ReMix: Xenogears "Live from the Yggdrasil" 6:19

By JJT

Arranging the music of one song...

"After the Soldiers' Dreams"

Primary Game: Xenogears (Square, 1998, PS1), music by Yasunori Mitsuda

Posted 2003-10-28, evaluated by the judges panel


This live JJT piano arrangement from Xenogears is quite the shit. Quite. It's full of blues comping and an extremely impressive know-how for arranging more dynamic, solo piano with strong left-hand activity. It's very different from existing piano arrangements on the site, but no less impressive, and easily makes my list of favorite solo piano game arrangements. There's wonderful variety; even the tried-and-true disco piano bass makes a couple cameos, with tone changing from upbeat and jammin' towards more cinematic, beautifully dynamic flowing melody in the second half. At the end we even hear what sounds(?) like the piano strings themselves being strummed/scraped, a nice addition and a conspicuous but creative and tasteful way to conclude the track. There's not much else to say; the breadth and depth of this arrangement, and the fact that it's live, long, and very well-developed all make it a fantastic, memorable piece. Highly recommended.

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Discussion

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WesternZypher
on 2010-10-27 12:45:47

and all tunes like it. More, please. The piano is simultaneously heart rending and stirring. This can soothe a sad heart, but also bring on the tears, if in the right mood. :-(

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Kildem
on 2010-08-07 01:12:26

Yes!

I've had this song in my music folder for years, I downloaded it God knows where, and I didn't even know who made it and how I found it back then!

And now here I am, finding this piece again!

If you're the maker of this remix, well then, cool job man!

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tweex
on 2010-08-04 21:55:57

I do love me some lounge jazz. The opening progression sets the mood perfectly! I do like the key changes, and that's saying something as I usually despise them in songs. Jazz lends itself to that kind of thing better than other genres, so good job capitalizing on it :).

I can hear wrong notes here and there, but it adds to the feel. 1:50 is awesome sauce. It's got Vince Guaraldi all over it. I can just see Charlie Brown and the gang walking around town! 2:46 brings a new rhythmic feel that is great. THe syncopation in the piece is quirky and fun. The dynamic shifts between peppy and solemn were a great choice and they flow into one another well.

Just like all piano arrangements, the trick is making them interesting. Well, production quality definitely has me. The arrangement is constantly moving. It evokes new ideas and images while listening to the piece. Some times I hear Charlie Brown and other times I hear the shopping music from The Sims. The strumming of the stings was an interesting idea. All around, excellent stuff!

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OA
on 2009-12-04 11:14:57

Pretty nice performance of the piece; some of the parts are a little basic, but there is a ton of charm working for this one, and some of the chord changes are exceptionally well thought out; some great new colors added.

Cool ending, was really not expected, but I liked it a lot, and brought it to a close well. Good stuff for sure.

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JJT
on 2009-11-09 18:15:45
I've known this mix for quite long. but it is only now that I've played Xenogears that I've come to fully appreaciate its AWESOMENESS. Congratulations, this is one hell of a mix :)

then again, that is to be expected from JJT.

Great to hear from a remixer whose music I really respect. This one is so old that I'm a little embarrassed by it now, but all the same, thanks for the kind words.

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LuIzA
on 2009-11-08 15:29:22

I've known this mix for quite long. but it is only now that I've played Xenogears that I've come to fully appreaciate its AWESOMENESS. Congratulations, this is one hell of a mix :)

then again, that is to be expected from JJT.

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Lucentas
on 2008-12-06 18:27:07

Another masterpiece from the mind of JigginJonT...how does he do that?

At first, I thought the string strumming at the end was kind of gimmicky, but I've since come to realize that nobody ever said you had to play an instrument the way everyone else does.

This piece is beautiful.

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PlastikBag
on 2005-12-12 03:17:05

Holy crap, I can't believe I've missed out on this mix for so damn long. It's freaking amazing. Upon the first listen, it immediately became one of my favorite piano pieces on this site. Well, I must say that I listened to the vgmix version, which I prefer quite a bit over this one. The vgmix version has a much more emotional and dynamic performance, at the slight cost of production. I love the jazzy first half quite a bit, but the second half is what REALLY sucks me into the piece.

Anyway, I totally recommend this to anyone. An instant favorite.

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Sirocco
on 2005-08-10 17:32:54

Wow, never though i was see a jazz remix of this. I'm mightily impressed. I would like to see more of this kind of work on here, this is just too cool!

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Less Ashamed Of Self
on 2004-12-03 03:20:59

I realized after a little while that not putting my 2 cents here would be a crime to such an amazing mix.

While, after a LOT of listening there's the odd thing I could see that would improve, (picky things that would probably just put my spin on it instead of yours) this is still an astounding piece of brilliant piano jazz. It's a great take on the original piece and a huge compliment to the original composer.

This track in particular carries special memories for me from this past summer of 2004. I would drive into night shift with my OCR cd cranked (two luxuries that were new to me) and would sing along... I know that would ruin it in any jazz club, but I pretty much memorized the whole thing by ear. It was just me, the night sky, the responsibility of the car, the wet windshield, and the smooth smooth mood-setting piano. The live piano recording sounds infinitely better than the highest quality soundfont...

Gorgeous.

As a greedy fan I demand more like it... but take you're time... give me 10/10's, not that should be too hard for your blessed fingers.

JJT, I salute.

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ellywu2
on 2004-11-19 21:23:28

3:25 onwards is amazing. I love it.

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Nebu
on 2004-09-09 23:08:52
Just you can have a better idea of the giants whose shoulders this remixer is attemping to stand on.

Those giants never played anything from F-Zero though now did they? :lol:

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JJT
on 2004-08-21 17:41:44
please for the love of god..... people who listened to this song and liked it....... Listen to some real jazz piano [art tatum, herbie hancock, oscar peterson, michel camillo, chick corea, ted rosenthal, bill carrothers, Brad Meldau] any of these people would do. Tatum or Oscar especially if you want to see what a real "strong left hand" sounds like. I ask you to do this for the sake of all ligitimate jazz pianists. No offense Jigginjon, but you got a LOOOOOONG way to go. Best of luck.

You mean you don't think i'm a legendary pianist who will be remembered long after he's dead as a genius and an innovater? Please don't insult me by pointing out the painfully obvious. Being a jazz enthusiast I know I don't have the harmonic insight of Bill Evans, the chops of Chick Corea, or the innovation of Herbie Hancock, etc. I study and revere these men, so please give me a little credit. Anyway, you probably didn't mean anything by it.

Everyone else, take his advice.

-Jon

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Sam Ascher-Weiss
on 2004-08-21 15:54:04

I never should have reviewed this song

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Ether
on 2004-02-17 03:28:21

Wow... This has got to be my favorite piano arrangement on OCR. Amazing stuff. After hearing kLuTz's work, I was pretty sure I wasn't going to find a better arrangement - but here I am, and I have to say, this is awesome.

One of the greatest things about this is the fact that it's two distinct styles in one song. I love the more jazzy first half, but I must say that the sweeping, emotional latter part that kicks in a little after 3:30 is just amazing. It reminds me of a John Tesh piano album... (Which I consider to be a very good thing!)

Outstanding stuff - there is so much variety, it just doesn't get old. I'll be listening to this one for a long time to come.

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Primary Game:
Xenogears (Square, 1998, PS1)
Music by Yasunori Mitsuda
Songs:
"After the Soldiers' Dreams"

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