ReMix:Lufia & The Fortress of Doom "The Final Reunion" 3:50

By Sonic Blade

Arranging the music of one song...

"Reunion. And Then..."

Primary Game: Lufia & The Fortress of Doom (Taito , 1993, SNES), music by Yasunori Shiono

Posted 2002-07-12, evaluated by the judges panel

Good orchestral (and a little less than halfway through, orchestral rock) arrangement from Sonic Blade of one of Lufia's slower, more memorable and emotional pieces. With a solid variety of high, midrange and lowend strings and a tastefully right-panned harp, with resectable brass as well, SB establishes a full instrumentation that's well-balanced and communicative. He then takes a bit of a risk and brings in rock drums, with quite a few fills and prominent running open hi-hats. Judges were mixed on whether this direction was appropriate - some felt the drums seemed out of place. During some of the more exposed sections, I can see that criticism being made, but when the strings swell to their loudest point and the drums are right alongside that, to me it amplifies the "oomph" and gives the piece more focus. You be the judge - drums or no drums, a strong arrangement with good production from Sonic Blade.



Latest 12 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
on 2023-05-24 14:56:37
I appreciated the concept here. Slowing down the original a bit and giving it an orchestral sound was a great idea. The drumwork that came in around 1:41 was a mistake, kind of like putting a hat on a hat; it wasn't necessary and didn't make sense with the initial arrangement concept. More subdued percussion could have achieved something more intriguing and complimentary with the orchestration.
on 2009-09-30 10:29:00

Basically what OA said - I'll take the original :-( .

on 2009-01-15 02:36:16

not sure what the synth was supposed to be around 0:22, maybe a violin? sounds kind of weird, maybe a better synth could have been used. kind of feel like the drums drown out everything else midway through. I like the song and the arrangement, but some different choices could have been made in synth selection to really improve this. good effort!

on 2008-12-13 23:46:38

I don't really care for this one.

It's trying to combine classical with pop ballad, or something weird like that.

The drums really pull this mix in an opposite direction than where it originally was heading. I think it would have been better without the drums. Also, the introduction and ending were lackluster at best.

I guess it's an all right mix if you like that kind of style, but otherwise, not so much.

on 2008-09-01 20:17:04

I don't think it's as bad as OA's making out, but without even playing the game I recognize this song, and can't hear too much original going on. I would have liked to see more arrangement. Overall, I'm not totally crazy about the drums, but they serve their purpose here and there. I feel the same could have been done with orchestral percussion, however. Overall, not really feeling this one.

on 2006-12-27 13:26:35

This is a midi rip, perhaps with a few extra drum fills.

on 2005-01-10 04:58:36

When I feel the urge to listen to this piece, I love it. But, one thing I've noticed is...I swear, I've heard some of it before, in one of the Zelda games...I think it would be on the N64....ending music or something. Anyways, this is a great mix when you're in the mood for it.

on 2002-07-16 09:30:08

I liked the skill used with the orchastral simulation. Very nicely done.

About the drums. There is nothing wrong with the drums. its the reverb, echo, whatever effects that is causing them not to mix with the rest of the tune.

It does sound like someone playing live drums, and less recorded in a studio. Is that a problem? For such a respectable remix, I dont think so.

Oh and about the unrealistic arrangement of the drums, I think it would have been fine if it sounded less live. We all know techno beats are unrealistic ;).

on 2002-07-13 14:24:22

Sweet, symphonic, orchestration is what I'm hearing in this well formed Lufia mix. If there is one thing that just really stands out in this piece, its definatly the strings. If there is one thing that is... well... lacking, its definatly the horns. So, a touch of brass couldn't hurt, but it's very nice all the same. The drums could use a little work also. But regardless, good work Sonic Blade.

on 2002-07-13 13:29:52

As Legion mentioned, this mix could use some mastering. The volume levels are just too low. Besides that, Sonic Blade uses excellent panning in this mix. Nice, beautiful orchestral intro. Something I sure do like. At 1:38, drums come in... Okay, this is something I'm going to have to bitch about. I dislike the drums. I personally think they ruined the majority of the ReMix. The drums are way too over-accentuated. Technically, the samples used are pretty damn nice. Though, at times, they sound fake in how they're used. Particulary the open hi-hat when it does it's triplet thing. And, the only crash cymbal used is panned hard left. That just makes the right channel dull/less exciting. The drums should have been a more laid back.. They take the stage and strings are buried. Sonic Blade shows a lot of potential here. Nice job with the strings.

on 2002-07-13 03:16:52

This remix was pretty, but it need some remastering (at least to bring the levels up). I wasn't crazy about the string sample used, either. I'd probably give it 2.75 Jaxx Snaxx or 6.5 Antonio Pizzas or whatnot.


on 2002-07-13 02:46:21

Lufia The Fortress of Doom 'The Final Reunion'

I really liked the way this mix starts up, soft drawn out strings are something I really enjoy.

But then the drums started up, and kinda messed it up. At that point it became a little less cool to me, although by no means horrible.

Sources Arranged (1 Song)

Primary Game:
Lufia & The Fortress of Doom (Taito , 1993, SNES)
Music by Yasunori Shiono
"Reunion. And Then..."

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