Posted 2002-08-11, evaluated by djpretzel
In his first contribution since December of last year, Dale North makes a magnificent return to OCR with a stellar, lush orchestral arrangement, our first from Star Ocean 2. Both Dale and Mustin have been uber-busy coordinating the Squaredance project and other related initiatives - expect great things from both of them, and to hear more about those in the future. But in the meantime, if you've a love of Hisaishi or Kanno-style lush orchestral arrangement with a special touch for emotive and dynamic string swells and intimate, articulate solos, you can't afford to miss this deliberate + dramatic piece from Mr. North. Beginning very basically with deep pizzicato bass and delicate chromatic percussion, a fantastic and believable solo clarinet enters with a solitary and lonely refrain, until lovely ensemble strings and oh-so-perfect french horn (key to almost any epic/dramatic symphonic work, though overused by John Williams from time to time) enter and a sequence of swells that remind one of the Mononoke or Escaflowne soundtracks commence. There's then some delicate and spacious solo piano work, seguing back into swells and then back to solo piano for the ending. One of the points Dale, myself and others like to emphasize with regards to these types of arrangements is that, even with the best sound libraries available, the key is still the arrangement, and how those libraries are used. Having Garritan or Miroslav strings alone is far from guaranteeing a result like this ReMix. However, the converse of that is that even the best arranger will be challenged to produce too dramatic a result from sounds that are entirely lackluster and lack basic velocity-switching, etc. When you team someone that knows what they're doing with great sounds, you're playing with fire, and this mix falls under that category. Highly recommended, without hesitation.
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Sources Arranged (1 Song)
- Primary Game:
Star Ocean: The Second Story (Sony, 1998, PS1)
Music by Motoi Sakuraba
- "Theme of RENA"
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