ReMix: Breath of Fire "Epitaph of Alan and Cerl" 3:03

By DarkCecil13

Arranging the music of one song...

"Fate"

Primary Game: Breath of Fire (Square, 1994, SNES), music by Mari Yamaguchi, Minae Fujii, Tatsuya Nishimura, Yasuaki Fujita, Yoko Shimomura

Posted 2002-06-18, evaluated by djpretzel


More orchestral stuff from DC13, this time in the form of a Breath of Fire ReMix where a combination of dramatic tempo changes is the most salient characteristic. Beginning with a good piano rendition of the melody, DC then timpani rolls into the full orchestration, complete with strings, winds, whooshy chimes, and orchestral snare. Things go rapidly uptempo at 0'48" (and again at 1'14") with the change, also clearly marked by the introduction of prominent pizzicato strings (becoming quite the common orchestral ingredient these days ^^). Good, brief arrangement that doesn't go overboard. The timpani roll might have started softer so a build was more evident. With orchestral mixes such as this, my own tendencies always lead me to want a solo or cadenza where things are stripped down and one instrument is clearly taking the spotlight - just adds a bit of dynamics - but that does require having especially high quality sounds as added exposure means any flaws are more evident. Just something to think about for the future - all in all a solid effort, enjoyable to those familiar with the material or fond of orchestral pieces, and of particular interest for the implementation of several tempo changes that do give it some nice flow.

djpretzel

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TillyFun
on 2015-12-30 21:01:11

Enjoyable mix, even if it feels more like a cover. The instruments (of course) and pacing are different than the source, but there's little original content. With that said, it's something I'll listen to in my BoF list. :)

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OA
on 2009-06-03 11:09:16

Good stuff, this remix has a lot of charm to it, especially considering it's age. Nice tempo changes, and a generally relaxing but nostalgic/sad mood. I really like the prominence of the piano in the mix, it anchors things well.

There's a lot of nitpicky realism issues, but they are minor, and the mix still holds up well, with good textures and a progressive narrative.

Not perfect, but very classy.

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halc
on 2008-12-15 01:56:13

pretty stuff. love the lowness of the piano. when the pizz strings come in at 1:20ish it really takes off. melodies around 1:50 and 2:20 are rather nice as well.

good job

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DragonAvenger
on 2008-09-18 15:58:50

Good piece, and some good arrangement, but it has it's quirks, and shows it's age.

Samples aren't the best quality, and it was distracting to me. Not the worst quality either, but they could use an upgrade. The piano grates on me.

Overall, I would love to hear more variation on the source. There's some work in the background, but the melody really needs some work. Some more original stuff would be cool, too.

Still an enjoyable listen, but I'd love to hear it upgraded with better sounds and some more arrangement.

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HoboKa
on 2007-03-27 00:24:56

this is very, very well done. But even more points to the mixer who actually *gasp* gave a rat's ass about BoF. This series needs more remixes and this me boy, tis one fine example as to why.

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Ace-Of-War
on 2007-03-25 15:51:10

This is just such a beautiful arraignment. I've been listening to it the past couple of days and it made me wonder if I ever gave DC13 his proper praise for it.

I've still technically left the site, but I had to do this one thing here and I'll be content.

This is a remix I should've given my support long ago, but I never got around to it. I've only given mad props to two or three other remixes, so DC13 should consider himself very fortunate to be in such a selective group. Very well done.

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Bummer
on 2005-09-11 15:27:46

Okay, here´s my following complaints:

1)The intro was too beautiful

2)The walkover to the orchestral was too good

3)You chose the instruments WAY to brilliant

...and let´s see here...hmm...Nope! That´s all!

You better not change.

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jordex
on 2004-12-30 23:35:11

The piano intro and piano throughout the song is great

Parts where the tempo changes are cool

In fact the whole song is cool, its very deep and beautiful

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DragonFireKai
on 2004-02-29 19:21:57

Kudos to DC13 for making such a fine ReMix. It reminds me of the scene when Alan ran into the castle right before it disapated. I can only hope that DC13 maintains such calibur of work in every one of his works.

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Corporal Eschebone
on 2003-07-15 03:18:19

I really don't have a lot of orch music [tho i have some music that has pretty much the same feeling as this], from what I've heard, this is just one of the most beutiful pieces on this entire site. Seriously.

90%

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GrayLightning
on 2003-02-01 23:33:03

Wow, this brings back memories. I pretty much echo what everyone else has said. My favorite parts in this mix are the gorgeous piano intro and pizz usage. They really make the piece as far as I'm concerened. The samples on the whole, are excellent. Perfect reverb too. This is my favorite piece in the game, and you've certainly done it justice. Beautiful work!

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Landon
on 2002-10-07 01:06:42

Excellent remix, though a bit on the odd side. Puts me in a very weird mood. I can't decide whether to frolic through a field of daisies or jump off of a building... or a combination of the two. Odd, but beautiful. I give it a 9 on the remix-o-meter.

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TheWired
on 2002-08-07 00:01:12

This song starts out with the obvious tune from Breath of Fire, quickly disolving into one of those very well done orchestral pieces.

at -2:31 i found the tympanis a little too much to bear, and got me a little discomforted with the piece, but the strings sound realistic enough to give it a good feel to it, the piece itself is well mastered and completely worth its download time, though i dont suggest it to people who are into harder stuff like JAXX ^_^

on a PS note , the -1:39 string hits are beautifull, and i salute to that

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Eccles
on 2002-07-24 07:58:40

sweet.

There's just something about symphonic pieces that makes them superior to all the rest, and this is no exception.

I love this. Its just great.

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Xaleph
on 2002-07-24 04:13:30

This has to be one of my favorite symphonic remixes, I'd have to give this a 9.5/10. Great job DC13 Please try to write more songs like this!!

~dj carbunk1e

Sources Arranged (1 Song)


Primary Game:
Breath of Fire (Square, 1994, SNES)
Music by Mari Yamaguchi, Minae Fujii, Tatsuya Nishimura, Yasuaki Fujita, Yoko Shimomura
Songs:
"Fate"

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