ReMix:Star Ocean: The Second Story "Ocean of Tears" 2:59

By EgM

Arranging the music of one song...

"Theme of RENA"

Primary Game: Star Ocean: The Second Story (Sony , 1998, PS1), music by Motoi Sakuraba

Posted 2003-02-25, evaluated by djpretzel

I tell you what - it's a pretty good indicator that a ReMix is strongsauce when it sounds good even at 3AM, with a major headache, after listening to various music for four or five hours repeatedly. EgM alias Eric Hache gives us a brief but enjoyably solemn respite from the stresses of daily toil with this orchestral Star Ocean 2 mix of Rena's theme featuring a prominent, emotive oboe solo. Behind that there's beautiful strings, choir, flute, harp, and dramatic percussion. This reminds me of Dale's sweeping, Joe Hisaishi-esque arrangement of . . . the same theme. Boy, that sounded dumb. Oh well, write it off to sleep deprivation - they are fairly similar arrangements - Dale opens with clarinet whilst Eric opts for the oboe, but the intros are alike in development. However, the mixes do diverge more when you get into them. I'd say Eric's take is a little less grandiose, a little more melancholy. He also brings in some rock-ish drums whereas Dale keeps it strictly in the orchestral realm. You could get nitty-gritty and say that Dale's got some better piano samples, but that'd be missing the point - both of these ReMixers know their stuff, both have produced outstanding interpretations of this song, and passing either version up would be a big mistake. Dale exits on a very introspective piano solo, ending on a sustained chord that diminishes into the darkness, whereas Eric exits with a lovely oboe-flute duet and a final, punctuating bit of percussion. It's fun just listening to these back to back and hearing the points of convergence and divergence. And if you play them both at the same time, and watch 'The Wizard of OZ', the music fits with the film! No way!11!!1!!! Really, this does compliment our existing Rena ReMix nicely, offers something new, if not dramatically new, and provides a rare glimpse into the subtle but telling differences between how two accomplished arrangers take on the same tune in the same genre. Recommended.



Latest 15 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
on 2015-02-22 14:59:01

All I have is Iphone speakers, but this still sounds nice. It makes me imagine a prince sneaking out of his castle at night to abandon a life of seclusion and corruption.

on 2012-10-21 14:00:30

Though I've played and beaten SO:2. Great game, figured I'd give this a listen.

Nicely done mix of Rena's theme. Adds some drama and some bombast to the theme, and delicate bits around it.

For a mix from '03, tis not bad at all. Still holds up well to the test of time.

on 2008-04-30 11:10:35

Decently done, this really sounds like something on the original soundtrack. Very grandiose in parts, but intimate in others, it has good contrasting sections. Samples are pretty generic, but used pretty well.

Relaxing and pleasant, this is a pretty nice mix.

on 2007-04-07 16:49:52

Sorry about this, but I personally think this felt like a poor man's "Rena Lanford of Arlia Village."

That said, there needs to be more remixes for Star Ocean: The Second Story. I feel that the gameplay overall is inferior to TTEOT, but the music was a heck of a lot better.

on 2006-09-03 23:27:28

one of my fav mixes on the site top 10 or 15 easy for me. This whole mix is my style and my bag of chips.

This is def one of the best source tunes out there in my opinion and EgM sure made the most of it and found a way to give all the various melodies and harmonies lots of emotion and time to shine. This is one of those tracks I keep on replay.

on 2003-10-02 02:08:54

Dig it. Very good remix of a song I already liked. Smooth all the way through, starts out a little strong but the ending is complete.

on 2003-09-28 08:07:44

I found this mix to be beautiful.. hits the kind of notes that make your spine tingle. When I first heard it, I thought I recognized it, even though I've never played Star Ocean, and I finally figured out that's because it sounds a lot like the Death Theme from Valkyrie Profile, another gem of Enix which isn't yet featured on OC. I'll bet you could do quite a number with that theme as well ;)

Zero Angel
on 2003-04-27 01:23:16

Great stuff! I'm so overjoyed to see another Star Ocean mix on OC'd Remix. Nothing beats Sakurabas Theme of RENA (Arranged), but this one comes close, quite a feat considering that most of Sakuraba's work seems very hard to mix.

I'd like to see more SO2 mixed, the boss battle theme would make a great mix because there's so much stuff you can do with it. Please do more Star Ocean 2!

on 2003-03-16 15:05:38

wow........i'm think i'm gonna head up to slackers and buy this game again now! :D

on 2003-02-26 09:29:00

EgM? .. kay! start! songplayed Not bad. there were a few issues with volume, and some emotional issues.. but didn't quite make me cry out of joy. Either way, there are some things to check out here, especially if your a fan of the game, or if you like the slower, more-heart-felt pieces. Not the best ive heard, but far from the worst.

0:01 - Hm.. not a bad intro.. but i feel like we're sort've jumping into things here, a bit fast.. but .. it works.. those low hits sound really cool.

0:30 - Mmm.. this sounds great, I love how it feels.

1:00 - The Cymbals need more kick to them. As for the drums i actually Like how they're not that loud.

1:25 - Very pretty piano medly.

1:35 - The strings are overbearing on the piano line, the lead should always be able to be heard. and i can barely make it out.

2:03 - I love how you progressively add elements to the song.. taking it to a new level with each addition, But. this mix seems to wander a bit between "sad" and "happy" .. And while I appreciate the movement from each side, it feels like you werent sure which one to make it, though its probably just from the original, but either way, I would've appreciated more 'defined' sections of being sad and happy.. er... if that makes sense.

2:30 - The melody is fairly dynamic and does not get old easily.. Curious how the ending will come at this point.

2:40 - Okay, some problems here too. I love this fantastic lead-up to the actual ending few notes.. its great, it slows the vibe down enough for closing.. but then..when you get to the actual last few just end it, and the song sort've falls on itself, this part feels rushed, and i think far better, more meaningful work could've been done.

Dark Heart
on 2003-02-25 23:28:57

another Star Ocean remix...*sniff* this is fuggin beatiful...make more!

Dark Heart
on 2003-02-25 23:28:18

w00t! another damn ass SO2 remix! Lez go and play this over and over until I barf...seriously though...we need more S02 sad remixes...*sniff* this is fuggin beautiful

on 2003-02-25 19:53:04

I cannot tell anyone how happy I was to see another Star Ocean 2 ReMix on this site!!! :D It is a very emotional piece that seems to fit Rena's personality near the beginning of the game.

My only request is that these two awesome ReMixers (Dale and EgM) maybe make another remix of a different track. There are so many to choose from in Star Ocean 2.

But again, a masterful piece of work. Well done.

EDIT: After reading the other reviews, I'll also say that all of EgM's other Mixes are superb as well. You've got the talent.

Strider Kyoden
on 2003-02-25 18:55:54

Ahhh...A Calm Remix. I like this one, It reminds me of the Songs off the Star Ocean EX OST. What a song, What a song. I like this laid back feel. Where you KNOW what song it is. Nice arragement. Highly Recommended.(Typo?)

on 2003-02-25 14:28:43

Another calm ReMix, stirring feelings of the heart. The sweet nature of the instruments with the soft drums looping quietly in the background, with how he kept enough of the melody of the song to make it recognizable just put this in my playlist for life. The mood of this entire song is perfect for getting someone to relax, as well for keeping mothers happy. I give this song 5 kudo points, for lack of anything else to give.

Sources Arranged (1 Song)

Primary Game:
Star Ocean: The Second Story (Sony , 1998, PS1)
Music by Motoi Sakuraba
"Theme of RENA"

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