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OCR01084 - Secret of Mana "Pure Lands (Total Darkness)"

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CotMM caught me off guard here, this remix differs from their other remixes. Ruined World might be something like this, but this arrangement really is relaxing. The strings and the bells is soft and beautiful, an ice ave comes to my mind while listening. The drums however stood out pretty much compared to the more calmer insruments, but they helped this arrangement to gain some rhytm.

Soothing as a comfy couch filled with soft pillows. Nice work.

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Very chilled remix that I've had on my HD for a long time. I, for one, dont mind the drums and like the contrast they bring to the slow bells/marimba thing and the pads. Always brings a smile to my face when it comes on. Definitely, not what you'd expect from COTMM.

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This one is amazing, and has made it into my top ten on this site.

I'm also sad that this the only remix on this site of this song. It's a fabulous song in the original game. It's simplicity, beauty, and mystery are excellently woven together. The percussion in the remix of this -- well, let's just say I never would have imagined making this song into any kind of rhythmic tune, but shockingly (for me), it works, and it works well.

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Thanks to Meteo Xavier mentioning this one in another thread. I'm enjoying it! The ambient/drone and the drums combo works great. They're somewhat disparate, but that works in the pieces favour - for me at least, I can understand the comments here to the contrary. Good work and worth checking out.

--Eino

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One of my most listened to tracks off of OCR. The sound design and textures are fairly simple but are incredibly effective in getting across their message. This is a def a case where the sum is greater than the parts.

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Definitely love this CotMM song - easily my favorite of his because it really embeds a dark but exotic feel to this beautiful source while going in an ambient direction.

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I find this journey of a soundscape incredibly relaxing, with the drums grounding everything rhythmically. Have used it time & time again in sleep playlists. Some might say that means it's boring, but it takes incredible skill to craft a deep calming atmosphere like Pure Land (Total Darkness). This is my absolute favorite from CotMM.

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Love that glassy pad. The solo drum loop stands surprisingly well on its own, hypnotic stuff. The drum programming in general is impeccable, amazing work. Definitely cleaner than older stuff, but it loses none of the mystery and atmosphere. Heck, it might be the best one I've heard so far. Amazing mix. 

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