ReMix: Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory "The Friendly Shadows"

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Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory

More super-creative PC mixage from Brent Wollman, now operating under the name "Redg"! Brent debuted last year with two very excellent & distinct arrangements of Descent II & Half-Life 2, instantly putting him on our radar for both his source choice and his provocative, unique style. Now he's given us our FIRST ReMix from the Splinter Cell franchise, and it's even more unusual than his previous pieces:

"Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory has an absolutely fantastic soundtrack, so I wanted to take a few of my favorite tracks and rearrange them. I took a pretty disjointed and experimental approach for parts of this mix. The ending was inspired in no small part by the outro to the Nine Inch Nails track "The Great Destroyer," which is characterized by really wild panning and crunching effects. I hope it sounds good to you."

This is an almost-uncategorizable amalgam of dnb, sound design, soundtrack, glitch, jazz, and who knows what else, but it somehow all works. It actually reminds me of some of the more chaotic moments from the Crush OST, although that usually had a more pronounced melodic component. While this mix is primarily percussive/rhythmic, there's a fair shake of pitched material thrown in, so if you're afraid of PURE UNMITIGATED BEATS, Redg gives 'em company, which made Vig comfortable:

"Amon Tobin is a beast, but when I checked out the sources I was like "nah, you can't remix this stuff..." But I think I've been pleasantly surprised.

For the record, I don't think that a drum beat alone is adequate to be the lone source for an OC ReMix. However, this track brings in other albeit minimal harmonic sources, to which the drum groove adds a bit of complimentary familiarity. I'm satisfied by the source usage here. Aside from that semantic argument, this is obviously a really cool track, great processing, great atmosphere. Plenty to like, and well-integrated source usage."

Jesse is notoriously difficult to pleasantly surprise, so mark that as an accomplishment all by itself. Brent actually resubbed this based on initial panel feedback regarding some overuse of certain effects; halc didn't weigh in on the first version, but he was feeling this one:

"never listened to the original submission, but I'm absolutely loving the experimental vibe. kinda reminds me of some of the stuff Sir Jordanius has been sending in. such crazy, intricate, interesting processing during the last quarter of the track, I can't get enough of it. :D real nice mix, I'm all over this."

Redg continues what is becoming an excellent tradition of his, once again offering up something fresh in terms of both arranged material AND style; while this isn't something you'll be humming in the shower, unless you're weird and take really weird showers, it's an engrossing, percussive sonic journey, it's our first mix from a series with some great tunes and our first arrangement of anything by Amon Tobin, and I think Sam Fisher himself would approve of the groove!

djpretzel

Discussion: Latest 7 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
Necrox
on 2015-12-28 21:49:31

Intro is... psychedelic. Very strange stuff, disjointed is an apt term here. It feels a bit all over the place in terms of structure, but I'm exhausted, so maybe I can't fully comprehend a monster like this. Very interesting genre fusions; I like the prevalence of glitching too. Interesting mix.

nitrozsz
on 2015-12-28 12:54:23

I would have never guessed that this came from Splinter Cell. This sounds more like something straight out of a Suda51 game (and I mean that as a compliment). It’s so cinematic, with the right amount of rock and electronic to it, to get that distinctive flavor. It’s so well produced. That last minute was especially tense for me. Great job.

Black_Doom
on 2015-12-09 01:01:49

Huh, I thought that I had reviewed every Redg's track. Anyway, this song is one of my favorites from him. On one hand, it's pretty bizzare and complicated, but on the other, it's great pleasure to listen to - this excellent downbeat atmosphere, the heavy drumwork, crazy glitching, bits of jazz, D'n'B and who knows what else! Love the ending part @ 2:54 - nice touch! Very cool!

Crulex
on 2014-02-09 10:14:24

Between the glitching and the weird dnb/jazz mix up going on, this is fit for a game with the subtitle Chaos Theory indeed. Fun track to listen to. Well done, man.

Liontamer
on 2014-02-06 17:26:02

Love this piece!

Peace!

timaeus222
on 2014-02-06 17:15:53

Another fantastic glitch arrangement from Clem. =)

djpretzel
on 2014-02-06 15:50:27

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