ReMix: Tales of Phantasia "The Dream Will Never Die (Uplifter Mix)" 7:06

By Kuro

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electronic energetic lyrics-existing singing synth trance vocals-female
Arranging the music of one song...

"The Dream Will Not Die"

Primary Game: Tales of Phantasia (Namco, 1994, SNES), music by Motoi Sakuraba, Ryota Furuya, Shinji Tamura, Toshiyuki Sekiguchi

Posted 2016-12-14, evaluated by Emunator


Very cool! Newcomer Kuro (Brendan Schmidt) brings us a sweet & energized vocaloid trance arrangement of "The Dream Will Not Die" from Tales of Phantasia, relatively unique in the VGM world for having vocals... on the SNES:

"Synths used: Pentagon, Rapture, Reason (only for the vocoder & percussion), Sylenth1, Z3TA+ 2.

Some nerd trance for ya. The original version of this song from Tales of Phantasia was like this weird 90s disco techno style. I wondered what it would sound like with a more modern-sounding trance/EDM remix, and there didn't seem to be one out there already, so I made this remix in Cakewalk Sonar X2 with various soft synths and VSTs. I made the vocals in Vocaloid 3 with the GUMI Power voicebank. Thank you for considering my submission! :)"

At over seven minutes, this is a humdinger, but Brendan fills it out & keeps it interesting the whole way through, and the Vocaloid work sounds great, too. Emunator writes:

"What a throwback! I haven't heard a trance remix like this in ages, this really brings me back to when bLiNd, Jewbei and ABG were in their heyday (the opening synths and the chopped vocals remind me explicitly of "White Skies.") This remix is really something special, Vocaloid is integrated in such a natural way that it doesn't even sound synthetic. Beautiful progression and buildups, satisfying climaxes, and overall a very professional presentation. I wouldn't be at all surprised to hear this on an official arrange album."

Sir_NutS adds:

"Umm yeah... this is good. This is indeed a throwback to the days of Ferry Corsten, Rank 1, etc. This could easily be in an anime intro and nobody would bat an eye. Pristine production and energy-charged arrangement. Perfect execution of a now-classic form of trance. I could nitpick this but it would be pretty pointless. As Emunator said, the vocaloid fits naturally and has been processed effectively, even with added vocoded work in later sections of the remix. Vocals do indeed follow the original, but also the lead is based on the original piano chords that serve as backing harmony. Excellent job, DP in my opinion."

Agreed; I've been waiting for a vocal take on this theme, though I certainly dug Dhsu & Anthony Lofton's instrumental collab from Summoning of Spirits. Regarding the source, it was very strange at the time to hear vocals - however lo-fi & sampled they might have been - pop up in a SNES song, in that fashion. This is one of the more tasteful, natural uses of Vocaloid I've heard, it works well, and it definitely doesn't hurt that every other aspect of the production is on-point, with a crisp, clean soundscape, and plenty of movement & momentum. Superb, memorable debut from Kuro - looking forward to hearing more!

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Discussion: Latest 10 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
Gario
on 2017-04-05 20:41:33

Wait, I didn't comment on this? Shame on me, I've been listening to this off and on for months, and it hasn't lost it's luster yet. Great use of Vocaloid, and some slick trance to boot. It manages to sound much shorter than 7+ minutes, which is as good an indicator of quality as any.

I've never played this game, and I'm not familiar with the source, but it's a great arrangement in its own right.

Yami
on 2017-02-15 05:49:37

Ok, I know it was posted in December, but I just found it now, in February, my traditional Tales of Phantasia month, and now I get even more reasons to replay it. Thank you for this

Crulex
on 2016-12-29 02:30:54

Oh sweet lord, YES. This is kind of trance I haven't heard a lot of in years, and it really takes me back to when I first heard of the genre. And as a vocaloid fan, I'm down with robovocals one hundred percent, especially since, as others have pointed out, they sound incredible and clear. This ReMix has been handled so damn masterfully in the ways of trance, it almost brings a tear to my eye, I love it. I hope we hear more from you, Kuro.

Necrox
on 2016-12-18 02:28:50

Probably the most organic-sounding Vocaloid usage I've heard. Pretty sweet track; I particularly like the bassline's engineering.

Props for making the second half more pop-like without making it annoying.

