ReMix: Star Control II "The Path of Now and Never" 5:45

By salle, Goathead

Arranging the music of one song...

"Ur-Quan Kzer-Za"

Primary Game: Star Control II (Accolade, 1992, DOS), music by Aaron J. Grier, Dan Nicholson, Erol Otus, Kevin Palivec, Marc Brown, Riku Nuottajärvi, Tommy V. Dunbar

Posted 2019-10-16, evaluated by the judges panel


Newcomers salle (Kalle Hölsömäki) & Goathead (Juha Pakalén) send us our first Star Control II mix in 13 years with a heavy, dark, & sinister rock/metal take on the theme of - who else? - the Ur-Quan:

"Composition and mixing by me
Drums, guitar, and the bass by Goathead

This track still gives me the creeps after almost three decades. Even though guitar-heavy arrangements are not my usual thing, I thought this track, the original, consisting of mere 30 seconds, would not deserve anything else.

I've never really listened to metal. But... Star Control 2 has one of the most memorable soundtracks ever, in my opinion. Even though something even close to resembling metal has not exactly been close to my heart, this specific track, for a reason I cannot describe, just... required a more metallic treatment.

I laid out the base for the track and gave my guitar-proficient elementary school buddy the liberty to play the Real(TM) instruments as he saw fit -- this is the outcome. I made most of the track myself, but the guitars didn't sound good, neither did the drums. So an old pal joined to collaborate this and added bass, replayed the guitars, and changed the drums. The biggest challenge was probably turning a 30-second-long track into a full song. Just search for Ur-Quan theme from YouTube. ;)"

Pretty badass - the Ur-Quan AND this mix, which has an epic vibe, layers multiple guitar parts against deep bass & punchy drums, and works in some synth, choir, and talky-bits as well, with a chilling ambient outro as the cherry on top. The initial version we received had some volume issues (wasn't LOUD enough) that were thankfully fixed, and the end result is nearly six minutes of SC2 metal bliss. prophetik music writes:

"this arrangement and realization does a great job of capturing the impending dread from the original game. i liked your choice of instrumentation, and thought the pitch-shifted vocals were great for helping set the mood. it's a longer track as well, but i thought the pacing was great and it didn't feel too long... this is a great track a lot of people will enjoy."

The narration works & and brings you into the atmosphere before the general structure of the arrangement takes over, and again I dig that the outro explores some non-guitar space & contrasts texturally. Very cool that Kalle had a grand vision that his friend Juha could help realize so effectively, and kudos to both of them for bringing Star Control II back to the OCR homepage in style!

djpretzel

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His Infinite Machine
on 2019-10-18 18:38:39

ATTENTION, INTERLOPER: HEED THIS RECORDED MESSAGE.

THIS DRONE SPEAKS WITH THE VOICE AND AUTHORITY OF THE UR-QUAN.

YOU ARE TRESPASSING WITHIN UR-QUAN SPACE.

THIS WORLD, EARTH, MAY NOT BE APPROACHED FOR ANY REASON, NOR WILL HOSTILITIES AGAINST OUR OUR ORBITAL PLATFORM BE TOLERATED.

IN ADDITION, YOUR SHIP DOES NOT RESPOND TO STANDARD HIERARCHY IDENTIFICATION TRANSMISSIONS AND IS THEREFORE DEEMED TO BE INDEPENDENT.

THIS IS NOT PERMISSIBLE: ONLY SUBSERVIENCE SHALL BE TOLERATED.

THIS DRONE NOW LEAVES, TO INFORM THE UR-QUAN OF YOUR TRANSGRESSIONS - YOU ARE COMMANDED TO REMAIN HERE AND AWAIT THE ARRIVAL OF THE UR-QUAN.

DISOBEDIENCE

WILL

BE

PUNISHED.

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Liontamer
on 2019-10-14 10:32:28

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Sources Arranged (1 Song)


Primary Game:
Star Control II (Accolade, 1992, DOS)
Music by Aaron J. Grier, Dan Nicholson, Erol Otus, Kevin Palivec, Marc Brown, Riku Nuottajärvi, Tommy V. Dunbar
Songs:
"Ur-Quan Kzer-Za"

Tags (10)


Genre:
Metal
Mood:
Aggressive, Dark, Epic
Instrumentation:
Choir, Electric Guitar, Synth, Talking
Additional:
Effects > Distortion
Origin > Collaboration

File Information


Name:
Star_Control_2_The_Path_of_Now_and_Never_OC_ReMix.mp3
Size:
10,010,830 bytes
MD5:
f5c084c1b09682819258607f3a714994
Bitrate:
230Kbps
Duration:
5:45

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