ReMix: Seiken Densetsu 3 'Starlight Festival'
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In a feel-good story of fandom leading to composer-arranger collaboration, newcomer Kiamet (Casey Ormond) was actually contacted by Hitoshi Sakimoto to do a whole album of piano arrangements:
"I was told about OC ReMix from a few comments on my YT channel, so I decided to submit one of my recent arrangements. I was inspired by the Latin piano arrangement of "Vamo' alla flamenco" on the FFIX PC, as well as the piano duets of Astor Piazzolla. I also really wanted to arrange something by Hiroki Kikuta, one of my favourite game composers.
Since "Starlight Festival," I've collaborated with Hitoshi Sakimoto and Basiscape to create the Valkyria Chronicles Piano Pieces. I was able to get that job purely through my fan arrangements on piano, and I thought the project might be something the OCR community would be interested in. So far, it's only going to be released in Japan, and is mainly being promoted over there.
Hitoshi Sakimoto discovered me through Don Kotowski of SEMO, and liked my pieces on my YouTube channel. A few months after recording "Starlight Festival," I sent a piano arrangement of "Valkyria Chronicles 2 Main Theme" to Sakimoto. Not long afterwards, we started exchanging ideas about a piano album we could do together. Basiscape eventually decided on a Valkyria Chronicles piano CD and, from Feb.-Mar., I wrote and recorded 10 new pieces for the project.
There is also a Valkyria Chronicles Piano Pieces promotional video where I talk about the project itself: http://youtu.be/UY0K3OwNu3Q. This covers some of my thoughts on the tracks, how I met Sakimoto and also all the information about the CD itself. The CD has its own page, which is in Japanese, but has some previews of the tracks. It's also out on iTunes.
Thanks! I'm looking forward to the community's response!"
Very, very cool! You can easily hear what caught Sakimoto's ear; Casey's got a technician's chops coupled with artful, specific arangement that nails the Latin jazz solo piano thing. This theme reminds me a lot of part of 'Decisive Battle' from FF6 - so much so that I mentally miscategorized as a mix of that tune, before realizing it was SD3 instead. Deia hits all the major talking points:
"I am loving the style and the overall arrangement you have here. The melodies aren't greatly changed, but there is a lot of personalization, and lot of energy added to this. The playing is natural and the solos fit nicely into the overall song. The latin vibe adds a sense of urgency to this that is really cool to listen to. The piano itself sounds great as well, and the recording is well balanced."
Stylish, spicy debut from Kiamet, who's lucky enough to have gotten an opportunity to work with Sakimoto, talented enough to have deserved it, and who's given us our first Seiken Densetsu ReMix of 2011!
- Crulex on November 3, 2012
I hope to hear more in the future :) .
- Bahamut on December 16, 2011
Kuolema;792364 wrote: Love it! I like how fast it is compared to some piano arrangements.
This. Very, very enjoyable remix. No criticism at all. Make more. 'nuff said.
- Martin Penwald on August 16, 2011
- Jason3.14 on July 18, 2011
- bLiNd on July 5, 2011
- docnano on July 4, 2011
- Vitor Machado on July 3, 2011
Source is very clear, but the flourishes make it the remixer's own work. The softening at the end works well.
Ah, and the remixer is a fellow Aussie. Excellent, needs more of us on here.
- BlueMage on July 3, 2011
- Videl on July 2, 2011
The piano pace is perfect and a little different how it's played. However, the originality is kept in respecting the the tune from the game. The ending was especially lovely.
- ChaosPlayer on July 2, 2011
- ProjectSpam on July 1, 2011
- Basementwall on July 1, 2011
- Kiamet on July 1, 2011
Just as a side note, though it doesn't affect my enjoyment of the mix overall, I hear the same hi-frequency noise as OA did. Not crazy, bro :-P
- Emunator on July 1, 2011
- Kuolema on July 1, 2011