"Here we go, submission no. 12! An orchestral arrangement of "Blue Waters" from Yasunori Shiono's soundtrack to Lufia II: Rise of the Sinistrals. I made this arrangement quite a while ago, in the summer of 2013. I have to be honest: summer is not my favorite season. I'm not that fond of the heat, but I do love the sea. So, one day, when I was bored and felt like making some music, I browsed some VGM to find a nice ocean-related source. Here's where I hear you saying: "Aquatic Ambiance," duh! Don't get me wrong: I do love "Aquatic Ambiance" as much as the next guy, but I prefer making arrangements of under-represented sources. I finished the track in a couple of days, but didn't release it for some reason. Now it's 2016 and I finally took the time to submit it.
I usually have an elaborate backstory for my mixes, but this one was much more spontaneous, so I've only got "ocean mood meets sailing adventure." Sorry. I guess you could define this as a spiritual successor to my "Dragon Wings" arrangement. I used ocean wave sounds instead of cymbals and gongs and included some whale song in the breakdown section in the middle. Enjoy!"
Very refreshing, positive, & open feel to this, as things rise slowly and a rhythmic pulse emerges. Greg's working on getting the Lufia II album project back on track, so let's see what he thinks:
"Archangel and a Lufia remix? Talk about low hanging fruit, for me. ;) Anyway, I will say, even for an older work, it's a pretty fantastic orchestration. Full of life, and it certainly does evoke the ocean (in more of a 'Time to go on an adventure' sort of way than the source did)."
"Short and sweet, this was Jaka's usual excellence. He did a great job getting mileage out the source with constant variations of the theme via the different textures during each iteration. I thought the piano was too mechanical, but it was mixed and effected in a way where the realism issue was at least mitigated. Nice orchestration and subtle use of SFX here and there. Nice work!"
Agreed; production/samples are a little dated relative to what Jaka's capable of these days, but it all holds up well, and the ReMix does a particularly good job capturing an atmosphere of open water & possibility. Good stuff!
on 2017-07-03 13:23:36
One of the best sailing tracks I've heard. Love the build-up to 1:15. And at 2:15 the adventure really starts. I could definitely see this as telling a story.
on 2017-06-29 00:04:15
What I thought was a simple ocean cruise for the first minute or so turned into a full-on adventure, where the last minute of the song I'm at the prow of a ship sailing with the breeze in my hair to an unknown and exciting land. Impressive what this source became - well done!!
on 2017-06-28 12:17:26
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Sources Arranged (1 Song)
- Primary Game:
Lufia II: Rise of the Sinistrals (Natsume, 1995, SNES)
Music by Yasunori Shiono
- "Blue Sea"
- Cinematic, Symphonic
- Energetic, Epic
- Choir, Hand Drums, Piano, Sound FX, Strings, Woodwinds
- 5,843,349 bytes
- Size: 5,843,349 bytes
- MD5 Checksum: 53cbd5715d2575838f9ee91c4f216512
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