Posted 2013-05-06, evaluated by djpretzel
I'm proud to announce that our 39th arrangement album, Deus Ex: Sonic Augmentation, is now available in its entirety, in MP3 and lossless FLAC, at http://augment.ocremix.org!! As always, you can grab the torrent or download individual tracks from the site. Each mix was previously released in partnership with Eidos Montreal over the last couple months via their official Deus Ex Facbook page, and now we've made the whole enchilada available on our own site as well. This project was directed by none other than Larry "Liontamer" Oji, who writes:
"How do you know the original Deus Ex is a special game? Even today, people joke that when they're reminded of it, they immediately have to go and reinstall it. That's how infectious it is. A critical part of the game's indelible impression is the music, which is why I was excited when Kyle Augustson-Stallock, then Deus Ex: Human Revolution's community manager, floated the idea of us creating a ReMix album back in October 2010. When I asked the OCR staff and community to come up with an arrangement EP, I knew everyone would do a great job capturing and expanding on the feel of the DX series in their own unique, interpretive ways - after all, sonic augmentation is what we do!"
Very true about the game, very cool that Kyle & Larry dreamt this up so long ago, and the release via Eidos Montreal's Deus Ex page on FB ensured that it reached legions of the DX faithful before finally finding a place here on OCR, so when all is said & done this was a long but worthwhile journey. Our first mix comes from The Mighty Aversas, Jillian and Andy, and while the mix title makes me think of the culinary double meaning in a somewhat humorous sense, the music is a gorgeous piece of slick electronica with layered vocals & a futuristic aesthetic that fits the game universe perfectly. Andy writes:
"As with the entire Deus Ex soundtrack, "NYC Streets" is extremely atmospheric and creates a wonderful, dark mood. With this remix, I wanted to expand on that feeling and create a sense of motion, energy, and action befitting of a cyberpunk adventure. Jill lent her voice to the track with airy pads, solo improvisation and melody to help add even more of an organic feel to the heavily electronic instrumental."
For some similar, excellent original music in the same vein, check out Andy's successfully Kickstarted & rather badass album Identity Sequence - if you love this, you'll love that. There are also NINE DAYS TO GO on Jill's own Kickstarter for her upcoming New Age/World album Atlantis Awakening; different genre of music, but still guaranteed to be awesome! Pluggage aside, Andy & Jill are powerhouses in their own right, and when they team up on a track the synergy & vision always shines through. Gratuitous Blade Runner, Neuromancer, and Ghost in the Shell references are nonetheless descriptive, as this certainly has that distinct feeling of urban futurism paired with a subtle Asian influence. Most of the arrangement is uptempo, pulsing along the digital highway at a rather quick pace, but there are also half-tempo moments of more deliberate beauty like 3'18" - the phased transition back to full tempo is handled very deftly, and is a subtle-but-key mark of true craftsmanship. Excellent work from two artists who continue to amaze (wait for FF6!) with their game arrangements while making some inspired original music & contributing to new soundtracks as well!
Sources Arranged (1 Song)
- Primary Game:
Deus Ex (Eidos, 2000, WIN)
Music by Alexander Brandon, Dan Gardopée, Michiel van den Bos, Reeves Gabrels
- "NYC Streets"
- Electronic, Singing, Synth, Vocals: Female
- Lyrics > Lyrics: Original
Origin > Collaboration
Time > Tempo: Fast
- 8,885,773 bytes
Deus ex machina
- Size: 8,885,773 bytes
- MD5 Checksum: 68aaad363385871a8585312b83482a90
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