Posted 2002-08-27, evaluated by djpretzel
Nines, aka Ian Williams, was the victim of an unfortunate series of events wherein an individual calling himself "Ayrez" submitted Nines' ReMixes as if they were his own. Thankfully, all was sorted out, but if you come across any of the pieces attributed to Nines on this site on P2P, etc. and the ID3v2 tags are outdated, please correct them before sharing with others so the right guy gets the credit. Adding to his three other impressive mixes, this is the first mix Nines has submitted on his own behalf. It's more laid back, an extended synth groove with cavernous reverb (goes with the title, eh?), creepy atmospheric percussion, an FMish harp, VERY funky rubberband bass (listen closely to the pitch bends - yummy in the tummy), and a delicate flute/pipe instrument that lends an organic element. "Melody" is more impressionistic here and not necessarily the focus - as with most ambient & new age, which I'd classify this as, the emphasis is on establishing sort of a soundscape, ephemeral, spacious, distant yet intimate, and a whole bunch of other cliched adjectives as well :) However, so much new age music out there is formulaic to the point of being laughable - the old "sit on a chord for a minute, let it evolve, then for variety throw in maybe one other chord" school of new age composition - that the genre is often dismissed. Cheesy as it may sound, I actually think Yanni's done a lot to give new age a better reputation by actually doing some legit composition. The other way "intelligent" (i.e. non auto-pilot) new age can work is if there's sonic variety, and the piece not only evolves but mutates, and I think Nines has done that here. There's some very interesting percussion, a filtered synth pattern that again involves some cool pitch-bend work, and an overall sense of movement and travel + descent that work well with the Blaster Master environment. Recommended.
on 2013-10-29 22:43:10
Travelling the land. So relaxing. Contemplative, even. Inspiring. The hum sound (eg. at 2:00) feels really good. Love the play that starts at 3:12 and finishes up the track. Just lovely. :3
on 2009-12-02 22:47:37
Very chilled out and ambient, i like it.
on 2009-10-31 11:15:24
This is a pretty laid back mix - I got nothing else to say heh.
on 2009-08-06 15:20:18
Ah, it's Blaster Master meets Ecco The Dolphin
on 2008-10-28 20:00:20
I'm a fan of this. It's really relaxing. Just what I needed after a long work day.
on 2006-12-27 12:26:04
I like to listen to this remix at 2x speed while envisioning Snake sneeking around MGS style.
on 2006-12-27 12:22:13
Relativly dense, this could pass for new age if it wasnt for some of the lo-fi synths in some sections. It certainly fits the title, as you can easily imagine a slow descent into the earth. Not really my style, but I can't deny that the mix is good. The bass and drums are really nice and have a very hypnotic effect to them.
on 2004-12-14 01:28:13
I liked it the first time I heard it. At first I thought, "well Nines has a great melody to start with", then I thought, "at least Nines didn't mess it up", and by the end I thought, "Nines did a really great job with this one".
on 2004-08-03 05:07:20
I kinda like this. Sounds just like the title says it is.
You've put some nice, ambient instruments in here. They have that sort of "fantasy" feeling to them. Cool, but you could've built on it a bit faster.
on 2002-09-16 05:15:13
Thats right nines, if it sounds good use it! I dont know many people that look at a violinist or whatnot and say "Hey! You are using a standard violin! Shame on you!"
on 2002-08-28 14:10:35
Yeah, that is the Plucked! synth you hear for the harpy bits (not the default settings though). I was originally just using that as a placeholder until I got ahold of a good sample or something to replace it, but that sound blended just right with the rest of the music, I thought, so I kept it.
on 2002-08-27 21:34:46
this is an ambient/new age mix...although i didnt save it to my comp...it is a very nice tune for relaxin'
on 2002-08-27 11:05:19
This sounds like New-age to me...a bit.
As Blaster Master is my favorite game, it's impossible for me to not love it...I just miss some remixes of the best track in the game; Stage 1!
on 2002-08-27 00:46:17
Blaster Master 'Into the Earth'
While I don't care for the plucked string sound (is that a default FruityLoops sound? I certainly hope not!), the rest of this mix sounds very nice. It's a far cry from Nine's other rave submissions, airing towards more atmosphere rather than danceability. It's pulled off very well, methinks, with just the right amount of reverb to make it atmospheric but not too indistinct (as can happen if there's too much of it.) I think the title fits very well, also - I can definitely see myself descending into some huge cavern or something. At any rate, I think I'm just gonna leave it at that, and say that I really recommend this.
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