ReMix: The Guardian Legend "Hyperion" 3:12

By The Wingless

Arranging the music of one song...

"Mission Complete"

Primary Game: The Guardian Legend (Broderbund, 1988, NES), music by Masatomo Miyamoto, Takeshi Santo

Posted 2002-09-16, evaluated by djpretzel


The Wingless freely admits to this GL ReMix being largely interpretation, with perhaps a three to one additional versus original content ratio, but I can definitely hear vestiges of the Guardian Legend soundtrack within the soft-loud structure of this primarily peaceful instrumental guitar & piano arrangement. With delayed acoustic guitar coupled with delicate acoustic piano and odd flanged sonic artifacts for intro and outro, there are a couple climactic louder bits with distorted electric guitar, at about 0'42" and 1'40", that come and go like tsunamis in an otherwise peaceful ocean. While the variety these harsher, biting sections provides is appreciated, I'd say there's better sound quality and musicality overall in the quieter bits (I especially dig that upper register piano line). An interesting excursion and non-sequitir, interpretive piece of mixage from The Wingless, definitely worth checking out.

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Souperion
on 2019-08-29 11:52:49

This wonderful artifact is one of my first OCR memories. The emotional progression fueled by the twin aspects of the gentle acoustics pierced by the dist guitar, the simple yet passionate treatment of a very simple and obscure source, all culminates into a genuine work of art. I will always love this song, and what it accomplished both artistically and emotionally.

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WesternZypher
on 2011-07-13 18:19:43

I dig everything the Wingless does - this mix always gives me the shimmers - the piano creates a light, delicate feeling one moment, and then grounds itself in your psyche when it opens up and drops the next.

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Emunator
on 2011-06-02 08:52:23

One of my favorite classic mixes right here, this embodies the very definition of dynamic music, eliciting a very powerful emotional response everytime I listen. This song feels like I'm ascending off into space, capturing both the rocky liftoff and then the graceful drifting off into nothingness.

This works VERY well in sequence with his other 2 Guardian Legend mixes as part of a playlist. Much love for this mix and pretty much everything Wingless has done.

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SubNormal J3
on 2011-03-20 22:17:05

As we have come to expect from The Wingless, this mix has some beautiful piano lines, and as always, we get some unexpected, but well executed key modulations. Everything is held together in this mix by some soft acoustic guitar and a subtle but effective reverb. Check it out.

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DragonAvenger
on 2009-11-30 22:54:48

I would have liked this better without the guitars, but they are forgivable compared to how nice the rest of the mix sounds. The overall peaceful vibe that the track emits (sans a couple sections) really makes for a nice texture that I was really able to close my eyes to and take in. This has a similar feel to some of The Wingless' other tracks, so it's nice to see another link in the progression of his stuff.

Nice listen, little short, but a mostly quiet and peaceful track.

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Marmiduke
on 2008-12-26 04:17:48

Offers a great soundscape during the softer parts. Really beautiful to listen to. And yeah, the guitar parts are slightly head-tilting, however the bell sample backing for the heavy parts TOTALLY REDEEMS IT. I really enjoyed the bells for some reason. Mix would have been great without bells, but with them it's GOLDEN. Saved by the bells, as they say.

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Liontamer
on 2007-02-08 15:49:06

The piano and guitar sample are noticeably mechanical-sounding and dated, but the textures are what made this song IMO. Just loved the understated but skillful buildups and breakdowns here. Even way back when, John's sense of dynamics was impeccable. Wing would probably bleh on this mix now and note how he's way more talented nowadays, but this one still holds up nicely for that old-school flavor.

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about:blank
on 2006-12-31 16:49:37

I think this is one of the first mixes I've heard from here. I still remember being shocked that there were other people who liked the music from "The Guardian Legend". I can still remember being upset when my uncle would play this and turn the volume down so he could play country music instead of the in game music.

Anyways, onto the actual mix:

I can't tell if the guitar is real or sampled, either way, it sounds great. The piano sounds nice as always. The heavier sections are also very cool. It took me a few listens to recognize the theme being mixed, but when I did, I liked how it was incorporated. I can honestly say that I don't have any complaints with this mix, the emotion conveyed with the sequencing of this arrangemeng along with the feeling of nostalgia I get from hearing anything from The Guardian legend is just awesome.

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Chickenwarlord
on 2006-12-29 13:51:00

I love this piece. The Wingless does a great job of creating a relaxing atmosphere with builds. Perhaps he should stick to Guardian Legend stuff, as he seems to chip in his best work for it.

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OA
on 2006-12-29 11:21:18

Overall a nice piece, though the synth guitars detract a bit from the overall feeling. The softer sections are spot on however. The delay on the acoustic guitar and piano creates an incredible texture, and elements fade in and out very smoothly, and the balance is really good.

If the guitars sounded better, this would be great, but as is, it's simply very good.

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hooker
on 2005-06-30 22:54:34

it's been so long since i played the guardian legend, this and all the other TGL songs really bring back some old memories, i like all the TGL remixes but this one is my favorite....man, i loved that game...

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BlueMage
on 2005-01-27 06:54:57

You'll only recognise the tune if you've beaten Guardian Legend, as it's based largely on the closing credits' theme. Very nice though, love it. It goes on my easy listening cd, along with Rosenthorne. Anyday.

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Corporal Eschebone
on 2003-09-09 16:28:00

I'd just be repeating what everyone else said about this mix if I did a full review, so I'll just give it a 90%. Nice Work! :nicework:

Oh, and one more thing. I don't really mind the guitars in the heavy areas, but that's probably because of one or more of the following things:

1. I was using headphones on my laptop to listen to this, and/or

2. I'm deaf in the left ear [poor me]

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Vinren
on 2002-11-30 16:46:55

The wingless J.A. Burnett blows my mind once again with this incredible remix.

This mix is simply etheral. As the liquid acoustic guitar and piano play, I have to resist closing my eyes and swaying my head to the rhythm...it's almost hypnotizing. Then when the guitars come in, I feel empowered and I just wanna headbang to it...for a few seconds. It's just amazing.

THE WINGLESS IS THE BEST!!! NO ONE WILL EVER BE BETTER!!!

Edit: Oh, I just listened to it again and my roommate asked me, "What is that?". He rarely ever asks and when he does, you KNOW it's a great remix...because he usually isn't into my remixes and he's only ever asked me twice before, for..."Aphrodite Oceanus" (Also by The Wingless) and "Fury of the Furries".

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Knight Owl
on 2002-09-22 21:10:29

This one's absolutely gorgeous. I love the dynamic variety of the piece. In fact, it's pretty much perfect :) IMO one of this site's best.

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Primary Game:
The Guardian Legend (Broderbund, 1988, NES)
Music by Masatomo Miyamoto, Takeshi Santo
Songs:
"Mission Complete"

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