Oh yeah. Smooth. Jaroban makes a memorable, lasting debut with this challenging, interesting, innovative arrangement that mixes a surprisingly good sounding Korg X5 (damn decent saxophone) with real guitar in a very sound, technical, but also emotional jazzfest. Let's hear what Jaroban says:
"It's my first vg project in 2 years, and it took me the better part of 2 months to create, not including the time it took to revise and get the second draft ready. Anyway I'm really quite happy with how it turned out and I hope you all enjoy listening to it as much as I enjoyed working on it. I also hope you're not all still sick from the Radical Dreamers flood a few years ago :) This song is actually 2 RD songs fused together: Day of Summer and Le Tresor Interdit. I changed a lot of stuff about them, reharmonized a bit and decheesified the melodies slightly, and put an afrocuban beat under them. All the samples you hear are off my Korg X5, and the only real instrument is the guitar; I want to thank Matt and Andres for laying down that guitar track for me."
- Indeed. While DiscoDan contends that the beat ain't really that afro-cuban (I'd tend to agree), he concedes that it "uses very technically accurate and rich jazz chords, and the theory is sound" - not that sound theory is a guarantor to greatness or an enjoyable ReMix, but in this case it's an asset. You've got great, organic acoustic guitar, a really wonderful sax, some jumpy, syncopated drums, and towards the more flamboyant second half some peppy brass. Whilst the brass samples aren't of the same calibre as the rest of the lot, and pitch bending ensemble ROMpler trumpets is always a dead give-away, the programming & playing is great and things always feel very much alive, developing, and in motion. It sounds like two months were spent on this, as there isn't the type of filler - even acceptable levels - you'd find in a lot of arrangements. Plus the whole idea is very unique and the arrangement is in the interpretive school of ReMixing, with modifications to rhythm, melody, harmony, and chord structure all present and accounted for. Very good stuff, warranting relistening and, speaking at least for myself, studying & learning from. Highly recommended.
on 2010-02-27 22:34:55
This remix is excellent. Been few years since I last heard it, but yeah. EXCELLENT
on 2009-05-04 10:26:16
l am really impressed with this mix it really is to cool for school.
on 2009-03-20 10:28:42
Starting off smokey and subdued, but picking up and adding additional themes from the soundtrack later on, this is a pretty awesome mix. There's a nice use of pretty high quality samples, very tasteful and musical, and a lot of interpretation via counterpoint lines. When things get busier, the synthetic nature of the track is a little more apparent, but it's still good to go.
I think if you really knew the soundtrack well, you'd get a lot of additional enjoyment out of this track; it's fun to hear the various motifs appear.
on 2008-12-13 21:22:25
The intro is slow and muted, very world weary.
It doesn't really get started until 1:46.
Usually I like Jazz, but this is a little too liberal for my tatses.
It also changes too often; the mix is trying to too many things at once.
It's O.K. but not really one of my favorites.
on 2005-06-03 09:22:26
Can't believe I just found this remix only. It's really good, particularly the first half of it. The second half is marred by the awful brass samples, which is hard for me to look over since I'm a brass player. _ Still, everything worked until the brass.. after that, it's abit more messy.
But VERY good work overall. I'm certainly impressed -- and disappointed to find that the remixer has no other remix other than this.
on 2005-06-03 07:35:04
i may be a bit late, however, i'd just like to quickly point out that this is easily one of my favorite remixes on this site. for those that haven't had the privelage of listening yet: i implore you, do so now.
on 2004-12-30 20:57:36
a great jazz version of far promise
jaroban did an excellent job on this
on 2004-06-29 05:48:17
here's my late late comment saying how good it is:
love love this. Bad bad me for not commenting on this earlier.. I either lack music of this kind, or this is the best music of this kind that i'll ever ever heard. Good good job, jaroban. May you live happily ever ever after.
on 2003-06-06 22:09:02
i redownloaded this mix after formatting my puter, cause its one of my favorite mixes on the site. and i'm flabbergasted i didn't comment saying how wonderful it was. dang me, daaaaaaaaaaaaang me!
ahm, good stuff. D its going on one of my new cd mixes tomorrow.
on 2003-04-22 23:13:46
One word comes to mind at the moment: SWEEEEET. The sax is so convincing, I wouldn't have been able to tell it was fake if my life depended on it. I personally loved the part at 4:00. I can't wait for your next ReMix...
