ReMix: Seiken Densetsu 3 "Dragonfireplace"
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Wow; I didn't realize that it's been nearly three years since we posted a ReMix from Rozovian! Far too long, but Ad G is back with what I think is his best arrangement yet, a very creative complextro-ish EDM take on SD3. Of course, he's running the SD3 project and still trying to see it through to completion, which is hotly anticipated by at LEAST one guy who always makes sure to check the status at our convention panel Q&A :) I'm looking forward to it as well - WE NEED MORE SEIKEN!! This track was a contribution to An OverClocked Christmas v.7:
"Yo joojes, #21613 finally subbing something again. :D "Dragonfireplace". It's a little more festive than "Dragonfood." I made the stupid decision of choosing a mostly non-electronic direction for the SD3 project before I was actually any good at stuff that wasn't blatantly electronic. This was a nice departure from trying to mix all the world instruments and acoustic drum samples and guitars and whatnot I've gone for in my project mixes. (Coming soon. Very soon.)
For the past few years, I've always remixed something Mana-related for AOCC, sort of as a little promotion thing for the SD3 project, and I suppose to keep mana fans over at seikens.com and possibly other Mana series fan sites interested in what OCR's working on. I've exhausted the most obvious winter sources already, so now I went for the theme of the summer-y Altena in the Snowfields, along with that of the nearby Dragon's Hole, for something vaguely winter-related. The latter inspired the name.
Shoutout to zircon for his complextro tracks which inspired the style, even though my take on it doesn't quite resemble his. My production is a bit harder than my usual stuff, which might be a good thing. We'll see."
Coming SOON! Of course, he wrote that a while ago... here's hoping this mixpost galvanizes things a bit & serves as a call to action, as I'd really love to see SD3 released this year. What I dig about this mix in particular is the soundscape; in addition to using a wider, edgier variety of synths than usual, Rozo employs some different DSP to make certain patches stand out a bit more. That, plus some of the syncopation towards the end is slick, sick, & along with the textural variety, represents a bit of a departure for Rozo; I think this style suits him quite well. DarkeSword agrees:
"I think it's pretty great. Strong, consistent production throughout the track. Lots of little embellishments to keep things fresh, without getting carried away. Some really great syncopated bits. Also a pretty seamless integration of the two sources. Love it."
Me too; great work from Rozo, our last SD3 mix was in 2011 so it's been awhile, the game has a wonderful soundtrack that's done justice with this arrangement, and I remain excited & hopeful for Songs of Light & Darkness to finally see the light of day!