ReMix: Secret of Evermore "A Whisper and a Shadow" 2:46

By DarkeSword

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new-age orchestral
Arranging the music of one song...

"Greek Temple"

Primary Game: Secret of Evermore (Square, 1995, SNES), music by Jeremy Soule, Julian Soule

Posted 2005-04-19, evaluated by djpretzel


Shariq joins Shnabubula's previous track in offering up some mixage of Soule's Evermore score. Of the source material, the Halls of Collosia theme, Darkesword writes:

"...it was a very atmospheric track, with not much more than a continuous line and embellishing wind phrases. There wasn't much to it (hence the shortness of my mix). I altered the wind embellishments to make a catchier hook, and tried to bring out a strong melodic theme in this piece."

Mucho woodwind work over a running harp line, a moving bassline, a mix of delicate jazzy drums and orchestral percussion, both breathy choral pads and more realistic choir patches, and perhaps most conspicuosly a brisk tempo and swaying, 7/4 time signature. Very filmy texture that reminds me at least during the intro of the (excellent) soundtrack to Sneakers. This is a short piece, basically says what it has to say - even works in a key change - and then exits. Given the source material, a sub-three minute excursion of this nature that manages to be as varied as it does is impressive. The overall vibe is icy, swift, crystalline, and transitive; short but sweet arranging that's par for the course from Mr. Ansari.

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Discussion

Latest 15 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
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Melbu Frahma
on 2010-09-05 11:01:43

The only complaint I have about this piece is how short it is - brilliant and wonderful listening material. My hat is off to you, sir.

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OA
on 2008-12-05 14:30:39

This mix has a great sense of purpose, and though it is very atmospheric, it is also very melodic. The texture stays pretty full for the duration, but there are some nice breaks of where it features the arpeggio and the choir vox.

The samples aren't realistic at all, but more importantly, they are managed very well, and their strengths are focused on. It never sounds mechanical, and the instruments sound like they 'should'.

Pretty good theme, and a nice arrangement.

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Bummer
on 2006-02-24 03:33:22

Opens up well with strings and harps, I love it. :D

It's very mysterious to its nature, the harps and choirs might just make that more clear. The remix was very smooth, relaxing, and the instrument selection is simply great. I feel like I'm running through a deep forest with a smile on my face. I like it when it comes to 0:57, where it brightens up the mood of the piece, it really does make me smile. :D

Beautifully done, Darke. I'll keep this one then.

*takes remix and runs into the woods*

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Atomos
on 2005-06-17 22:27:06

Halls of Collosia was my favorite track from SoE to begin with. This ReMix is an excellent rendition of it. It doesn't take away from the ambient feeling that was generated by the original, and yet it adds so much on many different levels. The addition of a chorus in the background is an awesome touch, and it exudes surreality.

Simply awesome work.

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*morningstar
on 2005-05-21 22:14:18
Man, that harp is nice and the delayed drums are truly slick (rim shot's a little weak but meh). I love the intro. You could've let that go for another minute and I wouldn't have been upset. It's really cool that the feel of the original is still completely intact even though you've never played the game *shakes head*. Great stuff here.

This is the thing that impressed me the most - the original is probably my favorite track from the game and this remix takes everything great about that song and makes it better. This is a really slick song - very, very nice work.

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Harmony
on 2005-04-23 18:16:51

Man, that harp is nice and the delayed drums are truly slick (rim shot's a little weak but meh). I love the intro. You could've let that go for another minute and I wouldn't have been upset. It's really cool that the feel of the original is still completely intact even though you've never played the game *shakes head*. Great stuff here.

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RimFrost the Tourianist
on 2005-04-22 19:35:56

SoE was a terribly under-rated game , IMO a far better game than Mana anyways.

As for Darkesword's remix , I approve 8)

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anclunn
on 2005-04-22 16:29:21

Yaeh Secret of Evermore was awsome, even if it did have some glitches.

EDIT: Oh yeah and this mix is the first one I've seen that doesn't remove the subtle entrancment that made the origional music so good. This is awsome.

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Aetherius
on 2005-04-22 11:07:07

You've never played it?! Damnit, boy!

If I could bring myself to hate you, I'd be sending you a letterbomb.

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DarkeSword
on 2005-04-21 19:59:39
I loved this remix when it was on rpgamer.com. Just wondering if this is the same mix just resubmitted on OCR, or if Darkesword changed it any?

It's the same mix. :)

Also, to someone who asked if the title of this mix is a reference to another title on the SoE soundtrack: no, it's just a coincidence. I've never actually played SoE; I did this remix for PRC.

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Neo Lupine
on 2005-04-21 16:37:18

I loved this remix when it was on rpgamer.com. Just wondering if this is the same mix just resubmitted on OCR, or if Darkesword changed it any?

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Aetherius
on 2005-04-20 14:59:37

I tried to remix the same song a long time ago...didn't go over well.

Secret of Evermore is one of my favourite games, and I'm glad that Darkesword did better handling that time signature than I did.

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DJ Skratch 'n' Sniff
on 2005-04-20 04:50:34

I don't care what anyone else says (even though no one's said anything bad as of yet), this mix is awesome. It's my new favorite by Darkesword. First of all, it's from SoE so you know from the beginning it's going to be taken from one of the greatest video game scores of all time. What else can I say? I don't know... download this if you haven't already!

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Txai
on 2005-04-19 14:24:47

Personally I had fun to listen this ReMix. Very sweet for me. It´s not my favourite from DarkeSword. But it is still very good.

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Dj Orange
on 2005-04-19 14:11:24

No surprises from Darkesword with this mix. He adds another wet, majestic, sound-font based remix to his portfolio. I liked his last two mixes better (Torvus Clockwork and Megaman Zero 2 thing); this one's consistent with his older material. I hear a bit of a clipping effect on the bass drum, but it's only noticeable with headphones. It's true that this is a solid remix, but perhaps DS should consider sacrificing some of his consistency for the sake of experimentation?

Sources Arranged (1 Song)


Primary Game:
Secret of Evermore (Square, 1995, SNES)
Music by Jeremy Soule, Julian Soule
Songs:
"Greek Temple"

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Genre:
New Age
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Instrumentation:
Orchestral
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Duration:
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