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Arranging the music of one song...

"SkyTown, Elysia"

Primary Game: Metroid Prime 3: Corruption (Nintendo, 2007, WII), music by Kenji Yamamoto (I), Masaru Tajima, Minako Hamano

Posted 2014-12-01, evaluated by djpretzel


We kick off the last month of 2014 - after a much-needed four day vacation - with a gorgeous, atmospheric Metroid Prime 3 arrangement from Pyro Paper Planes, with assistance from Laura Intravia, off of 101% Run. Buzz-phrase one-liner testimonials invoking "It's like X meets Y!!" are often reductionist and/or lazy, but "It's Like Metroid Prime Meets American Beauty!!" really DOES kinda sum this one up... which is a great thing in my book. Christopher explicitly acknowledges the strong influences:

"One of my favourite moments in a video game is when you encounter an environment or moment that contrasts everything you've encountered up until that point. In Metroid Prime 3: Corruption, that moment was when you come across Planet Elysia, Skytown. The setting is so peaceful when compared to the hostile locations up until that point. Kenji Yamamoto, Minako Hamano, and Masaru Tajima capture this beautifully with the original Skytown track (which is also featured in the epilogue of the Metroid Prime Trilogy).

The lore of the planet even leaves more to the imagination; sentient robots going into hibernation for hundreds of years, to only perceive the world through their dreams. I really wanted to capture those moments in life where everything just stands still, in a dream-like state. I took heavy inspiration from the works of Thomas Newman and Jeremy Soule, to which their work always manages to put me in a state of tranquility.

For the lead instrument, I chose a very gentle piano. I paired this up with little ambiances throughout the track, such as atmospheric effects or whispering enigmatic passages. This really helped shape the overall piece into a sense of delicateness. The dulcimers worked very well, conveying both an ancient, yet mechanical colour. The final touch to the piece was Laura Intravia's exquisite vocals, which added a final organic layer to the soothing piece.

"Entropic Dream" is probably my favourite composition. It encapsulates the style of music I love to listen to and create. Sometimes, it's the little nuances in a piece that speak loudest. If you listen carefully to "Entropic Dream," you might hear something new. As a musician, I hope to inspire listeners to enjoy the little moments in life, to stop for a minute in their day and to enjoy the world for all its sound."

The entire aesthetic really nails the intimate, up-close-and-personal piano with the contrastingly distant, pensive melody & pacing, which is definitely Newmanly. If you beam that pianist up from whatever Hollywood studio he's playing in and beam him back down to a cold, alien world, you begin to get the picture; scraped textures, evolving pads, and an icy tension enveloping a warm, emotive piano. Larry writes:

"Chris's vision of this source tune is a great contrast to DarkeSword's take on the same theme back in 2007 with "Yellow Valkyrie." Led with lovely piano work, PPP's established a shimmering atmosphere that quickly draws you into its ethereal imagery. Props on the Thomas Newman and Jeremy Soule mentions as well; I'm sure Dave will agree he's hit the mark there in terms of the inspirations. Laura's spoken word contributions are a very subtle, purposefully understated presence in the piece. They're not meant to be understood, so they're perfectly produced and placed within this indistinct dreamscape."

Newman piano with Soule accompaniment :) Of course, it also definitely has its own unique voice, and it's quite cool to see PPP pairing his passionate piano persuasion w/ ambient atmospherics. Great stuff that achieves its design goals and takes us on an otherworldly journey!

djpretzel

Discussion: Latest 9 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
timaeus222
on 2016-02-29 02:41:53

Are you serious right now? How in the world did I miss this?!

That intro is so smoooooooth. The deep drone and the distant piano-like reversed/bowed pad is so cool. The metallic granular FX in the background (might sound like a shopping cart if you stretch your mind a bit) is also a really subtle but apt ear candy.

Honestly, one of the best contemplative pieces I've ever heard. The soundscape is just spot-on.

Necrox
on 2015-12-23 20:31:21

Great intro; very dreamy 'scapes there. Actually, no. The whole mix is dreamy and gorgeous. This is a great ambient mix, the type that brings otherworldly images to mind. The nuances and the piano are both great in their own right, but sound awesome together. great work.

Chernabogue
on 2015-12-22 03:33:55

Nice ambiance/atmospheric one. The sound design is interesting, and the arrangement is beautiful. Not a lot to say here, it's a pretty simple remix. But a beautiful one. ;)

Crulex
on 2014-12-12 14:26:47

Oh this is gorgeous. This is one of those pieces of music where all the little bits of atmosphere and mood add so much to a ReMix that already has plenty working for it. Kinda fits the feel of the season we are in with the whole mood of the track as well. Good work.

sunmat
on 2014-12-02 15:33:27

It's even better than the original! I've been listening to it the whole afternoon. So relaxing!

Emunator
on 2014-12-02 02:15:04

Really exceptional take on a fantastic source, this shows a tremendous amount of growth beyond your previous arrangements... not that your previous solo piano takes were bad by any means. However, the subtle use of ambiance and effects that helps highlight and support (but never overshadow) your performance really sets this apart from your past work and makes it so memorable. Excellent work!

OverClocked PodCast
on 2014-12-02 00:25:23

This is one of those arrangements that reminds me why I listen to music so much. There's so much here, and it's extraordinarily mixed. Beautiful work.

Perigryn
on 2014-12-01 15:52:44

A lovely, ethereal piece!

So calm and subtle. American Beauty does work here, though I'd argue more on the side of Road to Perdition.

Beautiful rendition. Makes me picture a chill ice field or just sitting in the middle of the ocean.

Liontamer
on 2014-12-01 13:42:13

What did you think? Post your opinion of this ReMix.

Sources Arranged (1 Song)


Primary Game:
Metroid Prime 3: Corruption (Nintendo, 2007, WII)
Music by Kenji Yamamoto (I), Masaru Tajima, Minako Hamano
Songs:
"SkyTown, Elysia"

Tags (10)


Genre:
Ambient, Cinematic
Mood:
Mellow, Solemn
Instrumentation:
Dulcimer, Piano, Synth, Talking, Vocals: Female
Additional:
Lyrics > Lyrics: Original

File Information


Name:
Metroid_Prime_3_Entropic_Dream_OC_ReMix.mp3
Size:
6,642,660 bytes
MD5:
b78669ff102567c4fa601dc594086194
Bitrate:
192Kbps
Duration:
4:33

For hundreds of years, we slept,
Perceiving the world through dreams.
Memories told from the future,
Hearing the whispers of thoughts.

We see colours beyond the spectrum,
and have felt the waves of a supernova.
Held together by the tangled string of time.
To die is to wake up.

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