Posted 2002-10-10, evaluated by djpretzel
An interesting addition from Mr. Hudson - our first from the Rainbow Six series and a bit of an oddball in that it started life as an original but ended up as a ReMix. Jared writes:
"Ya know? I thought about sending this for awhile. I meant it to be an original, but I was so inspired by a song from Rogue Spear, it ended up almost sounding more like a remix than an original. It’s VERY close to a song in the game. SIDE NOTE: You’ll laugh when you read this, but that wind ambience in the background is from my Playstation 2’s startup screen hooked into my Line In while I recorded the song. Kinda gave it a more broad effect."
I'm glad he submitted it, and comparatively think it sounds close enough to qualify as an arrangement. Definitely the sort of piece where if it was presented as an original that might raise a few eyebrows when contrasted with the "source material". This is more laid-back, cinematic, dramatic work, with the trademark military snare work and reverb-drenched pizzicato. Subtle but good. For over four minutes, it does repeat enough to attain a self-similar, "BGM" feel to it, but the mix is there and the touches are all light & delicate and in the right places to create a specific mood - a combination of tension, suspense, duty, honor, and a lot of other cliched but accurate nouns :) Nice PS2-generated wind effects too - who would have guessed! I can definitely see playing the original game or a similarly-themed tactical espionage game (MGS series) listening to this - captures the whole "sneaking around with cool spy shit waiting to shoot someone in the back without being heard" thing quite well, methinks.
on 2017-06-18 13:16:25
This does provide good espionage imagery. To me, this seems to be an extremely liberal approach to "Hot Zone Preparation." It has traces here and there, but when Jared called it "VERY close to a song in the game," this is the only one in the Rogue Spear soundtrack I found trace resemblances to, including stuff like the piano accents. If anyone can clarify and I'm dead wrong, go for it, but that's the only connection/similarity I could make out. If I'm correct at inferring the source, it would have never passed a strict review for the interpretation factor. Not sure it would hold up on a Lockdown-style review either. If anyone has the knowledge on what this arranged, drop it on us.
on 2011-12-27 18:49:58
Very little information about the source on this one, so I'm going to have to go by what I hear. Though, having heard the main theme at least, I do hear traces of its melody on the piano, so I think we have an idea on where we're going on this one.
I admit the PS2 bootup sound does make good wind ambience, so it seemed to add a lot to this stealthy approach you got going in the intro. The simple pizz strings and piano combination ended up being affective, and seeing it built up with the strings as well (and much later on a flute part) managed to provide that suspenseful feeling towed in. It's a simple setting now in comparison to some of Jared's later works, but the instruments were well emphasized and neatly stood strong amidst the setting.
Though like a lot of his works at the time, they tended to have a very stagnant set of dynamics, and the instruments themselves carry very little humanisation other than some subtle velocity alterations, most notably on the piano. I have known that he has improved on his works since, and even his arranging ability, but I still have to say that for something that's nearly 10 years old it has a pretty decent soundscape to it.
I'm not sure if everyone would probably get this due to the source game or even whether they'd even pinpoint a source material to the mix, or even understand the feel, but it's definitely one of Jared's more overlooked arrangements and should be worth at least trying, even though it doesn't seem to break any revolutionary ground.
on 2010-10-22 01:46:21
A little jarring to my expectations. From the title and the subtle, pleasantness of the piano, I would never have picked this as a Rainbow Six mix. At all. But I love a good surprise, even though I still don't understand the title.
This is slightly airy and much more restrained than most other of Jared's mixes, which I enjoy. The lightness gives it room to be more intricate with the melody and I think that's this mix's strongest selling point. I felt like I'd heard all the samples elsewhere, and it's not exactly overflowing with variation. But this is an easy listen and an even easier piece of music to love. My hat is off to anyone making music from a Tom Clancy game especially classy and palatable.
on 2009-10-31 11:37:02
I really couldn't get into this one - it did give a feel of sneaking up, but nothing really special happened, which ruined the effect for me.
on 2009-02-05 17:08:38
It's definitely BGM, but it's good BGM; perfect to listen to while reading or studying.
It reminds me of something like the theme of "the great quest" or something like that. It's serious but not dire, and it's definitely traveling music.
Definitely worth listening to.
on 2009-01-17 17:14:23
love the synths in the background that sound like plucking violins, set a very unique mood. the way it progresses almost feels like sneaking out of the darkness into the light. feels like spy music taken to the next level. good work, you've won over a new fan!
on 2008-10-13 20:34:55
A sneaky, yet epic feel? Preposterous!
Really nice work, I found myself really into this track. Definately a keeper.
on 2006-12-27 12:15:05
Not what I was expecting at all, and far far better than the claustrophobic sneakfest I had envisioned.
This is super spacious, with some great rhythmic interplay between the drums and bass, light washes of strings the rise and fall, and beautiful piano.
I really like the sparing use of the left hand piano, normally i'd consider it to be on autopilot , but here it not only fits, but enhances the material.
I don't remember the original at all, but I simply love what i'm hearing.
on 2004-11-20 19:03:24
Excellent! Excelente! Превосходно! Hervorragend! 優秀! Αριστος! Eccellente! 우수한! 优秀! ¡Excelente!
on 2004-05-08 12:50:09
Hey, excellent idea for a ReMix!! That mission planning music of Rainbow Six always was really cool, so its badass how you could make such a sweat ReMix!! Bravo!!
on 2003-08-15 01:55:57
hmm... nice job Hudson.
Trying to cook up words for this... it is a tad difficult to explain this.
I give this a 9/10
(A 10 would require a kickass choir being the predominant.. tant... damn it... me gonna make a choral mix now...)
on 2002-10-15 01:03:43
People are going to think I have no standards because I've been enthusiastic about so many OCR mixes this week. The truth is, however, that I haven't felt the need to comment on the many average mixes that have come out and have rarely had time to review the great ones. This week however, there have been so many good pieces coming out that I've been rocked out of my cradle of apathy. This is a well executed military/spy score piece that reminds me a little of the original sneaking music used in Xenogears (in terms of feel, not sound quality.) Strong stuff that just feels real good to have there in the background. So good I don't feel the need to go into any details or nitpick.
Per's OCR Star System:
5-One of my favorites.
4- I'll listen to it a fair amount but it lacks that extra "something" to be great.
3- Above average but not enough so to get much playtime in my list.
on 2002-10-12 18:39:35
Oh MAN! Made me wanna suit up in some tight ash-gray spandex and sneak around my neighbor's yard.
I loved this since the moment I first heard it right before my algebra class. Very very smooth, ambient, and mysterious work. I loved the game and I love this song.
on 2002-10-11 18:34:32
This beat is very much like want Grant Kirkhope does (listen to Goldeneye and Perfect Dark music), and was the first thing i noticed. Otherwise its pretty well built like a movie score, lots of atmosphere and very flowing.
on 2002-10-11 14:03:00
Rainbow Six: Rogue Spear 'Mystery of a Planet'
This one ties in the beat of a classic James Bond 007 song with a slick melodic tune. While I suppose the beat could get annoying if you listened to it too much, it fits excellently with the rest of the piece. Excellent work Jared Hudson, keep it up.
Sources Arranged (1 Song)
- Primary Game:
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Rogue Spear (Red Storm Entertainment, 1999, WIN)
Music by Bill Brown
- "Hot Zone Preparation"
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- Size: 4,253,507 bytes
- MD5 Checksum: de3e0a8ba625c4b3ff096dd63e98c181
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