ReMix: SaGa Frontier 2 "Shimmering"
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More Unsung Heroes, this time an upbeat synth pop SaGa Frontier 2 mix from OA, who writes:
"I've always liked this source track, with its super simple pastoral melody, and it's always evoked a sun and sky vibe to me, and I tried to expand on that, but make it a little bit more danceable. Some kind of subtle new experiments on this one for me, one being a more prominent acoustic guitar lead that trades off with the synth, and then an OA-only choir. I've heard people say that a musician's output reflects their personality, and I think at least in this case, this song was a pretty good indicator of how I was feeling, mid-2009. :-)"
Assistant Director Deia says:
"The best way I can describe this song is uplifting. The main synth melody is so happy, it's hard not to feel better after listening to this track. Andrew managed to put a strong soundscape together that keeps everything very light but still full. The track is slowed down a bit from the original, but it still keeps the energy very strong, and I think even adds to it. Nice work, Aibou! <3"
And, since this was actually reviewed by the judges, Mr. Big Giant Circles chimed in with the following:
"Is it a contradiction to experience warm fuzzies and chills at the same time? Is that like dividing by zero? Because it just happened. Anyway, loved the mix. The only thing I might have done differently if I were Andrew would have been to change up the lead synth at least once. But on the other hand, that type of clean, creamy lead synth is one of my favorite lead timbres. So I really didn't mind."
Neither did I. Now that I'm done mass-quoting everyone, I'll throw my two cents in: comfy, approachable, upbeat stuff from MISTAH DIRECTAH; I like the synth bass used, which struck me as unique when combined with the acoustic guitar, and the whole thing has a poppy, anime instrumental vibe that's pleasant and almost requires effort NOT to enjoy. The variety of plucked textures compliment the monoglide sine lead well, and the overall arrangement feels happy, innocent, and carefree.
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