Holy hell, it's mellogear!!
We last heard from Jon Delvaux in January of 2002, well over a decade ago, making this one of the longest (if not THE longest) hiatus-breaking mixposts thus far. That's a huge chunk of time, and while Jon's arrangements back in the day were diverse, this Skyrim arrangement that was featured on the Bad Dudes' 2012 MAGFest Sampler album is definitely a new sound from him, channeling aspects of post-rock & employing a lot of texture in a clean, refreshing rock/folk arrangement that maintains the pacing and gradual build of Jeremy Soule's GORGEOUS original. It's a fantastic, challenging source to have chosen to arrange in the first place, and this approach really breathes & does it justice. Speaking of Mr. Soule, there are FIVE DAYS LEFT on his kickstarter for an original album/symphony; check out the interview he did with Emily Reese on Top Score & contribute if you want to support his work, which I'm sure won't disappoint! Back to the mix, Emunator nailed his decision and quoting him at length conveys a lot of my own, shared sentiments:
"I'm really stunned here. I've been listening to a lot of Sigur Ros and Death Cab for Cutie lately and this feels like the immaculately-conceived lovechild of the two styles. So, right from the start I feel like I've already got a personal investment, so to speak, in this mix
I wasn't familiar with the source, but I have a general idea of how the Skyrim soundtrack sounds so I was curious how you could have adapted that kind of material into a mix like this. However, as soon as I listened to the source, the connection became undeniably clear, despite the fact that much of the source usage is chord based. If I can listen to a source that I've never heard before and I can instantly feel the connection to a remix I've only listened to once, that's pretty strong in my eyes.
I think my favorite part about this is how delicately you handled the arrangement. It takes a lot of restraint to pull off a slow-burner like this but you really seem to have a good sense of when to bring in each new instrument or when to ramp up the energy of the song in order to create the strongest effect. The mix of acoustic and distorted elements is pretty seamless, and the mixing is pristine, right up there with what I'd expect from professional bands that employ this style."
Quite right; great to see artists return with submissions after so long, and great to see those submissions feature so much creativity. Skyrim is a wonderful example of a modern game soundtrack that is timeless, complex, beautiful, AND memorable, and Jon's arrangement takes 'Whiterun' in a new direction while still capturing that distinct soul & essence.
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Sources Arranged (1 Song)
- Primary Game:
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Bethesda Softworks, 2011, WIN)
Music by Jeremy Soule
- "The Streets of Whiterun"
- Ambient, Rock
- Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Electric Piano
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