Just one mix tonight, but it's an epic one. I know we've been slow lately - there are a couple good reasons for that, and even if the posting hasn't been frequent the judges panel has been doing quite a bit of reviewing. Hopefully we can get back in full(er) swing sometime soon, but mixes like these have great replay value and, for me at least, are the type that make a lasting impact. GLL brings us some very melodramatic trance on a grand scale, with an extended intro that takes over two minutes just to get to the trance part - some judges thought the intro weaker on the whole and preferred the mix once it got kickin', but Protricity was vice versa; for my money, I'll admit I wasn't paying as much attention until the beat dropped, but the intro is relaxing and exploratory and sets the melody up for the detuned trancefest it's about to receive in an understated, ambient weather effects-drenched fashion. The string patch used isn't fantabulous, but it's good enough to not be prohibitive of this portion getting an essentially different musical interpretation across. Then the trance chords filter in and it's time for four-on-the-floor action before you know it. There's some original piano counter-melody to join in with the sugar-pop perfect theme that does a lot to compensate for the repetition of the primary refrain, and GLL has a good feel for what works and what doesn't when it comes to longer trance mixes and making the requisite additive and subtractive decisions to keep the flow going but not have things sound like a glorified loop. The ending reprises the original tone, but not - thank you, Mr. Lee Lewis - with the same ambient storm fx, which would have been a little trite for my taste and musically questionable. Whilst this ReMix is a little simplistic and more could have been done in certain areas - drum variations, additional counter harmony, what have you - it succeeds on a basic, emotional level, so complexity might very well have compromised that to an extent. At any rate, this melody works well with the genre, and GLL works well with the genre, so you've got an enjoyable, accessible ToP ReMix that does what it needs to and fills its six minutes with some good stuff.
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Sources Arranged (1 Song)
- Primary Game:
Tales of Phantasia (Namco, 1994, SNES)
Music by Motoi Sakuraba, Ryota Furuya, Shinji Tamura, Toshiyuki Sekiguchi
- "Be Absentminded"
- Time > Duration: Long
- 6,602,752 bytes
- Size: 6,602,752 bytes
- MD5 Checksum: 817db744a2bff75ba031a4323d7e404c
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