ReMix: Kingdom Hearts 'Above the Rising Falls'
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A lot of people will probably be very pleased to see a Kingdom Hearts ReMix finally reach the light of day here on OCR; at least, if some of the requests and emails I've seen are any indication. It was Sephfire's intention to have the first KH ReMix on the site, and he has achieved that lofty goal where several have not and come up with a sweeping hybrid orchestral/d'n'b mix that's really rather kickass. Gets better each time you listen to it, and resembles somewhat the works of SGX; the mixer himself admits the influence/collaboration:
"This is a Kingdom Hearts remix of the "Hollow Bastion" theme, with traces of the "Destati" theme as well. Of all my work so far, this is the remix I am most proud of. I tried to create a really epic sound with this track. At the time I began work on it, I was listening to a lot of SuperGreenX originals and the "Pirates of the Caribbean" OST, which may explain the genre blend a little bit. Speaking of SGX, I need to give due credit to Mr. Adler for helping me to master this remix. Whatever he did, the remix sounded a heck of a lot cooler after he finished with it. So thank you, Sir GreenX, for your assistance."
I think some might have guessed the connection without being told, but if you're gonna get help from someone and end up with a piece that resembles their work to a certain extent, SGX would certainly be a great ReMixer to pick. Percussion here drives the whole thing and is over-the-top dramatic, with a moving, rolling pattern that is tribal, primal, but also measured. Piano swims underneath along with Absynth-esque swept pads and strings as other orchestral elements are brought in. Percussion gets decked out with a layered d'n'b vibe towards the second minute. The way different motifs appear and reappear, and the swift, sweeping nature of the piece truly lives up to the mix title and conjures the feel of rapidly falling water, or at least something vast in scope and fleeting. A very dramatic mix that brings Kingdom Hearts to OCR in a well-arranged, conspicuous way. Great stuff.
- Codamadius on December 3, 2011
- Mockingbird on June 3, 2010
- OA on May 6, 2010
This mix takes all of that and multiplies it. One of my favorite kinds of mixes on this site are the ones that can not only make me remember where they are from, but actually make me remember them better than they are. I always feel a little disappointed that it's a bit short of the awesomeness this remix makes the level sound. This is one of them. From the booming bass drum to the "windy" synth, the whole mix sounds like it belongs in the soundtrack to some epic movie. It doesn't deviate too far from the original source, but in this case I don't think it has to. I also like the subtle additions of the Destati track in there (2:42 is the most obvious) , another piece from the OST that I am really fond of. It fits well with the overall feel of the song.
The only thing I can think of that this doesn't have are the bells from the original, which would have been a cool little addition.
- Darklink42 on December 30, 2009
siven7;280835 wrote: Really great mix - 10/8 is a tough meter to work in, especially when you're using synth beats. No criticism! Awesome to see a KH mix in there and such a great piece to use (Hollow Bastion is beauty). Really nice work :)
Is the time signature on this piece really 10/8? Sounds more like 5/4 to me.
(A time signature ending in 8 usually denotes sets of triplets in each measure (hence the multiple of 3 in the top, e.g. 6/8, 9/8, 12/8).)
Either way, very nice work using an unconventional time signature that isn't your usual 1- ,2- ,3- , or 4-beat measure. You pulled it off flawlessly. I doubt that I will ever stop liking to listen to this piece of orchestral genius.
(BTW, where is the nod to "Destati"? Either it's really subtle, or I haven't been paying enough attention.)
- genius11433 on October 28, 2009
- rusty. on July 8, 2009
- Ryu2Wolf on January 6, 2009
- Garrant3 on July 18, 2008
- siven7 on June 8, 2007
That said, I've got one gripe. From that great climactic moment at 2:47 that everyone's talking about (and I love the mournful reed bit in 2:51) the whole thing just keeps building in this really awesome way to a second, even more dramatic climax at 3:42... and then it doesn't end! The bit with three emphasized notes at 3:47-48 being picked up again by a soft note moving in and another chord-hit would be a great way to end the track, but instead it keeps going for a while, not actually doing much of anything, and finally ending in a way that is (in my opinion) kind of lame.
Apart from that, though, great track.
- Artscrafter on May 25, 2007
- belovedchaos1 on April 2, 2007
HoboKa;227757 wrote: Well *ahem* this song actually is better than the original composition. In fact whenever i go back to the Rising Falls I go bleh...that's not what it should sound like - so I fork out this song for the place >< lol anyways 10/10 and 3 thumbs up!!
BTW I would kill for your talent of musical aptitude :( I'm thinking of becoming a remixer myself, but I realize just how hard it really is to create music, especially to remix it :S
- HoboKa on February 7, 2007
- HoboKa on February 2, 2007
but my friend told me I should come here and tell you what I've done with my song. I hope it's appreciated and not flamed.
I made a video to Kingdomhearts using this song, and have copywrited you respectively. (OCRemix too)
Link is here: [URL="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8U2fGDkqPkA"]Over Clocked Deep Dive[/URL]
Hope you enjoy it (since no one else seems too. -_-; )and keep up the good work. :)
- Sephiroxas on February 1, 2007
- sepperoth0 on April 21, 2006