- July 30, 2017 at 7:23 pm #14711
It’s the question we’ve all been thinking of but never asked — what would the music from Descent 1 and 2 have sounded like if it was written today, for Overload?
Well now I’m gonna try and answer that question for all of you who’re not asking it. I didn’t pick any tracks that Allister remixed already, ‘cuz those are probably close enough. I was originally only going to do two reduxes (redii?) but thinking of where Overload seems to mostly take place later on it felt like a good idea to touch up one of Descent’s Saturn songs as well.
So here’s what I think a few of Descent’s more memorable music tracks would sound like if they had been written for Overload instead.
The Martian Dig:
The Europa Colony:
EDIT: And here are the Descent 2 remixes I was asked to do, a little more challenging for sure but it was worth it for how they turned out. These four aren’t necessarily entirely in Overload style, just generally modernised. And I gave them little titles based on some of the levels they played in.
https://www.dropbox.com/s/ency9iz82raxmp4/Descent%20%5D%5B%20Redux.zip?raw=1July 30, 2017 at 9:05 pm #14712
Nice work! I can tell you put a lot of time into these, and are passionate about it. I especially like the Europa Colony and Outer Moons.
DanJuly 30, 2017 at 9:26 pm #14714bemosaKickstarter BackerTopics: 39
These are fantastic, great job!July 31, 2017 at 11:08 am #14718SiriusKickstarter BackerTopics: 9
Yeah, the Saturn one is nice and creepy as it should be 🙂
Interesting how Martian Dig is mostly guitar-driven… I hadn’t really noticed that in the original song, but it probably should be.February 24, 2018 at 8:29 am #15988
After doing these someone had hinted to me that they had wanted to hear modernised versions of Descent 2’s in-game tracks. The midi data was… challenging to untangle, to say the least, and the songs were so busy I wound up cutting a few small parts that cluttered up the mix without really adding anything to the song’s feeling, but I do like how they turned out.
I thought that Dan and even maybe the others here who worked on Descent 2 might be interested to hear these.February 24, 2018 at 11:35 am #15990
Cool! I’ll check them out when I get back home – hopefully later tonight. Keep at it! For every song that makes it into the game, there are several drafts that sit and collect virtual dust. 🙂 The key, for me, is to never stop writing!
– DanFebruary 24, 2018 at 2:53 pm #15995
Yeah I think this mix of the level 2 track had about 7 cubic kilometers of drafts…
Speaking of that, I don’t suppose there would be a chance of anything I write making it into Overload? Papersailboat’s track is wonderful, and I do feel I’m up to the task… if there’s anything left to do on that front at this point. 😛February 24, 2018 at 11:16 pm #16006
Thanks for asking, and I appreciate your interest. Of course like anything there is a process involved and right now I don’t believe we’re lacking tracks for single player.
But go ahead and send me anything you want. PM or email would be fine. I think my website still has a tab/link to contact me directly.
-DanFebruary 25, 2018 at 8:32 am #16008
I have been working on a couple *mostly* instrumental tracks since I’ve been up north here, to keep myself occupied. I think one of them, just maybe, has the type of style that could work. The only thing about it is it’s got a kind of monster chant that keeps the rhythm in places along with the drums.
And it still needs a bit of mixing, so I’ll get on it. 😀February 28, 2018 at 12:31 am #16063krayzkrokKickstarter BackerTopics: 10
I’ve been listening to your recent tracks, Haunted Parrasp, and there’s a lot of Descent-y stuff in there! The one that stands out the most is Griffon Heart. Not only do I love the track overall, but as an instrumental it has the makings of an Overload track if ever I heard one. It obviously needs some stylistic tweaks to make it consistent with the Overload sound, but I can definitely imagine myself flying through tunnels and blasting bots during the section that begins at 0:44, including the later variations.June 13, 2018 at 4:41 pm #17740
The Descent 1 Redbook tracks are pretty much it, I think, since some of them had the same composers as Overload. if D1 was remade in Overload it would probably have some of these:-
Level 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cLd6Y981OoA
Level 3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E6dhc12krK4
Level 12: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0DGqaap3c8w
Level 14: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q34_1oDcx74
Level 18: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q9l7-Js8_Ec
Level 22: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JvENVSzo67A
Ones I couldn’t recognise (will add to above if someone says what they are):-
Level 5? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1DA8TGNrF_s
Some ones modified to enhance the best parts (maybe not too Overloady but still good):-
Level 11: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VE_k5gzjKDk
Descent 2 Boss Levels: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LYntDitHwvsJune 13, 2018 at 5:13 pm #17743DiamondWolfParticipantTopics: 15
Not all of those were remixes. I’m pretty sure those three that you couldn’t recognize are original.June 13, 2018 at 5:40 pm #17746
Not all of those were remixes. I’m pretty sure those three that you couldn’t recognize are original.
I actually assumed all of the D1 Redbook was originals… so were they copied off the midis? (I assumed it was the other way round but not based on any evidence I know of, so I’m probably wrong there).
By the way, if anyone’s not heard this video, it’s awesome (not quite the exact sound card I had but quite close):-
I recorded all the tracks how they actually used to sound, in 2001, but on a cassette so the quality is like this:-
Level 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jcVJ0oJCuZk
Level 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=imEQ2cxO4R4
Level 12: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l4iSF_KpwaI
Level 18: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ABWqBXA9oYE
Level 21: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EJ0s6XfuSfk
Level 22: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3K_kB96L-98
I have transferred the others on to mp3 similarly too but just haven’t uploaded them… might do if requested.June 13, 2018 at 5:44 pm #17747
All the redbook tracks that sound relatively like the midis were remixed from the midis… except one which was the other way round (and also not by Brimble).June 13, 2018 at 5:54 pm #17748
Ah that makes sense.
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