ReMix: Seiken Densetsu 3 "Hostile but Cuddly" 2:53

By Cloud

Arranging the music of one song...

"Powell"

Primary Game: Seiken Densetsu 3 (Square, 1995, SNES), music by Hiroki Kikuta

Posted 2002-06-05, evaluated by djpretzel


Man, I had finished filling everything out and writing up this mix, and JUST as I clicked submit, I lost power due to a f*$^kin' storm. Damn this storm all to hell . . . . actually, nature's cool by me, but when it steals my electricity that's just going a little too far. But I digress. What I had written about this SD3 mix - our first submission from newcomer Cloud - was that it's appropriately named in that it has fast, slow, loud, and soft sections. Hence it's 'hostile' but also 'cuddly'. Not sure if that was the intention in naming, but it works for me. Piano-synth arpeggios, a square lead pattern, and an uptempo but not overly aggressive attitude characterize the intro, which then gains a nice breakbeat. There's some ambient noise that comes in during the track's loudest and most climactic portion that is quite cool, after which things slow down and end on a mellow note. I had more to say, but I forget now, dammit. Anyway, don't let my run-in with nature and resultant lack for better words stop you from grabbing this mix - it shows great maturity and mutli-facetedness and comes with a decisive recommendation.

djpretzel

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TillyFun
on 2016-02-29 01:09:07

Yeah! :D Fun and tough. It does go out a bit quiet at mid-way when I'm wanting more aggression. XD And I wish it were longer.

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Marmiduke
on 2009-12-04 10:09:08

I'm actually really impressed with this one. Never really took much notice of its arrangement before, but I love its focus on contrast and impact through juxtaposed sounds. It has really nice touches embedded into both the harsh and slower sections that work side by side. I don't know if they transition into eachother so well, but I can ignore that in order to enjoy the other aspects.

Distortion is always an iffy thing to add to a mix in this quantity, but it didn't upset me much. In fact, I thought it added a nice acidic tone to the proceedings before it descended into the cleaner, mellower portions.

Other areas like the synth and a slight lack of cohesion betray this mix a little, but it's still a very solid piece and one I won't overlook again.

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OA
on 2009-03-17 14:32:56

This mix started out pretty cool, with a fade in syncopated piano line, a small build to a moving piano breakdown, and a nice chord progression- so far so good. The percussion that came in was good, but it was muddy and lost a lot of it's punch because of it. Some more separation would have really kicked it up I think.

Part of the issue is the excessively distorted synth taking up a lot of the same frequencies, so it just ends up sounding messy. There is a larger breakdown which sounds really good, but some of the counterpoint has a detune on it or something, so instead of it really clicking, it just throws me off.

Overall a great source, and a very well thought out arrangement, but the production brings it down. Still very enjoyable though, and I encourage people to check it out.

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Dionyseus
on 2008-09-07 18:22:42

The melody that starts at the 16 second mark sounds a lot like a sped up version of the melody from 'By This River' by Brian Eno.

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asmadeous
on 2007-02-27 06:50:52

This is one of the most amazing remixes I've EVER heard! I've heard it once on a WinAmp shoutcast radio (and yes that's how famous this track is now) and I was like, "I have to get this song!". I downloaded the entire OCR songs just for this song. Now that I have this song, I also enjoyed the many others that people have made. Thank you Cloud for making such an amazing remix!

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RavenCloud
on 2007-01-20 17:21:53

This music is just wonderful, starts off calm, rushful, then calm again. Very similar to "powder" music list. A+

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Liontamer
on 2006-05-10 03:30:28

Never really paid this one any mind before, but the arrangement was very strong. Possesses a great deal of personality and variation. The percussion stuff coming in before 1-minute mark was rather bleh for part of it, but the changeup at 1:27 was a great idea, and the track evolved quite nicely from that point on.

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Beat - the Sonic Superhero
on 2006-05-07 21:43:10

This song is a really good remix. To me, it's kinda relaxing, I'm not sure why, it just is.

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benevolensaurus
on 2006-04-23 04:46:40

I found this a while ago... Should have commented on it then. I really like it. Especially the part at 1:04. I extend my recommendations to this piece. Quite nice.

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NinjaFlute
on 2005-11-18 16:47:34

i think dis mix is kool, when i listen 2 it i got dis vision...u know sometimes u c on tv where the movement of the cloud speed up while the sun is risin' n down...n it slows down after da point's made...time past...

we've done remix on dis song in 2 verzions, our 2nd remix. we posted it on the workin' in progress oc remix forum. tis called Seiken Densetsu 3 Powell Abstract --- http://www.ocremix.org/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=70328

but, we still don't know if we should work on it bit more or not...anyone's opinion would be a great help.

:peace:out

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Bummer
on 2005-09-09 10:48:17

The name of the mix is quite confusing, but

here´s what I think:

The intro and the finish(cuddly) was good in

the way that you had the same feeling left

and picked a tremendously good instrument for

the main melody.

The middle(hostile) gained extra power that almost

make me jump out of my headphones, truly good.

Aim for the stars, not for the clouds dude!

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Bladewind
on 2005-09-06 17:44:19

I LOVE the part from 1:05 to 1:22 I wish you made the whole song that way. The beginning is quite good, definetly something I'd listen to. But then we have everything after 1:22. After that point the song mellows down to the point of boringness. We have a lot of mellow songs at OCR. Why not some more fast paced ones. So, If you decide to submit a revision at VGMIX or someplace, let me know, because I'd love to hear it. Without the cool part I'd say this was 5/10 but with it, it raises it a whole 2 points so in other words, you get 7/10. Good job.

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Nanaki
on 2004-08-24 22:16:50

I LOOOVE this remix. This song is just awesome. One of my favorites.

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Cadmus
on 2004-07-30 19:37:50

the more listens the better this one gets. at first i thought it was so so, and now i'm really liking it. quite a good job at making a simple, yet addictive mix.

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Less Ashamed Of Self
on 2004-06-17 04:38:20

I really enjoyed this piece... It is definately one that grows on you, the bell like tones, which are midi-esque probably because they aren't very far from straight generated tones... probably a mix of square and sine... are very expertly executed because there is a strong combination of held notes and cut off notes.

The rythmic things going on with the synth line throughout are very fun and well done as well.

A very nice piece but I agree with many of the other posts, far from perfect and I think the dynamics and polish leave a little to be desired.

8/10

Excellent song choice.

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Primary Game:
Seiken Densetsu 3 (Square, 1995, SNES)
Music by Hiroki Kikuta
Songs:
"Powell"

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