ReMix: Lufia II: Rise of the Sinistrals 'Of Sinistrals and Men'
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Pollard actually put this together around the time when I released *ahem* my own Lufia 2 ReMix of the same track, and yes it's taken this long for it to surface. It's all good, though, because his interpretation - dramatic, more minor-key, and led by a double reed instrument - is very different from my own and shows well the flexibility a single track can provide. This is another cross-genre track, in my opinion, mixing straight orchestral with some techno / electro elements for a nice hybrid sound. Very dense layering going on, with an echoed harp, synth pads, overdriven guitar power chords, rock and electro drums, a pulsing quarter-note synth bass, and the afforementioned lead oboe-ish sound. I say oboe-ish because often, depending on the quality of the samples, an oboe can sound very similar to an english horn (or even the high end of a bassoon). But I'd wager that this is an oboe. My one gripe is that I would have put a bit more of a reverb wash on the oboe sample to mask the questionable vibrato trail - but that's the sound, not Pollard. A virtually infallible, dynamic ReMix you *must* download. Excellent.
So in terms of melodic notation, it's definitely seen as a much darker take on the theme, and can be seen as a manipulative take even for something going as far back as 2001. It would take some thinking to get around the source, but the attention towards what works with the original writing and the manipulation of the melody is what makes this work.
To be fair I'm not really sure what direction it was trying to emphasize; due to the synth bass one might've expected some downbeat tempo, though the acoustic drum sounds would imply something more alternative in sound. I'm not minding the outdated sounds at all, however; they've been processed well, emphasized as much as they could, though two criticisms seem to arise from it: maybe less general master reverb to prevent any mud, and perhaps a little more velocity/volume envelope work might've worked to give the sounds some more depth and humanisation; but considering that the track itself is 10 years old I think for its time the production quality doesn't feel all that glaring to me.
All in all, a very pleasant classic to listen to. It may take some listeners some time to understand Matt's direction and source identification, but once you overlook them this would make some good light listening :)
- Rexy on February 12, 2012
I think the near constant pacing hurts this song - it gives the impression of plodding along, but the source is used in a weighty way. Samples sound outdated too, but the in-congruence of the source and its usage hurts it a lot more.
- Bahamut on October 31, 2009
- justinj212 on January 20, 2009
Ending is a bit ubrupt, just a few more seconds would have made a difference. Overall a good track to keep.
- DragonAvenger on November 12, 2008
The arrangement itself is very well thought out, however. The buildups are great and there is a distinct power to the procession, but the ending is way abrupt. I'm cool with a fadeout with just the harp; I think it works for this, but it happens too suddenly.
Overall pretty sweet, and it's always good to hear music from the Lufia series.
- OA on July 3, 2007
[U]Great [/U]Job I do hope to hear more of your remixes.[/LEFT]
- Cheska on May 28, 2007
This mix def makes use of the melody, the backing (what sounds like a processed harp?) is def a nice touch. Overall I wish there were some parts with some more saw likes synths to heighten the mood. Overall this is def enjoyable, well written and thought out.
- avaris on December 23, 2006
And guess what? I've never played Lufia, but this remix and a few other encouraged me to find out more about that game. I would try it tomorrow if it wouldn't be Midsummer Festival here.
//wait a minute... how come this remix doesn't have more comments? it really deserves more... people! download this remix! it's definetly worth it.
- isthan on June 21, 2006
Very astute usage of the electric guitar.
Song does end kind of abruptly - starts off subdued and becomes progressively more stirring throughout it's course. Around 2:20 it starts to take off... and then falls off a cliff. I would have liked to see a little more.
- uneek on September 19, 2004
- HershDawg on July 3, 2004
- VuTheCat on May 9, 2003
- mDuo13 on July 28, 2002
As I've stated before, I'm a sucker for orchestral/techno combos, even though they can be hard to pull off. This particular remix does it very well. Aside from an intro that comes of as being pretty overblown and a fade-out ending, every element here has it's place and is executed well. Recommended.
- orkybash on June 5, 2002