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Here is my remix for Rundas so far! I just need to add some guitar and some other things. This may change quite a bit. So far I have almost everything finished! The voice may not stay as it is. I may use a vocoder. Let me know what you Metroid Prime lovers think about it so far.

 

August 3 Update

Added guitars!

August 4 Update

Added Rundas' Voice!

August 5 Update

New Guitar parts

Edited by Trevor M. Baker
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This hurts me. The similar instrumentation to the original is great, and the new parts are excellent, but your lyrical choices... Chilling. "I told you that you owe me one now..." How did you so effortlessly give voice to our weeping at this tragedy? Vocoder or not, it reminds me of his voice. I did feel that sometimes the voice work made the song a bit too busy, such as 1:01-1:30 "don't cry Samus" (I did, by the way.) A little bit of a break might be some nice contrast. Regardless, I am in awe of your interpretation of this song. Well done. 

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1 hour ago, Souperion said:

This hurts me. The similar instrumentation to the original is great, and the new parts are excellent, but your lyrical choices... Chilling. "I told you that you owe me one now..." How did you so effortlessly give voice to our weeping at this tragedy? Vocoder or not, it reminds me of his voice. I did feel that sometimes the voice work made the song a bit too busy, such as 1:01-1:30 "don't cry Samus" (I did, by the way.) A little bit of a break might be some nice contrast. Regardless, I am in awe of your interpretation of this song. Well done. 

Thank you for your candid response! I totally agree that it's busy. This deserves another pass. I was most afraid that my monologue at the beginning would be too goofy. I still feel that it is kind of cheesy but that it is necessary for Rundas' character simultaneously. You can tell that Kenji Yamamoto wanted to create the impression that Rundas is giving Samus his last parting words. I wanted them to be somewhat buried in the mix like the original but I wanted you to hear what he is saying.

"I'm going Samus, just stay away. There's no saving me, just stay away from me. Bringing justice with this power had its cost (his character makes a remark about the good guys and justice prevailing.) There's nothing left of me, just stay away from me. I wish that I could redeem myself! Don't fall slave to this vice like I did. I told you that you owe me one now. Just do me this (one?) last kindness please...
the last kindness can be either to leave him be or kill him. There's almost a bi-polar element to the song. He genuinely doesn't want Samus to mourn, but he is succumbing to Dark Samus's rage as well; therefore, there is some animosity toward Samus...

To answer your question concerning his voice, I tried to use the qualities of my voice that sounded most like the voice actor and I listened to his voice to apply appropriate effects. I applied both phaser and flanger I think. The breathiness that I employed for the recorded lines was only enhanced by the flanger. The phrases like "don't cry Samus" and "try to break the silence" are both phrases I personally believe I heard "Rundas" saying during the official piece of music Yamamoto created.

The section in which I say "march forward" is supposed to be Rundas egging Samus on: march forward and suffer through it, because you're going to have to soldier on and kill Rundas.

 

Last Words:

 

March Forward

 

 

 

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Personally, I enjoyed the message of the monologue, and the impressive effort to replicate that oh so unique quality of Rundas' voice. I remember reading that one could hear Rundas trying to talk to Samus during the fight, and appreciate this interpretation of it. Also, reflecting on your lyrics made me realize that this could easily be turned into a break-up song :P

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On 8/2/2020 at 8:28 PM, Trevor M. Baker said:

Here is my remix for Rundas so far! I just need to add some guitar and some other things. This may change quite a bit. So far I have almost everything finished! The voice may not stay as it is. I may use a vocoder. Let me know what you Metroid Prime lovers think about it so far.

 

August 3 Update

Added guitars!

August 4 Update

Added Rundas' Voice!

August 5 Update

New Guitar parts

Damn, this is quality work man (very authentic to the GameCube!)!  One teensy feedback, that I think Soup-Bauss already covered: The vocals on 2:15 seem less quality as the stuff before.  It took me out of that magical mood that you had set up before that point. Maybe slap on more effects to sort of mask it, or do another take?  Sorry if this is harsh feedback. 

BTW man, can you provide a MIDI for Rundas' Theme?  This is way beyond my level to go by ear.  Chose to edit out the rest of the rant.  Caffiene high + Aspergers = regret.  Lmao. 

 

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