ReMix: Tales of Phantasia "as time goes on (you are love to me)"
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- Game: Tales of Phantasia (Namco, 1994, SNES)
- ReMixer(s): prophetik music
- Composer(s): Motoi Sakuraba, Ryota Furuya, Shinji Tamura, Toshiyuki Sekiguchi
- Song(s): "As Time Goes On"
- Posted: 2009-12-31, evaluated by the judges
- Album: Featured on Summoning of Spirits: An Arrangement of Music from Tales of Phantasia and Tales of Symphonia
- Terms (BETA): ballad funky lyrics-original saxophone singing vocals-male
Some years, you reach the end of them, and everyone's saying that it was over before they knew it, that it felt more like a month than a year, that time sure does fly, etc. Well, personally, 2009 felt L-O-N-G to me. In a good way, most of the time... So much happened, so many mixes, projects, site changes, life changes... heck, even geo/socio/econo/political change was all around us. A lot of folks, myself included, are either getting ready for or already en route to MAGFest, and it really feels like it's been MORE than a year since M7. We've got nothing too specific planned for our panel - as always, we'll probably formalize things an hour beforehand - but I know we'll be talking about all the truly amazing things we accomplished in 2009, and I know Taucer and B-mut will be making the audience drool with a tantalizing preview of the DKC2 uber-project - and probably shaming me publicly for not having finished my tracks yet. Other than that, I'm planning on just chilling and having a good time.
When we talk about OC ReMix in 2009, the first album that pops into mind from a chronological perspective is the humongous (in title and content) Summoning of Spirits: An Arrangement of Music from Tales of Phantasia and Tales of Symphonia. Man did that album take a long time, but man was it worth it, starting Q1 off with a bang. This track of Brad's definitely stands out as being a unique cut, blending a funky bass with his trademark jazzy sax noodling, then adding in some really rather solid vocals. tpom can definitely rock the singing, as we heard back on Thieves of Fate, but this might be his best yet. He writes... at length & sans capitalization:
"i originally started this mix by taking the arpeggiated background synth and the melody (in the strings) and seeing what i could create out of them. i knew i wanted to do something with vocals, and i knew i wanted it to be more in the laid-back instrumental vibe i've been writing in lately. so i booted up my funk machine (also known as virtual bassist) and started writing. after i had the drums and bass laid down, the rest of the track came together pretty quick. i tried to not change the melody at all - something i prefer to do with all my remixes - and instead tried to fit my words to the music already written. it was a really different experience composing with vocals, since you have to worry about stuff like text stress, vowel placements, etc. i recorded this in my dorm room (which is why it sounds so hollow) right before the deadline, so there's some vocal irregularities that wouldn't normally be there (i was a little sick at that point). i'd fix them, but i've grown attached to the sounds i made before, and am loathe to take them out.
the sax solos were done on tenor, alto, and soprano saxophones. it should be obvious which is which. the lyrics were specifically written to be what some people call 'crossover' lyrics - meaning that they can have both a spiritual meaning as well as a general, non-religious one as well. you'll note that i tried to fit phrases from the game into the lyrics, the most notable being 'as time goes on'.
i used virtual bassist, virtual guitarist, addictive drums, guitar rig 3 for both the guitars and my voice, ueberschall's elastik and liquid instruments vsts, and NI's B4 II. great organ, that is. fantastic. i also used some of FL's vsts, notably the Love Philter for the guitar gate. i recorded in audacity and mastered in FL 7 or 8, can't remember which i had at the time. i used melodyne to make my voice sound like i wasn't a dying cat (at that point, i was hoarse enough to sound like one, too)."
Quite a bit of background, there, but it does provide a lot of insight and I think Brad's comments come through when listening to the mix. Judges did initially have significant beef with the mixing, citing vocals clashing w/ the sax, but mr. mephisto sent in this revised version where more balance has been restored, prompting OA to give him some Eli Porter props:
Before: "...once the vocals come in, they are almost indecipherable because of a lot of clashing effects added"
After: "Things sit a lot more evenly and the emphasis is where it should be. Thanks for taking a second look, Brad. You da best mayne."
I really dig the combination of elements, here - gated guitar panned right, sax all over the place, extremely funky bass, simple drums perhaps but I adore the meaty snare used, and the heavy processing on Brad's voice makes it sound appropriately timeless/ethereal.
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