ReMix: Seiken Densetsu 3 'Aurora Borealis'
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It's Xmas in July!! This SD3 ReMix from Rozo was originally released as part of Dyne's An OverClocked Christmas v.3 free community-collab album. No one got too excited about my own marching-band geek-out rendition of 'Little Drummer Boy,' which made me a bit sadly, but it was still fun contributing. For his track, Rozovian took the opportunity to stick w/ VGM, thus enabling eligibility for posting here as well - two birds with one merry, holiday-infused stone. He writes:
"Made a remix of SD3's "Another Winter" (1-09) before joining the project... back when. It was fairly conservative, unlike some of my recent subs. For the Xmas album, I picked up the old arrangement, added some drums and some bass, wrote some new stuff, updated the sounds... the usual when picking up something old and actually making something out of it. This is the result... Might not be the most Xmas-y, but it's a winter track and that's close enough for me.
Also, it has a bass drum. :P"
And a good one, too! That's probably alluding, at least in part, to my comment on OCR01950; for a while Ad was rocking the sans-kick sound, but for the record I do think branching out has been a good thing. Kikuta's work on the Seikens is rife with repeating patterns, rising & falling arpeggios, with a sort of metric, timekeeping quality that tends to work well w/ faster BPM arrangements, esp. electronica. Rozo flips between regular and double-time with agility, using a d'n'bish drum style to play off of the aforementioned patterns & motifs. I dig the triplet breaks here and there, and there's a good incorporation of orchestral bits to keep the synths company. Not particularly Xmassy in anything other than source context, but a very solid mix that latches on to the best elements of the original and embellishes them thoughtfully.
As a cool sidenote, we're gonna be returning to Otakon this year, and Hiroki Kikuta is actually composing the music for the convention's opening animation! Pretty awesome, eh? Enjoyable, crisp stuff from Rozovian, arranging an unmixed source from a classic OST!
- WesternZypher on April 18, 2013
- Crulex on September 5, 2012
- NinjaFlute on August 22, 2011
The drums in this one are very Kikuta-like in my opinion! My nitpick for this piece is that the strings sometimes feel like they drag a little bit behind. They could have perhaps been shifted a little bit forwards to compensate for the attack.
- evktalo on October 25, 2010
- Palpable on October 25, 2010
I agree with OA on the length. though. For a track this long, it could've used a little more variation, particularly in the second half of the song. I'd like to see Rozovian try something more daring, something that takes a step away from the part1-breakdown-part2 formula.
Diggin' the outro, btw.
- Martin Penwald on July 20, 2010
I love the drum and synth combination, and the feeling this creates is extraordinary. At 6 minutes it feels a little long, but I have no problem endlessly looping this one. Great work!
- OA on July 15, 2010
I dig the Rozo sound. His force is mighty.
- Level 99 on July 9, 2010
I had a feeling this track was gonna get posted soon, juxtaposed with the current season. It's a winter track, and I don't think djp would wait until winter to post it, so... :D
Again, a big breakdown in the middle of the track. Yeah, ppl love it, which is awesome :D, but am I becoming predictable?
(I miss the judges' comments. must make crappier music, or heavily interpreted stuff they must panel just to sort out source use... and then they ask me anyway.)
Hey maybe this mix can get ppl excited about the sd3 project :D and FINISHING THEIR MIXES FOR IT!! :P
- Rozovian on July 6, 2010
Old School: 5/5
Ambience's play through: 5/5
Over laps a little but still bearable.
Brings back great memories of the original sound track.
(I myself played this game too :puppyeyes: )
Grade: A+ must listen.
- ChaosPlayer on July 6, 2010
- JaDE ARaN HaRuNo on July 4, 2010
Anyhow, It's a pretty chill mix going down, here. Of course, the original was chill, on it's own, so it's sort of like an enhancement of that original sound.
Great track there, buddy - can't wait for the album of this game you're working on (and if it doesn't come out by next year I'll try to participate, I swear :tomatoface:).
- Gario on July 3, 2010
- windkirby on July 2, 2010
- a_d on July 2, 2010
- Melbu Frahma on July 1, 2010