ReMix: Panzer Dragoon II Zwei "Lagi's Takeoff"
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That's more than one a day. I still don't know how I even did that. Needless to say, I was NOT dating at the time. For those keeping score at home, that's the most mixes ever posted in a single year. 2002 laid the foundation for a more organized, formal review process and really defined the path forward for the years to come.
No ten-year anniversary flood would be complete without a first mix from a new game; this is actually MattInc's debut mix, too, though I enjoyed his submission to our Reset Generation contest back in June. He writes:
"Hey all! I recently got into the Panzer Dragoon series. Upon playing the first game, I just HAD to buy the second one. I started playing, and by the time I hit the second level, I fell in love with the music. Sure, it was completely synthetic, but the compositions themselves were unlike anything I have heard in a game before. Upon beating the game, I decided to arrange my favorite track, "The Great Ravine."
Throughout this year, I have worked on this piece off and on. Just recently, I picked it up again and decided to add a lot of changes. I can say I am very satisfied with the final product and the changes I have made to it. If you have listened to a lot of my original pieces, you'll notice many familiar elements in this piece. In this, I tried to make the melody itself more prominent, as well as evoke more of a tribal sound. All in all, I hope you will enjoy this piece, and thank you for listening to it!"
As a side story, on a cross-country trip in 1998 I actually found a copy of Panzer Dragoon Saga for $40 in Louisiana. I later sold it (blasphemy, I know) for like $120, but it's worth even more now... great game. I'm a huge fan of the series and its music, and really loved what SGX/MC did with their Orta ReMix, in particular. Matt's done a bang-up job capturing the ethno-electronica vibe; the clappish percussion in the beginning actually reminds me of Santa Esmerelda, enhanced by the later addition of a nice lead trumpet line, but that's where any disco similarities end. I love the varied instrumentation and juxtaposition of meandering, chromatic piano motifs against a strong, throbbing electronica accompaniment. Vinnie agrees:
"Great sound here, atmospheric yet powerful. Cinematic, let's say. This clearly plays homage to the original because of the source melodies being present most of the time, but the underlying chords and new background parts give it a completely different character. I second that the brass attacks are a weak spot, but there's so much goodness to make up for it."
"The original is really neat. I haven't heard much of the Panzer Dragoon series music but I'm impressed. Anyway, this remix is an excellent take on the source! I'm a sucker for blends of electronic, acoustic and world instruments so I really enjoyed listening to this."
I really wish Sega would do a next-gen Panzer RPG... or maybe just a remake of the original for the PSP. Anything, really. Also, a console port of Planet Harriers, dammit. But I digress; until we get anything of the sort, I'll be happily listening to MattInc's awesome mix and envisioning the glory that could and should be. Great debut; looking forward to posting more!
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