ReMix: Sonic CD "Future Crystalline Luminosity" 6:08

By ladyWildfire, Level 99

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Posted 2013-11-26, evaluated by djpretzel


ladyWildfire contributed to Brandon Strader's LttP mix back in 2011, but this marks Beth's debut as primary arranger, with some assistance from Level 99, and it really shows what she can do - gorgeous electronic mix with ethereal choral components, crisp acoustic guitar, wide open spaces, and an undulating synth accompaniment that pulses underneath. Electric guitar enters later, but it's more of a clean, mellow, sustained tone; I also dig the subtle bitcrushing/lofi processing on certain elements. There's a ton of development, too; the arrangement keeps developing & evolving with direction, while the shimmering production remains a constant. Album director SupX writes:

"From ladyWildfire, we have an ever-evolving progressive trance mix of "Quartz Quadrant" US. The thing that really stands out to me with this mix is the attention to detail throughout the track. There are so many little elements that get added in and taken out throughout the many build-ups and breakdowns, which really helps keep the track interesting and fresh. If you're just casually listening to the mix, you could easily get lost in the atmosphere Beth's created here. The guitar parts from Stevo (Level 99) are a perfect addition and honestly fit the track a lot better than I thought they would when I first heard about the idea. The combination of the acoustic guitar and Beth's ethereal vocals in the intro really fit together well, and helps get the song started off strong. Stevo's electric guitar solo later in the track really helps invigorate the track with some extra energy for the home stretch. The time and effort Beth spent on this mix is apparent, as I think this is easily the most polished mix I've heard from her to date!"

Color me impressed; everything here really clicks for me, and the integration of Stevo's contributions is seamless, elevating the mix while being fully assimilated into its world. Beth writes:

"I was unable to start production on this track for many months due to a tough class load, so I started much later than most other remixers on this project and was under a big time constraint. I was struggling with the direction to take on this piece, since "Quartz Quadrant" US doesn't have many distinct melodies. I chose to focus on the more ambient/electronic Future themes, combining the major-key Good Future's melody with the minor-key Bad Future's atmosphere. About halfway through production, I asked my good friend Stevo (Level 99) to provide some samples, and it ended up fitting the track much better than I had expected. Near the end of production, I was pressured into adding my own vocals to the track, which ended up being the final touch on what I now believe to be my most ambitious piece to date. I put in many long nights and a ton of effort into this remix, and I hope you all love it like I do!"

I do, and the effort shows - on a strong album to begin with, this track definitely stands out as a highlight & brings an excellent sense of space and movement that's completely in keeping with the Sonic CD universe. Compositionally, arrangement ideas like this can end up feeling drawn out, too repetitive, or so mellow that you lose your place, but Beth really nailed the progression & introduction of new elements, providing landmarks along the journey and numerous points of interest in a landscape that was already mesmerizing to begin with. Excellent work & an impressive arranging debut on the site for ladyWildfire, and yet ANOTHER gem in Temporal Duality's crown!

djpretzel

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Latest 12 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
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wildfire
on 2013-12-12 14:29:24

I just want to say how great it feels to read all your commments! I had a blast working on this track, and I was lucky enough to get my favorite source to work with even though I joined the project pretty late.

Some of my major musical influences are Evanescence and Above Beyond/Oceanlab, and I think that this track combines elements of both artists as well as my own personal style. I definitely plan on doing more work in this style!

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Dubanubiel
on 2013-12-05 10:40:54

I absolutely love this song. Easily one of my top picks from the whole album. It reminds me a bit of Mattias Häggström Gerdt mixed with Vega Projekt (Blind's side project for a bit) while also still being totally her own style. Really solid production and a beautiful auditory picture painted. Keep it up!

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Geoffrey Taucer
on 2013-12-03 13:05:21

This reminds me heavily of the .hack/sign soundtrack, and that's definitely a good thing.

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Crulex
on 2013-12-03 11:07:41

Way to go, Beth. Fantastic work with Quartz Quadrant "B" and "G". The progression of this ReMix is simply phenomenal. You made this ReMix really pop out and stand tall over a lot of other ambient tracks I've heard, and a little extra spice from Level 99 always seems to help take things that much further. Great song.

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Melbu Frahma
on 2013-11-27 20:16:46

Easily one of my top three tracks off the album. ladyW's had a front page post as a mixer coming for a long time, and I'm just thrilled that it came with such a gorgeous, effervescent track. I look forward to her next mixpost!

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Subz1987
on 2013-11-27 13:24:55

I am completely mesmerized. I mean, at 2:10, bah gawd.

This song is completely awesome and I look forward to hearing more from Beth.

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kitty
on 2013-11-27 01:06:23

I have to admit that the song started out just a tad slow for me but once it got to around 3:45 with the guitar solo it provided a great contrast and I was able to appreciate both the ambient and high-energy parts of the song. I really love the evolution of this song. It's super groovy and sounds absolutely awesome. Thumbs up!

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Level 99
on 2013-11-26 19:19:07
I honestly thought Wildfire had been an officially posted mixer up until this point. The fact that she wasn't means this has certainly been a long time coming, as far as i'm concerned.

And well deserved it is, Beth. This is brilliant work from you! :)

She was official before, but not as the main arranger of a song. She was featured on Brandon Strader's Zelda mix, Bottled Choir.

This is her getting on the site on her own writing, arrangement, and mixing prowess, which is the major achievement. Anybody can lend their flute or voice or fart to a ReMix that gets posted and be listed, because anyone who contributes gets credited.

This means Beth's e-penis has level'd up. Go her. It was a pleasure working on this with her and I absolutely love the result.

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DiGi Valentine
on 2013-11-26 15:49:48

I honestly thought Wildfire had been an officially posted mixer up until this point. The fact that she wasn't means this has certainly been a long time coming, as far as i'm concerned.

And well deserved it is, Beth. This is brilliant work from you! :)

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DjjD
on 2013-11-26 15:35:24

Really enjoyed this song. I'm glad to have seen Beth grow as an artist and participate with her in competitions here at OCR and this is one of her best remixes so far. Awesome work. :)

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orlouge82
on 2013-11-26 15:04:56

Great to see one of Beth's phenomenal songs finally make it to the front page. And this one is certainly one of her best!

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Liontamer
on 2013-11-26 13:40:32

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

Sources Arranged (2 Songs)


Primary Game:
Sonic CD (Sega, 1993, SCD)
Music by David Young, Mark Crew, Masafumi Ogata, Naofumi Hataya, Spencer N. Nilsen
Songs:
"Quartz Quadrant "B"mix (US)"
"Quartz Quadrant "G"mix (US)"

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Sonic CD: Temporal Duality


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