Posted 2019-01-03, evaluated by the judges panel


Happy new year from OCR, as we kick off 2019 with a high-energy, gloriously-glitched psytrance/goa take on the Deus Ex "UNATCO" theme from Sir_NutS, with maniacal/mechanical overlord voice stylings from Stephen Kelly:

"This is a psy/goa remix of the UNATCO theme. Now, this was a real doozy, with over 120 tracks in a single project. The detailing took that much work, but I think it was worth it in the end. Since we cannot use Square sampling in our mixes, I recruited once again the talented Stephen Kelly to do some voice over work and boy did he nail it. He brought a lot of needed power to the mix, and his voice clips were so cool I ended up slicing and mangling those into more glitchy sequences for some sections.

There are some sections where I go all out on the mangling and glitching, and destroying the melody structure. I had a blast. I also used a mix of my own and Stephen's recordings for sections like around 3:08, though the vocal-to-mangled sequence conversion is really used throughout the song in many places. Needless to say this is very Infected Mushroom inspired on that sense, although the fuller sections are more influenced by a more classic goa direction. I don't really want to dig into more details because this would become an essay, but suffice it to say designing all these sounds took several 8+ hours mixing sessions (though some of the layers of pads and textures are taken from things like 99Sounds' Project Exodus and took little processing) - anyways, enjoy!"

Proving the old adage "You can never have enough UNATCO mixes!" enduringly accurate, this is a heart-pumping, toe-tapping, four-on-the-floor journey into dystopia. No wait, that was 2018. I get confused sometimes. Applies pretty much equally, really, as Mike embraces many of the staples of psy/goa while applying a generous dose of glitchwork to the fray, and then Stephen's voiceover adds a narrative element which elevates the whole. Gario was concise & sums it up nicely:

"Deus Ex UNATCO can't get enough awesome remixes. Psytrance really adds a lot to the cyberpunk style of the game. I like it a lot, and I like this a lot. Nice work."

DragonAvenger adds:

"Solid mix, love the glitching here. Energy is strong and consistent without getting overdone. Nice work, bro!"

This musical genre embraces the aesthetic of the game, so it's a natural fit to begin with, plus Mike dials in some delicious glitching & really has fun with it, AND we get Stephen's VO to help frame it all; great mix & a great way to start the year!

djpretzel

Discussion

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SubNormal J3
on 2019-01-15 00:33:16

Great work! Loving 2:42 and 4:19. I like the bass-line. Not a huge fan of the opening personally; the melody didn't resonate with me like it did in the source material, but by 1:10 I am quite enjoying this mix. Excellent work on the glitching (especially circa 3:00-3:20) and syncopations and great vocal performances from Stephen. It's always fun to hear artists develop over the years. It's great to see this track get ReMixes in recent years. It is very memorable to for those that played Deus Ex. I really enjoy the drops at 2:42 and 4:19. Demonstrates skill in dance music production. Thanks for a great track. Good luck on future projects!

EDIT: Loving this groove from 4:42 - 4:58.

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Thrull
on 2019-01-07 12:35:41

Great rendition of a piece of music that I remember hearing hundreds of times in that game. The voice clips make me feel nostalgic.

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Jorito
on 2019-01-03 13:33:46

Nailed the psytrance vibe for sure! Great stuff, love it. Teach me how :)

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Gario
on 2019-01-03 13:09:15

This is extremely sexy. Great voice work, too. From the thick beats to the constantly varying textures, this track wins on all fronts.

Lovin' it.

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djpretzel
on 2019-01-03 00:31:26

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Sources Arranged (1 Song)


Primary Game:
Deus Ex (Eidos, 2000, WIN)
Music by Alexander Brandon, Dan Gardopée, Michiel van den Bos, Reeves Gabrels
Songs:
"UNATCO"

Tags (11)


Genre:
Psytrance
Mood:
Aggressive, Dark, Energetic
Instrumentation:
Electronic, Synth, Talking
Additional:
Effects > Glitching
Lyrics > Lyrics: Existing
Origin > Collaboration
Usage > Workout

File Information


Name:
Deus_Ex_Holographic_Projection_OC_ReMix.mp3
Size:
9,345,394 bytes
MD5:
b527c0513433d85f7cd67ef260d68fbf
Bitrate:
230Kbps
Duration:
5:25

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Soon I will be pure light, pure energy! I will burn like the brightest star!
Oh, you're gonna burn alright
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Final safety warning, normal levels will be exceeded in 3... 2... 1...

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