ReMix: Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty "Broken Wings" 3:01

By Flexstyle, urdailywater

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ambient collab compo downtempo piano synth tempo-slow

Posted 2013-12-24, evaluated by the judges panel


...because nothing says "Happy Holidays" like a ZERG RUSH!! Since newly-anointed judge Chimpazilla just had her own collab mixpost, it seemed only fitting that Michael "Flexstyle" Birch get some love, too. This downtempo, chill, & somewhat melancholy ambient collab arrangement of StarCraft 2 (our first!) with urdailywater was part of the "ReMixing with the Stars" compo; Aaron actually debut with a very unique Yume Nikki mix earlier this year, but this compo series gives up&comers a chance to collaborate with more established names - a brilliant concept and something I was really glad to see happening, as I think there's a ton of potential for knowledge & growth, on both sides of the equation. urdailywater writes:

"The first draft with the full arrangement I sent in to Flexstyle was sort of a small orchestral/electronic ambient track with an acoustic drumset. However, it seems Flexstyle saw more to it than that, and while keeping the arrangement pretty much 100% the same except for a few moving arps and some amazing ambience pads, he turned this into a great cinematic piece. The drums and pads were what ended up making the song IMO, and since the piece was already dynamic, it translated into a cinematic one VERY well.

Flexstyle has a great ear for production, and I'm glad I got to work with him on this song. He really took my style of Orchestra vs. Electronica and brought it to life in a way I thought it never could be. This kind of song really encourages me to expand on what I'm already good at rather than trying to expand by composing in completely different genres altogether (but that's always fun, too : D)"

Mike adds:

"When this competition was announced, I knew I had to be a part of it. I got paired up with urdailywater for the inaugural round, and after a bit of discussion, we decided to tackle a section of the first track in the Starcraft II OST. This game has one of my all-time favorite soundtracks, and although udw had never heard it, he knew Blizzard's OSTs by reputation and eagerly agreed to go ahead with it.

This came together fairly quickly, at least from my view. After a bit of time taking care of job-related business, udw sent me his full arrangement, and I took care of polishing it. I changed around some drums, added some very high quality samples in place of his soundfonts, and gave the entire thing what I think is an appropriately awe-inspiring layer of cinematic atmosphere for such a truly emotional source. This experience has been a lot of fun for me, and it would appear that my partner in crime agrees. I hope the rest of you enjoy this track as much as we enjoyed making it!"

Grats to Aaron & Mike for working this out; very deliberate pacing & downtempo groove, and a rather somber mood that fits with the mix title & casts a lonely shadow. Palpable writes:

"Oh this isn't a Mr. Mister cover? Well, I guess it's a nice song nonetheless :) Great atmosphere and build-up, the song flows superbly. You guys really take advantage of that beautiful melody to tug the heartstrings, eking the full emotional impact out of it. The lack of source may trouble the Larrys of the panel, but the song is so well-connected that I could have sworn the closing piano notes of your arrangement were in the original somewhere. The percentage is close enough to the border that I can pass it. In regards to the piano intro: I agree it is mechanical and something smoother would have been better, but context is important, and it is treated as more of a background instrument for texture, so I wasn't as bothered by it."

Nice example of more melodic modern VGM in a AAA title; Blizzard always has some pretty delicious stuff, and I'm glad to see something newer get some attention, too. At just a hair over three minutes, this is a relatively short piece, but it quickly establishes a dramatic atmosphere and develops things decisively from there; always looking forward to hearing more from both artists, and also from the "ReMixing with the Stars" competition!

djpretzel

Discussion: Latest 9 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
Necrox
on 2014-12-28 22:59:04

The atmosphere is so cinematic and sad, and the sound choices fit well. Good mix!

timaeus222
on 2013-12-27 19:22:00
Woot! RMWtS on the first page! Always knew this was the mix that was going to make it happen.

With so many compos running these days, it's hard to generate much interest in this one. Stars in particular are hard to come by. I was going to run another round in January, but it looks like SZRC2014 will conflict. I may need to consider an alternative schedule or format to keep this going on a more regular basis.

I'd be interested, but I'm just waiting for a fun theme.

MindWanderer
on 2013-12-27 16:33:14

Woot! RMWtS on the first page! Always knew this was the mix that was going to make it happen.

With so many compos running these days, it's hard to generate much interest in this one. Stars in particular are hard to come by. I was going to run another round in January, but it looks like SZRC2014 will conflict. I may need to consider an alternative schedule or format to keep this going on a more regular basis.

Crulex
on 2013-12-26 09:14:38

Very moody and coldly beautiful. I love how the RWTS compo works on helping others polish and build on their musical abilities, and combines the experience of other ReMixers to create sweet songs like this. Lots of emotion and atmosphere, but the main melody just keeps you glued in. Damn good track, keep it up guys.

Tubamaphone
on 2013-12-25 02:44:41

Wonderful piece. I have not heard the source, but I love the down tempo. The speed with the combination of orchestra give it a very cinematic feel. The judicious use of electronic sounds really gives the feeling that we are listening to something that belongs in the game's universe, as opposed to just on a screen.

Amazing work!

urdailywater
on 2013-12-24 19:09:54

This is a pretty neat song and y'all should listen to it.

I've gotten better at piano humanization since this song, but my favorite part of the song is probably how the opening piano notes come into the background during the main chorus of the song. I didn't really notice how well it worked until listening to the song a few months after it was finished.

Big thanks to Flexstyle on this song for real. This track has influenced my newer stuff in a very good way. Especially in messing with deeper and more intricate ambience.

Hope you all like, this though. Also, first on Starcraft 2! Yay!

timaeus222
on 2013-12-24 14:33:29

There's some nicely designed reverb here. Just enough ambience without washiness. I agree that the intro piano is a little mechanical, but not so much that it detracts from the piece. Great job on this, Mike and Aaron!

Chimpazilla
on 2013-12-24 12:45:37

Nice moody mix! I'm especially impressed that this came out of the RWTS compo. Aaron you sure picked the right Star! Nice work, guyzzz!

djpretzel
on 2013-12-24 12:23:45

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Sources Arranged (1 Song)


Primary Game:
Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty (Blizzard Entertainment, 2010, WIN)
Music by Cris Velasco, Derek Duke, Glenn Stafford, Neal Acree, Russell Brower, Sascha Dikiciyan
Songs:
"Wings of Liberty"

Tags (7)


Genre:
Ambient, Downtempo
Mood:
Instrumentation:
Piano, Synth
Additional:
Origin > Collaboration
Origin > Competition
Time > Tempo: Slow

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StarCraft_2_Broken_Wings_OC_ReMix.mp3
Size:
5,070,295 bytes
MD5:
c908d193b636fa87fef4c127a49ea6c4
Bitrate:
220Kbps
Duration:
3:01

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