Description of Project
Overclocked ReMix has been approached by Darkside Translations to take the original soundtrack to the Japanese Doujin game Rosekreuzstilette and overhaul the original tracks, taking inspiration from numerous video game franchises. This project, which is being jointly run by Leif Landevag (aka. TDOMMX) and Level 99, is aiming to get as many tracks upgraded in appropriate style before the final deadline. Leif explains the gist of the project:
Sources and Specfications
Hello, everyone. This is Leif Landevag (TDOMMX), the Project Coordinator for Darkside Translations and the co-producer of the English localization of Rosenkreuzstilette. I'd like to thank you all for volunteering to overhaul the soundtrack of RKS. I have been a fan of OverClocked ReMix for many, many years (I've lost track of exactly how many), so I consider it an honor to be working with you.
Rosenkreuzstilette contains many deliberate homages to gaming classics - in its graphics, its character designs, its levels, and even its enemy AI. A prime example of this is the game's lead antagonist, Count Michael Zeppelin (pronounced "Mikhail" without the 'k'). The confrontation with him is an undeniable throwback to the battle between Richter Belmont and Count Vlad Tepes Dracula, as retold in Castlevania: Rondo of Blood, Symphony of the Night, and The Dracula X Chronicles. Zeppelin's outfit, his mannerisms, and even his demonic form closely resemble their Castlevanian counterpart.
Since the release of Symphony of the Night, the song "Dance of Illusions" has been regarded as the theme of Dracula himself (and has been officially recognized as such in Circle of the Moon and Judgment). Its rousing symphonic orchestra and its powerful organ melody are instantly recognizable, to the point that homages and parodies of this battle practically demand at least a nod to this song. It's with this same rationale that we wish for Zeppelin's theme, "Fighting Eternally", to be rearranged in the same orchestral style as "Dance of Illusions", with as close a match to the song's tone colors and progression as possible. Since there are many official renditions of this song, we have plenty to work with, though I think it's safe to say that the Symphony of the Night rendition is easily the most well-known of the bunch.
Where strong parallels such as Zeppelin / Dracula or Iris / Lumine are present, we'd like to underscore these parallels through the soundtrack by arranging the melody in the same style as its counterpart. Of course, this does not apply to every track. "Winter Breath" is easily my favorite track in the game, but this track is an original composition, not intended as a nod of any kind. With tracks like these, we would like for the musicians to follow the example set by Mathew Valente (TSSF) with his treatment of the Chrono Trigger soundtrack in Chrono Resurrection - producing a more organic, less "MIDI" rendition of the original tracks. For an example of what I mean by this, compare the original version of Corridors of Time to Mathew's rendition.
Naturally, what we're looking for varies on a track-by-track basis, so I'd very much like for each ReMixer to contact me directly by private message or Gmail (TDOMMX at Gmail dot com) to swap ideas and ensure that we have the same image in mind. I'd like to chime in early and often so that everyone has a clear idea of how they are faring.
If you have any other questions or wish to pick my brain for a bit, my inbox is open to all of you. I may not be able to answer your questions immediately, but I can practically guarantee that you will hear something from me within three days' time.
That said, I'm very much looking forward to hearing what you can do. Good luck, and thanks again for helping us out!
- Official Rosenkreuzstilette game page at Darkside Translations' site
- Extensive writeup on Rosenkreuzstilette
- Rosenkreuzstilette game review at the Rockman Perfect Memories site
Here is the whole soundtrack bundle for RKS, including tracknotes - contact Leif of Darkside Translations at TDOMMX at gmail dot com if you want to discuss arrangement ideas with him.
The tracks are meant to be replacing these so please do your best to make them somewhat loopable. Each track and its mixing instructions can be accessed separately at http://www.darksidet...ns.com/rks-bgm/, and any notes about them will be updated over time there (NOT in the RAR archive).
One person may claim one track at a time. If they get that finished to the satisfaction of the organizers and have time to tackle more, they're more than welcome to. If you want to arrange a track that has already been claimed, you are still welcome to make a short WIP to pitch your version to the project runners. We may decide to go with your version of the existing claim for time and style reasons. The album can have multiple versions of a song, but the game will only use one.
The game itself is Japanese-only and does cost a small bit, but the English localization patch has been and will continue to be free, and it's those people that do the patch that are requesting this musical treatment.
Timeline and Deadlines
You should send your WIPS to both project leaders via email. When you have a WIP, email it with the subject line containing "Rosenkreuzstilette Project", your remixer name, and your source track name. The recipients should be:
level99remixteam [AT] gmail [DOT] com
TDOMMX [AT] gmail [DOT] com
Previously, the project had an endgoal of mid-June. After further discussion, the final deadline has been extended and a new timeline has been created. See below:
1st Deadline: June 18th, 2012
Requirements: Rough WIP showcasing track ideas and progress
2nd Deadline: August 27th, 2012
Requirements: Full-length WIP
3rd Deadline: October 22nd, 2012
Requirements: Pre-Final track, only minor tweaks or feedback needed
FINAL DEADLINE: December 15th, 2012
Requirements: Absolutely final track
Note: you may get your final track in as early as you wish, and if you are looking to claim multiple tracks, you must get your final for one song in before claiming another.
Tracklist and Claims
normal = unclaimed
red = claimed
purple = WIP'd
blue = FINAL
01 - Arima's Music No. 13 - Claimed by Calum
02 - AM Fight No. 1
03 - Dancing Snowflakes -Turning Everything White-
04 - Human Heart, Divine Might
05 - The Ground Which Can Shine
06 - Arima's Music No. 07
07 - Arima's Music No. 03 - Claimed by mak
08 - Snow White Soil - Claimed by Dj Mokram
09 - March on the Haunts of the Wicked - Claimed by theshaggyfreak
10 - Stage Start - WIP'd by Metal Man
11 - Pegasus
12 - Arima's Music No. 22
13 - Stardust Love Letter
14 - Red Pollution
15 - Sinner
16 - Arima's Music No. 28
17 - Untitled
18 - Outnumbered
19 - Arima's Music No. 26 - Claimed by Level 99
20 - Arima's Music No. 11
21 - Deep Purple Moonlight - Claimed by Dj Mokram
22 - Deep Purple Moon -The Rebirth of Death-
23 - Crash Man
24 - Flame in the Night
25 - Arima's Music No. 30
26 - Dear
27 - Arima's Music No. 33
28 - A Little Mischief - WIP'd by Moomba
29 - Untitled
30 - Arima's Music No. 14
31 - Untitled
32 - The Fabricated Truth
33 - Arima's Music No. 10
34 - Meteor Strike
35 - Arima's Music No. 15
36 - Party of Ghost
37 - Cathedral -Second Movement-
38 - Fighting Eternally
39 - Sovereign's Oath
40 - Untitled
41 - Shining Man
42 - Winter Breath
43 - Arima's Music No. 18
44 - Closing Venue
45 - Head Serpent
46 - Pray to Muse for
47 - The Final Confrontation
48 - The Devil Loves a Fallen Angel
49 - Last Battle -Requiem for Myself-
50 - Untitled
51 - Mirror in the Sky
52 - The Winner
53 - First Love - Claimed by Rexy
54 - Untitled
55 - Vampire Revolution
56 - Fighting Spirit - WIP'd by MeteoXavier
57 - Kingdom of the Last Elf