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OC ReMix presents Seiken Densetsu 3: Songs of Light and Darkness!

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OC ReMix presents Seiken Densetsu 3: Songs of Light and Darkness!

October 1, 2018
Contact: press@ocremix.org

FAIRFAX, VA... OverClocked ReMix today released its 67th free community arrangement album, Seiken Densetsu 3: Songs of Light and Darkness. Featuring 70 tracks from 56 artists as well as an interview with the game's legendary composer Hiroki Kikuta, Songs of Light and Darkness pays tribute to the celebrated Japan-exclusive 16-bit Square RPG Seiken Densetsu 3, and is directed by Finnish musician Rozovian along with assistant director Meteo Xavier. The album is available for free download at http://sd3.ocremix.org.

Released just after the game's 23rd anniversary and representing over 10 years of gradual development, Songs of Light and Darkness assembles a global lineup of musicians tackling Hiroki Kikuta's progressive SNES soundtrack in a variety of styles across 4 1/2 hours of interpretive arrangements. Songs of Light and Darkness was made by fans, for fans, and is not affiliated with or endorsed by Square Enix; all images, characters, and original compositions are copyright their respective owners.

"The album project began more than a decade ago. And, hey, we got the whole tracklist done. The slow progress eventually gave us the whole soundtrack wonderfully remixed by OC ReMix regulars and strangers alike," recalled album director Rozovian. "It's an eclectic mix of things, with the expected orchestral and metal epics sharing space with instrumentation and styles including waltz, rap, Mellotron, reggae, harpsichord, J-rock, and plenty of world music elements from all over the place incorporated into a large number of the remixes."

The album's immersive character and environment artwork -- focused on the game's light and dark classes -- was designed by New Jersey artist Min "Keiiii" Kwon, author and illustrator of the Korean webtoon-inspired fantasy comic Heart of Keol.

"Though only released in Japan, the Western gamers who came across [Seiken Densetsu 3], either on cartridge or by other means, found it one of the most beautiful games on the SNES. The music plays a big part in that," Rozovian observed. "I'm very happy to have my name among the artists here, and I'm sure you can find something you like on this behemoth of an album."

Songs of Light and Darkness is OC ReMix's second album honoring composer Hiroki Kikuta, following 2017's Resonance of the Pure Land, which arranged the soundtrack of Seiken Densetsu 3's more widely released 1993 prequel Secret of Mana.

About OverClocked ReMix
 
Founded in 1999, OverClocked ReMix is an organization dedicated to the appreciation and promotion of video game music as an art form. Its primary focus is ocremix.org, a website featuring thousands of free fan arrangements, information on game music and composers, resources for aspiring artists, and a thriving community of video game music fans. OC ReMix operates under the umbrella and sponsorship of Game Music Initiative, Inc, a 501c3 non-profit charitable organization (EIN: 81-4140676).

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4 hours ago, Rozovian said:

I'm beyond words.

Whew...I feel ancient.  Like papyrus.  Big thanks to all and congradurations on big release.  Had a blast working on this project and so enthused to see it released after a long decade!!  Time sure does fly lol. 

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It's alive! Congrats everyone (especially Rozo and Meteo) for still making this happen! 

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I am blindsided with joy!  Just recently I was thinking how nice it would be if OCR did an epic album based on Seiken Densetsu 3.  I never knew it was in the works, it was just a thought,  

then BAM!  Here it is.  Wow!  Thank you guys so much!  

 

EDIT:  Just noticed PU Freak posted above me,  I gotta say I am a huge fan.  Your piano arrangements are the best I've ever heard, easily the best music I listen to.  Your contributions to any OCR album are invariably my favorite parts and I am literally crying listening to For king and Country on this album, and I know the Missingno Tracks has been around for a while but I can't seem to go a week without listening to Clash of the titans and Journey's end.  Clash in particular gets me more pumped up for a good old fashioned pokemon battle than the games themselves did when I was 8, which is 100x more of an emotional reaction than I get out of a lot of music.  I'm sorry to ramble on, I'll stop before this turns into a true rant but you are the best and I want you to know that.  keep up the incredible work! 

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2 hours ago, Tonedeaf said:

I am blindsided with joy!  Just recently I was thinking how nice it would be if OCR did an epic album based on Seiken Densetsu 3.  I never knew it was in the works, it was just a thought,  

then BAM!  Here it is.  Wow!  Thank you guys so much!  

 

EDIT:  Just noticed PU Freak posted above me,  I gotta say I am a huge fan.  Your piano arrangements are the best I've ever heard, easily the best music I listen to.  Your contributions to any OCR album are invariably my favorite parts and I am literally crying listening to For king and Country on this album, and I know the Missingno Tracks has been around for a while but I can't seem to go a week without listening to Clash of the titans and Journey's end.  Clash in particular gets me more pumped up for a good old fashioned pokemon battle than the games themselves did when I was 8, which is 100x more of an emotional reaction than I get out of a lot of music.  I'm sorry to ramble on, I'll stop before this turns into a true rant but you are the best and I want you to know that.  keep up the incredible work! 

Thanks for the awesome compliments! I hope you keep enjoying my mixes (and the rest of the SD3 album as well of course); I think my two tracks on this album are the best ones I've written so far

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21 hours ago, AngelCityOutlaw said:

The Duke Nukem Forever of OCR.

Also, congrats

Hilarious comparison :P .  Except I'm certain we'd all like to think that Songs of Light & Darkness had a Positive reception upon release lmao.  Poor Duke. 

(edit) Confession: I still need to beat SD3!!  That's next in my bucket list damnit lmao.  Will be fun to compare the remixes to the originals as I play!

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18 hours ago, pu_freak said:

I think my two tracks on this album are the best ones I've written so far

Same. I still think that March to High my best work and Dry Heart first piano thing I did(still suck a bit).

Not talking about Rozo and Mazzerati track, I was blown away with that bass writing. BTW who wrote that bass line @Rozovian?

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23 hours ago, Mak Eightman said:

Not talking about Rozo and Mazzerati track, I was blown away with that bass writing. BTW who wrote that bass line @Rozovian?

Are you talking about the staccatos or the electric bass? My writing all of it, except for the last minute or so, which is Moz'. Unless he changed something in my writing. It was a long time ago, I don't remember. I don't think he did.

And it wouldn't have been as great without your instrumentation. :D Well done!

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On 10/2/2018 at 8:02 PM, HoboKa said:

(edit) Confession: I still need to beat SD3!!  That's next in my bucket list damnit lmao.  Will be fun to compare the remixes to the originals as I play!

That's criminal. Bare minimum, you need to play through it three times for the different story line progression possibilities, as well as a few times more so you can experiment with the various character progression possibilities that one can experiment with...

Probably the only game I've run through more than FFV, which is actually kind of scary, all things considered.

EDIT: Oh yeah, awesome album, everyone should check it out, and all that jazz. :P

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