ReMix: Secret of Mana "Thicket" 4:13

By DarkeSword

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electronic strings synth
Arranging the music of 2 songs...

"Fear of the Heavens", "Into the Thick of It"

Primary Game: Secret of Mana (Square, 1993, SNES), music by Hiroki Kikuta

Posted 2008-02-14, evaluated by djpretzel


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Discussion

Latest 15 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
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Necrox
on 2015-12-27 23:20:08

Pretty decent mix; however, it feels like it's missing something. It lacks that edge that makes it really distinctive. I do like the drum filtering and quieter sections though.

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evktalo
on 2009-02-02 17:27:39

Fast and pleasant, feels like gliding. A great track.

--Eino

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DragonAvenger
on 2008-09-10 14:41:08

Among everything, the melody that starts before 2:00 is my favorite part. The feel is totally different than the original, and I love how that was done.

Overall, the melodies themselves aren't changed, but the textures and everything else create a totally new feel for the tracks. That's the charm of this mix. I think the mix is very well done. Great job.

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SubNormal J3
on 2008-05-15 19:15:08

I always look forward to hearing the quality of DarkeSword's ReMixes, and this one is no exception. Nice choice of melody. The song flows smoothly from beginning to end. I got a little bored from 2:20 - 3:00, but the rest of the song makes up for it. The introduction and conclusion of the song were quite epic, and the interesting drums throughout only add to the overall beauty. Nice work.

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Martin Penwald
on 2008-03-05 16:39:17

Interesting blend of styles. While the mix is somewhat fast in terms of BPM, it's still very soothing and relaxing.

Good stuff.

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Liontamer
on 2008-03-03 17:53:49
You interpreted that question incorrectly.

I think he knows that. :lol:

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DarkeSword
on 2008-03-03 16:46:56

You interpreted that question incorrectly.

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Joshua Morse
on 2008-03-03 11:00:39
What exactly is verbatim? :|

according to wordnet.princeton.edu/perl/webwn:

in precisely the same words used by a writer or speaker; "a direct quotation"; "repeated their dialog verbatim"

using exactly the same words; "he repeated her remarks verbatim"

...or in this particular case note for note.

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DarkeSword
on 2008-02-28 00:10:42
Practically verbatim. And the whole thing is mixed way too quiet. It's very dull.

Oh well. Still better than the garbage I made with the same source.

What exactly is verbatim? :|

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richter
on 2008-02-28 00:00:48

Practically verbatim. And the whole thing is mixed way too quiet. It's very dull.

Oh well. Still better than the garbage I made with the same source.

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OA
on 2008-02-18 13:05:51

Two of my favorite source themes in one track is a great way to get my attention, and the treatment of both is excellent. I really like Darkesword's style, and here it seems he has a few Ziwtra-esque flourishes in a few places, making the already potent track even better.

Great soundscape and instrument choices. I love the bells and string accents, and the slightly crushed beats and synth gate gives a great feeling to the whole mix.

The arrangement progresses pretty well and picks up a bit of energy at the end, though the ending itself was a little rushed I thought. It is a proper ending rather than a blatant fade, but I think a little additional interest is in order.

Overall excellent work, one of my favorite DS mixes in awhile. Awesome work dude. :-)

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Palpable
on 2008-02-18 10:13:29

I really like how the song keeps pushing forward and pulling back in the quiet sections. I too was a fan of the mild dissonance (seemed to fit the song), and I absolutely love those shimmering strings that show up every few measures - very chilling effect. This is great, DS.

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ktriton
on 2008-02-18 07:59:40
Thanks man; "On The Day The World Changed..." was what inspired me to make a Mana mix. :D

Wow, well then I'm glad we made it! Congrats again!

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evktalo
on 2008-02-18 01:47:52

Pretty nice work. I like the liberties with the flute lead around 1:50-2:15, that's beautiful stuff. I like the bass and drums too.

I wouldn't mind if the mix had taken a bit more time to develop certain transitions. The intro for example - I could've taken a few more bars establishing the mood and have the melody enter a bit later than right at the start. Another point is around 03:00 - the Angel's Fear theme begins a couple of bars too soon. But that's just me - other people probably appreciate getting straight into business. :)

I'll be keeping this one, it's a good mix of some of my favourite originals.

--Eino

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Ness757
on 2008-02-16 20:09:00

DarkeSword does it again!

9/10

Sources Arranged (2 Songs)


Primary Game:
Secret of Mana (Square, 1993, SNES)
Music by Hiroki Kikuta
Songs:
"Fear of the Heavens"
"Into the Thick of It"

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Genre:
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Instrumentation:
Electronic, Strings, Synth
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Secret_of_Mana_Thicket_OC_ReMix.mp3
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5,184,948 bytes
MD5:
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Bitrate:
160Kbps
Duration:
4:13

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