ReMix:Chaos Field "Knowing Heart, Distant Noise" 3:42

By Mattias Häggström Gerdt

Arranging the music of one song...

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Primary Game: Chaos Field (Sega , 2004, DC), music by Daisuke Nagata, Kou Hayashi

Posted 2011-04-10, evaluated by the judges panel

Alright! Some lesser-known Dreamcast SHMUP action comes courtesy Mattias - I was buggin' him for a mix, and he definitely delivered:

"Kou Hayashi and Daisuke Nagata (also known as k.h.d.n.) are two game composers I respect deeply. Their modern take on electronic shmup music is nothing short of brilliant. The textures range from organic pulsating to harsh, distorted noise. All these amazing textures always work perfectly with the game too, showing superb craftsmanship. I've always been a fan of modern electronic game music, a part of VGM which sometimes gets overlooked. Obviously I had no choice but to pay tribute to k.h.d.n.!

This remix is my take on the memorable select music from Chaos Field. I tried to capture the dark, atmospheric track but make it a bit more dancefloor-friendly. A lot of effort went into finding the right textures and expanding these, the heavily automated Thor bass being something I'm especially proud of. The original melody is quite brilliant in its simplicity so I've not tampered that much with it, instead the textures and new setting is the main focus. As always it was all made in Propellerhead's Reason/Record. I actually showed this track to Kou Hayashi on twitter and he enjoyed it very much. Here it is now for the rest of you to check out! I hope you enjoy it."

Even if you've never played Chaos Field, which I personally have not, I think you'll find this mix very easy to get into; from the crystalline, pure tones of the intro to the modern, clean electronica style w/ plenty of aforementioned modulation on the one bass patch, it's got an innocence & clarity to it that are both very appealing. Shariq writes:

"I like it, it's got a calm, subdued feel, and yet it still manages to be dancey. I like the subtle wobbling synths contrasting with the bell-like synths. Very nice. Great arrangement; fairly straightforward, but still some nice rhythmic ideas at play."

Vinnie adds:

"Simpler structure than what we're used to from Mattias, but devilish details and a very effective arrangement. It's one of those songs where the pieces slot together perfectly, it's hard to pick at anything. Gets the Palp seal of approval."

Sometimes less is less, sometimes more is more, sometimes more is less, and sometimes... less is more. This would seem to be one of those latter instances, as Mattias gives us a stripped-down track that, while not minimalist per se, focuses on getting a few key elements JUST right. Great, pure stuff that's easy to loop and disappear into.



Latest 11 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
on 2012-07-16 00:12:50

Mattias does a good job making songs that get you to bob your head to, and this is no exception. The impression I get from the melody is that it could be arranged in slightly different ways for drastically different effects, which makes the approach Mattias went for here intriguing. A well done brooding piece!

on 2011-12-19 15:01:04

I love the crystal bell-sounding intro and the little bit of energy this brings to the darker atmosphere here. Not sure I could dance to this at all, but it's definitely a toe-tapper (or head-nodder if you prefer). It's got a fantastic beat and while some of the notes in this seem a bit too sharp, it's got a great arrangement and the production is done nicely. Great ideas with the wiggly synth and I liked the ending as well. Good ReMix here.

on 2011-12-16 14:44:50

Seems difficult to dance energetically to this one. It'd go pretty well in a trendy clothing store though! :-)

I feel 'hip' and 'now' listening to this! Where's my credit card?

seriously though, it's pretty basic, but it works well and has some cool little details throughout. Not my favorite track from Mattias, but not my least favorite either. :-)

on 2011-12-05 05:48:20

Taking into consideration that the original was already kind of minimalist in structure (albeit with more distorted synths), it may have fitted firm enough to something quite minimalist. And while I must admit it's not quite as busy as Mattias's other works, there's definitely a lot given to the backing elements like the piano intro, wobble bass and appropriate ambience work throughout. The arrangement generally feels quite straightforward for the most part, though given the nature of the source it does well enough in working with what's available and adding that twist to it.

I'm not sure about you but for some reason when playing it through the Youtube preview I sensed this sudden dryness past 2:10 that could be mistaken as elements of clipping; not sure if that may be a distractant or not, but the cut-offs here at that point give that slight uneasy conclusion. If it's not clipping, then I might as well have to say to watch for your gates at times to try and prevent that illusion. But hey, you're Mattias and I can always trust you to refine details like that. :wink:

All in all, definitely a more different piece from Mattias, and I hope you keep representing more undercovered games in future remixing endeavours :)

Martin Penwald
on 2011-06-21 14:34:40

The intro sends chills down my spine.

I don't even find the remix at hand to be that minimalistic; melodically speaking, there is still more than enough stuff going on for me.

Anyway, really diggin' this, and I hope we're going to hear more remixes like this one.

on 2011-04-27 17:07:25

Thought this was an awesome remix, agree with the minimalistic style its really effective rmeinds me of the minecraft music, yet filtered through some kind of awesome box. Great Job

on 2011-04-12 00:56:23

this is fucking great. the arrangement is awesome and the production is really clean. i think this also makes a really cool statement in defense of remixes that focus more on textural rearrangements rather than melodic/harmonic ones. i can totally hear some michael cassette in this, too (who is also awesome).

on 2011-04-11 10:01:54

Thanks AnSo. You have re-ignited my interest in hearing Minimalistic arrangements again. After getting used to everything being over-the-top, bombastic, and all kinds of phat, it's refreshing and reinvigorating to hear something that goes for, and achieves, the subdued approach.

on 2011-04-10 23:48:32

Reminds me a lot of

here. This, in case you're wondering, is a VERY good thing, since MC is one of my favorite new artists!

Great ReMix, I'm digging it a lot!

on 2011-04-10 23:28:12

loving all the little details. great mix. :D

on 2011-04-10 23:21:53

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Sources Arranged (1 Song)

Primary Game:
Chaos Field (Sega , 2004, DC)
Music by Daisuke Nagata,Kou Hayashi
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