ReMix: Xenogears "7 Years Broken" 4:32

By djpretzel

Arranging the music of one song...

"SMALL TWO OF PIECES ~Broken Shards~"

Primary Game: Xenogears (Square, 1998, PS1), music by Yasunori Mitsuda

Posted 2001-07-18, evaluated by djpretzel


Where to begin. I've wanted to make this for so long, and regardless of the final product, these last couple days have been so much fun making it. I've learned a bit about vocals, SONAR (the app), and my new Yamaha Motif. It was a struggle all the way. I actually had a ReMix of this at 70% when I lost power a couple months back, and the whole thing was GONE . . . A girl I liked, before she hooked up with one of my soon-to-be-ex-friends, said something to me once that I've not forgotten: whatever you do in the future, don't sing. Probably why I keep trying :)

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Discussion

Latest 15 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
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Crulex
on 2013-10-21 09:41:00

You know, I'm going to be honest here, your voice works with this kinda of melody pretty damn well, actually. Soft and rolling with the beat, if that makes any sense. Love that piano. It may be old, but this ReMix holds up pretty well and there is feeling in it. Again, I am pro-fade out, so I can dig the ending, though if I had to nitpick, I'd wish the fade was just a little longer. Still, very good work, DJP.

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2dark4light
on 2012-08-22 10:36:37

and don't stop. I just read your comment of 11 years ago as regards what your exgirlfriend said to you. anyone can sing if they practice. anyone good can become better. it's an ability learned, not born with, combined with feeling. if you can feel it, you can learn it. unless you have permanent damage or something like cancer.

I'm learning right now with (DON'T laugh, it's a very professionally compiled learning experience) Singing For Dummies. I recommend it, from a guy who used to scare and humor people with my (un)ability to sing to a guy who impresses people with it.

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Bahamut
on 2011-12-09 19:09:44

I've always loved this mix from when I've heard it back in 2002, and still do. It has a certain charm to it with the vocals and an upbeat yet sad setting. Definitely a favorite of the old mixes on the site!

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SubNormal J3
on 2011-02-20 23:40:32

Nice eighties style pad sweeps opening up the mix. It's also not very often we get a ReMix with the standard verse-chorus-verse... structure.

0:28 piano sounds great and I'm digging that snare hit

0:54 vocals work well and sound pretty good

3:40 once again, nice piano work for the outro

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OA
on 2010-08-27 13:59:09

if the production was a little more bombastic, i'd have sworn this was a eurobeat song. Somehow DJP has a european accent here? Strange, but it works.

I wish the percussion hit harder, and a little EQ changes, but damn, this was 2001, which is like, 5 years before I even considered remixing music, so maybe I should just shut it. ;-)

Pretty decent singing as well, and I liked the extended piano passage at the end.

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metalsnakejuice
on 2009-04-21 07:27:54

The singer is awesome in this which is good. The piano was great in this and is a catchy song.

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Marmiduke
on 2009-04-20 02:04:10

Great spin on an immortal piece of videogame music. A lighter treatment to something that was a bit deeper, but still very enjoyable.

The song sounds downright irrestistable to sing. There's a very cool twisting vocal melody that sounds very fun to master, and that sense of fun comes through in the vocal. Quality-wise, the instrumental portions of the mix were much stronger than the vocal, but that's not to say the mix would benefit with their removal. The singing, even with the various flaws, is fundamental. Besides, with today's society focusing so much on the quest for perfection, it's refreshing to recieve a reminder that perfection is a myth, average-to-good voices can work just as well as trained voices, and that there is no shame in digtal alteration if quality is the primary incentive.

I believe this mix encapsulates all of this; and how could it not, it's djpretzel. Any mistakes he makes, he makes on purpose. He's just that good.

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Lucentas
on 2008-12-06 17:17:37

One of my favorite songs since the first time I heard it...the piano is absolutely gorgeous and the vocals are perfect.

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VerSus22
on 2008-08-22 05:00:40

Hey djpretzel, great song... It's one of my favorites! :razz:

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Malqui
on 2008-08-18 15:58:11
Xenogears '7 Years Broken'

this song was my wedding song to my 1st wife. and when she passed away, I could not bare to hear it.

here 9 years later, I have heard the song for the 1st time since then. and i thank you, for btinging her back to life in my mind 5/5

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djpretzel
on 2008-03-03 20:15:15
Sorry to make your girlfriend a liar, but you can sing. Quite well, at that. I'm very new here, but I know good music (somewhat.:whatevaa:) Great job.

