ReMix: Romancing SaGa 'Tant Mieux'
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I know what you're thinking... Sixto? He ain't no n00b. He's like... the exact opposite of a n00b. Especially this year. Don't worry, we're not breaking form, as he's only one half of the equation on this track, our first ReMix from Kenji Ito's score to Romancing SaGa. The arranger is newcomer Dustin Lagaly, alias Theory of Nonexistence, who writes:
"So, I have a playlist of about 400 songs that I play while I sleep and this source tune is one of them. I woke up one morning with it playing and realized "hey...this could make a pretty kickass rock tune". I have no idea what made me think that, seeing as it's nowhere close to the same style. Kinda one of those weird half-awake thoughts. But I got up and started writing it before my half-awake thought left me and it did indeed kickass. At the time, I had no real intentions of submitting it because the guitars were really fake and stuff, but I asked Sixto for some feedback on it and the next day he offered to collab. So I finished the arrangement up and gave him the midi. A couple weeks later, this epic remix was created.
The hardest part about making the song (in my opinion) was coming up with a name. I had a friend popping out random titles such as "Oh Shit, I Lost my Loli", "Dinkles Hurt My Feet", and "A Day Without a God is a Day That You Don't Have to Worry About". Needless to say, that wasn't working. I started thinking about it and made some kind of connection with the source tune being "Unerasable Pain" and the remix being just the opposite; the pain being erased after previously being unerasable. So I thought "A Better Eraser"...but that didn't sound good. I don't remember exactly how I got to "Tant Mieux", but it's French for "So much the better". Didn't feel like thinking anymore after that and I was getting impatient, so I subbed."
"Dinkles Hurt My Feet" would have been a real show-stealer, but it seems tasteful French prevailed. Things intro mellow with some Badalamentine pads, but pizzicato comes in and livens things up before an in-your-face blend of rock drums, guitar, and C64 SIDpeggio fills your ears with bliss. There's nice variation with the drums and a bunch of downbeat snare parts, plus a nice extended roll at 3'09" that DID conjure that iconic "Eeeee hee hee.... WIPEOUT" intro, but was nevertheless a cool touch. Other cool touches include rising and falling synth arpeggios, a badass synth solo at 2'34", cutaway ending (fadeout woulda been weak in this instance), and general Sixto production sheen. While his own arrangements are stellar, Juan also seems particularly adept in taking someone else's vision and framing it just right, with production/performance that does every ounce of justice possible. There are certainly worse ways to debut on OCR than having an arrangement of yours with Sixto at the helm on the production side of things, that's for sure. Dustin's arrangement is solid, though, and kudos for tackling a previously unmixed game and bringing more SaGa love. Great stuff all around.
This is a pretty nifty mix, and Sixto's influence really shines through here. It's hard for me to pick out what Dustin did and what Juan did, but in particular I love the guitar combined with the drumming, especially when the snare drums go into their hard hitting rhythmic pattern with the guitar soloing on top. The arrangement gets a little repetitive towards the end of the song, which is unfortunate, but the song is built strong enough to keep your attention at the least.
- Bahamut on December 16, 2011
- Sergei Dragunov on December 6, 2010
- FallenOne on January 29, 2010
This may be Dustin's only track on the site (atr least as of right now, in late 2009), but his arrangements have consistently been great, and his production is almost there.
Extra bonus for the game in question to be a bit overlooked, this track definitely needs to be heard. Awesome work, gents!
- OA on December 8, 2009
- metalsnakejuice on April 19, 2009
- MechaFone on February 15, 2009
This is probably one of my favorite remixes to come off this site. I'm in love with the music from Romancing SaGa, so I was really excited to see that you guys tackled a song from it. It's just.. totally beautiful and epic. It holds true to the source tune, but is still something else entirely. Great job to the both of you!
- Otakatt on January 17, 2009
- HorneT on January 5, 2009
- soflete on December 29, 2008
I love the chiptune section in this song, and the synth solo from 2:35 is pure bliss. Sixto's guitar work is nice as always, nothing less, but also nothing more.
- Martin Penwald on December 25, 2008
- metaphist on December 22, 2008
Incredible job, you guys! :D
- Emunator on December 17, 2008
- soflete on December 17, 2008
- Echo on December 16, 2008
- Palpable on December 11, 2008