ReMix: Super Castlevania IV "The Harbinger of Death"
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- Game: Super Castlevania IV (Konami, 1991, SNES)
- ReMixer(s): timaeus222
- Composer(s): Masanori Adachi, Taro Kudo
- Song(s): "Treasure Room (Stage 9 BGM)"
- Posted: 2015-10-31, evaluated by djpretzel
- Album: Featured on Vampire Variations: Volume III
- Terms (BETA): aggressive cinematic dubstep edm strings suspenseful synth tempo-variable
timaeus222 (Truong-Son Nguyen) provides one of the more unusual contributions to Vampire Variations: Volume III with this blend of cinematic and EDM components that doesn't shortchange either genre and employs a wide variety of textures & creative sound design. It's a new sound for him, it's a good sound for him, and it certainly fits Super Castlevania IV like a glove; VV series director Chernabogue writes:
"Who would have guessed that dubstep and orchestra would be a great combination? Well, Tim certainly did. His arrangement are very creative, and this one is no exception, as he blends a lot of elements into this cinematic remix, with a certain Henry Jackman influence (X-Men: First Class). The breakdown is a very nice addition and allows for more crazy stuff later on. A really unique mix - drop the bass!"
Indeed; some wub bass, but never really goes full dubstep in a way that made me think of this as a dubstep-orchestral hybrid... more an amalgamation of components & influences coming together for a complex, rich tapestry of epic percussion, undulating bass, & percolating synths that whooshes by pretty quickly and achieves a great deal in just 3'25"; the artist writes:
"This started out with me just trying out some new sounds from The Unfinished's Zebra soundset, Serenity, which is a mixed batch of atmospheric and distorted sounds aimed at cinematic music. As I was looking through it, I found a fair amount of scary tones that fit pretty well with some of the sounds I've been creating recently (one of mine is called "Alien Tuning Fork"), so, as an experiment, I wrote an intro out for Vampire Variations III using these horror sounds. Then, I remembered that there was something I've been meaning to try ever since I heard, on Lindsey Stirling's Shatter Me album, a particular bonus track (the orchestra version of "Take Flight"). I'll admit, it was a little underwhelming of a track for me, compared to how awesome the rest of the album was, but it did inspire me to try to pull that style off myself.
It's a little hard to describe to you guys the style I was going for in the climax without yet hearing either that bonus track or this ReMix yourselves, but I guess I could say it's like... a mangled orchestra with dubstep-style processing. ...Yeah, sure. That. As I kept writing this ReMix (mainly inspired by Stephen Anderson, zircon, and Maxim Zhdanov), I also ended up finally buying a cool new synth called Serum by Xfer Records, which is basically an NI-Massive-meets-Zebra wavetable synth. I'll be honest, I wasn't really feeling the presets, but, man, the synthesis engine is SO GOOD (it really only took a few days to get used to it). The previous synth I bought was Zebra, three years ago, so that really says something on how good Serum is. By the time I got to the drop I was waiting to do at 2:08, I decided, "You know what, I just need something to go the extra mile and make this one second absolutely insane." I whipped out Serum for this, and it delivered in spades. The rest of the wobbles were Zebra, though, and that laugh at the end was me, recorded at midnight. =3"
timaeus knows his synths, having programmed some commercial presets for Zebra himself, and Serum is all the rage these days for some very good reasons. And damn... that laugh was really well done! Kudos for an on-point haughtily-superior-lord-of-vampires impression! There's tons of detail in this arrangement and it tends to whizz by faster than you can get a close look at it, so make sure you listen a few times to get the full effect - lots of attention paid to programming, especially in the transitions. Great stuff from timaeus222 that lends an electronic feel to VV3 while still bringing the unifying orchestral aesthetic to the table in a stylish, suspenseful, & cinematic fashion!