ReMix: Metroid Prime 2: Echoes "Torvus Chips"
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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!
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