Free Music Review -- Relics Of The Chozo: A Super Metroid Collaboration by Various Artists
A former student of Spartanburg Technical College and overall geek, I enjoy listening to music, reading books, playing video games, and watching movies. Sometimes I write about them.View all articles by Adrian Tallent
One of the biggest faces of this musical community is the web site Overclocked Remix. Run by DJ Pretzel, a remixer himself, the website employs a board of panelists who judge submissions by the remixing community, making sure that approved songs sound their best and do justice to the source material. Most of the remixers use computerized instruments and sound editing programs to create their songs, although some of them play actual instruments, and some have actual bands (unsigned Nintendo metal band Game Over has actually gotten radio play in their native Sweden). As the list of contributing artists grew, DJ Pretzel and the others began to experiment with presentation packages, the first of which is the album Relics Of The Chozo, a project involving several prominent artists from the remixing scene.
Relics Of the Chozo, published in 2003, is free to download at the OC Remix website, and features a new take on the entire soundtrack of the classic Super NES game, Super Metroid. One of the most legendary games of that era, there was no shortage of contributing remixers, and the lineup here includes Adhesive_Boy, Avien, Children Of The Monkey Machine, Daniel Baranowsky, Prophecy, Protricity, Suzumebachi, Vigilante, and zyko. Perhaps the most ambitious thing about this project is that all of the songs, while contributed by different artists, where designed to act together as a cohesive whole. They are arranged on the cd without any time gaps between them, so that the album plays as one continuous song, with the themes flowing together in the level progression of the video game.
From the creepy introduction track to the spacey end, this compilation is very atmospheric. The songs herein are entirely instrumental, most of them in a dark electronica vein. Plenty of ambience accompanies the various melodies, all of which go well together; there isn’t a song out of place on this album. A few of the songs employ some nice electric guitar work to cover the melody, but for the most part, the album is all electronic. It’s not a bad album for one you can get for free, and I highly recommend it if you have played Super Metroid before. This is a good example of what remixers can do with a set-piece, although such collaborations are rare because they take a lot of work and coordination.