ReMix: Metroid Prime 2: Echoes "Torvus Chips"

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Metroid Prime 2: Echoes

While "Torvus Chips" might sound like a healthy, low-sodium, artisanal snack food I wouldn't eat, it's thankfully none of the above. Inedible but delicious nonetheless, this Mazedude track off of the Harmony of a Hunter follow-up, 101% Run, is a syncopated, chip-infused jam of Getman's unique brand:

"I'll be honest, I've only played the Metroid Prime franchise briefly. What I played I enjoyed, but, never enough to buy the system and the games. But, I really enjoyed the Metroid Prime soundtrack. So, when it was available, I took a listen to the MP2 soundtrack, and... honestly... wasn't that impressed. The only tune that really jumped out at me was the Torvus Bog track. So, when I was contacted about contributing to a HoH sequel, this was the only track I wanted to do. And, they were cool with that.

Landing upon a suitable style took some time... nothing was working... and then, for some reason, I felt like trying the theme out in an aggressive chiptune-fusion genre, and... it worked! I've often taken game themes and slowed them down, to add a groove, make it more chill, etc... it's rare that I do the opposite approach and make an originally ambient track more hard-hitting and powerful, but this is one of those instances. I'm really proud of the result on this one. Enjoy the chiptune fusion; NES sounds, sine waves, and more. And check out the full album if you haven't yet!"

DarkeSword arranged this same source way back in 2006; he says:

"Man I love this source tune. Torvus Bog is the best. Really great arrangement; "aggressive" really nails it. Lots of great embellishments. Love the texture."

Larry felt the production got a little muddy here and there, and kudos to him for showing objectivity towards the mighty Dude of Maze, but Fishy carried the majority sentiment that it wasn't a dealbreaker:

"I agree that it gets a little bit muddy here and there but by and large I didn't really care. Really cool style, I like the way you write riffs and play around with the timing of the comparatively simple source rhythms. Nice faux chippage."

Riff chippage and chip riffage aplenty, indeed; I'm reminded texturally of "See Sixty Funk," also from 2006 - Chris was doing this before it got trendy(er). Great stuff, another excellent contribution to the Harmony of a Hunter project(s), and another jewel in the crown of divergent, expressive, and singular VGM arrangements Chris continues to craft!

djpretzel

Discussion: Latest 7 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
eggsngaming
on 2016-10-24 20:36:12

This mix needs more love. It feels like the final level of a hectic 2D sidescroller with enemies filling the screen, as you push forward with your sweaty hands gripping the controller tightly. And like all of Mazedude's tracks, you can hear something different almost every time you listen to it.

Necrox
on 2014-06-09 01:24:57

Kudos for originality. This is a cool mix.

The Derrit
on 2014-05-10 14:44:04

This is the most solid remix I've heard here in a while.

Pretty awesome.

Black_Doom
on 2014-05-08 12:11:44

I 've always thought that chitptune tracks can't be that aggresive. But this stuff changed my opinion. Great work, man!

Crulex
on 2014-05-08 08:27:00

Wow. This is probably the most aggressive-sounding straight-up chiptune ReMixes I've heard in a long time. Some of the chips and sound samples that you used to arrange this reminded me of the way the music was styled in the original Shantae game, with the rolling chips under the beat (if anyone even knows what I mean). To hear that applied to Torvus Bog is cool. Damn, Mazedude, this is great.

evktalo
on 2014-05-08 04:35:24

I love this "expanded chip" style done in such an atmospheric style. Super tasty bouncy groovey!

--Eino

djpretzel
on 2014-05-07 13:07:52

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