ReMix: Super Metroid "Beyond the Glass"
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- Game: Super Metroid (Nintendo, 1994, SNES)
- ReMixer(s): Sam Dillard
- Composer(s): Kenji Yamamoto (I), Minako Hamano
- Song(s): "Maridia - Quicksand Underground Water Area", "Maridia - Rocky Underground Water Area", "Opening (Destroyed Science Academy Research Station)"
- Posted: 2014-07-04, evaluated by djpretzel
- Terms (BETA): cinematic dark epic orchestral spooky strings
Everything Sam Dillard's contributed to Harmony of a Hunter and subsequently submitted to OCR has been exceptional; this piece from 101% Run is no exception to the exceptionality, blending several themes into a dark, cinematic journey with chilling choral work and some VERY cool downward bend effects that warp the entire ensemble in creative ways. The Aversas' "Kindred" looms large when I think of arrangements of this source, but while that had more of a song structure, this has the very cued feel of a soundtrack, conjuring a Christopher Nolan-style progression of filmic shots & cuts that unfurl in your mind instead of the silver screen. Sam writes:
"Here's my piece from Harmony of a Hunter: 101% Run. What I had in mind for this was a constant feeling of dread, and descending down into a vast murky mystery. I wanted the music to have this certain flow, a sense of almost being caught in a current. And like creatures emerging from the darkness below, sounds and passages would materialize and then sort of be washed away back into the depths. And since I only did one song for the album this time, I made a 3D music video like the one I did for "Into the Green World," only this time in HD and much more elaborate.
This took many months to create, so for the full experience please check out the song as accompanied by the video. Thanks for listening. :)"
"Sam is just something else, clearly one of the top cinematic arrangers in the community. His imagery for the mix fits like a glove, and I'd love to hear his vision for epic ideas like this fulfilled with live players and a healthy budget one day. This piece primarily hits "Maridia - Rocky Underground," but keep an ear open for the other theme cameos, all while being taken on a legitimate journey. The flow here was extremely smooth, IMO, so the near-6 minutes of this evaporated just like that. Then I hit play again."
Ditto all that; it's one thing for a mix to be atmospheric in general, but when it also unwraps so gracefully and incorporates so many components so seamlessly, it's really quite a spectacle to behold. It might not have the type of bombastic, crashing froth that one associates with fireworks, but this slow burn from Dillard definitely packs an explosive payload that plays out over time, completely enveloping the listener in a mushroom cloud of dark, tense energy. Extremely well-crafted; dim the lights, isolate yourself from all distraction, and enjoy!
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