ReMix: Secret of Mana 'Whispering Prayers'
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This is VotF's second ReMix, hot on the heels of his first Valis 3 submission. This one's also rather in the 'short & sweet' category, which is cool by me (savin' da bandwidth! woo!). Nice laid-back 808-ish R&B beat, with creatively rhythmic use of sound effects, sticking close to Kikuta's original vibe but spicing up the sounds, with a great cross-panned flute, echoing sleigh bell, and the very serene harp that forms the foundation of the track. A straightforward, peaceful mix that doesn't surprise or excite, but chills out in a good, musical way.
Though, in spite of it being in the short-and-sweet category, it to me feels somewhat rough. It's almost entirely a straight cover, give or take the sound effect intro, the translation of the second-to-last phrase to a standard 4/4 as opposed to the original's 7/4 and the booming piano. And even then the production feels a little weak, with grainy sound effects placed in (which I give credit for sounding somewhat appropriate) and levels being somewhat unattended to, notably with the strange loudness of the SFX and string parts.
So I have to say this is somewhat pale for a 2002 mix. But if you're looking for something that maintains its faithfulness to the source, you've got it, but don't expect to be completely wowed over :|
- Rexy on December 10, 2011
- Bahamut on October 9, 2009
I really wanted to like this one, but it just doesn't really make it.
It's too short, too repetitive, and doesn't really go with the nature sounds in the intro, imo.
- 42 on January 19, 2009
- justinj212 on January 10, 2009
- Evil_Cronos on December 7, 2008
Sound effects at the beginning are an interesting touch. The screaming monkey's a little weird in my book, though.
An ubrupt ending, but not as terribly bad as the other reviews make it seem. I don't have too much of a problem with it.
- DragonAvenger on December 6, 2007
- Rozovian on December 6, 2007
Not terribly deviant from the original as far as additional sections, but there is a cool shift in tone for the song overall.
I like the piano in this, it is very evocative and mysterious.
The ending, however is really bad. It gets cut off so abruptly, i thought the mp3 was corrupted. :-(
- OA on June 21, 2007
I just wish it was done today with some of the sounds that are available today that weren't available back then. But still this a sweet song. The sounds that are used fit the piece well, kudos on the sound design. The lead synth for the melody still sounds pretty sweet and matches the emotion being displayed.
- avaris on December 29, 2006
miltren wrote: Secret of mana music can be twisted practically into anything. Great stuff.
Indeed, this is originally a very sad track, but VotF have turned it into something more happier and mysterious. The arrangement itself is pretty good, but it sounds like if the intruments that's being used has been taken directly from the game, since they have the same SNES-ish feeling.
But I still like it, with some bells and flutes and some strings to make it more relaxing and smooth. The sounds of birds and monkeys screaming adds some natural effect to it. :lol:
A very nice arrangement.
- Bummerdude on April 27, 2006
- MrNemo on August 23, 2004
- miltren on July 26, 2003
This one is much improved from VitF's first remix in that, though it's still short, it doesn't feel so, and seems more like a complete remix than the intro to one. Though there's nothing outstanding here, what there is is good enough that this remix is very enjoyable. Recommended.
- orkybash on May 26, 2002