ReMix: EarthBound "Sound Stone (C Major)" 2:20

By Steffan Andrews

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ballad duration-short piano romantic sad solo-piano strings tempo-slow
Arranging the music of one song...

"Eight Melodies (The Depth of Memory)"

Primary Game: EarthBound (Nintendo, 1994, SNES), music by Hirokazu Tanaka, Hiroshi Kanazu, Keiichi Suzuki, Toshiyuki Ueno

Posted 2000-09-26, evaluated by djpretzel


Our second Earthbound ReMix comes from the interestingly named ReMixer 'Spekkosaurus' and all I can say is wow - I had no idea this game had music this fine. This ain't techno, my friends, and it ain't jungle - it's a really nice, classical-style RPG instrumental, and it's slickly arranged and very moving. I have to give major props to Spekko for this piano / string bass / chorus version - pay specific attention to the piano line, which is not robotic and quantized but flows very naturally. Great stuff, hope to see more like it.

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Discussion

Latest 15 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
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Crulex
on 2014-07-14 12:17:47

A little dated and a little short, but excluding any production issues, the opening piano's intent can be gleamed from it. I can hear the emotion wanting to come through, but it just seems to need that old decade polish that a lot of these need.

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dANGER boy
on 2011-12-13 17:31:51

Would be a great ReMix but for the crackles and pops in the samples. It sure as hell ain't my speakers...

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tweex
on 2009-11-05 11:28:05

The first track from Steffan Andrews. Having already heard his more recent stuff, I can already imagine how this will only imrpove. While, yes, the samples are old and out dated, I agree that there is a certain charm to the piece. It almost has a Rug Rats feel to it that's sweet and adorable. The fighting tempo is probably the hardest thing for me to get past, but again, for a first piece done almost 10 years ago, I can't be too harsh! On to the next!

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Opterion
on 2009-01-10 00:21:07

Unfortunately I have to say this mix could use quite a bit of work. Dynamics are not much more than soft and loud; there's not much gray area. Great intro, the flowing melody sticks out here. The transition to next section feels a little choppy, but otherwise just need more dynamics as aforementioned. Choir is a good touch, sound mixing does need improvement, but the dropout to the bass was great. When the choir joins back in, the melody should have less an accent at the beginning of the notes.

The melody itself was great, but sound mixing needs improvement.

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OA
on 2008-06-11 14:58:01

There's a lot of flaws in this one, but there is an undeniable charm that shines through regardless. It's a great source song as well, and though the samples throughout are pretty terrible, there's a nice song progression, and the arrangement itself is pretty good. Some of the parts are a bit choppy, like the solo bass part, and a bit of the piano playing, but despite this, it's still worth a listen.

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Platinum Azure
on 2008-02-13 13:34:00
It's a great tune, and indeed a quality arrangement. But..um....this is F Major, folks. Am I the only one who noticed? And the second chord is a little funky...it's going from F to G, when the original is F to C.

Anyway, aside from the title and that chord, it sounds great. We need more piano-type mixes around here.

No, you're not the only one who noticed. I noticed it immediately (and in fact, I renamed my file to reflect that after I listened to it-- it was bugging me).

I wasn't quite able to put my finger on the F to G thing, though. I knew it was odd, but it didn't sound that bad.

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Jabberbox
on 2005-11-27 16:42:39

why don[t you post your new one here?

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Straybow
on 2005-07-29 19:28:46

This deserves a bump and I love you.

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fuzzys1ippers
on 2005-04-17 21:25:56

I love that song, and I would LOVE to learn to play it on the piano. Doesn't seem hard. Anyway I think it's very nifty, and Earth Bound is an awesome game. I own it but I think I lost my users manual. o.o I lent it to some dude once and he beat the game like in three days. *Shrug*

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Gasdyf_Warefayer
on 2005-02-22 11:45:09

What is everyone talking about? This is not a piece of music that you can just mix up and rearrange as you please! I don't know how many of you have actually played Earthbound, but this Remix is exactly how I would want the Soundstone Melody to be if they remade the game. Good job, Spekko, for understanding that sometimes, the less you do to a song, the better.

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Blackthorne
on 2005-02-20 23:44:02

The only complaint I have is that the end was a little slow. 8/10

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Ticadrius
on 2005-01-12 17:14:45

I really like the overall feel of this piece, and this is really well-arranged. The sound, if maybe monotonous, certainly inspires at least some emotion. I enjoyed it.

However, one thing that costs Spekk marks in my book is the bass solo at 1'24". While it has grown on me over time, that is one part of this song that sounds forced and out of place to me. The conclusion, however, is magnificent.

But that aside, this is a phenomenal mix, one that every human on earth needs.

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Txai
on 2005-01-12 13:45:43

Hmmm..."Funky Bookas" is more amused for me. Good stuff. But this is very monotonous.

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tyler_lucero
on 2004-10-05 23:47:44

We're all still waiting for the aformentioned "remade and rearranged version..." I love this track, and can't wait to hear any improvements...

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jessthemullet
on 2004-02-03 18:44:40

This is one of my all-time favorite game tunes, and Spekkosaurus made it better. Great mix, in my opinion.

Sources Arranged (1 Song)


Primary Game:
EarthBound (Nintendo, 1994, SNES)
Music by Hirokazu Tanaka, Hiroshi Kanazu, Keiichi Suzuki, Toshiyuki Ueno
Songs:
"Eight Melodies (The Depth of Memory)"

Tags (8)


Genre:
Ballad
Mood:
Romantic, Sad
Instrumentation:
Piano, Solo Piano, Strings
Additional:
Time > Duration: Short
Time > Tempo: Slow

File Information


Name:
EarthBound_Sound_Stone_(C_Major)_OC_ReMix.mp3
Size:
2,321,943 bytes
MD5:
b05ecadb3db8368cb8c3d63d26c2da2e
Bitrate:
128Kbps
Duration:
2:20

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