ReMix: J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings: Volume 1 "One Ring"

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Unsung HeroesJ.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings: Volume 1

So The Hobbit came out last Friday, and this seems like a good opportunity to go all Tolkien and post Mr. Strader's contribution to Unsung Heroes, a medieval folk piece with a lovely acoustic guitar lead, heavy olden percussion of yore, and a 3/4 sway that lends a storytelling vibe, with nice some tempo variation & dynamics. Brandon writes:

"I originally made this tune for DoD Forest Month back in October 2010. I played it for OA and asked him if I could join his Unsung Heroes project with it, because I really wanted to get involved with that album. OA is so nice and cool too. This version of the song is upgraded in a lot of ways from the DoD version, with better mixing and the ending is truncated a bit. Also there is a weird latency issue I've had for a long time with Phantom Power which I use to record acoustic guitars... I fixed that in this version. I was inspired to make this song for well before that DoD month but I saw it as a good opportunity to make it. I'm super happy with it and very glad to be a part of the Unsung Heroes album. There's an homage to Tiny Tim in there too."

While this has a lot of the staples of the "Softer Side of Strader" - plenty of acoustic instrumentation, loose percussion, and a certain organic composition - the feel is more of a certain age than usual, for me conjuring the court dance music from period films like Shakespeare in Love, Elizabeth, etc. Wouldn't feel out of place in a Skyrim inn, either, and of couse while Bilbo Baggins & co. might prefer something a little more boisterous, it does have a bit of Middle Earth to it, as well. Nice to see DoD tracks not only making their way to these waters, but undergoing some improvements/revisions as part of the process, and of course great to see "unsung" soundtracks like LotR on the SNES getting some love. Mo' marvelous mixing from BS, who's had a pretty brilliant year on OCR in 2012.


Discussion: Latest 8 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
on 2014-01-23 03:39:38

Ah a charming acoustic mix. :) A fine melody.

I like the woodwinds. I wish they were stronger -- but I just really like woodwinds and that would probably ruin the track. XD

on 2013-09-01 12:04:56

Kinda fits the calmer side of Middle Earth and old world ideals quite nicely, doesn't it? I almost get a bit of a middle ages kingdom vibe from it, which I love myself. This is a ReMix I'll be repeating for quite a while. I may not be that big on the Lord of the Ring/Hobbit stuff, but I definitely like this.

on 2013-01-20 13:20:12

Oh yes. One of my favs from unsung heroes. I'm propably just old school or something cuz I enjoy the hell out of folk music.

This is basically something I'm desperately trying to achieve. Here it's all done right.

on 2012-12-18 10:05:52

Love the acoustic guitar.

The Radical Sifu
on 2012-12-18 05:19:57

Oh man, I always loved this tune! So glad to hear someone work it up and show it some love 3

Geoffrey Taucer
on 2012-12-18 00:42:02

Love it!

on 2012-12-17 21:18:28

I wanted to enjoy this as background music (not a pejorative), but the strings are too much at the forefront.

So I decided to focus and listen to it actively, but found it difficult to enjoy: it does not seem to change or evolve much, and simply just...ends?

on 2012-12-17 17:48:32

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