Posted 2003-01-29, evaluated by djpretzel
Ziwtra strikes again, this time with a follow-up Secret of Mana ReMix that's not quite as sugary-sweet as 'Stomp the Summer Sky', but no less well-crafted and constructed. Ziwtra's pieces have a nice, clean, produced feeling to them without feeling too overdone and without being drenched in melodramatic reverb - I like the balance and restraint used in the application of effects and the conscious, unending attention to stereo imaging. This begins as a soft, distant chiming melody but quickly turns into more of a techno/breakbeat groove-fest, and be warned, there's loads of chop-up effects and DSP on the table - the first two minutes see a good dozen tricks of the trade at play, impressively used in a musical but rapid+consecutive fashion. Things segue halfway through to the more melody-driven (flute & violin) second half, which is direct and organic in comparison and has a pleasant, floating atmosphere, with melody and harmony overtop a bubbling xylophone. This is another two-for-one deal, with the first half of the mix representing a sharper, more electronic edge, with twists and turns 'round every corner and the second half a mellower, rounder feel, with less immediacy and a more laid-back, narrative vibe. I like the dichotomy, however, and the transition is smooth enough so as not to jar or too abruptly "repurpose" the tone. Great stuff from Ziwtra, getting a little bit deeper into the Secret of Mana soundtrack and pulling out some inspired results. Recommended.
on 2017-07-24 12:07:20
Bright and resonant: that first minute is tight, clear and confident, although it's a little harder to listen with the same level of engagement towards the middle-end, but the song rolls along smoothly and enjoyably through-out.
on 2010-12-11 03:19:43
This has been one of my very favorite songs for a very long time. It's beautiful and inspiring, and completely timeless.
Thank you Ziwtra.
on 2010-08-27 22:15:06
Once again, an intro by Ziwtra that helps get us ready for what's to come. Hahn really enjoys the juxtaposition of the soft intro that leads into a fast and frantic song, and it works exceptionally well. I love the bass here! It grooves really hard and anchors the track by bridging the gap between the very fast drum work and the slower synth lines. The stuttering/gated synths are absolutely divine and add some much dynamics to the track. The glitchy synth section was also very well executed. This mix is a bit different from Hahn's previous pieces as this track focuses more on the textures than a melody line, and I have to say, I definitely feeling it! Don't get me wrong, there is melody in here, to say the least, but the brilliance of this track is in the detail and the dynamics. We also get a healthy dose of the pan flute that Youngjin likes to use! Excellent work!
on 2009-09-25 14:36:11
Ziwtra has carved out his own legacy by focusing on tightly arranged instrumentation with exceptional care to details, and this song is one of his strongest. The percussion and bass specifically are highlights, with synths accenting specific bass notes throughout.
Great variety in sections while still remaining cohesive, and superb forward momentum.
This is a stellar mix; simply virtuosic.
on 2009-05-08 22:51:11
Yes! A Secret of Mana mix that isn't new age or filled to the brim with tubular bells. And what's more, it's energetic, bright and expertly made.
It's actually one of the most confident sounding mixes I've heard on the site; things are so strong on all fronts. Genre-bending is one thing, but pulling it off so satisfyingly is quite another. The result is something that sounds both effortless and laborious at the same time. It's a great achievement, and a really inventive variation from usual Kikuta fare.
on 2009-01-29 18:32:26
I can't really label this one for some reason.
Towards the end, it gets more coherent-ish.
In the end, I don't really care for this mix, it's not bad but its not really my style. I'll pass.
on 2006-12-19 19:16:27
Yes more and more FFA and SoM musical goodness. I've listened to this a few times, but it is def one of those songs the more I hear the better it sounds.
Very high production values all around, i think it's also one of the better soundscapes Ziwtra has constructed. Breakdown at 2:35 was a great idea, and the new melody that came in shortly after was an even greater idea. Even though the new melodies in the 2nd half seem to produce very different emotions than the composition in the beggining I still like it. You gotta appreciate this unique song structure, bc it does work. Keeping the similar sounding rythms is what ties in the the 1st and 2nd half for me.
on 2006-03-01 11:15:14
The beginning caught me directly, the synths and beats unleashed at almost the same time with awesome samples and arrangement, just great. It changed its course suddenly afterwards, i could recognize that pop-ish style from "Stomp the Summer Sky", same goes for the string sample used after that part.
Things sort of melded into each other later, then it changed radically at 2:34 again. This time I loved it. The drums used was astonishing, I love those kinds that gives away that bright sound. And there was no changes now at least, Ziwtra kept this safari theme and succeeded well with it, in my opinion.
This is indeed a remix, not only techno but also something more foreign. Sweet.
on 2005-06-20 17:45:26
An actionpacked SoM remix , i liked it alot.
Interresting and innovative, it stands out from most other stuff sent in sofar..
Thumbs Up ,Ziwtra !
on 2005-06-20 17:30:42
Very much like his Terranigma Zue song, this is filled with an earthy melody and powerful beats. It characterizes Zwitra's style nicely. Any Zwitra fan would be insane to pass this one up.
on 2005-03-11 01:06:31
Wow this peice is brutal! Its so damn good! It's full of so much energy. When I first heard the song it was like it kicked the shit outta my ear drums and left them begging for more. Really great trippy techno. Could you expect anything less from Zwitra?
Kudos man you put together a slammin peice.
on 2004-11-15 18:17:09
Great great stuff. Excellent production. Lot's of talent shown here. You definitely know how to use that software, free or no.
Another one of my favorites.
on 2004-08-23 23:35:21
This, I think, is the best song I've heard on OC Remix so far. The professionalism displayed, the talent, the attention to every detail, every effect, every unsuspected sweep, jingle bell, everything... I am just amazed by this effort. I applaud anyone who spends this much time perfecting a song; I hope to one day approach this caliber of arrangement and sequencing. Serious ear candy.
on 2004-05-14 02:01:48
On the professional level, no questions. I also listen to it too much...
One of my favourite MP3's of all time... I love the somewhat muffled string samples that fade in at 1:25ish and then bounce around at 1:44ish the best, the crackle adds that snowstorm feel. That muting effect around 1:43 and 2:04 is delicious. The percussion is intelligent enough to listen to on it's own but mixed it with the instruments and the many other layers... gorgeous gorgeous mp3.
Keep up the good work Ziwtra
on 2003-09-25 06:03:53
Woah man! This is just too much for me. I was feeling kinda Anime/RPGish and wanted to just fly into battle with this theme. THis is so awesome, absolutely beautiful. I give it a 10/10, and this will be the first track on my personal SoM tribute CD.
Sources Arranged (2 Songs)
- Primary Game:
Secret of Mana (Square, 1993, SNES)
Music by Hiroki Kikuta
- "A Bell is Tolling"
"Secret of the Arid Sands"
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