Transponder Mission (from "Mass Effect 2")

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So if you’ve heard the American Album, or Star Spangled Chips, you know that I’ve arranged a few Jack Wall tracks already, specifically from the Myst franchise. Well, for American Pixels, I reached out and asked Jack what he’d like to hear arranged, and he asked for something from Mass Effect 2. Specifically, the Suicide Mission theme: www.youtube.com/watch?v=e2z28mutY1E

Personally I never really got into the Mass Effect franchise, but I dug the above theme (notably the fun 7/4 time signature… c’mon, you know me), and it sparked some ideas. To start, I’d been looking for an opportunity to do a stylistic homage to a very unique track by Radix (aka Rymdlego, aka Mosaik), entitled “Transponder.” Listen to that work of art here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=e6N4W8anTr0

The heavy beats, in conjunction with the sci-fi and acid jazz soundscape, all tied together with child voices and stuff… man. I love it. And I wanted to do something in a similar style. And oddly enough, I’d managed to record my young niece Hannah and nephew William playing around with the microphone one day, so, I had that part covered. :)

The tricky part… the referenced Radix track is pretty much a kickass groove, but doesn’t have much of a melody. The Suicide Mission theme, on the other hand, has full-on chord progressions, melodies, counterpoints, and so on. So not only is it a form of fusion to bring these ideas together, but it took some work to have it also carry the full theme's progression properly. The original is a pretty long track!

All in all, the remix came out pretty awesome in my opinion, and I trust you'll enjoy it as well.

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from American Pixels, released January 1, 2017

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Mazedude Liverpool, New York

Christopher Getman, aka Mazedude, has been a jack-of-all-trades in the world of entertainment for several years. He has dabbled in music, sound design, acting, voices, stunts, motion capture, video editing, dvd design, and much more. His first love, however, was music. Regardless of what crazy paths life took him on, he never lost the passion for creating unique musical experiences. ... more

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