Newcomer Javier González Garcés, or "TheDeath" (sounds like an MGS3 boss), writes:
"Hey, this is a mix from Hydropolis from Tales of Phantasia. The song is part of the Tales of Phantasia / Symphonia project. It is an orchestral rendition of that venice alike city, with a new epic touch, as if you were setting sail for new adventures. Hope you like it."
This orchestral debut mix was actually good enough that Larry suspected it might have been ripped off a professional arrange album, but while we don't have time to vet as thoroughly (or not, in some cases) as Obama's team, Andy said he's legit on IRC, and you can check out his site for some pretty darn solid original works. Sound quality is definitely pretty solid, though... you can tell it's not a real orchestra, but everything's still very polished and blended. The intro here has a Super Mario Galaxy feel to it, with a storytime/lullabye progression that changes up at 0'50" to a forte push with some consecutive cymbal splashes and accompanying bombast. From there on out you've got straight-up epic fanfare orchestral work, with the additional nice touch of choral elements at 1'56". Here as well, the execution reminds me of Kondo's full orchestral score to Galaxy - something about the part writing and the way it all flows - and since I love that score, I love this. So did Jimmy:
"I really like the style of the arrangement here. For example, the source intro vs. remix intro is a great example. In the source, it kind of jumps out at you like "Hello, I am the melody!!" But in the mix, the piano adds a lovely and somber touch, giving a totally different feel. Then the grandeur sets in, magically projecting magnificent mental manifestations of miraculousness (how's THAT for alliteration?) and feelings of awe. This is total movie stuff. The quality is amazing, and the arrangement and instrumentation are beautiful. I especially liked the choir at 1:56, and the trumpet preceding. Great work. This is definitely quality stuff."
So did Larry:
"The mix title kind of encroaches on Blake Perdue's Donkey Kong Country 2 'Set Sail', so that's lame, but no big deal clearly... The track's needlessly on the quiet side which unfairly downplayed the power of the writing, but the arrangement was extremely impressive and added a lot more emotion, complexity and dynamics to the source. I didn't really associate the original with a orchestral mix, but looking over it, especially the chorus, it's cool to see how Javier completely realized the potential of that section for the genre. Great, cinematic writing, with many intelligent changes in the instrumentation to keep things fresh throughout. A true breath of fresh air."
Right on. We've been getting a lot of breaths of fresh air lately, and it's downright inspiring to be so thoroughly and purely oxygenated, but this is definitely a memorable debut and a fantastic addition to Summoning of Spirits.
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Sources Arranged (1 Song)
- Primary Game:
Tales of Phantasia (Namco, 1994, SNES)
Music by Motoi Sakuraba, Ryota Furuya, Shinji Tamura, Toshiyuki Sekiguchi
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