ReMix: Tales of Symphonia "The Fall of Iselia"
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- Game: Tales of Symphonia (Namco, 2004, GCN)
- ReMixer(s): TheDeath, Usa
- Composer(s): Daisuke Suzuki, Motoi Sakuraba, Shinji Tamura, Takeshi Arai
- Song(s): "Old familiar scent of Iselia"
- Posted: 2010-08-27, evaluated by djpretzel
- Album: Featured on Summoning of Spirits: An Arrangement of Music from Tales of Phantasia and Tales of Symphonia
- Terms (BETA): collab mellow piano strings
It's officially the last full day of our honeymoon, and we've had a great time - got to see some lava up close and personal on a boat tour, drove all over Kauai and the Big Island, had some great food, befriended a goat, saw a couple waterfalls, and most importantly just chilled + relaxed. Which is good, because Anna starts her new job next month, we've got PAX coming up, I've got a big project at work, and we've still got a TON left to accomplish in 2010. Time to post another mix, then, this time from Summoning of Spirits; Usa and TheDeath collaborated for this lovely arrangement that's primarily piano-driven but works in some nice accompanying string writing. Javier writes:
"Usa sent me the piano track and then I started changing lots of notes around. The "sad" part is kinda mine, more than the happy one, 'cause I changed more there than on the other part. I practically changed the whole sad part. XD Then Usa got it back and added some orchestra stuff over it. Usa gets way more credit."
I still dig Usa's Kirby collab w/ Taucer from '06, so it's good to see him again; ditto TheDeath, whose debut mix was another track off the album that we posted last year which still resonates. This is primarily Daniel's arrangement, as stated, but I'm glad we captured Javier's contributions. What this arrangement does particularly well is oscillate from happy to sad, pastoral to ominous, light to dark, while maintaining a natural flow & progression. There's narrative direction and development, and the strings - while clearly playing a supporting role - change from legato to more of a marcato to reflect the main melody. The development process - having one artist do the arrangement, another mess around with it a bit, and then the first add more material - can easily end up derailing a piece or making it seem a bit bipolar, but this feels cohesive to me. String sounds could be higher quality and sometimes the dynamics on the piano felt a bit hard, but overall this is an emotive, expressive ReMix from Usa & TheDeath that helps continue showing the variety and depth of Summoning of Spirits.
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