ReMix: Secret of Mana "Aphrodite Oceanus" 3:10

By The Wingless

Arranging the music of one song...

"Whisper and Mantra"

Primary Game: Secret of Mana (Square, 1993, SNES), music by Hiroki Kikuta

Posted 2002-05-18, evaluated by the judges panel


Giving us a decent Life Force ReMix and a very momorable Guardian Legend piece in the past, this is The Wingless' third submission, and the most atmospheric yet. Layered, cinematically reverbed piano patterns syncopate in a whirl of sound while an unintrusive rhythm undulates below and strings form a sonic bed. The adjectives lush, ethereal, and transporting come to mind. There're no solos nor is there a clear climax - the piece sort of fades in and out like a distant dream. Yet for its ephemeral nature, j.a. burnett still makes it musical, with balanced mixing and effects and overlapping parts galore. Some of the ambient effects towards the end give a very cool, liquid feeling to the soundscape. Not foreground music, but very atmopsheric and deep.

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SubNormal J3
on 2011-03-20 17:05:31

I love how The Wingless works with the chord structure of his mixes, always pushing for a foreign 7th chord. The delayed pianos are very fitting for the sound scape. Soft strings hold everything together. If you like the Secret of Mana soundtrack, download this now.

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OA
on 2009-12-18 12:44:43

Really nice textures. The levels stay pretty similar throughout, but the song breathes based on the number of textures going on. I really like all the different poly rhythms in the piano and bells, and though the ending is a bit too abrupt, this is a great track to loop.

Strong showing by The Wingless!

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42
on 2009-01-19 00:22:10

ooOOoo, shiny.

And sparkley too.

This is the anthem for stargazing. None of that fancy shmancy looking through a telescope junk, but lying on one's back on a hill on a cool, clear summer night and imagining the infinite.

Great mix and great job. :nicework:

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sonicbhoc
on 2006-04-17 23:58:35
It's addicting... like videogames, but worse. :lol:

It's a seriously awesome remix! good work Wingless, I look foreward to your next remix!

Now I wanna play this game... but I don't have it. :cry:

This is one of my favorite remixes, and your attention to detail is freakin' awesome. How long did it take you to make this!?

Download the ROM and SNES9x or ZSNES and start emulating?

I don't do illegal gaming, thank you.

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MasamuneX
on 2006-04-12 02:02:05

This makes for some *excellent* studying music, IMO and that's saying alot. I'm personally very picky about what music to play while studying. But to be more specific, the song has a cool feel to it at the start, like an ocean as the name implies. The piano is beautifully done and the orchestra sounds that are brought in shortly after really back the piano up in a B-E-A-utiful way. But then the steady beat comes in, strong but not forceful. It walks the line of extra and essential nicely, forging room for the rest of the song to expand an conform around itself into new ways. If you listen closely to the way the piano and other instruments are brought in, reverberated and tweeked, you can almost visualize yourself being brought to different depths of the ocean. Songs like this are a rarity, and this especially should be listened to in the dark with your good headphones on and your eyes shut. The feeling is just so much more heightened and you really come to appreciate the song more and more.

My only complaint is the length. While I realize that lengthening a song like this would probably bring too much repetition, I still wish it were longer.

Overall, 9/10 and a gold star!

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Audity
on 2006-04-10 22:51:09

Or wait for Revolution (possibly), or buy an SNES. Much better experience, being one of the better SNES games anyway....mainly cause of the musiccccc. May start out poop game but it gets better as you travel to many places and get to travel the world.

For the remix

I used to love Wingless stuff but somehow most of their appeal has gone away (most of them became too quiet and monotonous to my ears, even his Silent Hill one, which I still think is good compositionally, but I guess my ear have started to move i mean suck, to put the blame on myself). THIS mix however is still way good because of the chord progressions teamed up with the more complex-sounding piano (as I say this from memory). Has the feeling of Secret of Mana without sounding directly like the source tune, yet still derived perfectly.

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PCJanus
on 2006-04-03 09:27:07
It's addicting... like videogames, but worse. :lol:

It's a seriously awesome remix! good work Wingless, I look foreward to your next remix!

Now I wanna play this game... but I don't have it. :cry:

This is one of my favorite remixes, and your attention to detail is freakin' awesome. How long did it take you to make this!?

Download the ROM and SNES9x or ZSNES and start emulating?

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sonicbhoc
on 2006-03-31 20:10:06

It's addicting... like videogames, but worse. :lol:

It's a seriously awesome remix! good work Wingless, I look foreward to your next remix!

Now I wanna play this game... but I don't have it. :cry:

This is one of my favorite remixes, and your attention to detail is freakin' awesome. How long did it take you to make this!?

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Bobwillis
on 2006-03-31 19:07:34

Awesomely chaotic.

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Bummer
on 2006-02-25 10:26:50

This is what I love with Wingless's remixes, a very dreamy piano that plays as many keys as possible in an echoing hall. It makes me think of the water Shrine in the game since it almost sounds how waterdrops falls through the air and hits the water's surface. There are some beats that makes this sound more tough, but that's mostly during a small period if time.

This remix suits perfectly to lie in bed and just try to relax. Fabulous work, Wing.

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Jimstander Drago
on 2006-01-14 13:58:24

*wipes tear from face* Beautiful...

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Paladin R
on 2005-11-23 12:47:55

Occasionally I'll hear a composition that stirs my soul, causing it to reach up to the heavens to take in the enchanting light of creation...this is one of those pieces.

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PCJanus
on 2005-09-19 12:17:18

I felt this piece was very well done, perhaps the best MP3 on the site yet! Only regret, that it's not longer :lol:. But really, awesome stuff, congrats!

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kaip
on 2005-04-01 23:46:11

This was the first mix I downloaded when I came to OCRemix which would have been back in late 2002. I heard this and was instantly hooked. The Wingless has done an amazing job. The mood, the dynamics, the enthrallment... Such masterful execution deserves the highest of praises. Beautiful!

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mecca
on 2005-03-31 20:47:29

Always has, and always will be my favourite remix. Perhaps its the journey this piece takes us on, the transcendance down the rabbit hole to a wonderland, the sensitivity of the bells complemented by the melodic but consistent beat or the switch to another direction at 1:53, but either way, this song deserves every piece of appreciation it gets. I could watch the Windows media visualisation for this theme over and over.

Congratulations, Wingless, you have touched a nerve.

Sources Arranged (1 Song)


Primary Game:
Secret of Mana (Square, 1993, SNES)
Music by Hiroki Kikuta
Songs:
"Whisper and Mantra"

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