ReMix: Seiken Densetsu 3 'Electrion (Guitar Mix)'

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Seiken Densetsu 3

They came, they saw, and they informed me that my air conditioning unit's compressor, by far the most expensive component, was beyond salvation. Fun. At least I've gained a new appreciation and respect for those who live without AC, whether by choice or by circumstance. TO collabed with guitarist FIDGAF on this Seiken 3 ReMix that intros with rather spooky staccato guitar strums and an nice, dark ambience, then gets funky with some swing-time hip-hop beats, complete w/scratchin', fuzz guitar, and cool fading vibrato drones. Melody enters soon after on a cool-as-a-cucumber mellow electric piano, leading up to a nice chorus/refrain where it duets with stereo-doubled lead guitar. The mood is here is downright frigid; my constant usage of temperature metaphors probably has something to do with my shirt being glued to my back and it being ungodly hot, but this is still some slick work. The guitar adds a lot, as this is more a BGM-style composition, establishing a funky groove and going places with it, to be sure, but not with narrative melodic development as a primary focus. The funky little reverb-drenched pianosynth is subtle but well played; while it's not too loud, it still steals a lot of the attention and has a good deal of variety. Larry wrote quite a bit on this one - here's an excerpt:

"The rearrangement is pretty liberal, as this involves taking only the first 15 seconds of Swivel's melody (which, to be fair, is at a really fast tempo) and refashioning it into a somewhat different kind of theme, and I have to say that hearing sections such as the belltones at the 2-minute mark showed some of the most logical rearrangement ideas I've ever heard. TO's original compositional ideas seamlessly connected with the arranged game music... I felt adding FIDGAF to the picture created a lot more energy with this mix, while not overshadowing the subtle hip-hop beats and ambient sounds that made "Electrion" interesting in the first place. It's a very successful hybrid of styles. Solid work, bros. "

I concur: creative, interpretive, not overly showy or elaborate, and while there's a degree of reiteration (I think a percussive breakdown could have been the business, personally), work is done on soloing and subtle changes to keep it movin'; for those of us without air conditioners, a blast of sub-zero chillness that's well-appreciated.

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Discussion: Latest 15 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
WesternZypher
on 2011-01-03 15:37:17
This gets alot of play on my "summertime" list, especially at dusk and in the evenings. Very cool.
OA
on 2009-03-23 10:34:39
I wish that this track had a little more punch in the percussion and bass, and i'm not really liking the rhythm guitar one, but the lead is fine.
Gets a little too repetitive though, but it's nice enough. I don't really feel too strongly about it either way. I think a little more time taken to differentiate the sections and to develop it further in the second half would make it more interesting to me, rather than what sounds like just a cut and paste of the first half. it works well enough for BG music.
42
on 2009-02-10 14:57:14
To me most of this mix seems very 'light', like it was walking on eggshells.
Fairly hush-hush, somewhat tense, and very deliberate.
Except for the electric guitar parts naturally. To me this puts into my head an image of some mellow electronic band on stage and every now and then an electric guitarist walks across stage while he shreds on his guitar.
All in all, its not bad; definitely original and a fresh take on things.
The Orichalcon
on 2006-05-17 02:08:03
Selios wrote: hey, the electric thingy sample... i heard that before... were did u find it?
(yeah, i remember, it was a piece from Tool...i dont remember the title, though)

The electric sounds were from the filler track "(-) Ions" on Tool's Ænima album.
Selios
on 2006-03-15 18:49:01
hey, the electric thingy sample... i heard that before... were did u find it?
(yeah, i remember, it was a piece from Tool...i dont remember the title, though)
Bummer
on 2005-09-09 10:37:13
At first I thought this was going to be
something at the jazzy side, but then
the drumbeat slided in together with the
dark bass and gave it a nice groov. The small
guitar solos at 1:20 and 2:40 really rock,
making this mix one of the best.
Rock´nroll dudes!
Kuwanger
on 2004-10-04 11:47:46
Funky. :D
It will stay in my playlist.
Corporal Eschebone
on 2004-09-05 11:23:32
Real smooth and avant-garde. Me like.
The Orichalcon
on 2004-09-05 08:30:23
Swivel
Judgment Day
on 2004-09-05 01:40:48
I'm drawing a total blank here. Exactly what song or songs is this piece based on from Seiken 3?
Random Fox Thought
on 2004-08-30 12:24:44
very low riding and laid back at first, good for unwinding and just enjoying it...it harmonizes nicely and as many have said just a cool theme. Then the guitar picks up -- both very skilled and with that tint of emotion to it. I really love this remix and I hope to get into more of the SD3 OST after hearing it (I know SoM had a lot of good themes).
benevolensaurus
on 2004-08-27 04:38:38
This is a rather chilly mix, all laid back and evil and spooky and stuff... I like it.
Since I've never heard the original, I can't comment on how true the mix is to it. As for the lead guitar loudness issue, I didn't notice much wrong with it. Maybe a little louder than the rest, but nothing to go deaf about. Then again, that may be just because I don't have my volume up on full blast (like most people seem to, these days... oh well).
Anyway, quite a mood-setter, very cool. Definitely worth the download.
CapnHulk
on 2004-08-27 03:16:50
The Orichalcon wrote: Thanks for the comments everyone.
For those of you who think the guitar was balanced wrong, or too loud. I actually have a second remastered version of this that I released on a soundtrack for a game earlier this month. If you really want to hear it (and some other guitar pieces that FIDGAF and I have come up with) you can download the soundtrack here:
http://www.ioncross.com/freelancer/servermod/music/twmusic001.zip
The Remastered version of this remix is music_bar_generic02.wav
Glad to hear you like it.

I was so confused at first. I listen to this remix and I say to myself, "Holy shit! This FIGDAF guy took a song from Orichalcons soundtrack!" Then I noticed the "TO"...
Oh well, I got to hear the song early at least. (DL the soundtrack if you haven't)
DukeNukem007
on 2004-08-27 03:12:49
SD3 is the best game ever to not have an official American release!!
My only complaints:
1. I could barely tell this was a remix of Swivel the first time I listened to it, and I've played SD3 start to finish once and listened to the SPCs many times. The song title made me think it would be an Electric Talk remix.
2. Waaaay too dark. Swivel was an almost excessively upbeat song.
Still, both of these have the upside of awesome freestyle. I especially like the guitar...
RimFrost the Tourianist
on 2004-08-26 19:03:50
Very chill ,moody, electric and i like it alot.
Perhaps a bit repetitive bassline ,but overall a nice listen as you down yer last cup of coffee :)