ReMix:Perfect Dark "Killing Hope" 4:48

By Zas

Arranging the music of one song...

"Chicago: Stealth"

Primary Game: Perfect Dark (Rare , 2000, N64), music by David Clynick, Graeme Norgate, Grant Kirkhope

Posted 2014-06-05, evaluated by the judges panel

It's been awhile since our last Perfect Dark mix, or for that matter our last trip-hop mix, and it's been a LOOOOOONG while since our first AND last mix from Zas, who follows up his orchestral Zelda 64 debut from 2005 (!!) with this brooding, atmospheric piece. He splains the mix title:

"Named after a book of the same name, not meant to be a creepy message toward composer Grant Kirkhope, who is the video game trip-hop champion, IMO."

I really love Palpable's comments from the judge thread, so let's START there:

"On the surface, this is a standard remix of the Perfect Dark source - it follows the structure of the original pretty closely. But what you brought to this is a remarkably haunting mood created with some unorthodox instruments and FX. The drums were excellent - distorted, panned strangely, and echoed to sound truly unsettling. There's an art to making them sound weird without putting off the listener, but you balanced that line perfectly. On top of that, they had endless tweaks to keep them from getting stale. Nothing really threw me here, from the saw lead to the slightly off-key section. Everything worked."

Indeed it did/does. We don't get a ton of trip-hop or DJ Shadow-style, downbeat & sample-laden VGM arrangements, but one of my favorites is Skrypnyk's Super Mario RPG classic, "Last Night a DJ Kidnapped Mallow" from 2007 - really great stuff. This track has some of that same sleepy-ominous dark energy going on; Chimpazilla memingly agrees:

"Wow... so dark... much depress... very creep... I love this. I'm not a huge fan of the lead at 1:35 as I feel it breaks up the mood and instrument cohesiveness just some. Something less piercing and sawlike may have been a better choice, yet it fits with the creepy ideas here. The glitching, sfx and old vinyl crackling are divine. The choir and whistley sound are great. Even the bit of distortion on the piano-esque arp is a fit. Plenty of source, very good arrangement. Love it."

Not much else to say - judges were unanimously digging this, and rightly so, and it's great to see a refreshing trifecta of a game we haven't seen mixed lately, in a genre we don't hear often, from an artist who's returning after 8+ years!



Latest 6 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
on 2016-02-11 12:31:38

Yes! Yes! Yes! Ever since I've been on OC Remix I hoped this day would come when someone would do a killer mix of Chicago, my fave track from Perfect Dark. Was just listening to the tired old MIDI from the game and thought, maybe I should check OC Remix... maybe someone remixed it and I missed it.... and I DID!!!

This mix is Perfectly Dark, in all the right ways. I feel the aliens took me during it. : )

The dub influence in it is soo neat too. Would not have expected that could work. Kudos. YOU ROCK!

Thanks Zas.

on 2015-12-28 11:50:44

What a strange and eerie track that progressively gets weirder and stranger. It’s almost as if Akira Yamaoka did the soundtrack to Perfect Dark. It’s an atmospheric track that will make you feel lost, frightened, and helpless. Perhaps with a title like “Killing Hope” that was the intent. I wasn’t sure if I liked it, but by the end of the track, I loved it. Definitely not what I would expect from something inspired by Perfect Dark.

on 2014-06-07 15:30:28

Woah, the crackling and the drums are awesome for the atmosphere. I don't think the percussion could be any better fitting. The piano was nice as well. Very cool style, sweet remix.

on 2014-06-06 09:50:47

Ah, Chicago! One of the few Perfect Dark tracks I've listened to over and over again. The crackling effects and distortion on some of the samples and the overall sound helped make this ReMix perfectly dark (no pun intended) and haunting. Has a lot of sorrow from the piano and spooky qualities from everything else, and that's not something I often hear together on the same song. Pretty good ReMix, I'd have to say.

on 2014-06-05 22:21:54

Love it, love it, love it. I loved this track back when I first heard it a year ago in the forums, and I'm very glad the judges felt the same way about it as I did - it's too damn sexy to contend with. It's just oozing with so much dark atmospheric flavor, I don't think anyone should miss this remix - it's just too good.

on 2014-06-05 13:20:31

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Sources Arranged (1 Song)

Primary Game:
Perfect Dark (Rare , 2000, N64)
Music by David Clynick,Graeme Norgate,Grant Kirkhope
"Chicago: Stealth"

Tags (9)

Ambient,Trip Hop
Electronic,Sound FX,Synth
Effects > Glitching
Time > Tempo: Slow

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