ReMix: Alisia Dragoon "Halls of Abandonment" 4:51

By LastUnicron

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Arranging the music of one song...

"Stage 6-1"

Primary Game: Alisia Dragoon (Sega, 1992, GEN), music by Mecano Associates

Posted 2003-02-13, evaluated by the judges panel

Ready for something different? Come on, you know you are. You might not have ever played, or for that matter heard of, an old sleeper Genesis 2D action scroller called "Alisia Dragoon", but believe me, both the game and this ReMix are worth your attention & investigation, big time. Newcomer LastUnicron takes on this cult classic's tunage and really gives it an extreme makeover, overhaul, upgrade, what have you - all I knows is, it's different, it's better, and I dig it. This is a mixture of techno textures with deeper, reverbed ambient and ethnic/orchestral flavors, and it's very groovy. It's also rather difficult to describe - it's cavernous, dramatic, has sweeping choral peaks and mellower, solo sections, uses what minimal percussion it features very selectively and well, has deceptively excellent panning and mixing, with bits and pieces of the arrangement "hiding" in the verb fog and coming back and forth at beckon call. Like the game, by uber-talented Game Arts, this is a rare gem - hopefully you saw the link, clicked it, are reading this, and despite total lack of familiarity with the game are heeding my advice. In the first twenty seconds, with distorted percussive blips, deep bass drum, a modulated FM-ish synthline that ebbs and flows, and subtle but absolutely necessary & perfect pads, it's compelling. I think compelling is the right word - great first mix, great game, great overall - recommended.


Discussion: Latest 15 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
on 2015-07-07 22:20:13

Yes, indeed. I discovered OCRemix thanks to this track, is amazing. Still lives on my mp3 library to date. Volume goes all up when it shows up on shuffle!

on 2012-08-13 07:32:31

This is probably the track that pulled me into OCReMix. The previous two comments are spot on.


on 2012-08-12 18:04:15

Like WesternZypher, I find this very uplifting. :) Last Unicron has given this track a noble sound like as for travelling near the end of a quest. I think this would fit well in a later stage of a Wizardry game. ^_^ Halls of Wonder, even. :D Wonderful mix! :3

on 2011-01-04 17:42:31

When the world has me down, I listen to this. Doesn't make me happier exactly, but makes me feel like I can deal with it. A great mix.

on 2010-09-30 17:21:00

Great track, I really like the intro.

Melbu Frahma
on 2010-09-30 17:18:09

Just discovered this track. Great atmospheric piece, really dark and mellow - I can't stop listening to it. Spot on.

on 2009-12-03 15:38:01

Def a cool little unkown track from the middle part of the decade. A chill track great for studying and relaxin with.

on 2009-12-03 15:32:45

Great opening mood on this mix, and though it's more of a rhythm + chord progression track, it has enough layers to keep it pretty interesting. Some of the leads seemed a little piercing, but overall i was cool with this one. :-)

on 2009-04-12 21:52:26

May this song live forever because its just so awsome to listen to.

on 2009-04-09 03:23:03

One of my favourites. I think this mix was the one that made me check out what this OCR thing really was.


on 2009-04-08 06:35:53

listening to it right now, this really is a fantastic mix that has awesome written allover it.

Nobbynob Littlun
on 2009-04-08 02:31:25

Six years later, and this song is still fresh and awesome.

on 2009-01-09 00:47:49

i liked all but the fade-out.

overall, very nice and original.

on 2006-10-23 08:21:26

Wonderful, wonderful remix. This is one of those remixes I just keep coming back to because I listen to it and I can just let my mind try to recreate the scenario for this music...Halls of Abandonment? A women running through long manor halls that are lit but empty...

At least, thats what comes to my mind. I always like to let my mind wander with these excellent remixes.

on 2006-04-26 12:13:14

Could have sworn I commented on this way back in the day, but I guess not. Definitely a great interpretation here of a very boring, plodding original. I loved the sounds and textures here, and this one has always been an old favorite. Wish Andy was still more involved in the community. Don't overlook this one.

Sources Arranged (1 Song)

Primary Game:
Alisia Dragoon (Sega, 1992, GEN)
Music by Mecano Associates
"Stage 6-1"

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