ReMix: Super Metroid "Depths of Maridia"
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- Game: Super Metroid (Nintendo, 1994, SNES)
- ReMixer(s): CrimzonWolf777
- Composer(s): Kenji Yamamoto (I), Minako Hamano
- Song(s): "Brinstar - Red Soil Wetland Area", "Maridia - Rocky Underground Water Area"
- Posted: 2013-06-06, evaluated by the judges
- Terms (BETA): ambient cinematic duration-long orchestral piano strings tempo-slow
Newcomer CrimzonWolf777 (Damon Barlow) brings us a deliberate, atmospheric Super Metroid arrangement that merges 'Brinstar' & 'Maridia' & employs a hybrid synthetic/orchestral palette that sounds like it could be dropped right into a high-def remake of the game without anyone batting an eyelash:
"So I've been really scared to attempt to submit ANYTHING to OC ReMix because I still feel like I'm not good enough. But because someone screamed at me telling me to just do it, here it is. I've remixed a lot of game songs, and this one is my 1st submission. What made me put these two songs together was when I was playing Super Metroid and I was humming part of the Maridia area when I was in Brinstar. So I had to do it. I really hope everyone enjoys this song!"
Big thanks to whichever screaming someone out there was successful in their emphatic persuasions; the judges panel doesn't bite (except for Jesse) & resubmitting a mix isn't the end of the world, but rather a great chance to act on free feedback, if desired. And of course, another possibility is that the submission just passes, as this arrangement did. While on the long side & relatively conservative, Damon's mix oozes the type of cavernous atmosphere & haunting mystique that fits the Metroid universe perfectly. Emu writes:
"It's true that this is a pretty straightforward, conservative take that doesn't necessarily tread any new ground that we haven't already heard, but I have to commend you on the very well-conceived, well-sequenced, and well-produced mix here. To be honest, I truly enjoyed listening to this piece just in a bubble, but it took me a few listens to pick out all of the little nuances that you added to the melody to help personalize it and bring it up to OCR's bar... however, they definitely add up in your favor, and I think at the end of the day this is a great example of a well-executed conservative remix that people will enjoy."
I'd encourage Damon to color outside the compositional lines a little more in the future, but this is still a great debut that I'm sure plenty of folks will enjoy, the merging of the two themes is done well, and I'm looking forward to a follow-up.
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