Thrull
on 2016-12-15 15:38:35

This is great. I've both played this and also loved the heck out of every trance mix that's gone up on OCR. And the description reminded me that I need to listen to White Skies again... Definitely going on the playlist!

DarkeSword
on 2016-12-15 11:55:41

This is FANTASTIC. I love the source tune. It's so nice to hear a modern electronic take on such a classic.

timaeus222
on 2016-12-15 06:01:57

Dang, this is excellent. Anytime a trance mix doesn't feel long, it's successful to me.

TillyFun
on 2016-12-14 21:55:27

YAY! SO HAPPY! :D It's definitely going on repeat for a while. ^___^

MusicHunter
on 2016-12-14 18:32:34

to ADD trance to a great game.....UNTHINKABLE AND IT WORKS! in so many ways i love it from start to finish this will be listened to constantly for a few days!

Liontamer
on 2016-12-13 15:50:09

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Sources Arranged (1 Song)


Primary Game:
Tales of Phantasia (Namco, 1994, SNES)
Music by Motoi Sakuraba, Ryota Furuya, Shinji Tamura, Toshiyuki Sekiguchi
Songs:
"The Dream Will Not Die"

Tags (7)


Genre:
Trance
Mood:
Energetic
Instrumentation:
Electronic, Singing, Synth, Vocals: Female
Additional:
Lyrics > Lyrics: Existing

File Information


Name:
Tales_of_Phantasia_The_Dream_Will_Never_Die_(Uplifter_Mix)_OC_ReMix.mp3
Size:
12,493,065 bytes
MD5:
dc1eeb3fdeae87fbe7d57a3fb1534f74
Bitrate:
233Kbps
Duration:
7:06

JAPANESE (KANJI):

真昼の空 月が
あなたの目を さらう
ずっと待ってた この時…

もう涙 終わらせる 夜明けに
もう空が 恐れない 夜明けを
もう涙 終わらせる 夜明けに
もう空が 恐れない 夜明けを

まぶた溶ける陽射し 遠い明日の記憶
ここに目覚めの時 降りる

見つけて Your dream 壊れかけた
時間に埋もれた その力に 気付いて

見つけて Your dream 壊れかけた
時間に埋もれた その力に 気付いて
見つけて Your dream どんな時も
目の前の痛み 消せないわ 願いを

見つけて Your dream 壊れかけた
時間に埋もれた その力に 気付いて
見つけて Your dream 壊れかけた
時間に埋もれた その力に 気付いて

見つけて Your dream どこへいても
聞こえてる 想い 伝い Kiss Kiss Kiss

月が
さらう

JAPANESE (ROMAJI):

Mahiru no sora tsuki ga
Anata no me wo sarau
Zutto matteta kono toki...

Mou namida owaraseru yoake ni
Mou sora ga osorenai yoake wo
Mou namida owaraseru yoake ni
Mou sora ga osorenai yoake wo

Mabuta tokeru hizashi tooi asu no kioku
Koko ni mezame no toki... oriru

Mitsukete Your dream koware kaketa
Toki ni umoreta sono chikara ni kizuite

Mitsukete Your dream koware kaketa
Toki ni umoreta sono chikara ni kizuite
Mitsukete Your dream donna toki mo
Me no mae no itami kesenai wa negai wo

Mitsukete Your dream koware kaketa
Toki ni umoreta sono chikara ni kizuite
Mitsukete Your dream koware kaketa
Toki ni umoreta sono chikara ni kizuite

Mitsukete Your dream doko e itemo
Kikoeteru omoi tsutai Kiss Kiss Kiss

...tsuki ga
...sarau

ENGLISH:

The moon's in the noon sky
Your gaze sweeps me off my feet
I'll forever wait for this time

My tears will stop at dawn
The sky has no fear at dawn
My tears will stop at dawn
The sky has no fear at dawn

The sunlight loosens my eyelids
The memory of tomorrow is distant
It's time to get up and out of bed

Find your dream, you've broken it
Time to become aware of the power

Find your dream, you've broken it
Time to become aware of the power
Find your dream, but when?
Your eyes show pain, I can't shut out your request

Find your dream, you've broken it
Time to become aware of the power
Find your dream, you've broken it
Time to become aware of the power

Find your dream, where would it be?
The thoughts are audible Kiss Kiss Kiss

...the moon
...sweeps

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