Posted 2013-05-10, evaluated by djpretzel
Dj Mokram follows up his NiGHTS debut mix from last year with this short, cinematic ode to the music of Deus Ex that manages to incorporate several themes and is the only album cut to focus specifically on Michael McCann's music from Human Revolution. He writes:
"Adapt Evolve Survive" is my tribute to Deus Ex: Human Revolution from a long-time Deus Ex fan, arranging several songs from the captivating soundtrack composed by Michael McCann. With memorable in-game locations, characters and events in mind, I've set to reinterpret several tunes and combine them in an effort to depict my vision of the world of DX:HR.
Following in the footsteps of Michael McCann, I've mixed elements of electronic and acoustic music, with orchestral and ethnic flavors, as well as some ethereal vocals, in an effort to depict the conflict between man and machine. This is my interpretation of Adam Jensen's struggle, who constantly threads a fine line between clinging to what's left of his humanity and succumbing to the power that his enhancements provide. It was a real challenge to create this arrangement in such a short timeframe, but I've pushed myself to the best of my ability as a (deaf) musician and had a blast doing so.
The following songs were referenced: "Return to Hengsha," "And Away We Go," "Detroit City Ambient," "Opening Credits," "Everybody Lies" and "Icarus." Discerning listeners may also notice motifs from the "UNATCO" and "Main Title" themes from the original Deus Ex sneaking in stealthily like Adam. Hope you'll enjoy this audio tribute to one of the best games of 2011, if not of all time. Mad props to Eidos Montréal for bringing back Deus Ex to its former glory, and then some. :) Arrangement created in Sonar and mixed with Sound Forge. Thanks to Dustin "DusK" Branscum for jumping in at the last minute to help me replace VST guitars with live ones."
First off, since the artist mentioned it himself, it's truly inspiring & impressive that someone with a hearing impairment is able to create music like this. I think it's also rather humbling; I've made some stuff that pales (several times over) in comparison, compositionally and from a production standpoint. Both this and his previous mix don't need ANY qualifiers attached to their praise, and my primary criticism of both is only that I wish they were longer, because I want to hear more! There's an excellent blend of organic & electronic going on here, as Mokram sets the stage, builds tension, then reels things in before layering vocalized phrasing over articulated plucked instrumentation. For a piece just under three minutes, there's a lot of tempo fluctuation, and while I think it would have worked a little better stretched out on a longer 4-5 minute timescale, it nevertheless lends a narrative, "cued" feel to the mix that jives with the artist's vision. Nice follow-up mix from Mokram that again blends ethnic instrumentation into an enveloping, atmospheric journey!
on 2013-07-19 08:54:49
Wowzers. Haven't got around to checking out the Human Revolution soundtrack, but I've heard it's a real treat. And if this mix is any indication, I'm going to enjoy it.
Ethnic fusion needs a lot of effort, skill, restraint and purpose, and this mix embodies all of these traits. Such a satisfying build and terrific development of textural soundscaping. There's instruments being plucked, accented vocals and bass-heavy synths all over the place, and it all makes musical sense. I'm a big fan of this. One of the more impressive remixes of current-gen videogame music I've heard in a great while. (And I hardly noticed this is technically a medley.)
on 2013-05-13 09:54:57
So many sources......will they blend? From the sound of this ReMix, you damn right they will. Loved the airy female vocals in the background. Adds a little something to the overall cinematic feel of it all. Great job with this ReMix and the amazing video as well. This album has put Deus Ex on my list of games to play in the near future.
on 2013-05-12 10:26:24
Impressive list of sources. The result is a cohesive whole, and at the same it's certainly "journey-like", going from a place to place, or from a moment to moment. The staccato electronics are combined with a whole array of elements. The staccato lines feel like a string of (Morse) code fragments that tie the whole together. The video also goes very well together with the music. Although I've never played a Deus Ex game, it seems like an excellent fit.
on 2013-05-12 08:50:06
Now I'm gonna have to trademark this one eventually.enveloping, atmospheric journey
Still can't believe this mix really made it to OCR. Reading djp's glowing praise makes me feel a tiny bit proud of my work, for the first time in a very long time.
Huge props to Larry for giving me a chance back in 2011 despite my relative noobishness, and for never letting go of the project despite multiple setbacks.
Thanks to DusK, without whom this mix would have only been ethnic-weaksauce with fake geetarz, instead of ethnic-weaksauce with proper shreddage.
If anyone's interested, there's a music video for this remix: http://youtu.be/HzeMKaYxz8w
on 2013-05-10 17:53:44
My favorite Dj Mokram piece, now proudly displayed on the front page of OC ReMix.
I personally would have a pretty hard time remixing any of the tracks from Human Revolution. The soundtrack's amazing, one of my favorite modern VGM soundtracks, but it's rather score-ish, and I have a hard time connecting to it as a performer as opposed to a listener.
That clearly wasn't an issue for Dj Mokram, which speaks volumes for how much better of a remixer he is than me.
It was an honor chiming in a bit of guitar (a section that, by the way, was also written entirely by Dj Mokram) for this piece, and here's hoping he can pick himself up from his current troubles and get back to making more sweet tunes.
on 2013-05-10 17:21:19
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Sources Arranged (8 Songs, 2 Games)
- Primary Game:
Deus Ex: Human Revolution (Square Enix, 2011, WIN)
Music by Michael McCann
- "And Away We Go"
"Detroit City Ambient (Part 1)"
"Icarus - Main Theme"
"Return to Hengsha"
- Additional Game:
Deus Ex (Eidos, 2000, WIN)
Music by Alexander Brandon, Bryan Rudge, Dan Gardopée, Michiel van den Bos, Reeves Gabrels
- "Main Title"
- Electric Guitar, Electronic, Singing, Synth, Vocals: Female
- Arrangement > Medley
Regional > World
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