ReMix: Live A Live 'Giant Robot Bonanza'
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I never really knew how to pronounce "Live A Live," - do both "lives" rhyme with "jive," or "give"? What does it all MEAN!?! This awkwardness is compounded by the game's box art and title screen both having the second live printed backwards, where it looks more like "evil". I think it's one of those things that makes more sense if you're Japanese, but what's easy to understand AND appreciate is how good this game's music is: Yoko Shimomura's score is unambiguously great. Mr. de Bruin has provided OCR with its first ReMix of said score:
"This one probably won't need a source breakdown but it's cutting it really close in terms of the 50% because there's a lot of original material and soloing going on. I personally counted 1:11 of source and 1:10 of original material so it SHOULD be fine ;)
Anyway, this was my first DoD submission and has been made in only 2 days, so there's a few minor playing mistakes I haven't been able to fix because this mix was made before I fragmented my hard disc. I went for a high energy, iron maiden-esque power metal arrangement with quite a lot of J-rock influences, and was even debating adding vocals at some point, but maybe it's for the best that I didn't.
The reason I picked a relatively obscure game like Live-a-Live to remix is because it's a very underrated and underrepresented game (no OCR remixes yet), but for me personally it's hands down the best square RPG (which is saying a lot, obviously) with a soundtrack that might even make mr. Nobuo jealous (I'm actually thinking of starting a remixing project of it one of these days ;) ) So anyway, I hope you all enjoy it."
I certainly did; great to see this game finally arranged, and fantastic energy & motion from Joren. Vinnie writes:
"Your arrangements tend to be bursting from the seams with energy, Joren. I love that. You could probably make things a little cleaner, but I can hear everything fine. The arrangement handles the source nicely, balancing more conservative sections with good original stuff. Some crazy-ass soloing towards the end too, absolutely wild. Great dynamics in all instruments, and just solidly put together."
I've gotta start preparing for our panel at Otakon tomorrow, and everything that goes along with that, so I've got to cut this writeup a bit short, but check the judges decision and please, BY ALL MEANS, even if you've never played or *heard* of Live A Live, check this mix out - you won't be disappointed.
This one's short as hell but I think you get the point across nicely in 2 and a half minutes ;-) Absolutely no filler here!
- Emunator on December 22, 2009
it with the original track in the game. Very nice
- Pachi Risu on November 17, 2009
I haven't played the game, but I've heard the OST and it's pretty good. (Mainly because of Shimomura) I don't really have much to say, since I've never been good at picking up patterns with a guitar...
- Roihu on October 24, 2009
- yosefu on August 17, 2009
a solid mix IMO
- Mtlbro on August 12, 2009
Though I have to admit; I do kinda miss the synth-solos that were in JdB's Cave Story remix, since they brought in some element that wasn't guitar shredding.
- Martin Penwald on August 6, 2009
In your face drums and live bass make this track extra driving. Good stuff, nice work dude. :-)
- OA on July 29, 2009
- DragonAvenger on July 28, 2009
been waiting to see this get up here for awhile - great job tensei-chan!
- audio fidelity on July 23, 2009
Hoping to see a LaL ReMixing project.
- moonra on July 20, 2009
- VARDOCK on July 18, 2009
- zeeroid on July 18, 2009
Great work, this is an excellent rock mix.
- cromar on July 18, 2009
- Straybow on July 18, 2009
I'd say this is your best so far, at least my favorite... so far. It's got loads of energy and drive, a great non-stop rocking remix. Awesome work, dude.
- Rozovian on July 18, 2009