ReMix:Zillion "Melodic Trance" 4:51

By U-ji

Arranging the music of one song...

"Outside Planet"

Primary Game: Zillion (Sega , 1987, SMS), music by Tokuhiko Uwabo

Posted 2002-05-09, evaluated by djpretzel

Ahhhhh! I can't take it any more! Hear my pain: if I weren't busy running this site, I'd have ReMixed both Quartet and Zillion way before U-ji got around to it. Instead, he beats me to the punch consistently on these Sega Master System classics that I grew up on. I loved this game - there was nothing else like it at the time, and there still isn't. It's a combination of side-scrolling action, cryptography, logic, and GREAT music by Bo, one of my all-time favorite game composers. You've gotta play it, at least a little. Oh yeah, it's based on a decent old-school anime of the same name, and there was a sequel for the SMS as well, but it wasn't as good. Ahh, the memories . . . (snaps back into reality) Right - the ReMix. U-ji has a great techno/trance/house style, and if you're familiar with his other works and enjoyed them, it's doubtful this will be an exception. Standard four-on-the-floor kick drum, though the hi-hats actually do some cool switching around if you listen closely. Bo's a composer that loads his pieces with catchy pop hooks much of the time, and U-ji capitalizes on that by giving each chord progression, melody, break, and lead-in its full due. There's thick synth chords, electric piano, bumpin' bass, lots of building snare rolls, and great electronic church-bell type sounds when the drumless, melodic chorus does its thing at 1'12", which for me was a moment of pure nostalgia. You gotta understand, when all the kids were playing Zelda and Mario, I was the odd man out with my Master System, playin' Alex Kidd, Shinobi, Space Harrier, and Zillion . . . they used to call me names and throw things at me . . . well, OK, it wasn't that bad, and I eventually got a NES, but the SMS will always hold a place in my heart. So I'm not the best person to give you a fair opinion of this mix, but even with my bias I can say I think you'll enjoy it if you give it a chance (the game and this mix, actually). The over-the-top section at 3'27" with the power-strings might be a little un-subtle for some, but I dug it, too. Highly recommended :)



Latest 13 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
on 2009-12-13 10:13:12

I need to make a list of things I gotta learn from different remixes; this one has a great 80's sound I wanna do too. it's not without it's flaws, but I've got no problem overlooking those to enjoy the time back when hair was bigger. I'd probably like this better without the trance saws, tho.

on 2009-08-30 21:29:08

Is that the Facebook chat "pop!" sound at 3:03? Naah, can't be... Facebook didn't exist in 2002. Weird.

on 2009-05-31 19:08:06

This is a great track! Does anyone know if a higher quality MP3 of this track exists?

Mr Azar
on 2008-11-20 23:12:03

This song is a trip down memory lane!

on 2008-10-12 16:45:26

A nice happy trance track. Not something you hear often, but a welcome change of pace. I couldn't stay focused for the entire track, which isn't necesarily a bad thing. It doesn't lend itself to be something I have to really listen to without doing anything else. Something great to exercise to, as mentioned above. Overall an enjoyable track.

on 2006-12-28 14:23:04

Very interesting take. The trance part is obvious, but it includes some christmas-sounding chimes and piano in the breakdown, which is easily my favorite part. The synths are nice, and there is a really good sounding synth choir. It is clearly synthetic, but the sample is tailored to it's strengths rather than attempting to sound realistic. While i'd prefer a more substantial ending, the shift to just drums is part of the trance genre, and in this case, forgivable.

I thought the synth acoustic guitar was a little too dry, but that's picking nits.

I wish there was more of the breakdown sprinkled throughout though.

Enjoyable and uplifting.

on 2005-05-31 17:11:07

just from 3 songs so far, U-ji is one of my very favorite Remixers. I hope for more from him...I suggest A song from DRAGON FORCE would be right up his alley, maybe even Earthbound

RimFrost the Tourianist
on 2004-09-15 21:59:40

Ill admit it ,this trance stuff makes me happy again like the good old times in the early 90's.

Excellent work ! Now im gonna play the game too 8)

Ruth Loose
on 2004-01-03 23:29:54

This song made my evening! I have listened to it at least 8 times by now and I am still digging it. I guess since we had a record hot day today 72 degrees in NC in January and I have my windows open in the dead of winter it just feels so good especially with the breeze flowing in... I really dig the synth and it stays good the whole song through...

Deryck Khusial
on 2003-02-16 04:01:33

love the first minute of this. around 0:35, the synth starts to sound late 80s, early 90s synth-pop. even the lead that enters later on doesn’t sound at all like the ones you’ll hear in Melodic Trance tunes of today. it don’t matter though. just goes to show that U-ji can mix up some creative things if he so chooses

on 2002-09-23 20:43:27


on 2002-09-23 20:41:55

Mmm, this is a perfect DDR-type song when the synth comes in at the 1:40 mark (time to make a DWI and shorten it!). The part I'm talking about also gives off a Dj Sammy - Heaven vibe. The rest is nice and quiet. Preetttyyyy.

I'd LOVE to dance that synth part in DDR. As the title suggests - very melodic. I think I want to play Zillion now.

on 2002-06-04 12:46:21

Zillion 'Melodic Trance'

This is smoother than U-ji's other mixes. To tell the truth I'm not sure I like it as much, but it's well executed regardless, so if you're into this kind of stuff than you should definitely enjoy this mix. The over-the-top section djp talked about didn't bother me at all - it was probably one of my favorite parts of the mix. Ah well, to each his own. I can't say I really recommend this myself, but some might like it.

Sources Arranged (1 Song)

Primary Game:
Zillion (Sega , 1987, SMS)
Music by Tokuhiko Uwabo
"Outside Planet"

Tags (15)

Acoustic Guitar,Bells,Electric Piano,Electronic,Piano,Synth
Effects > Detuning
Time > 4/4 Time Signature
Usage > Workout

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