Posted 2001-04-28, evaluated by djpretzel
Did someone say . . . McVaffe? Hells Yeah. McV's latest opus is none other than Secret of Mana, fear of the heavens, but it sounds like it mixes a little from other tracks perhaps. While the classic delayed piano, flute, and background arpeggio guitar thangs are all phat as usual, McV really spent some time with da drum track - it's loop based, but there are some awesome fill effects and transforms that absolutely MAKE this mix. Love the bassline too, fits right in with the style. Nothing much else to say - you'll love it, download it, it's great.
on 2015-12-02 01:50:32
I heard quite a lot of McVaffe tunes back when I first actually
heard of OCR back in 2004...a good 5 years before I even joined
in 2009. But I suppose, this one slipped past my radar back
The intro delayed piano sample has been discussed here before, but honestly I don't think it would've been a dealbreaker even back in 2001, the whole tune really reminds of a lot of older jungle dnb. It doesn't have a whole ton of drum variation, but the short stutters and cuts really help the song move forward smoothly.
Kind of a weird fadeout though. Otherwise awesome.
on 2011-02-20 18:27:06
Digging the classic sound in this one. The instruments are very reminiscent of the original sounds used in the source.
1:14 I like to listen to the piano here, and follow it down the keyboard.
2:29 nice drum work
3:13 that is a really cool pad sound
on 2011-01-02 01:18:18
I found this on my playlist and decided today to give it a full listen and I loved every minute of it. The songs blend very well and I just love that delayed piano sample mixed with the pads. I feel so refreshed listening to it, then I kind of get into a dance mood one the beat comes in.
My only problem with this song was the ending. I was having a great time listening then all of sudden the music just disappeared. I know to expect fadeouts from McVaffe (at least the songs I have from him), but this one was so quick and unexpected. Kind of disappointing to be honest, but a great track otherwise.
on 2009-11-14 10:23:58
Good remix. The original tracks were recaptured fairly well
while welcoming the new additions with open arms. The
delay piano was just a tad early and the fadeout was, as
OA has pointed out below, very abrupt. The overall listening
is good, but with those minor flaws fixed, it could be greater.
Kudos to a job well done.
on 2009-11-14 06:43:22
The expected level of quality from McVaffe. Pretty stellar from beginning to end; pulls all the right punches and just connects on that right level that all mixers should aspire to. I mean, don't get me wrong, this is a pretty simple remix and by no means a technical powerhouse, but it connects on the right level by taking risks and respecting the source at the same time.
The drumwork is everything in this, and everything it touches turns to gold. The piano and flute elements flow nicely in back, but they are really only passengers for the ride that the breakbeats are taking us on. More than melodic support, they are the driving energy and just what the mix required in standing out in a good way. In a mix where not all that much is built upon or examined, it sure does stay lively the whole way through.
A basic mix strengthened by some very nice risks and decisions. In other words, another McVaffe success. Keep them coming, I'll keep praising them.
on 2008-12-06 19:50:55
I don't think I could ever run out of great things to say about McVaffe's work--unfortunately, that also means I start to sound repetitive after a while.
Suffice to say, this is another great piece and another job well done.
on 2008-05-28 12:32:15
I think the early piano delay is a bit too strong, but once the song starts it's pure quality. The beats are excellent, and though the instrumentation doesn't stray too far from the original, the samples are all excellent, especially the flute.
The ending I didn't really like, as it is a *very* abrupt fadeout, but up until that point, it's very nice stuff.
on 2006-06-20 17:59:12
This mix is amazing. One of the very first that i got from OCR. Right after i heard it i went to go hear the orginal just to compare, and after the comparison it think that yours might be better than the origenal. Great work!
on 2006-06-20 16:59:48
I've never played the game or heard the original one, but trust me: This is one of the most memorable remixes from OCR (despite the fact I just recently joined, I've been around here for years). So nostalgic!
For some reason, this reminds me about Super Mario 64 and the volcano-level. I dunno why. It's just the image I always get in mind while listening to this.
Very good remix overall: not too repeative, hi-quality sound and one of the best beginnings I've heard.
on 2006-05-23 00:58:37
The instruments he used were the istruments or close to the instruments used in the game.
on 2006-04-14 10:34:34
Interesting piece indeed, McVaffe apparently wanted to cover two music styles with this one, but I dunno what those styles are. He fused together classical instruments like piano and flute together with the electronic instruments we have today. The drumbeat has a very fast pace, but with more soothing instruments it becomes a different experience. I'm not sure what to call it, but I'm digging it. However, the ending could've been finished off a little more carefully, since it fades out pretty fast.
And seriously, what's a Flava? My dictionary bursted out in flames when I tried to look it up.
on 2005-05-12 03:20:41
Whoa, I can't believe such a good mix has so few comments. This one is just awesome. And that drum track; amazing! If anything, the end wasn't the best. But damn, the rest was downright sexy! Nice.
on 2005-05-11 22:56:20
This is one of my favorite mixes on the whole site, whch should be of no surprise to you seeing as it comes from McVaffe. I love the opening of the origional title theme in the beginning and then gradually putting a nice beat along with it. It just enhanses the track and turns it into an experience. The only way you could not dig this track is if you eat babies.. And you don't do that... Do you?
on 2005-03-23 21:26:42
Wow, can't believe I haven't already posted a comment here but this is the remix that first brought me to OCR. I'm hella biased because SoM is my favorite game EVER but this mix really is great. That percussion is something that I aspire to and the songs that were combined to make this mix flow effortlessly together. Whenever I'm feeling uninspired I look to the Flava first and I haven't been let down yet. Thanks McVaffe.
on 2005-03-23 13:37:58
With in the first 10 seconds you can already tell that this remix is going to be awesome. The piano is just amazing and then the drums come in and just increase the whole song and make it a million times better. But the best part is at 2:26 when the intro piano is played with the drums over them. I love this mix.
Sources Arranged (2 Songs)
- Primary Game:
Secret of Mana (Square, 1993, SNES)
Music by Hiroki Kikuta
- "Fear of the Heavens"
"Into the Thick of It"
- Aggressive, Chill
- Breakbeats, Flute, Piano
- Time > Tempo: Fast
- 3,435,572 bytes
- Size: 3,435,572 bytes
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