ReMix: Crystalis 'Calming the Angry Sea'
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Cool - this site needed a Crystalis ReMix, and now it's got one, courtesy of Ryan8bit, who gave us a crunchy Monkey Island ReMix a couple months ago. This is more reserved, but very well done. It's still heavily guitar based, but this time around there's no distortion and things are rather mellow. A bass and from what I can tell three to four discrete electric guitar parts are essentially it, save for the ambient ocean effects used in the intro & outro. Ryan got some comments on his SoMI mix regarding the guitars being a bit out of control - though there's certainly a human touch to the playing and rhythms, I'd say everything's more refined here, and it reminded me a bit of Steve Pordon's great FF6 Mystic Forest piece from a while back. The strumming at 1'22" is a nice touch, adding some variety of playing techniques. Despite being entirely guitar, like Steve's mix this feels like a very complete - both sonically and compositionally - piece. The ending is very abrupt, and does catch one off guard, and will certainly raise a few eyebrows. Given the overall quality of the piece I have to think it was entirely intentional, and I don't get stuck up on endings like some, but it's worth mentioning. Other than that, a lyrical, well-mixed, guitar-laden arrangement that I enjoyed and which should please Crystalis + genre fans alike. Recommended.
- WesternZypher on April 29, 2013
Roger;3156 wrote: First, at :05. String/fret noise during arpeggiating. Not sure if it's not holding down the fret enough or right handed muting gone bad, but either way it don't sound purty. Again, you hear it at :09. The note doesn't end naturally, and sounds very strained/amateur.
Whoa, now... slow down. This seems to me like it's intended to be some guy sitting on the back of a dolphin strumming idly on a guitar. If it were clean, it wouldn't be the same piece of music. It'd be like hiring a world-class boychoir (e.g. American, Vienna) to sing the end of [URL="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dt6ejh1htSI&feature=player_detailpage#t=342s"]Contact[/URL], or dubbing over the actors in the singing episode of Buffy.
As for the ending, well, he just saw a squid that needed whacking, so he put the guitar down.
- Drachefly on October 1, 2012
There's a lot of serenity here... but also hints of conflict? Worth listening to even if you're normally a fan of tracks involving more instruments. I'd be kicking myself if I didn't give this a chance, despite gravitating towards tracks with more - (and [i]faster[/i]) - instruments.
- Fun on August 11, 2012
- WesternZypher on December 25, 2010
- imfiru on October 16, 2010
- zewkin on February 20, 2010
Very charming, it has become dear to me. <3
- OA on March 16, 2009
- maelkashishi on December 8, 2007
- Amaranth on May 23, 2006
- Thórel Eladan on September 13, 2005
The sound quality doesn't seem that great, the melody doesn't appeal to me (don't like the original tune either), and it's a bit minimalist, which I usually don't like.
For some reason, though, I can't help but download this song and put it on my playlist. O_o? Collectively, it just sounds right somehow. Although I don't like the seagulls.
- Kejardon on January 9, 2005
- Kapuran on July 6, 2004
After reading all of the reviews I was really surprised at the level of criticism for such a beautiful song. I began to question myself and my original take on the tune. I just played it again, and again I find it wonderful. Maybe everyone is just too into faster music to appreciate the art of this song. Even my wife, who knows jack about games, really likes the song. I wouldn't change a thing about it.
To Ryan8Bit I would say don't let a little criticism shake your artistic vision. Listening to it makes me want to break out my NES and pick up a copy of Crystalis on Ebay. It was always one of my favorite games.
- jwhyrock on April 18, 2003
- AlwaysAlone on August 23, 2002
I wish there was more 'real instrument' stuff like this on overclocked...I enjoyed listening to this soothing piece.
- goat on August 20, 2002