ReMix: Deus Ex "Only in Novels"
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NOOBFLOOD continues with a dramatic, isolated solo piano arrangement of Deus Ex that puts a "looking out the window on a rainy fall day" spin on the source material, from Daniel Ran:
"My piano arrangement of "DuClare Chateau" from the original Deus Ex. Original composed by Michiel van den Bos."
A bit minimalist with the arrangement AND the commentary, I see :) Since I weighed in on this one, I'll quote myself:
"Such a cool source to adapt for solo piano; love it. Very lonely, perfect for a rainy day, but (key point) it does pick up a bit and introduce some shift, so it doesn't feel one-note in terms of mood."
"This is the hardest type of arrangement to do well, I believe - subtractive, solo instrument, sparse. As a mostly electronic musician, I'm always bowled over when an arranger can do this right because it just feels so far from the realm of what I can accomplish. It's almost like we have two different hobbies. Personal reflections aside, this is gorgeous, haunting, careful, and definitely well-played. Great piece."
I concur; this ReMix falls squarely under the "deceptively simple" umbrella - it seems straightforward, there are no virtuosic passages involving runs or flamboyant displays of technique, and yet each note lands with a Zen precision, and in just over three minutes the overall arrangement fully delivers a vision & revision of this source as something altogether more solemn and pensive. It's not uplifting stuff, and it may actually make you sad, and that's okay. This was really an excellent, illuminating approach to take with this source, and Daniel Ran pulled it off quite effectively; bravo, and hope to hear more!