ReMix: Phantasy Star Online 'Lobby Static'
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Though this is his first ReMix posted here on OCR, Quinn Fox has been mixing game music for awhile now - do check out his site and the other great stuff he has to offer, including several originals. Our first piece from Phantasy Star Online (can you believe it's being ported to the Gamecube? I'm all for cross-platform friendliness but something about Phantasy Star on a Nintendo console gives me the oogies something fierce), this is a short take on the lobby music, breakbeat style, with extensive audio mutations. Layering evolving synth textures on top of breakbeats that are themselves layered, panned, filtered, and otherwise tinkered with, the piece has a very spacious feel to it, never really establishing a central motif but instead acting as a sonic changeling, morphing several times in an ambient beat-sleepwalk, then fading out. I won't over-exaggerate - there is a melody, a bassline, clearly distinguishable musical passages, etc., but Quinn has phased them in and out and surrounded them with clouds of clustered pads and very organic rhythms such that the whole piece sort of breathes - exhales. Very impressionistic, unique, and definitely recommended.
- tweex on October 16, 2009
But decent, despite it's length. The grooves are strong with this one, and though things sound somewhat lofi due to the effects used, it's still an enjoyable track. The bass is pushed super far back though and it makes things a bit on the weak side.
Basically I think this would be a lot stronger if it was cleaned up, the bass was increased, and maybe some additional sections were added. The source is a good track, but as is, the mix is good but not great.
- OA on February 12, 2008
In retrospect with Quinn's style, probably heavy on some looooopz, but Quinn's the best at making any drumloop fit well in the bigger picture and not seeming slapped on. He really crafts the rest of the arrangement well, and there was nothing else like it on OCR.
A brief ReMix, but it definitely got me interested in not only Quinn's work, but also the Phantasy Star Online soundtracks in general. And THAT is what a successful arrangement can do. Old-school hotness. Remember to kick Rob for his evil leadoff review.
- Liontamer on October 5, 2007
- mecca on May 4, 2005
- jordex on May 3, 2005
however, it is still good
- Jabberbox on December 5, 2004
Anyway, thanks again!
- Quinn X5 on September 9, 2004
This song uses colours I've never heard before, and achieves eternity in under three minutes. It defies 'music' and reaches cosmological proportions. It is not music of this Earth, but of some distant inhabited planet resembling the scapes of Dali, only with flying cars or something.
The percussion track is a little over the top in terms of manipulation, but that's quite alright given how magical (in the mycological sense) this mix is.
Ethereal and preternatural.
- KnockKnock on September 9, 2004
- Kiyobi on July 15, 2004
- Ledneh on February 20, 2004
- Dhsu on February 18, 2004
Been on my playlist for a long time.
- Agentflit on February 18, 2004
If they'd used this in teh lobby on that game, I think it wouldave been an improvement.
- Odon on October 3, 2003
Not too fond of this mix. :cry:
- Fyrewave on September 6, 2002
:? Well done...
Well, being a huge PSO fan I am very bias, but I would like to express that I think the mix is excellent. I like it because there is a hidden deeper level that you have to listen closely to, and it gives me a certain feeling. It's kind of like listening to someone whisper. Though it's not the greatest remix I obviously liked it. The problem is, it is too short. It should have broken out into something more later in the mix. That would have been sweet, but it's still dece. :wink:
My Rating 3.5/5 Short, but sweet. Being a PSO fan, thanks for the coverage, more please!
- Paix Vraie on July 13, 2002