ReMix: Mother "If You Believe"
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- Game: Mother (Nintendo, 1989, NES)
- ReMixer(s): Jeff Ball, mklachu, Pearl Pixel, ZackParrish
- Composer(s): Hirokazu Tanaka, Keiichi Suzuki
- Song(s): "Eight Melodies", "Magicant"
- Posted: 2015-11-17, evaluated by djpretzel
- Terms (BETA): bells brass chromatic-percussion collab energetic epic french-horn live-instruments orchestral strings symphonic woodwinds
Off of Harmony of Heroes: Final Smash, we've got our VERY FIRST arrangement of the original Mother for NES, prequel to EarthBound aka Mother 2 for the SNES, from ZackParrish (with lead violin by Jeff Ball, additional violin by Michaela Nachtigall, & flute by Alex Ripple), in a sweeping, starlit orchestral style that reminds me quite strongly of the Super Mario Galaxy OST; Zack writes:
"I arranged this as part of an album for Harmony of Heroes: Final Smash, a follow-up album to the Harmony of Heroes Smash Bros. remix album. Whenever I first listened to the original version of Mother, the track just kind of spoke to me... and, a couple of weeks later, this track was born. Sorry it's not Final Fantasy... maybe next time. :)"
lolz. Very glad to have our first posted ReMix from the first entry in the Mother franchise; obviously EarthBound is a game & soundtrack that has seen a lot of attention and is relatively well-known, so it's nice to go back to the NES game that made it possible. For me, this really felt like listening to the Super Mario Galaxy soundtrack; I got the same sense of outer-space wonderment & blend of delicate/exciting instrumentation, which I love. Emunator picked up on a different comparison:
"Pure magic, Zack. This wonderful arrangement is channeling some serious Joe Hisaishi vibes for me. Between the emotive strings, the whimsical woodwinds & piano, and above all, the frequent and unexpected mood shifts between each section, I feel like this could have been lifted right out of Spirited Away. You picked an absolutely perfect source to fit to this style, the melody lends itself equally well to the playful and dramatic styles that you fluctuate between. This makes me feel like I'm flying..."
Interestingly enough, we've got a RESPONSE TO THE RESPONSE, again from Zack:
"Didn't have any direct influences outside of the source track, don't like other sources to bleed into the process when I'm working on them so I tend to avoid listening to anything else during the period that I'm working on stuff (other than the source track of course). Any similarities in style are usually coincidental... but always the possibility of a lingering influence from having heard a piece of music prior to working on the track. Like Nobuo Uematsu is a heavy influence on my original music I write. I'm not familiar with Spirited Away (not sure what it is, honestly), so who knows. I could've heard the music from it and never have even realized I was listening to it. :)"
Okay Zack, I love you bro, but you GOTTA get on top of that... please watch Spirited Away at your earliest possible convenience, it's one of the best feature films from a studio that is steeped in excellence & genius. Personally, I hear where Wes is coming from with the comparison, as that soundtrack does have some similarly sweeping, sense-of-flight-inducing, staccato woodwind-laden pieces, but I still feel like Super Mario Galaxy is the more compelling likeness. EITHER way, a fantastic, invigorating, & transporting arrangement of classic NES/Nintendo BGM, off a fantastic album!
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