ReMix: Silent Hill 2 "Where the Demon Sleeps" 2:06

By katethegreat19

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ambient dark duration-short piano singing spooky tempo-slow vocals-female
Arranging the music of one song...

"Music Box"

Primary Game: Silent Hill 2 (Konami, 2001, PS2), music by Akira Yamaoka

Posted 2012-10-31, evaluated by the judges panel


Last but not least, we've rocked, we've stepped, and now it's time to get creepy & dark with a katethegreat19 ReMix of Silent Hill 2! It's been too long since we've heard from Kate, and WAY too long since we've posted a Silent Hill ReMix - over NINE YEARS! So this is two birds with one very haunting, spooky, and short-but-sweet stone from the ever-impressive Ms. Covington:

"A short vocal arrangement of the Music Box puzzle theme from Silent Hill 2 that I arranged a few years back. While the piano at the beginning seems sparse to me now, I'm still extremely happy with how creepy this track turned out to be and how nicely it came together. The violin and frame drum are real acoustic instruments, and the piano is just played on my keyboard. All vocals are mine. Hoping it meets standards, thanks for considering my submission!"

Perfect for Oct. 31st and enjoyable year-round, this is one of the shorter mixes we've posted, but still grabs you & sucks you into a dimly-lit, disturbed soundscape; Emunator again provides a representative decision from the panel:

"This is a fairly minimalist arrangement, but given the brevity of the source I feel like you still managed to squeeze a lot of mileage out of your remix. At the end, I found myself still wanting more, perhaps some sort of reprise of one of your initial instruments/melodies. Still, I must say that you certainly make the most of the 2 minute runtime, and each individual instrument makes a memorable impression.

Honestly, not much to say here. This feels like a pretty easy call - while there's not really much melodic expansion going on with the Silent Hill melody itself, there's plenty of auxiliary melodies being added, and a great deal of personalization coming through the instrument choices and performance. Another lovely sub from Kate, keep throwing more stuff our way!"

Larry adds:

"I was definitely worried from the piano intro that this might be too coverish, but once the vocals came in, everything checked out just fine with the interpretation level of the arrangement, IMO. Conservatively structured, but the personalization was apparent."

The Silent Hill games are all about atmosphere, so paying homage to their music virtually requires arrangements that have a similar pervasive emphasis on creating a dark, ambient, chilling tone. I mean you COULD do a polka ReMix of one of Akira Yamaoka's SH tunes, I guess, but it's hard to focus on composition alone when so much of the point is the despair & eery emptiness of the overall context. This captures & personalizes that wonderfully, and thus presents the ideal conclusion to our Halloween mini-flood!

djpretzel

Discussion: Latest 9 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
DimeTower
on 2015-02-12 23:51:44

I don't know the original source material, but I just keep coming back to this arrangement. Gorgerously haunting. A must-listen.

Crulex
on 2014-02-11 12:23:19

Haunting is definitely the best way to describe this ReMix. Kate's voice and the piano that goes with this song is incredible and spooky for sure. Very nice!

Bahamut
on 2012-11-01 17:22:39

I'm not familiar with the Silent Hill series music, but this one has a nice haunting nature to it given that the series is iconic for its horror aspects.

This is a great short piece though, it's almost as if it's meant to be a fleeting transition into something else. The piano vocals really drive this piece, and the string instrument that enters helps build it in a subtle way. The drum helps add some disruption and tension before it all fades away.

Igami
on 2012-10-31 19:31:57

Vocals kicked in and I was absolutely stunned.

Short remix? No problem! Now introducing 30% more repeat button - call now!

Zerothemaster
on 2012-10-31 17:21:44

I would say that we need more SH remixes, it's just that Akira Yamaoka's score is less musical notes and more taking a hammer to a banjo or edited dentist's tools. Still, we need more remixes of Laura's theme.

PS this is really nice, reminds me of those nursery rhymes in the Dead Space games.

Cash
on 2012-10-31 17:20:13

Haunting and beautiful. It would fit right in with the original Grimm brothers fairy tales, not the Disney adaptations. Great remix.

BlackPanther
on 2012-10-31 17:19:42

Love katethegreat's stuff. This is creepy and beautiful.

Roadieface
on 2012-10-31 17:00:50

It's such a haunting melody. The instrumental selection complimented it so perfectly. Wonderful job.

djpretzel
on 2012-10-31 16:33:01

What did you think? Post your opinion of this ReMix.

Sources Arranged (1 Song)


Primary Game:
Silent Hill 2 (Konami, 2001, PS2)
Music by Akira Yamaoka
Songs:
"Music Box"

Tags (8)


Genre:
Ambient
Mood:
Dark, Spooky
Instrumentation:
Piano, Singing, Vocals: Female
Additional:
Time > Duration: Short
Time > Tempo: Slow

File Information


Name:
Silent_Hill_2_Where_the_Demon_Sleeps_OC_ReMix.mp3
Size:
3,097,375 bytes
MD5:
5a27c96d9f9ea2f5bdb9c869bdb6938a
Bitrate:
192Kbps
Duration:
2:06

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