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OCR01404 - Secret of Mana "Dragon Song"

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Yeah, I don't think I'd feel right trying to critique this.

I know how you feel. It just don't feel right to comment on this (and on a few others here, imo).

This is one beautiful, nostalgia filled, transcendental trip. Vocals are simply, sheer amazing. This whole mix feels like some very comfortable, very familiar bed. It's like comfort food for the soul. The jazzy atmosphere is also very awesome.

Dragon Song is a mix that absolutely should belong in everyone's playlist.

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I remember all the thread-fighting like, "It was good, but it wasn't THAT good". Except it's Hiroki Kikuta's favorite Secret of Mana OC ReMix. He told djp and I first, then when Harmony showed up 10 minutes later, he sang some of the guitar parts and told him the track was "fantastic."

http://twitter.com/Hiroki_Kikuta/status/20039622078

@Hiroki_Kikuta OC-REMIXの連中はほんとに気持ちが良い。ピュアにゲーム音楽が好きなんだということが伝わってくる。「予感」のリミックスアレンジ曲で有名な「dragon song」というのを作ったHarmonyにも会えた。みんな素敵なヤツだった。

Winner winner, chicken dinner!

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I remember all the thread-fighting like, "It was good, but it wasn't THAT good". Except it's Hiroki Kikuta's favorite Secret of Mana OC ReMix. He told djp and I first, then when Harmony showed up 10 minutes later, he sang some of the guitar parts and told him the track was "fantastic."

http://twitter.com/Hiroki_Kikuta/status/20039622078

Winner winner, chicken dinner!

And well-deserved!

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Oh yea, I don't know if I mentioned this ever, but this song is what got me to do Absolution Comes in Dreams.

The whole idea of acoustic guitars and vox, though granted the vox in this are more just extra flavor than the lead of the song.

Still, fantastic guitar work, and it just makes me all happy inside, its so mystical. :D

Hiroki Kikuta. ROX.

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I need to stop picking and choosing what I listen to off the front page, because I missed this gem somehow.

Fantastic, soothing and highly enjoyable, excellent remix!

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It must be an honor to have made such an impression on Kikuta-san. He did an AMA on Reddit, and had this to say when asked if he had heard any fan remixes of his compositions:

Of course I have heard many of these arrangements having also met people from OC Remix in the past. I've also heard some of this music when I came to MAGFest years ago. I think it's impressive what people have made with my music. No matter what is made, the thing that makes me happiest is how it shows how much fans love my music. As for a particular arrange I like, I really enjoyed the remix of Dragon Song by Harmony (http://www.ocremix.org/remix/OCR01404/) who I believe I did meet at Otakon many years ago.

20 years since the game was released, 8 years since this song was made, and 4 years since he heard it, and he still goes right to this song. Pretty awesome.

http://www.reddit.com/r/gamemusic/comments/1yr673/ama_im_hiroki_kikuta_the_composer_for_the_secret/cfn2u68

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Actually I believe he'd heard it before that; 4 years ago was when he met Harmony at Otakon and gushed to him in person over how awesome this mix is.

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