ReMix: NiGHTS into dreams... 'Twin Seeds Flyby'
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Lucid Dreaming simultaneously had great variety and great consistency, with every track offering inspired arrangements built on solid production. Next up we've got another cut from album director Level 99. Stevo writes - at length:
"I'd like to say that every song on the NiGHTS OST were reasons Lucid Dreaming got off the ground, but personally, this is one of the ones that really pushed it for me. The source tune has an unbelievable feeling of flying, almost to the point of elation and bliss. It conveys the context well: the level is the last real one in the game, and instead of playing as NiGHTS you're actually playing as either of the human characters flying around their home town of Twin Seeds. You're soaring through the clouds, the city below you and all around you, dashing through balloons, rings, stars, and the Twin Seeds building. I know that I and countless other people have had dreams where they are flying around their towns, and I wanted to capture that with this song.
I spent over a year slowly working on this and getting the mixing as close to perfect as I could. The track may stand on the legs of the acoustic guitars but it's the variation of instruments and interplay between the various synths and leads with the lead guitar that holds it together. There's lots of Dimension, Rapture, UltraAnalog, and EWQL Silver spread throughout the track. I even got up the nerve to sing almost-falsetto notes for the backing voice. It is said that a musician puts a bit of their soul into each of their creations. This is one of the songs that I poured my soul into at great length. I must give thanks to Shaun (Avaris) for his initial willingness to make this a collab, then being alright with my request for it to be a solo track (I ended up working on it so much that I ended up doing the things he was initially going to do) and still giving me helpful tips throughout.
So, just to end on a sappy line: To anyone who's ever dreamed of flying, this song is for you."
Synth pad swirls in & upbeat acoustic guitar strumming + electric lead melody circle the runway before drums roll in & lift off at 0'16". I must say, the two-note backing vocal motif really adds a lot - quite cool that Stevo recorded this himself, and I think it speaks to his technical & emotional investment in this specific mix. Synth leads tumble & soar, integrating naturally with their fretted counterparts in the night sky. I think Mr. 99 described the track and his process in creating it rather well, so I'll just make one overarching comment: This mix completely succeeds at its goal of capturing a feeling of flight & freedom. That's all you really need to know.
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So arrangement-wise, it starts pretty safe towards the source material, down to the solos (liking the glide work being done to that synth btw), though by the time the glockenspiel comes in at 1:30 the track starts to show a lot of Stevo's colors in regards to improvisation. Excellent.
The production itself similarly feels slick; a little off-time at times with the rhythm guitar timing though, but a lot of the pros with the details easily outweight it. It even surprised me that those falsetto vocals were even him; of all the times I heard his voice through OverClocked After Dark, I wouldn't have assumed that he'd push his voice up THERE for some reason o_O
All in all we have this firm arrangement that reflects on the joyous atmosphere of the source material and shows Stevo's nature as a performer. IMO it's one of the best tracks from Lucid Dreaming; you should be proud of taking the reigns on this one!
- Rexy on December 6, 2011
I love it!
- OA on December 5, 2011
- Locke on September 24, 2011
- Fridge on September 20, 2011
But I've gotta say, this track is one of my most listened to tracks off the album... probably THE most. I've always loved this source, but Stevo's take is my FAVOURITE version of this track. Everything about it... it just makes me happy. It's gorgeous.
The vocal sample Stevo created warms my heart, and this ReMix is by far his equivalent of 'Mona Lisa' or other pretentious artistic reference. A sentiment I know Stevo himself shares.
Great work man... everything that's good about NiGHTS all condensed into one track. Stellar.
- AkumajoBelmont on August 29, 2011
Aside from that though, this song is pretty much untouchable. It's one of the most accessible and enjoyable mixes from the whole NiGHTS project, I'll echo everyone else who said that this mix makes you feel like you're flying, because it really does. It's fantastically evocative and emotional, I really love all the various vocal touches as well. That's some classy stuff, Stevo.
- Emunator on August 25, 2011
WillRock;804470 wrote: the vibe is KILLER.Like ALL Stevo's stuff. Lotsa emotion into what he does.
- PROTO·DOME on August 25, 2011
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