The Awesomeness That Is Älymystö Remix Challenge Results

Written by Älymystö on Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

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In the beginning of May we released a remix-kit of the song Revitty, which is from our upcoming vinyl release, for you people to torment and abuse. All in all we got five submissions before, around or blatantly after the deadline. As is our habit, we took our bloody time going through them properly and hammering together our thoughts about them.

The summarize the results, you guys rock. All of these submissions are distinctly unique and take the song in directions we haven’t even thought of. So, here is our scientifically rigorous analysis of the remixes.

Remix #1: Lacuna Origin

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Herra Haapanen: This one has more balls than a porn star and a heavy atmosphere. One of my favourites, altough at times the song shakes the listener out of the atmosphere it has created, which I find distracting.

Herra Vuorensola: I fucking love the dirty ass-busting rape by Lacuna Origin, especially the knuckle-dragging beats and bass that makes your prostate jump rhythmically.

Herra Paalanen: The first remix came to us from Lacuna Origin, and boy, it’s a slow and heavy one. The melancholy twang of the original takes wonderful a pummeling from the rhythm section.

Herra Honkonen: This remix conjures up an image of drinking for weeks alone in your cabin, and in the end of it all sitting in a wood shed holding an axe wishing for somebody, anybody, to step in through the door. The crunchy, downright crusty soundscape adds brooding rage to the atmosphere of the original song in a great way.

Herra Eskola: For the first time on anything I’ve ever recorded, the bass sounds as it should! This one takes the listener deep.

Remix #2: Very Sharp Knives

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Herra Haapanen: A comfortable voyage to peaceful surroundings and the tranquil moments of life. Quality ambient that keeps the song recognizable, good work.

Herra Vuorensola: Let’s see – some electronic farting with melody saved from the original version, and no vocals (yeah, well, some but basically none) – could go wrong, but manages to actually create an atmosphere of “let’s-sneak-into-a-nuclear-reactor-for-a-fuck-without-a-condom-just-to-see-how-badly-deformed-kids-we-can-produce”. And as we know, badly deformed kids are always good. And fun.

Herra Paalanen: Number two was quite the departure from the first one. The huge jump from Sweden to Australia seems pretty appropriate, as Very Sharp Knives came to us with a very abstract and glitchy reworking. The guitar is drenched in delays and reverbs, and as for the vocals:

The vocals are still there, and I think they’re audible at high volume, but they have a denoiser set to remove the entire voice part, leaving the weird random beep artifacts, and only mixed in for the choruses.

Herra Honkonen: Minimalist, atmospheric and disturbing, but at the same time soothing. For the probably biggest ambient fan of Älymystö this was a real treat. For the first two seconds the electronic brrrps sounded a bit silly, but they took a complete 180 degree turn to an awesomely essential part of the song.

Herra Eskola: I’m not much of an ambient person, but listening to this actually made me feel good and… mellow. Believe me when I say, these are both totally new feelings in the context of Älymystö!

Remix #3: Invisible Waves

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Herra Haapanen: The intro is brilliant, which made it a disappointment for me to hear my own effect laden drum track. The old drum track disturbed the new and interesting atmosphere.

Herra Vuorensola: I was hoping to explore more of the ambientish sounds now floating in the front, and would’ve enjoyed not to hear too much of the original song hidden in the background, because I’ve always thought of this song as being a melancholic love song for those who just like to fuck corpses, and whenever the state of melancholy is reached, it makes me feel good.

Herra Paalanen: The third remix was done by Invisible Waves, who make the whole affair sound like your neighbours are really up to no good. Nice ambience from the reversed samples here, and a surprisingly eastern shift in the tonality there, too. I picked up a bit of CMI vibe as well, although I’ve no idea if that’s just me.

Herra Honkonen: I have a dark past as a fan of synthesizer music, so the airy electronic sounds combined with a whiff of the bass line sounded almost nostalgic. Then in came the drums, which felt like having some guy poke you rhythmically on the ribs while you’re trying to have sex. That bothered me in the beginning only, since later, for example around 3:40, the drums fit really well into the flowy and psychedelic atmosphere of the song.

