cool that IGN solicited & pimped some Shnabubula & got some extra eyes (and ears) on this amazing medley. Between this mix, Harmony of a Hunter, and Theophany's mix (and corresponding album), Samus certainly enjoyed some excellent musical representation on her 25th birthday. Perhaps because it functions as a retrospective and covers so much musical territory in a single arrangement - Metroid, Super Metroid, and Metroid Prime - this feels like the perfect way to end our weekly flood of Metroidy goodness.
It's ridiculously easy to forget there's only two musicians & two instruments while listening to this performance, because both Sam and Gabe are amazingly talented, and the arrangement brings out a variety of playing styles, articulations, rhythms, and interrelationships that result in a full, complete, diverse piece. Bow scraping, almost percussive violin accompaniment? Check. Pizzicato? Duh. Rapid-fire, virtuosic piano changeups? It's Sam, so... yeah. Spontaneous unison runs that temporarily tie both instruments together for fleeting, lighter-than-air moments of beauty? Hey man, that sounds a little fruity - but it's true.
I'd say that transitions in medleys are perhaps a little easier in solo or duo instrumentals, but they're still by no means simple, and the grace, poise, and emotion in some of the segues here is godly. This is the type of musicianship, craft, and power it takes to pull off a medley of this length & scope, and it's KINDA why we try to dissuade mixers from medleys in general; they require (or benefit greatly) from this caliber of musicianship and arrangement. Because we're far more familiar with him, it's tempting to heap all the praise on Sam, but Gabe's an amazing violinist, and this mix wouldn't be what it is if it weren't a duet between two artists of formidable, even scary, ability. Congrats to both of them on a classic, timeless tribute to the music of Metroid!
- Crulex on November 7, 2012
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- radiantdreamer on September 14, 2011
Yeah, thanks for making this, it was aight.
- Fridge on September 13, 2011
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djpretzel;801694 wrote: What did you think? Post your opinion of this ReMix.
I didn't think. it's just so good that it surpasses any possible thought process.
- Damashii!! on August 13, 2011
(Man, those stings of the opening theme at the end...chills right up my spine.)
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