ReMix: Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars 'Seeking Heat'
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Sine applies a unique, minimalist electronica style to this arrangement of 'Barrel Volcano' from the Super Mario RPG soundtrack. This one's from a while back, as it was his second ReMix, but it's got a slick, perculating sound to it, and the monophonic glide lead does some very prog-rock, challenging intervals. Israfel seems to have heard the same juxtaposition: "prog meets techno...well, not really, but those synth solos at around 2:40 really reminded me of Emerson, Lake & Palmer or something. hehe, anyways, this is really incredible. Lots of really great stuff going on - love the piano, love the synth leads...I just love the mix." - in particular, a great ELP track is "From the Beginning" which has a nice synth solo that's a little similar. One judge took issue with the odd interval at around 2'40", but I'd have to say this was definitely stylistic and contextually made sense, given the rest of the mix. There's a great piano solo around 1'30" that puts the mix well over the borderline, regardless, and is well-performed. What I love about this mix is that dynamics are highly attenuated, and this lets the various subtleties going on really shine through. Not sure if Israfel's a fan, but I'm also into prog rock, so some of the intervals on the lead hit me the right way. Great driving music; this is a deceptive mix that I liked well enough the first time but which I've grown to appreciate more with repeated listening. It's well-realized, interpretive, innovative, and unique. Mebbe a bit challenging for those that don't like their techno crossing over into jazz or other more ornate voicings, but the subtlety and restraint in the style really work well with electronica. Or rather, have been made to work well by the ReMixer. Good stuff.
- MechaFone on December 19, 2010
- Crulex on September 17, 2009
There were a few strange notes used in the synth solo; It sounded like a wrong note was played, and then hit a few more times to try to force it into the harmonic structure. Nothing that makes me hate the track, but considering how carefully everything else fit together it seems strange to me.
Sadly, those overtones are too painful for me to listen to repeatedly, so I'm done with this track, but it's distinctly unique and pretty solid overall.
- OA on April 9, 2008
A nice example of a subtle mix that still has a lot of substance behind it. Too bad we never heard from Will again.
- Liontamer on October 5, 2007
- Benjamin Briggs on March 2, 2005
- FM on December 5, 2004
- Yos on December 15, 2003
- Krythan on December 6, 2003
Thank you for making my grading papers a less boring job.
- Zaku II on October 14, 2003
- LotusChild on August 24, 2003
Approval Rating: 87.5%
- Corporal Eschebone on August 23, 2003
Whatever, the mix sounds great so you're forgiven. Why? The piano!!!! It's all bout the piano. I just love how the keys ring all over the place. Nice work! That synth's a little loud though, and the marimba was used in the original piece for that break. But it sounds good. The thing that keeps the beat in the original song is the bassline, but you've added a few things to really get fans of the song into it.
Nice work! :nicework:
- A-RoN on August 23, 2003
- MegaManXxX on August 23, 2003
:nicework: for trying something different.
- Kamikaze Noodle on August 23, 2003
I'm not too terribly fond of 40 seconds worth of fadeout at the end, especially of a classy understatement like this piece, but that's just a personal thing. However I was very impressed by the :56-1:07 transition to bring in the piano, shows some discipline. The 1:56-3:24 piano outro to the synth lead messing about is GREAT stuff, especially the bring back around the 3:00 mark, but then the long fadeout bugs me.
I still give it an 8/10 tho.
- Zandar The Weeble on August 22, 2003