Herra Eskola: Scifi atmosphere… I love it! Hearing traces of Vangelis and Brad Fiedel. How cool is that! This is something I’ve never before associatied with Älymystö either.

Remix #4: Zha

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Herra Haapanen: The song with the best production values and also my favourite. The song is renewed in a brilliant way – even the vocals got used, although the remix was done by a woman. Now then, what would beat regretting a rape with dubstep as the soundtrack.

Herra Vuorensola: Dubstep? Let’s see, what kind of stuff is dubstep. Bonk-bonk-pappadappa-bonk-da-bonk? Wise choise here is definitively to pick the melody and bring it to the front – I feel it’s a quite good melody, and gives the back structure to the song. I don’t know, this feels quite damn good remix for me, and has space around it to enforce the unique elements – I love it. I’d say it’s the best of these remixes. By far.

Herra Paalanen: The fourth one comes from Zha and I guess it was about time we got our dubstep on. I’ve personally been on a huge dubstep kick lately, so this one put a big old smile on my face and a nod in my neck.

Herra Honkonen: The production values of this remix are simply great and the approach is stylistically quite surprising. This song is so fucking solid that it’s one step away from going into fission. If I had to force myself to dig something negative to say out of this, I might have wanted to hear a bit more of the original themes.

Herra Eskola: I’m a relatively simple grunge guy, so I have no idea why this is called dubstep instead of triphop, but I take Mr Paalanen’s word for it. Musically I don’t get it for some reason, but I appreciate the creative approach. The song really gets into another dimension.

Remix #5: Niko Skorpio

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Herra Haapanen: Having Niko Skorptio take part in the challenge was especially heart warming for me. Remix is on the same neighbourhood as Zha, but surprisingly in a slightly more positive light. An interesting combination of summer mood and murders.

Herra Vuorensola: For me, as a vocalist and as a lyricist (which, I have to admit, sounds quite glorious compared to the fact that I just shit some words on paper and growl them out in front of the public), I think songs as stories and although most of the time – if I don’t know the story, I don’t miss it. But when it comes to Älymystö music, I’m always a bit on my toes when the story gets mixed. So, to put a long story short, as a song, I think Niko’s remix is just completey awesome, a perfect remix, but it’s hard for me to listen to, since I’m waiting too much for the story and miss the song.

Herra Paalanen: Another lovely, bass heavy rendition. I don’t think we’ve ever had quite this much crossover club potential, and this still retains the unpleasant edge of the original. Wonderful. I especially love the synths. Love ‘em.

Herra Honkonen: Sometimes music speaks to the listeners, and what this remix says is “Yay, let’s get fucked up on wine coolers and cocaine and kill people!” Niko Skorpio’s remix takes the original song, dresses it up in a tuxedo and gives it a martini. This remix is the dude in the classy club who has a roll of duct tape and some plastic bags in the glove compartment of his car – you know, just in case.

Herra Eskola: There’s something very “loungish” and “clubby” in this one. The song almost gains commercial potential! Yet the nightmarish feeling of the original is well present.

When we set up this remix challenge, we specified that this is not really a competition as such, since making music should not be a contest. Nevertheless we promised merch and free beer for those participants whose remixes we like, and you know what – we liked all of these enough to cough up a free Älymystö T-shirt (we hope you are our biggest fans, because we got only XL sizes left), a complimentary Atomgrad-album, and of course a free beer, if we manage to bump into each other during our travels.

So, all of you glorious motherfuckers e-mail us your contact info to alymysto (catturd) alymysto dot com and receive what’s rightfully yours! No, we can’t mail the beer.

For the rest of you, this is not the end of the remix project! The remix kit can still be found here, so if you feel you’re up to it, hammer and brutalize the tracks to your heart’s content and sent the result to us – we’ll be sure to give them a shout out here in the blog and comment on them!

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