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OCR01955 - Secret of Mana 'Sea/Sky'

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The intro is cool; it feels like a radio tuning in. It's also got a very smooth organic techno vibe going on which I'm really digging. This is some intensely purposeful open road traveling music, imo.

It makes for an interesting listen; the cadence doesn't feel sinusoidal and organic but very escalating and linear before suddenly falling back to some baseline position.

Ultimately, I like it a lot and recommend checking it out.

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I can't lie, the really fake strings did bother me a bit :? Once you got into the thick of the mix and they were a bit more covered up it felt okay, but even if you weren't going for realism that part of the song didn't jive with me.

That said, the rest of this is classic Ziwtra just like I've come to love. The flute and the electric piano chords especially sound good!

I've been listening to Ziwtra's music so much lately, it's perfect for long, contemplative car rides and this one will fit right into that rotation. Awesome stuff!

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I can't lie, the really fake strings did bother me a bit :? Once you got into the thick of the mix and they were a bit more covered up it felt okay, but even if you weren't going for realism that part of the song didn't jive with me.

I didn't get the impression that they were supposed to sound real at all. If anything, they sounded a lot like the actual SNES strings from the Secret of Mana game. Everything but the drums has that chilled out synthetic feel too it. Even the guitar, which is obviously real, had enough effects to fit the electronic aesthetic.

I don't know why, but I really like the drums in this song. They've got a simple organic vibe to them, and the just kinda keep chugging along... especially in the first half of the song... kinda gives a 70s disco feel to the whole thing.

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Soft groove. Reverse stuff. The chord rhythm brings Palpable's Fly to mind. Filtered piano. A sense of radio effects (as mentioned by previous reviewers). Mana music. What's not to like? :D

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Great source choice, I misread it at first and then when I realized what song it was it was one of those... "oh snap!" moments. Great chillout type atmosphere at times with a low key groove but a lot of changes to keep it interesting, as usual the piano is one of my favorite parts.

Untapped Secret of Mana source material, easy winner, but in all seriousness, this mix is great.

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Lots of details in this one that are really cool. I love the super low bass near the beginning, and the section from 4:20 to nearly the end is pretty cool. I agree with OA's judging about this sounding like Secret of Mana +.

Overall, really nice work here, I'm liking htis one a lot.

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Sweetness comes in all packages and this one comes in sonic form! Always glad to see some SoM love on the site! Interesting combo of sources but the end result works for a laid piece with plenty of forward motion to keep the song moving. Thanks Young making this one and don't ever stop!

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Whoa - this is pretty unique stuff compared to Ziwtra's other songs on OCR, but then again, all of his stuff is unique. I guess I don't really expect a plodding laid back mix from him when compared to some of his prior work.

What I find impressive about this song though is the stuff going on in the background - it's pretty obvious that a lot of attention to detail was made with all that is going on. Great job!

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Nicely done. I have to say that the first minuteish seems to be lacking (in my opinion anyway) as it is just setting up the beat, but that is a minor issue.

I love the overall groove of this piece! Great work, hope to hear more like this from you :)

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Much more accessible than some of Ziwtra's other remixes IMO. Very laid back groove with a lot of attention to detail. The first 5 or so seconds remind me of Zelda:ALttP for some reason.

Good stuff; been listening to it a lot in past few days.

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Another interesting intro from Mr. Hahn. I wasn't feeling the GM intro samples being so exposed. They worked a bit better with the other instrumentation though. I can't really my finger on the sound here, but I have to say that I don't feel this one meshing as well as some of the others that we've heard from Youngjin. However, the middle section with the jazz flute and the funk guitar brought this back around for me. Loving the fell of this part; I could've listened to that all the way through. Laying low on the GM synths felt better after in the opening section. Even though they build backup after the breakdown section, it feels a bit more natural this time around. The piano is probably my favorite color instrument. After listening, I think I know what bothers me about the GM and it's the high legato strings. The sound is just too grating in comparison to the smooth nature of this track. Outside of that, I definitely found this one grooving.

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Coolness. On the first listening it was a nice experience to just feel the Secret of Mana vibe rather than hearing overt themes. Second go though, I really enjoyed the creative ReMixing of the themes. Nice work.

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Nice and smooth. That funk guitar reminded me of Launch Base at some points and while this is a bit more energy filled than chill, it's got a great flow going. Love how the flute was used and the beat is very cool. Great ReMix.

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Ditto on the Secret of Mana + vibe.

Though SoM+ has a bit more of that artsy jap pop style going on, sort of like ryuichi sakamoto.

This is really chill though. I thought the second half couldve easily included more source stuff, i was hearing it in my head even. But i guess you were going for more of a reductionist type thing, which is cool too.

Just a pleasant tune with a lot of SoM to it...but on many other levels than notation. As far as that goes, it's pretty liberal indeed.

I'm glad though that stuff like this can get a spotlight here.

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