ReMix: Phantasy Star IV: The End of the Millennium 'Twilight of the Millennium'
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Alright! Allow me to express my distinct satisfaction that the music of Phantasy Star, after a good long while, again visits our collection. In this case, it's an orchestral medley from the fourth installment, brought to us by Vampire Hunter Dan. Capcomian that I am, when I think "Vampire Hunter" I actually think Darkstalkers, not the canonical anime, and when I think Dan, I think raging, hot pink gadoken action. VHD takes on the title theme initially, then progresses from there, with energetic symphonic velocity. Legato string chords intro, joined by oboe, both of which continue to play pivotal roles. You've also got chromatic and mixed percussion, fantastic Dances with Wolves French Horns, winds, and a variety of well-selected string articulations, all mixed on a consistent sonic stage that's really rather impressive; you could add sampled applause at the end and it'd potentially fool some people, and would be well-deserved, regardless. The Phantasy Star soundtracks in general are rough territory because few tracks feature a solidified, complete verse/chorus structure - there's usually a single motif, bridged not by what I would deign to call verses, but patterns. Mr. Barnaba's played intelligently with components from PS4's OST to put together something that flows with a more traditional sense of development and direction, and that's the biggest accomplishment I think this mix represents. Moreover, the arrangement and production are spot-on and segue effortlessly (and rapidly, at that) from slow to fast, piano to forte, in a very fluid, graceful arc. There's not much else to say - it's Phantasy Star 4, it's orchestral, and it's excellent.
- djcrono_ on October 26, 2010
- Vampire Hunter Dan on May 11, 2010
- Xitiger on May 10, 2010
The builds are excellent, and the woodwinds lend great texture to everything.
Great transitions, nice changes in feel, and tons of details.
I agree with meccaneer. Get this man an orchestra. :-)
- OA on December 9, 2008
- Triad Orion on August 13, 2008
Despite being quite long, this arrangement never gets boring. There are fast parts, slow ones, powerful ones, quiet ones...lots of variation going on in here. If I had to pick a favourite part, I'd say it's the crescendo beginning at 5:01. The energy in there is simply amazing.
- Martin Penwald on December 29, 2006
I have been a fan since "to times once forgotten" and since than, your music evolves, learning lessons from the previous ones. and going places in which many fear, and few fathom.
only one word can express entirely what your music has done for me: [i]"Bravo."[/i]
- Jabberbox on December 25, 2006
- CopiousX on December 23, 2006
- Blake on December 17, 2006
- meccaneer on December 15, 2006
I couldn't be more wrong.
Upon getting less than halfway through the song, I decided that this was worth my time. Listening to it a second time, I decided that I needed to keep it. Listening to it a third time I decided that it was my top 5 count. I'm afraid to listen to it a forth time because I like all my final fantasy mixes at the top of my list.
Dan, YOU ARE A STINKING GENIUS!!!
You have my praise, and my gratitude.
- Thin Crust on December 15, 2006
He's got another medley you can download here, a brand new Anime Remix. Also good.
I usually never enjoy orchestral, but I like what Dan's doing. Keep it up!
- OverCoat on December 15, 2006
- arias on December 15, 2006
Great job, dude!
- ktriton on December 15, 2006
- richter on December 15, 2006