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thanks tons, man. just to clarify, that was awhile ago, and my current girlfriend of over a year probably thinks I can sing ten times BETTER than I actually can :mrgreen:

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Doomguy
on 2008-03-03 20:01:30

Sorry to make your girlfriend a liar, but you can sing. Quite well, at that. I'm very new here, but I know good music (somewhat.:whatevaa:) Great job.

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Catullus
on 2008-02-01 22:08:50

Well its different from the original but I wouldn't go so far as to say its better, I do enjoy the Japanese and US versions a lot as this is one of my favorite songs period. DJPretzel does a great job making this normally more somber song a catchy pop tune.

Im not going to lie or suck up and say that hes great at singing, hes ok or good at best, however he has a great ability to turn that into a strength by again transforming this song into something else, an uptempo catchy song that you can listen to as a guilty pleasure. I do get a lot of enjoyment out of this song.

If you are going to remix a song I think its better to make it your own rather than just karaoke a close rearrangement of it and thats what Pretzel has done here, he made it his own with great success.

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atrofast
on 2007-10-24 00:28:26

My first post here, have been a fan of OC Remix for quite a while.

I love this remix, it is in my opinion better than the original! I was wondering if anybody knows of similar electronica remixes that I could get my hands on :)

Alex

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ph0sphorousgobu
on 2006-12-06 15:07:38

Dear Mr. Pretzel:

You f*cking rock.

OC Remix is a great site with all sorts of great music from all sorts of great remixers. Among all them, I have a top three: (in no particular order) McVaffe, Star Salzman, and djpretzel.

You're usually pretty modest in your writeups, which is good. But, for the credit you might not have given yourself, you have all of us drooling a**kissing fans to make up for it.

This remix is cool. Bouncy sounding, awesome 80'sesque synthesizer riffs, and of course, your vocals. The vocals are great. Any of your remixes where you sing are subsequently great. And even non-OCremixes where you sing are great, like the "Naruto: Falling Down" one that I fond on animeremix.org. In that song, you did these neat thingies where you were singing in harmony with yourself at the refrains. Like..you sang all the parts (melody, harmony, beat-boxing, etc.) and then used your magical music remixing machine to play it back at the same time. Cool stuff, even if Naruto and I aren't on speaking terms (f*cking fillers...if they ever end and the story gets back on track, it'll be worth watching again).

But this remix, yes, very very good. 10/10.

Sources Arranged (1 Song)


Primary Game:
Xenogears (Square, 1998, PS1)
Music by Yasunori Mitsuda
Songs:
"SMALL TWO OF PIECES ~Broken Shards~"

Tags (14)


Genre:
Dance, Pop, Trance
Mood:
Romantic, Sad
Instrumentation:
Electronic, Piano, Singing, Synth, Vocals: Male
Additional:
Lyrics > Lyrics: Existing
Time > 4/4 Time Signature
Time > Tempo: Fast
Usage > Workout

File Information


Name:
Xenogears_7_Years_Broken_OC_ReMix.mp3
Size:
8,057,468 bytes
MD5:
52aacc56e005bd1f072c8cfc54747d21
Bitrate:
234Kbps
Duration:
4:32

Run through the cold of the night
As passion burns in your heart
Ready to fight, a knife held close by your side
Like a proud wolf alone in the dark
With eyes that watch the world
And my name like a shadow on the face of the moon

[Chorus]
Broken mirror, a million shades of light
The old echo fades away
But just you and I
Can find the answer, and then
We can run to the end of the world
We can run to the end of the world

Cold fire clenched to my heart
In the blue of night
Torn by this pain, I paint your name in sound
And the girl of the dawn with eyes
Of blue, and angel wings
The songs of the season are her only crown

[Chorus]

We met in the mist of morning
And parted deep in the night
Broken sword and shield, and tears that never fall
But run through the heart washed away
By the darkest water
The world is peaceful and still

[Chorus]

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