ReMix: Secret of Mana 'Desert Snowstorm'
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Ziwtra strikes again, this time with a follow-up Secret of Mana ReMix that's not quite as sugary-sweet as 'Stomp the Summer Sky', but no less well-crafted and constructed. Ziwtra's pieces have a nice, clean, produced feeling to them without feeling too overdone and without being drenched in melodramatic reverb - I like the balance and restraint used in the application of effects and the conscious, unending attention to stereo imaging. This begins as a soft, distant chiming melody but quickly turns into more of a techno/breakbeat groove-fest, and be warned, there's loads of chop-up effects and DSP on the table - the first two minutes see a good dozen tricks of the trade at play, impressively used in a musical but rapid+consecutive fashion. Things segue halfway through to the more melody-driven (flute & violin) second half, which is direct and organic in comparison and has a pleasant, floating atmosphere, with melody and harmony overtop a bubbling xylophone. This is another two-for-one deal, with the first half of the mix representing a sharper, more electronic edge, with twists and turns 'round every corner and the second half a mellower, rounder feel, with less immediacy and a more laid-back, narrative vibe. I like the dichotomy, however, and the transition is smooth enough so as not to jar or too abruptly "repurpose" the tone. Great stuff from Ziwtra, getting a little bit deeper into the Secret of Mana soundtrack and pulling out some inspired results. Recommended.
Thank you Ziwtra.
- -RK- on December 11, 2010
- tweex on August 27, 2010
Great variety in sections while still remaining cohesive, and superb forward momentum.
This is a stellar mix; simply virtuosic.
- OA on September 25, 2009
It's actually one of the most confident sounding mixes I've heard on the site; things are so strong on all fronts. Genre-bending is one thing, but pulling it off so satisfyingly is quite another. The result is something that sounds both effortless and laborious at the same time. It's a great achievement, and a really inventive variation from usual Kikuta fare.
- Marmiduke on May 8, 2009
Towards the end, it gets more coherent-ish.
In the end, I don't really care for this mix, it's not bad but its not really my style. I'll pass.
- 42 on January 29, 2009
Very high production values all around, i think it's also one of the better soundscapes Ziwtra has constructed. Breakdown at 2:35 was a great idea, and the new melody that came in shortly after was an even greater idea. Even though the new melodies in the 2nd half seem to produce very different emotions than the composition in the beggining I still like it. You gotta appreciate this unique song structure, bc it does work. Keeping the similar sounding rythms is what ties in the the 1st and 2nd half for me.
- avaris on December 19, 2006
Things sort of melded into each other later, then it changed radically at 2:34 again. This time I loved it. The drums used was astonishing, I love those kinds that gives away that bright sound. :D And there was no changes now at least, Ziwtra kept this safari theme and succeeded well with it, in my opinion.
This is indeed a remix, not only techno but also something more foreign. Sweet. :D
- Bummer on March 1, 2006
Interresting and innovative, it stands out from most other stuff sent in sofar..
Thumbs Up ,Ziwtra !
- RimFrost the Tourianist on June 20, 2005
- blunai on June 20, 2005
Kudos man you put together a slammin peice.
- Pip is uh..... on March 11, 2005
Another one of my favorites.
- big giant circles on November 15, 2004
- MrNemo on August 23, 2004
One of my favourite MP3's of all time... I love the somewhat muffled string samples that fade in at 1:25ish and then bounce around at 1:44ish the best, the crackle adds that snowstorm feel. That muting effect around 1:43 and 2:04 is delicious. The percussion is intelligent enough to listen to on it's own but mixed it with the instruments and the many other layers... gorgeous gorgeous mp3.
Keep up the good work Ziwtra
- Less Ashamed Of Self on May 14, 2004
- Jonathon Striker on September 25, 2003
it sounded good in WIP and even better after all the changes. my "ziwtra" playlist only has 4 remixes. please make this playlist longer :D
EDIT: damn typos
- herograw on May 16, 2003