ehowton (ehowton) wrote,

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Taeguek Risen

If I look far enough back it began when I bought the score to Uncharted 2 on a whim; someone who's reliability on these matters was untested suggested it. He sent me a page of preview clips, but once I saw Greg Edmunson had composed it I didn't bother finishing them. The day after it arrived in the mail I must've listened to it three or four times in row at work - an increasingly rare thing - and I remember thinking somewhere along each listen that I was hearing a Tan Dun album. Having not played the game, I really didn't know what to expect as far as music, but Hong Kong Wuxia wasn't it. But I like Tan Dun - he tells intricate, moving stories with simple threads. I was beginning to believe there wasn't anything Uncharted 2 couldn't be.

I had earmarked Edmunson's "Marco Polo" (as well as Morricone's title music of the same name - both included here) for my Taeguek Zen album, though removed it when I decided to assemble more traditional sounding tracks after determining the latter strayed too far from center, but failed to re-add it between two back-to-back Dun selections from (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Hero). Of course by then it was too late. While only 12-minutes long, I found the arrangemnet perfect.

Needless to say, I had plenty of unused tracks leftover, but no motivation on which to draw. Then something amazing and unintentionally circular happened: I was inspired by an original composition which was inspired by my first mix - The game was afoot! Assembling almost effortlessly this time around, the less traditional mix came into existance - both opening *and* closing with what was apparently the missing mojo: Howton's Temple of Joys by our very own thesweetestnote. I'm now just as pleased with this one as I was its predecessor.

I know what I'll be listening to all day tomorrow - and might I suggest listening to Taegeuk Risen first, always followed by Taeguek Zen for while more traditional, Zen was my "montage" and wraps up nicely as such.

Boot to the head.

Running time 25:29

  1. Howton's Temple of Joys

  2. The Lonely Shepherd (excerpt)
    • "Kill Bill Vol. 1"
      • by Zamfir

  3. Regiment of Heroes
    • "The Next Karate Kid"
      • Bill Conti

  4. Oogway Ascends
    • "Kung Fu Panda"
      • Hans Zimmer

  5. Ronin
    • "The Last Samurai"
      • Hans Zimmer

  6. Marco Polo
    • "Marco Polo"
      • Ennio Morricone

  7. Marco Polo
    • "Uncharted 2: Among Thieves"
      • Greg Edmunson

  8. Korean Waterhole
    • "Stealth"
      • BT

  9. Sound of Night - Mystic
    • "The 4th Kayagum"
      • ByungKi Hwang

  10. Howton's Temple of Joys

Also available Taegeuk Zen

Tags: mixes, taekwondo

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