ReMix:Metal Gear Solid "Liquid Metal" 3:39

By Vig

Arranging the music of one song...


Primary Game: Metal Gear Solid (Konami , 1998, PS1), music by Gigi Meroni, Hiroyuki Togo, Jeon Myung Lee, Kazuki Muraoka, Rika Muranaka, Takanari Ishiyama, Tappy Iwase

Posted 2003-01-03, evaluated by the judges panel

Jesse Taub aka Vigilante joins the ranks of OC ReMixers with this Metal Gear Solid ReMix, our first from this landmark game. I actually enjoyed MGS a bit more than its sequel - nothing can beat that feeling of playing something that felt totally immersive, new, and amazing the first time. I spent hours simply exploring the novelty of "box" - I loved my box, and crawled around merrily in it, eventually getting detected and shot the shit out of, but loving every minute of it. I think they should make a spinoff game based entirely on a team of super-elite badass spy mercenaries who do nothing but move about in top-secret facilities inside cardboard boxes. I might be the games' only fan, sure, but Konami has money to spend and I feel they should humor me, just because. But to the mix: running a bit short on time, but this is some very mellow, reticent, acoustic guitar-driven instrumental work. Guitar is very warm and resonating, and a trumpet, delicate breath pads, great acoustic soloing, some nice rain stick-ish effect pads, and string pads all join in as back up. There's a sorta non-sequitir key change that's abrupt but works alright, after which the arrangemebnt builds, cuts, and builds up slowly with the original acoustic guitar, exiting with melodic closure on an arpeggio and a fading, gurgling pad. VERY new age, but in a good way - this is uncannily like some of the stuff I've heard on New Age albums, down to the rain stick fx, pace, and mixing. Not evocative of most of the MGS universe per se, but very liquid (Houston, we've got a mix title), emotive, and organic. Good, transparent blend of the live playing with synth backing - an outstanding first submission, by any measure, and some damn good tunage to zen out to, which I seem to have been doing a lot lately. Recommended, and kudos to newcomer Vigilante.



Latest 15 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
on 2013-06-19 19:27:49

Granular-like pads in the beginning really made this work. :D

on 2009-11-27 15:52:43

Not completely seamless in the different room sounds, but still pretty well balanced. Playing sounds nice and clean, and the synth washes are pleasant. Nice modulation and crescendo keeps things interesting. Some of the reed instruments lacked a bit of realism, but they were pretty background anyways.

Not bad, I enjoyed it.

on 2009-04-30 08:44:49

A simple concept made very classily and arranged quite beautifully. To me, this is the 'Snake realises that the world is a terrible, violent place where innocence is a myth and war is inevitable...' theme. Guitar performance was right where it needed to be, beautifully manipulative and very nicely played.

I thought the meshing of the Sons of Liberty melody was terrific and pretty seamless. In fact, in terms of arrangement, this mix shines. This is my kind of music; easy-listening but intelligently written. A job well done.

on 2006-01-23 15:54:24

Yeah this is a beautiful peice! Props to Vigilante!!! 8)

on 2006-01-02 12:51:46

Excellent excellent excellent! You know, I could just keep repeating excellent and you'd totally get what I'm trying to say with this review, but I'm not going to dumb myself down to pokemon intelligence until I make sure y'all get me.

This is one of the first songs that I tried on ole OC, and it wasn't long after that I made it my mission in life to suck up all this free music like a big, gluttonous mosquito. I was disappointed once I realized that most of the other remixes didn't please me nearly as much as this one (personally).

As I've said before, I'm a melody-centric guy, and you can totally take me on a journey through a great, rolling melody, and damn does this mix got one. This mix would've been used in the game had Snake ever started breaking down and crying like a baby over his own conflicting emotions and idealisms.

Well, I think that's all I can really say, besides that this is the second track in my personal "video game remix bestest" cd.

9.5/10. Recognize, this is one of the songs that makes this site impossibly fan-fricking-tastic like plastic elastic.

As I was saying, excellent excellent excellent excellent!

