TSM Episode 93: Goblin


Choices, Choices…

Download: Produced 2013.03.31

The Legendary Zoltan braves goblins innumerable as he premieres his latest remix from The Secret of Mana, whilst SiliconNooB and KillswitchTool drive Lusipurr to distraction with an overabundance of language not wholly fit for a genteel audience.

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This month, Lusipurr.com is pleased to present the second commission from our Music Director: Jahan ‘The Legendary Zoltan’ Honma!

Followers of Lusipurr, welcome back to another episode of The Starlight Megaphone. I am The Legendary Zoltan presenting my sophomore musical piece for your listening enjoyment and the appeasement of the keeper of my soul. That said, I doubt he will be very appeased this time around. Last time, I brought you an unlikely call to action from the Kingdom (Queendom?) of Zeal. This time I have brought you a suspense story from the Kingdom of Wherever-the-hell-Secret of Mana-takes-place.

Source Music: Secret of Mana – The Oracle
Original Composer: Hiroki Kikuta
Remix: Don’t Open That Door! There’s a Dark Lich Hiding in There!

Unlike my previous goal of trying to simultaneously satisfy Lusipurr’s set criteria and make it sound good. I decided to go with something far less noble and throw “sounding good” out the window. This is a remix of the music that plays when you fight the Dark Lich boss. The original song is practically without genre. If I had to call it something, I would say that it is drum and bass music. Aside from the crazy percussive breakdowns, there is really only a single melody that is repeated often. So my goal was to turn a genre-less, repetitive, and scary piece and turn it into a different genre-less, repetitive, and scary piece. How creative I am!

I just threw away all the drums and build-up sequences in the original and just repeated the main melody over and over again. Are you worried yet? Each time the melody is repeated it is done so with different instrumentation, feeling, and sometimes even different tempos. The resulting piece is actually extremely varied and while not terribly catchy, is not uninteresting by any means.

When you are listening to the song, imagine that you are in a horror movie, opening doors in a giant mansion, one after another, looking for the exit. Behind one of those doors lurks a Dark Lich. During your flee of terror you eventually manage to find the exit. You feel the safety of sunlight and nature around you…until you learn the hard way that Dark Liches are in no way inhibited by sunlight!

11 comments on “TSM Episode 93: Goblin”

  1. @ Zoltan: The opening reminded me a bit of the THX “Deep note” that used to play a lot in theaters. This is a nice and varied piece, but I feel like it ends a bit too abruptly. Maybe something with a bit more lingering dread that then tapers off… but that’s just a thought. I liked it, though, especially the part starting around 1:45.

    Also, I will now score your pieces based on my own opinion. And I will be using a widely understood and much lauded scale of quality based off of the current US presidential line of succession, with the current President being the highest possible score. I give you a John Boehner.

  2. That’s not too bad, but I expect he was hoping for something closer to Biden / Clinton.

  3. It’s a good score, indeed. He has to kill or incapacitate just two people for his piece to then be considered perfect.

  4. *Warning: The US Presidential Line of Succession Scoring rubric (USPLSS) does not advocate the killing or incapacitating of people.

  5. @Lusipurr: Honestly, I never applied because I knew I couldn’t come up with an article every week.

    @HitlerTool: Mithalten sie die Backofens von die Zukunft verbrennen!

    @LegendaryZ: I would call the original “The Oracle” industrial powernoise, like :Wumpscut: mixed with Feindflug. Kein mitleid für die Hörer!

  6. @Matt – It couldn’t be easier! Just look at my obviously not desperate grasp at content last week!

  7. @Ethan: I thought the Evil Paul expose was a masterstroke!

  8. @Matt: Industrial Powernoise. I think Lusipurr will approve of that genre name simply because it refers to music he doesn’t like as noise. :)

    @Mel: Haha. Thank you. What would you rate The Mammon March?

    @Ethan: I thought it was a masterstroke as well.

  9. One of the best episodes there’s been in ages. Not that the usual is bad, not at all, but I laughed really hard at this, something most podcasts in general don’t make me do anymore.

  10. I’m telling you, we should forget about video games and just go full-throttle with offensive humor. Lusipurr’s podcast editing time will increase exponentially!

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