ReMix: Secret of Mana "Step Off My Flower Bed" 4:44

By Nase

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chiptune funky synth
Arranging the music of 2 songs...

"Calm Before the Storm", "Danger"

Primary Game: Secret of Mana (Square, 1993, SNES), music by Hiroki Kikuta

Posted 2010-02-05, evaluated by the judges panel


Crazy. Nase's previous mixes were already unique, frenetic concoctions of swiftly sequenced part-writing and lower-fi textures blended with more realistic instrumentation, and with this latest Secret of Mana mix, things only get crazier. Half the source material - 'Danger' - was the same inspiration for Sam's legendary 'Dueling Consoles,' which certainly casts a long shadow. Nase gets out from under that, though, and does his own thing, executing his trademark lightspeed sequencing on slap bass parts that almost get detuned by the Doppler effect, they whiz by so fast. Joshu writes:

"Ok, this is a relatively liberal one...the idea was to carry the original into more catchy funk territory, and to do that, some of the parts had to be altered quite drastically. 0:37 and 1:09 are good examples of that. whatever similarities are left there are to be found in the bassline and overall rhythm, mostly. Apart from some transitions though, no section is entirely original, and many are obvious enough i think. This is way closer to what I'd consider my own style than the last two mixes i submitted, so I just hope it all works out :)"

Interesting comment, since the last two mixes were so conspicuous and unique, but either way, all three of his pieces to date have been satisfying rollercoaster rides. People talk about BPM all the time, but I think in the "NPM" metric (that's notes-per-minute), Nase is consistently hitting copious compositional homeruns. Of course, quantity is nothing without quality; OA writes:

"Arrangement is crazy here - i love it. Some sections do feel pretty liberal, but there is a lot of source throughout and a lot of variation of it. Even when the main melody isn't front-and-center (and it does make many appearances), the rhythm and chord structure is present. Distinctly over 50%, so good enough for me. Production is solid throughout, with pretty decent samples mixed with some chips. No qualms about production from me. Well balanced, and clear, some of the strings are a little dry, but nothing too distracting. I loved the tonal variety of this, and the rhythms were awesome."

All the other judge comments were basically variations on "OMGAWESOME," and were well-deserved in my opinion; I especially like that Nase added the secondary source to bring in some auxiliary melodic material. 1984 may have been an Orwellian dystopia, but OCR01984 is a Skowronekian utopia - great stuff!

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Discussion

Latest 15 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
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Necrox
on 2015-12-26 01:25:48

I love the xylo runs, partly because xylo and partly because it makes for a great transition. Sick mix, lots of crazy things going on. Never a dull moment in this mix. Awesome work putting this monstrosity together.

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Black_Doom
on 2015-05-26 05:24:29

Crazy. Gotta love the slap bass and some chip injections. And the whole track in general. Sweet stuff.

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TillyFun
on 2013-09-28 15:26:43

The title makes me think of an old man trying to get kids off their lawn. :P

Fun track. I love the frantic chipiness. :D

And a nice, happy ending too. ^_^

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Nase
on 2012-12-25 05:58:08
Ich denke, ich schreibe lieber in englischer Sprache... ^^"

In my opinion, this track is very interesting, but I can't describe why. I think it has something to do with its style. Would You mind to tell me how long you have worked for this special track? It was surely the entire opposite of an easy task, am I right? Anyway, good work, I wished I could as good remixing as You do it! :)

Way late answer, but anyway:

The first 3 minutes or so came down real easy, in a day or two.

I got a bit tired of it then and left it with a rather lame ending.

The rest i added 2 weeks later or so. Really glad i kept working on it. I rarely do much with files that have been lying around for a while, but it was so worth it in this case.

If you wanna do long remixes with a short attention span, you have to break up stuff sometimes :)

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Crulex
on 2012-07-24 15:40:37

The intro is like you're being chased by video game bees or something. Just really frantic and crazy, and then to dive right in to a nice beat-filled high energy funk, pretty sweet. The whole thing gets really crazy at points and never sticks on one direction, which was pretty fun. Interesting and zany ReMix for sure.

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Javo
on 2011-06-09 15:01:34

Ich denke, ich schreibe lieber in englischer Sprache... ^^"

In my opinion, this track is very interesting, but I can't describe why. I think it has something to do with its style. Would You mind to tell me how long you have worked for this special track? It was surely the entire opposite of an easy task, am I right? Anyway, good work, I wished I could as good remixing as You do it! :)

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Schneau
on 2011-04-20 19:47:06

After listening to every single OC ReMix and conducting a double elimination tournament of my favorite 128 ReMixes, I have decided that this is my absolute favorite on this site. This mix is chaotic and awesome and makes me want to turn up the volume and dance every time I hear it. I can't exactly explain it, but this mix rocks.

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Nase
on 2011-01-21 17:01:39
it could be inspired by the Trigun ( the Anime ) OST where theres also such chaotic funky breakbeat music. It isnt that new to me as for, maybe, others , but its nontheless quite well executed and well done. I really love this remix!

Freut mich! Trigun kenn ich nicht, aber jetzt muss ichs wohl mal ansehen(hören).

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Truemas
on 2011-01-08 16:48:04

it could be inspired by the Trigun ( the Anime ) OST where theres also such chaotic funky breakbeat music. It isnt that new to me as for, maybe, others , but its nontheless quite well executed and well done. I really love this remix!

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Rob C!
on 2010-08-08 00:57:10

Jesus christ your songs are GREAT!

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phantasia
on 2010-05-19 18:36:48

This is sonic ear-rape of pure orgasmic win. Period.

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Marmiduke
on 2010-03-15 09:57:00

Holy ass. This covers a lot of ground in an irresistably chaotic flurry of nicely selected instruments. You've just got to love the ride this takes you on; you can almost feel the sonic environment blazing by.

You can really hear Nase's talent here, as the approach could easily result in an ugly mishmash collection of instruments. And yet when listening to it, the possibility of that prospect doesn't even come to mind.

I guess what I love most is that it is a constantly evolving, fluid entity that is something distinct every few moments, but still adheres to the same consistent design throughout. It gives us a taste of a whole range of flavours; a musical buffet if you will. Coupled with the insane arrangement, its an extraordinarily good formula. This is one I need to remember for when I get a craving for pure, awesome production bliss.

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CC Ricers
on 2010-03-07 21:06:37

This is all kinds of awesome. I'm actually reminded of Kirby the Crystal Shards in the first 3 and a half minutes. If Crystal Shards had a world called "Funk Star", this would be its music.

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A-RoN
on 2010-02-25 12:57:58

This remix owns! I love the mix of drums, slap bass, and chiptunage. They're very well mixed to produce a drum and bass-ish funk mix with some strings and horn work. I especially enjoyed the marimba transistion at 1:56 - 2:03.

10/10

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Martin Penwald
on 2010-02-24 14:39:37

The bass is delicious; your choice of instruments is, as usual, very good. The whole remix is brimming with energy.

1:43 has an almost spooky vibe to it. 3:30 and following is just balls to the wall awesome.

Now submit Turtle Wank, dammit!

Sources Arranged (2 Songs)


Primary Game:
Secret of Mana (Square, 1993, SNES)
Music by Hiroki Kikuta
Songs:
"Calm Before the Storm"
"Danger"

Tags (3)


Genre:
Mood:
Funky
Instrumentation:
Chiptune, Synth
Additional:

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Secret_of_Mana_Step_Off_My_Flower_Bed_OC_ReMix.mp3
Size:
5,765,762 bytes
MD5:
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Bitrate:
160Kbps
Duration:
4:44

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