As for the soundtrack itself, of course a lot of it's going to be generic, since RD is a text adventure. But the main tunes, like Day of Summer/Far Promise and Star-Stealing Girl, I feel are some of the most profoundly beautiful I've ever heard. Of course, Far Promise has been done quite to death by now, so I was very pleased to see someone remix the ending theme for a change.
Mad props, Jaroban. Mad, MAD props.
on 2003-02-08 19:51:13
Hey I'm an OCRemixer! How cool is that?
Thanks everyone for the nice comments and valid criticisms. Of course I'll take it all to heart on future projects.
Vigilante: Good ear on the minor 9 chord. As for the question, Majin was right, guitar was the only real instrument. And it's true that the RD soundtrack is a little generic and cheesy, but hey I'm a cheeseball myself, and I like that kind of stuff. It's a matter of personal taste I guess.
Prophecy: Thanks for the in-depth review and the constructive comments I just had a couple questions. I wish you could be more specific with your structure comment so I would know what to improve. I think I know what you're driving at, and if so then I agree with you, but I'm not sure. Also I still have no idea what you meant by "numbers" in the transitions. I'm not sure you'll come back and read this, but if you do, and you could clarify, that would be fantastic. Again, thanks!
About the samples, I promise I'm looking for better ones to use in future mixes, but good jazz ones are proving to be rather tricky to locate.
Oh and about it not being Afro-Cuban, well I will concede that it doesn't sound anything like pure Afro-Cuban, like a Chucho Valdéz or some such, because I haven't studied enough about 6/8 piano montunos and aux. percussion rhythms and such. The rhythm groove between the bass and drums that I set up was based entirely on Afro-Cuban rhythms though. So I suppose it comes down to being really difficult to categorize, which is AOK with me
Anyway, I'm happy to answer any questions and I welcome ANY comments/criticism you all may have, so feel free to post em here or PM me or whatever. Glad you all enjoyed the mix It's refreshing that so many people here like jazz— the jazz community is hurting for an audience almost as much as the vgmusic community. I guess combining the two isn't a particularly lucrative venture Ah well, never stopped me before.
Whew well I guess that's it for now. Thanks again everybody!
on 2003-02-08 15:39:56
Hello! lets start.. If you dig jazz in any sort of the fashion, Grab this now. I wish i was familiar with the original so i could here the similarities, im sure it'd be even better. Either way, Totally Jazzy, and totally kick ass.
0:01 - Mm.. Coool intro..don't quite know what to expect at this point..cool work though..
0:35 - Hellloo Jazz. Do you know Jazz theory? Certainly sounds like it. the backround sounds Very good..
1:03 - Sweet work man. The Drumbeat is almost too good.
1:29 - Love those Slides...Sweet work.
1:50 - Helllooo Jazz.. once again..VERY jazz.
2:11 - Cool Work..Increadibly Jazzy, Which i adore. not many could pull this off.
2:39 - The beat is constantly changing aswell, its also worth to note the backround sounds provide such clean harmony its almost impossible to deny the goodness.
3:14 - Also of note is the backround work, right here it SHINES. Excelllentae.
3:30 - Love the harmonies that are used here.. Those Chords are Indeed quite Jazz. most of them
4:06 - Delicious Work here...I love how full blown its gotten.. More Jazz Chords... Im Diggin' it totally.
4:58 - Excellent fadeout here.. just sort've makes you sit back..reflect...and say "wow" ..as most jazz does at some point..Terriffico!
5:42 - Jeez.. a bit long eh? .. Its entirely worth it. I don't think i can find anything to complain about here.
on 2003-02-07 22:00:48
Pretty good, but some of the brass sounds a little...squeaky. Erm, what I mean is, TOO squeaky. That gets on my nerves a bit. But otherwise, great samples used. I tend to like the song a lot more towards the beginning, when there's less going on and more emphasis on the melody.
on 2003-02-07 20:06:32
on 2003-02-06 20:46:01
Whoa... I love this, it sounds great, jazz I like, it's got good mixes of feelings, sad, easy going, upbeat, sentimental, darkish... I really can't explain it... you have to listen to know... download... NOW!!!
Sources Arranged (2 Songs)
- Primary Game:
Radical Dreamers: Nusumenai Houseki (Square
Music by Yasunori Mitsuda
- "Day of Summer"
"Ending ~ Le Tresor Interdit"
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