Another mix from a new game, this time Crusader of Centy for the Genesis. Simon writes:
"Here's a pop arrangement from Crusader of Centy, two songs : Rafflesia Training Grounds & Place of Peace. I recently played this game again, and each time I love listening this awesome soundtrack. I just can't believe it has never been arranged before (as far as I know). So, I tried. And hope you like it."
As it happens, the judges dug the original version Scaredsim sent in, but felt like it needed some tweaks, specifically with the drums. The ReMixer obliged and sent in this update, which also has a stronger lead, and the rest was history. I have to say, Simon's really picking some fantastic source material, and this continues his trend of shining light on lesser-mixed but very worthy tracks. This is less guitar-centric work, with piano/organ/bell/ep taking melodic lead. The upside to that approach is that the mix treads new ground for Simon and further varies his sound. The downside is that electric guitar was a strong production element in his previous mixes, and compensated for other samples/instrumentation that - while not shabby at all - weren't as slick. So at times this mix sounds like what Shariq referred to in the original judges' decision as "BGM from some old Falcom PC RPG" - i.e. a little exposed. But that label ALSO conveys pretty amazing, intricate sequencing and a knack for constructing dynamic, complex compositions, so it's definitely both compliment and critique. Mattias summed it up well:
"So, potent arrangement this one. Keeps the feel from the original 'Training Grounds' song and weaves it in with 'Place of Peace' in a very pleasing way. Arranged material is arranged enough and instrument choices were overall pleasing and very 80s :3 The production is good too. Most of the instruments sounds good but a little bit weak compared to how punchy the drums sound, especially the snare as Larry pointed out. I think some of the sounds have a certain GM-quality to them but absolutely the passable kind. So, the production is up to par with our standards.. The arrangement is over the bar.. Keep it up Simon!"
Simon also gets +3000 awesome points just for doing a Centy mix in the first place... this material needed some attention, as it's an RPG that not too many have played that nevertheless met with critical acclaim back in the day and has a great score. While not the ReMixer's most impressive mix from purely a production perspective, it maintains his very high standards for intelligent, creative arrangement, and wanders outside the comfort zone of a more guitar-centric methodology with success.
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Sources Arranged (2 Songs)
- Primary Game:
Crusader of Centy (Sega, 1994, GEN)
Music by Motokazu Shinoda
- "Place of Peace"
"Rafflesia Training Grounds"
- Electric Guitar, Piano
- Origin > Resubmission
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