ReMix: Radical Dreamers: Nusumenai Houseki 'Older Promises'

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Radical Dreamers: Nusumenai Houseki

Part of the great Radical Dreamers 'Far Promise' ReMix flood of April 21st, 2001. As Mr. Matthews points out in his ID3 tag 'This is a Real steinway Sir' - this is acoustic piano and nothin' but, a good counterpart to Prozax's intonation for the more solo-minded 'Far Promise' afficionado. The recording ain't perfect, but the arrangement damn near is - excellent dynamics, lots of emotion, and great fingerwork on some of the ornamentation that's been added in. I'm on a deadline now so I can't write any more, trying to get these all up by midnight - a good one!

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Discussion: Latest 15 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
Marmiduke
on 2009-10-16 04:32:58
This is eerily similar in concept to Radiohead's 'How I Made My Millions', which is another piano piece with subpar recording and someone doing the dishes in the background. I found that a little odd, especially since this mix was made well ahead of Thom Yorke's song.
But moreso, in this I get an overwhelming sense of listening to something that has been lost from the world for a century; like a masterwork of a composer who died unappreciated. Unintentional or not, the disregard for recording quality makes this piece quite special, and speaks to me on a lot of levels.
This is one of the best arrangements around, if you ask me, and the roughage that is supplied by the production quality actually goes down smooth as well. Perfectly imperfect, and something we aren't likely to see ever again to this magnitude. Which is probably just as well. As a one off, this achieves so much.
a_d
on 2009-04-26 23:29:35
Man, it would be nice if this was re-recorded in better quality since this song works nicely for the piano. I don't think that the low recording quality adds to the effect, personally
uagrenadier
on 2009-01-07 04:07:43
good stuff
OA
on 2007-12-11 13:00:00
The recording quality was pretty bad, but the interpretation was really good, especially considering the age of the mix; I think arrangementwise, this would be passable even today, but the combination of the distortion on the louder parts and whoever was washing dishes in the background brings it down a bit.
Actually, scratch the dishes part, that can stay, but the heavy distortion near the end hurts. :-(
Clockwork Dolphin
on 2006-03-21 04:44:39
I love this remix so much! The lo-fi recording combined with a real piano makes for some of the most serious mojo in the OC Remix catalogue. It really sings, and the dynamics only brings shame to other songs.
Kozmo
on 2006-02-27 20:03:00
as djp said, the recording leaves a lot to be desired, but i am very fond of the emotion in the arrangement and the way in which the piece moves. I'm a sucker for piano...
Dionyseus
on 2005-10-14 03:03:17
Newfie wrote: Perfectly perfect.. This is amazing, sounds like someone is really playing.. This is probaly one of the best OC Remixes on here! I congradulate you on making such a fine piece of music.. Its sorta late here now, and I shall be taking my rest. So I'll get a good night's rest and wake up tomorrow to some more school.. :| Anyways Bye!

Correct me if I'm wrong, but it's my understanding that this was actually done on a real piano, Steinway brand. It's a beautiful rendition, definitely gets 5/5 stars from me.
Steinway pianos: http://www.steinway.com/
defender!!
on 2005-08-22 23:26:18
yeah, i'm surprised no-one else has commented on the blatant chrono trigger tribute at the end of the song.
anyway, this is incredible.
mlatchg4m3rgirl
on 2005-06-19 19:28:42
Everyone is right! The quality of the recording does add to the overall effect of the piece. I really liked the way you did the ending, the last few chords reminded me of some other song...hmm I wonder what it could be...just kidding. But overall very nice work!
Heyjohnny
on 2005-06-11 02:35:57
Wow, this is a very very well done piece, and I totally agree with what you guys are saying, about how the bad quality recording adds to the effect. this is pretty nice.
Mogrothir
on 2005-06-07 11:08:25
This is possibly the most...beautiful...remix of this song on the site. It's an incredibly powerful tune, and this mix, even with the sketchy recording, is just...powerful beyond words.
Newfie
on 2002-12-17 17:53:50
Perfectly perfect.. This is amazing, sounds like someone is really playing.. This is probaly one of the best OC Remixes on here! I congradulate you on making such a fine piece of music.. Its sorta late here now, and I shall be taking my rest. So I'll get a good night's rest and wake up tomorrow to some more school.. :| Anyways Bye!
Vinren
on 2002-11-29 17:36:02
I totally agree. The sub-par recording of this piece seems to add a sort of sorrowful, edgar-allen-poeish sense. It sort of reminds me of those old black and white movies...I LOVE it, and I just think this piece would be much less effective if the recording quality was upped.
Ebonyks
on 2002-11-29 14:34:46
A truly beautful and deep piece, dispite the truly abysmal recording. Is it just me, or does the terrible clipping in the recording almost add some emotion to it?
mDuo13
on 2002-11-24 14:20:16
Yes, this song DOES have really bad recording - there's some random static at certain points, but it's REALLY well done. A mellow, all-piano remix of the Far Promise song, it improvises more on the original melody than a few others, is beatifully arranged, and can be put on loop for hours on end. I'd really like to see a newer recording of this song with no fuzz. Even so, it's one of the better Far Promise mixes. Get it.