I have some very exciting news! About a month ago, I set out to enter an official remix competition that Capcom (in association with URB) was holding. My mission was to remix the theme song from the upcoming Dark Void videogame. The soundtrack is scored by Bear McCreary who you might know from Battlestar Galactica and Terminator: The Sarah Conner Chronicles. McCreary himself was one of the judges of the contest.
To my surprise, I actually won. As a prize, I will receive three different items to expand my studio and further my musical possibilities. I also had the privilege of reading McCreary’s personal comments about my remix. You can find the song in the blog post linked below.
From the desk of Bear McCreary:
Picking a winner in the Dark Void Remix Contest was not an easy task because there were so many remarkable and worthy entries. After carefully listening to the finalists, I think the prize belongs to the Main Finger Remix.
The Main Finger Remix, like the best of the entries, cleverly combined elements of my track with original material to forge a new musical identity. However, it managed to structure these disparate musical puzzle pieces into a form that flows like a good song. This piece never stays the same long enough to get boring and it never changes so radically that it feels like a montage of unrelated ideas. And there are some fantastic ideas here: the shuffle groove cut up from my taiko riff, the simple sine wave synth lines that bring to mind the 8-bit stylings of my own “Dark Void Theme (Mega Version),” the heavy-rock bridge featuring acoustic drums and electric guitar and the re-harmonization of the melody at the end of the piece, among others. I especially appreciate the restraint on display in allowing the melody to rest cleanly atop the driving remix elements, giving the listener the melody to listen to. I know I’m biased because I wrote that melody, but still … its fun to listen to it in such a new context!
While many of the submissions resulted in intense beats, The Main Finger Remix struck the perfect balance between remix originality and good ol’ fashioned musicality. This is a piece of music I want to keep listening to. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m putting this thing on my iPod right now!