ReMix:Crystalis "Calming the Angry Sea" 2:39

By Ryan8bit

Arranging the music of one song...

"Angry Sea"

Primary Game: Crystalis (SNK , 1990, NES), music by Yoko Osaka

Posted 2002-08-05, evaluated by djpretzel

Cool - this site needed a Crystalis ReMix, and now it's got one, courtesy of Ryan8bit, who gave us a crunchy Monkey Island ReMix a couple months ago. This is more reserved, but very well done. It's still heavily guitar based, but this time around there's no distortion and things are rather mellow. A bass and from what I can tell three to four discrete electric guitar parts are essentially it, save for the ambient ocean effects used in the intro & outro. Ryan got some comments on his SoMI mix regarding the guitars being a bit out of control - though there's certainly a human touch to the playing and rhythms, I'd say everything's more refined here, and it reminded me a bit of Steve Pordon's great FF6 Mystic Forest piece from a while back. The strumming at 1'22" is a nice touch, adding some variety of playing techniques. Despite being entirely guitar, like Steve's mix this feels like a very complete - both sonically and compositionally - piece. The ending is very abrupt, and does catch one off guard, and will certainly raise a few eyebrows. Given the overall quality of the piece I have to think it was entirely intentional, and I don't get stuck up on endings like some, but it's worth mentioning. Other than that, a lyrical, well-mixed, guitar-laden arrangement that I enjoyed and which should please Crystalis + genre fans alike. Recommended.



Latest 15 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
on 2013-04-29 12:15:37

Back 2+ years later to say this really un-rustles the jimmies.

on 2012-10-01 17:09:18
First, at :05. String/fret noise during arpeggiating. Not sure if it's not holding down the fret enough or right handed muting gone bad, but either way it don't sound purty. Again, you hear it at :09. The note doesn't end naturally, and sounds very strained/amateur.

Whoa, now... slow down. This seems to me like it's intended to be some guy sitting on the back of a dolphin strumming idly on a guitar. If it were clean, it wouldn't be the same piece of music. It'd be like hiring a world-class boychoir (e.g. American, Vienna) to sing the end of

, or dubbing over the actors in the singing episode of Buffy.

As for the ending, well, he just saw a squid that needed whacking, so he put the guitar down.

on 2012-08-11 18:18:19

Quite simply a lovely song. ^_^

There's a lot of serenity here... but also hints of conflict? Worth listening to even if you're normally a fan of tracks involving more instruments. I'd be kicking myself if I didn't give this a chance, despite gravitating towards tracks with more - (and faster) - instruments.

on 2010-12-25 18:57:27

The sea's not the only thing this calmed. I especially like the wave and gulls effects.

on 2010-10-16 13:54:10

I really like your job!!! hey check mi own version of crystalis

on 2010-02-20 03:50:56

It is a rendition such as this that makes you realize just how great the music in the game was. When I hear an interpretation such as this I imagine what it would have been like in the original game. It also makes me wonder just how the music could have sounded if the original artists didn't have the technological limits and could have done exactly the piece they had in their minds. Good job on this piece, thank you!

on 2009-03-16 12:24:49

I know Ryan could really spruce this one up nowadays, as there are some technical issues hampering the mix, but the arrangement idea is so good, it's been a favorite of mine for years despite them. My main concern is some intonation, and some tone choices, but I still love the idea of this one.

Very charming, it has become dear to me. 3

on 2007-12-08 15:50:15

the song has considerable technical issues (as in instrument handling) that have been pointed out here before. I needed not mind, but actually, the composition is rather thin. While the ambient sea sounds fit the piece well, the melodic development is not really interesting enough to carry through the mere 2:30 for which the remix lasts (harmonically its quite straightforward as well). The ending is the weakest point with the guitars abrubtly stopping, which does not work for me since we're quite in the middle of something, expecting 'verse' or outro but not the performers just dropping dead by a heart failure.

on 2006-05-23 22:26:21

This song would be amazing if the production didn't hurt my ears so much. It may just be my speakers though.

Thórel Eladan
on 2005-09-13 12:36:10

Once.. I was looking for the soundfiles of crystalis. I couldn't find any until I got this web site. I don't know why I choose this song for my first try. Wow!.. I was really amuse of the complete different point of view from the original song I quickly recall in my mind. I found it very nostalgyc.. and even.. (yes.. pretty silly..) I cried with the song. I even write a poetry-like thing in my msn space, inspired on this version. (is in Spanish). I think It's an excellent remix. not matter what other people would think. Thanks a lot for made it Ryan!

on 2005-01-09 20:51:29

I have to wonder why I really like this song.

The sound quality doesn't seem that great, the melody doesn't appeal to me (don't like the original tune either), and it's a bit minimalist, which I usually don't like.

For some reason, though, I can't help but download this song and put it on my playlist. O_o? Collectively, it just sounds right somehow. Although I don't like the seagulls.

on 2004-07-06 17:01:07

Ryan, I love it. I'm a huge Crystalis fan, and this song just swept me up in memories of the game. You really hit home with this one, so keep up the good work, and bring us some more Crystalis power!

on 2003-04-18 19:53:34

The first time I listened to the song I thought how wonderful it was, and how refreshing. The fact that it's not techno, house, or whatever with bunch of drums and stuff going on makes it original and cool. It's absolutely beautiful. Does everything have to be complicated to be good? I think not.

After reading all of the reviews I was really surprised at the level of criticism for such a beautiful song. I began to question myself and my original take on the tune. I just played it again, and again I find it wonderful. Maybe everyone is just too into faster music to appreciate the art of this song. Even my wife, who knows jack about games, really likes the song. I wouldn't change a thing about it.

To Ryan8Bit I would say don't let a little criticism shake your artistic vision. Listening to it makes me want to break out my NES and pick up a copy of Crystalis on Ebay. It was always one of my favorite games.

on 2002-08-23 04:00:49

I thought that this mix was very fitting to the name "Calming" The angry Seas, because this is a very soothing mix. Nice and soft, just makes you want to relax. Love it.

on 2002-08-20 11:45:13

The guitar arrangement is the start, probably not intentionally, you duplicated the 'tone' of the non-distorted guitars in that duet that Ozzy Osbourne did with Lita Ford in the 80's...."Close your eyes forever" or something..must be a chorus/reverb setting? -it's on the first guitar heard in the song:) At :52 there's a pleasant dual guitar harmony going that fits in perfectly and continues...reminded me of the style used in the opening/closing shots of that Clint Eastwood movie "Unforgiven." Unfortunately the harmonied tremolo picking (single string at a time per guitar, I don't think it's 'strumming' across multiple strings but correct me if I'm wrong ;)...the higher note is more centered in the mix), that comes in later wasn't as impressive and was slightly distracting: I felt it should have been a slightly stronger, more consistent strumming (controlling the volume of a stronger strumming at mixdown as opposed to doing it partly via a weak strumming) tend to lose their tone when you strum too softly (and it's harder to keep a consistent rhythm). The piece has a consistent feel overall and made me want to try the game which I'll surely do.

I wish there was more 'real instrument' stuff like this on overclocked...I enjoyed listening to this soothing piece.

Sources Arranged (1 Song)

Primary Game:
Crystalis (SNK , 1990, NES)
Music by Yoko Osaka
"Angry Sea"

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