ReMix: Wild Arms "Godspeed"
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Theo's Super Metroid ReMix off his personal arrangement album was another highlight of 2011, which in retrospect was a year filled with so much brilliant music that it's almost disturbing. We're going to continue the disturbance, though, as he's teamed up with audio fidelity for a dramatic, cinematic arrangement that captures scale, waves of energy, and relentless percussive power in a single impressionistic soundscape. This mix mesmerized me, plain and simple. Some mixes are what I would call 'transporting,' but this doesn't so much transport the listener as thrust them into another time, place, plane, what have you, and then reveal sights & sounds that are formidable, monolithic, ethereal, and especially towards the end, of a striking, almost paralyzing beauty. I personally request that you not multitask and instead give this arrangement your complete, undivided attention, because it's type of musical journey that most demands it.
Enough hype? Have some quotes - Theophany writes:
"This is the second of four tracks I've remixed for Wild Arms, and it's also my first collaboration here on OCR. Despite sharing names with another track by the Wingless, "Godspeed" is mainly titled as an homage to the post-rock influences of Sigur Rós and Godspeed You! Black Emperor. I've been wanting to remix something like this for ages, so I'm majorly indebted to audio fidelity for the bowed guitar and lead parts he wrote. Although my WIP was mostly orchestral, he immediately sensed the kind of sound I was going for and his delivery was extremely quick. I wasn't really familiar with his work before Wild Arms, but I'm really glad I had the opportunity to work with him. On a personal note, I'd like to thank Jade and bLiNd. While I've never played Wild Arms, I think I put more of myself into this project knowing that my work was appreciated early on. Congratulations on your first album. I'm glad I could be a part of it, and I encourage everyone to check it out."
John Burnett gonna track you down and make you pay for stealing his mix title ;) The Sigur Rós influence is both apparent and, for lack of a more eloquent phrase, perfect. Jay has a great appreciation for texture in music, from what I've heard, so I think he was the absolute right man for the collab:
"When Jade first asked me to help out with the project, I had so much on my plate with school and other project tracks that I told her that I could only help collaboratively as a performer. I'm so glad that she got Theophany in contact with me. He came to me with proposition of doing bowed guitar, which I had never done before, but was very interested because of artists like Sigur Rós, which I could certainly tell he was inspired from. I tracked multiple takes and had fun adding just tons of reverb - I had an intense chain of verbs that was just feeding into the other. It took some strength in my left hand to hold those chords and bow all the strings. Then I improvised a line in one take that I gave him as extra that ended up be the focal part of the track. I'm very happy to have contributed to such a moving piece of music. Thanks, Theophany. Let's do it again sometime."
I really hope you do, because this is art. Jade closes us out:
"Theophany is 100% pure gold. Thanks to Kinslayer, who brought Theophany's attention to my project. I was fortunate to have him as a part, since he ended up contributing 4 tracks to this album. This track made me take a step back. I questioned why Theophany hasn't released more of his music, but that changes now. I really like this track because of its wintery feel. It is really appropriate for this time of year especially and does great justice to the original source. It is, of course, a huge improvement to the original and Theophany does an excellent job of expanding its ideas. audio fidelity's bowed guitar is the icing on the cake and makes the song sound bigger than life as the lead parts fade away with the huge tail of reverb. Theophany is on a number of upcoming projects, so keep an eye out for him!"
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