ReMix: Metal Gear Solid 'The Price of Freedom'
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- Game: Metal Gear Solid (Konami, 1998, PS1)
- ReMixer(s): Evan Arnett, Janna McKinley, Jonathan Mills
- Composer(s): David Downes, Gigi Meroni, Hiroyuki Togo, Jeon Myung Lee, Kazuki Muraoka, Rika Muranaka, Takanari Ishiyama, Tappy Iwase
- Song(s): 'METAL GEAR SOLID' Main Theme (METAL GEAR SOLID 3 version), 'Metal Gear Solid' Main Theme, Encounter, Metal Gear Solid Main Theme
- Posted: 2012-01-12, evaluated by the judges
The price of freedom, as we know, is $1.05, but now it's ALSO an epic, cinematic MGS mix from Evan Arnett, who follows up his Zelda debut back in 2007 with a collab that involves two additional musicians:
"Inspired and humbled by the tremendous positive feedback I received from my Zelda overture, I decided to try my hand at an arrangement of another of my favoirte game scores: Metal Gear Solid. As I was writing this, I played through all four Metal Gear Solid games, and wanted to create a version of the theme that fully encompassed the entire series, much like what I tried to do with the Zelda Overture. I wanted to challenge myself to create a piece that sounds as if it could belong in the game, yet included a great deal of original thematic development: melodic, harmonic, percussive, and motivic.
I had the privilege of working with two very talented musicians: mezzo soprano Janna Mckinley, who sings the opening and whose voice I manipulated into various electronic textures throughout the piece, and guitarist Jonathan Mills, providing the wonderful acoustic improved intro and echo of the main theme.
I had more planned for this piece, but unfortunately my studio was burglarized and all the original files and arrangement were lost, leaving only this mp3 which I had uploaded to my personal site. Still, I'm proud of what I was able to accomplish, and sincerely thank you for your consideration."
Unfortunately this is now the sole recording/encoding of this amazing arrangement, and it's at 128Kbps, proving the age-old adage that the only good burglars... are Hamburglars. Right from the intro, with Janna's gorgeous singing, it's clear that Evan isn't pulling any punches - as with his Zelda mix, this is a fully-realized, very substantial arrangement that encompasses not just one game but the whole series universe. It's chock full o' ideas, and the addition of vocals & guitar lend the intro a distinct vibe that flows nicely into more electronic textures, becoming increasingly cinematic w/ BIG DRUMS, and then... check out the piano & guitar call-and-answer, with soft string pad accompaniment, at 5'07". Very sweet, emotional moment of Zen; an oasis of calm in the midst of all the action-espionage turmoil. Use of solo brass is brave; it's never gonna sound 110% immaculate, particularly when exposed, but sequencing can help, and I especially liked the glissando down @ 5'50". OA writes:
"...in some cases I could have been tricked into thinking I was listening to the OST, especially for the encounter theme. I loved the arrangement buildup of the Snake eater theme, but thought it could have gotten even bigger, and had more time to shine, though that is just my bias, as I think it's one of the best game themes to come around in a very long time. The transitions were good, and the varying sections contained a good blend of fresh ideas but always with very recognizable themes, and the song finished very nicely. Overall this was really solid (see what I did there?)"
It's a great, BIG mix that incorporates some of the games' best themes into something that develops, tells a story, and has a huge impact. Here's hoping karma comes back to bite whoever hit up Evan's studio, and that it doesn't deter him at all from making more epic ReMixes like this!
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