BTW, if you like acoustic guitar, you should be downloading this mix by now.

on 2005-06-24 13:44:57

Since I just beat the Game two days ago this mix really did it for me. The quiet melancholy, as well the Myst like beginning and ending really make this a nice mix to listen to to relax. =^_^=

on 2004-09-28 12:43:47
on 2004-02-09 00:56:35

hey, this is my first post.

i was surffin the web, and ended up at overclocked remix (now its in my

favorites) MGS that was the best game i have ever played. and this song

reminds those moments when i beat Wolf and she gives this emotional

sad speech about her life, then Otacon comes out crying in a field of

snow.... anyways, great peice, capartures the feeling of the game and

really brings me back to Alaska....

on 2003-08-17 20:31:38

I don't know how to do a full review, but I was browsing random songs and came across this one. I must say it's VERY well done. I applaud your work on this piece. Great job.

on 2003-05-09 13:41:51

A truly breathtaking remix of a touching track. Absolutely unmissable.

on 2003-04-03 02:49:55


I am simply amazed at the quality of this song of yours.

I just got this song a couple days ago from the remix.overclocked website.

The guitar in the beginning is fantastic, and the way you implemented the Metal Gear Solid theme is just perfect.

The way everything blends together throughout the song, I really like that. It makes it an easy listen-to track, as I can daze out while just thinking about varius things

(Although when I go and's usually when I should be doing my assignments from the college. Still deciding if this is a good or bad thing.)

I would like to know, would you be alright with the myself burning this song onto a CD to listen to? I'll soon be getting a computer with a CD burner, and I'm going to be making a few CDs to listen to, and I'd like this song to be one of the tracks.

On an unrelated note, what software did you use to make all this? I've heard of a couple programs, one being Rebirth, and another one being Fruityloops(?) that are supposed to be really good music creation programs. And, how much do they cost?

I would absolutely love to create music like this.

on 2003-02-22 17:46:40

This mix is very, very smooth. I have it on my mp3 player right now, it really gives the mood of the scene well. This is the "enclosure" theme, when Snake's just blasted Sniper Wolf's lungs out, and she gives this big rambling speech about the Kurds and sniping in general, if I'm not mistaken, and you've done it justice. I'd have to disagree with Kaijin, when the main MGS theme overlayed over the other theme, I just about pissed myself. Sorry for the ineloquence, but that is the best way to describe the feeling I got when it came in -- you orchestrated it perfectly. That guitar is definitely slick, well-done, and well-harmonized. Excellent job, Vigilante.

on 2003-02-19 22:30:53

Very cathartic and relaxing. I've never played the original (something I look forward to doing in the future) so I don't have anything to compare it to, but I liked the mix a lot. It's very peaceful and atmospheric, and the guitar is wonderful.

on 2003-02-19 17:25:14

Pretty good remix, though I think the original version works best in the original - this would have been a bit too noisy for the original. (The original scene makes me cry. Great scene.) Anyway, this remix is still pretty good on its own.

on 2003-02-01 22:59:40

I'm very encouraged by all the positive feedback i have recieved, and id like to again thank everyone that took the time to listen and review my song, and as always, comments/questions are always welcome at

I was bored so i thought i would make a few comments on the mix. I was a little suprised at the several comparisons made between "Liquid Metal" and new age music. I was mainly suprised because I have never listened to a new age song in my life. I think. at any rate I certainly wouldnt recognize new age music if i heard it. So no, there were no new-age influences going into the mix. Actually this particular mix (its the second one i've done, look for the first coming up this week or next) just kind of arranged itself. It took virtually no time at all, compared to my first mix. everything just flowed. It sounds strange, but if there was any musical influence on this mix, it would be Tom Waits. although they arent terribly similar, i'd reccomend that if you liked "liquid Metal," listen to "ruby's Arms." anyway, thats all i've got for now. Thanks again,

your feedback has convinced me to keep on mixing.


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Primary Game:
Metal Gear Solid (Konami , 1998, PS1)
Music by Gigi Meroni,Hiroyuki Togo,Jeon Myung Lee,Kazuki Muraoka,Rika Muranaka,Takanari Ishiyama,Tappy Iwase

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