ReMix:Wild Arms "Rosetta Refrain" 2:32

By MarcstaR

Arranging the music of one song...


Primary Game: Wild Arms (Sony , 1997, PS1), music by Michiko Naruke

Posted 2003-03-22, evaluated by djpretzel

After problems were finally fixed with the submitted mp3 file, Marc Star's previous Chrono Cross ReMix was well-received by judges and listeners alike. With this, his sophomore ReMix, he covers Wild Arms in a contemporary pop-ish style. Right from the get-go you get a slick beat and a nice funk guitar riff, establishing both genre and chord progression. It's the main lead entrance at 0'36" - a tasteful, well-programmed and articulated doubled alto flute-ish patch - that lets you know things are gonna click just right. This mix is a great example of how little touches like pitch-bends, vibrato, etc. can change a decent lead into a great one. There's also some good piano soloing, where the heavier kick/snare beat drops out and just the bongo groove is left. Things end a little abruptly, and the mix is only two-and-a-half minutes long - coulda gone on a bit longer, with a good interpretive acoustic guitar solo and perhaps a breakdown on some more elaborate drums atop the formidable bass. Alas, 'twas not to be, but for what it is, this brief Wild Arms pop excursion is a gem - mixed pretty clean, with less reverb than you'd usually hear, and also a distinct pop feel instead of ballad or techno or straight orchestral. Difficult not to loop it at least twice as it's over so soon, which says good things. Nice follow-up mix for Marc Star, hope to see more in the future. Recommended.



Latest 15 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
on 2012-03-23 11:54:00

Can't believe I never commented on this, I always look forward to it kicking in when it turns up on my playlist, where it's been happily nestled forever~

on 2011-12-03 14:08:25

An enchanting track, a great way to relieve stress.

on 2010-08-06 09:04:38

Wow amazing!

One of the best oc remixes I`ve ever listened to..

I have most of the rpgs cds on my own( bought from play-asia) but this theme of the town of wild arms is better then the original....

on 2009-12-30 22:34:15

Ha. This is a cool little track. It's got a real simple, real cool, feel good groove going on. I can't really tell if that's some strange lead synth or a really off kilter flute sample, but either way I'm totally digging it.

In the end, it's not a gigantic grandiose mega ultra fancy gig, but an uncomplicated grove that shouldn't be missed. Really my main complaint with it is that it's too short. :

on 2009-06-10 08:39:55

Someone needs to be clearly less anal about their so-called "precious OST track", remixes are often meant to take different directions, and this does it perfectly.

I love this! It has a very uplifting mood and pleasant sound quality. Good job with maintaining everything groovy and evenly interesting, this gives a MMORPG feel to the track, they should hire you if they make a Wild Arms one ;)

Good stuff! Keep it up!

on 2009-05-09 08:42:20

I love thoses piano bits in the song and the beat is just so good:-P

on 2009-05-06 06:19:20

For me the flute kept me interested in the mix while the beat was great.

Dj Mokram
on 2009-05-02 17:57:08

This song has been on top of my playlist for almost 5 years now and...

wait a minute, I wasn't even aware of OCR existence until one month ago, wtf am I saying? :mrgreen:

Anyway, I must have meant this remix will still be in my playlist 5 years from now,

as it made me bounce on my chair like crazy ...for 2minutes and 31 seconds.

Er, wait a second: is it really that short? So, I guess that is the main problem here.

Because on the other hand, this mix doesn't fall short of groove to say the least!

And that bright, 'lean back and relax' atmosphere is most enjoyable.

Michiko Naruke's work on WildArms soundtrack is some of my favorite ever.

And Marc Star hasn't failed to give a righteous tribute to the source.

The drum pattern + light guitar piano + groovy bassline combo was already good.

But when the main melody kicked in with the flute, I was sold.

Also liked the small parts where it gets more calm and the piano takes the lead.

Totally luved it!

on 2009-03-18 09:27:49

Killer rhythm changeup, that beat is hot! I was expecting great things, but then the super thin piano sample came in, and I got a little concerned. Once the flute takes over, though, it's much better, and at the level of execution it should be. The piano works as sprinkled effect, but that first introduction was a bit rough and exposed.

Short, but just perfect for looping. It's a really nice track, and with the exception of the somewhat jarring piano introduction, it's held up well. :-)

Another Word Awaits
on 2006-04-16 18:48:56

I was just listening to the original, and comparing it to this song. While the Marc Star didn't radically alter the melody, the change in rhythm and instrumentation give this ReMix a different feel from the original. While the original song had a folksy frontier feel, Marc took a more urban and focused approach. The most notable change is with the percussion, which switched from a tambourine-centered affair to a groovy, energetic beat (+bongos). Definitely changes the mood and flow of the song. Excellent work.

on 2006-03-19 07:55:31

As a big fan of Marc Star, I wanna say this piece is truly amazing. Definately kept true to the original song. Although the original lasted for 3:22 minutes. This shortened remix isn't half bad. MARC! If you really do hear your fans and read the replies, I have a request to ask of you. When you find the time and consideration to do so... PLEASE REMIX THIS SONG since it's also from Wild Arms.

It's called Town of the Winds.

Use your genious and cook something HOT for us bro.

If you DO somehow by miracles come up with something good for this. I'd much appreciate it!!


on 2006-03-13 17:43:35

This is a great remix. I don't really remember how the original song went, since it's been so long since I played the game. But I remember it has kick ass music. Not as kick ass as this song though. It's a very upbeat song, but it doesn't sound too happy. Too happy is a turnoff. This one is just right.

on 2006-02-26 04:09:40


You have ruined this track.

You've crapped all over it with the bass.

This specific tune is supposed to be slow and mellow, not ridiculously choppy.

Terrible. Absolutely terrible.

on 2004-05-14 17:21:38

At first, I was a bit worried -- I'm a big fan of the Wild Arms soundtrack (my first homemade MP3 was the Title soundtrack recorded from an actual Playstation), and there are a lot of subtleties that might get lost in translation. It's an atmosphere game, and if not done right a remix could be disconcerting.

I didn't catch the hook right away -- the baseline is nice and clean, but it wasn't enough to catch my attention. Then the piano began, and lead into the flutes which stayed true to the original, and was a nice change but didn't really excite me.

Then, at 1:02, the bottom drops out. The heavy baseline dissapears, and the piano comes back in to pick up the melody, with the baseline popping in and out until 1:36, when the Flute kicks back in and ties the whole thing together.

Sometimes a remix is like a good book that only gets interesting midway. Then, after you've decided it rocks, you re-read it only to find in the beginning all these subtle hints and touches you just glossed over when you hadn't decided to really pay attention.

Definately a new entry in my rotation. I'm sure there's more details I'll pick up on the 10th, 50th, 100th listen.

on 2004-02-09 21:57:29

Well, here is a great example of an amazing quality song that is under 3 minutes. Some people have mentioned it could have been longer. I absolutely disagree. In my opinion it seems longer than it really is for many things happen within it's time span that work so well (this trait seems to be apparent with many Marc Star remixs). Details: the beat is wonderfully catchy, and i love how the bass is in synch with the kick. The background guitar has a smooth pattern that fits well. The piece has the perfect amount of variation, and flows smoothly from each section. The piano breaks are nice, and planned well. The melody is astounding, with beatiful flutish sounds (what exactly are they). Harmonies are great. This whole piece is wonderful, i dont know how many times ive listened to it. Great work Marc, after listening to your four mixes, im begging for more.


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Primary Game:
Wild Arms (Sony , 1997, PS1)
Music by Michiko Naruke

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