ReMix:Altered Beast "The Fallen's Grave" 3:03

By The Coop

Arranging the music of one song...

"Rise from Your Grave (Round 1)"

Primary Game: Altered Beast (Sega , 1990, GEN), music by Tohru Nakabayashi

Posted 2003-07-06, evaluated by the judges panel

The Coop gives us a dramatic, serious reworking of the same theme from Sega's transmogrifying, side-scrolling beat 'em up Altered Beast that I turned into a super-loud, unabashed techno piece back in 2000. Listening to both, you can really hear the contrast, and appreciate what The Coop's done to take the melody and rework it into something more somber and cinematic. Piano, strings, and some orchestral percussion are all that comprise the arrangement, but it certainly does have vicissitudes in dynamics and tone through addition and subtraction of these elements. Judges praised the arrangement overall. However, analoq - like myself - did note that the soundset used, as well as dynamics on the piano (which didn't appear to be velocity-layered), were very average. OC ReMix looks at mixes both for the arrangement as well as the overall sound quality, which includes mixing, samples used, effects, etc., and The Coop's work leans heavily towards the former end of the scale, away from the latter. It's still an enjoyable ReMix, and the arrangement is certainly noteworthy in its successfull, significant reinterpretation of a classic theme, but I'd like to see more work done to even out the arrangement/sound quality scale from the ReMixer in the future. An interesting idea, well-executed given the instruments used. This time, I'll end with a quote from the trustably frank Protricity: "Kinda quiet. Pretty cool. Moody. Piano is pretty good. This is actually rather well done considering the source material. Good way to convert to orch ;p."



Latest 15 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
on 2014-09-19 21:00:30

aw, it sounds so sad... like watching the hero be angsty in the rain. Or even a puppy! :c Heroic-y from 2:15, though. :D

Very nice listen, yes. :3

on 2009-12-05 14:19:05

I like the arrangement overall, and I like the instruments used, but overall the entire mix feels very mechanical to me, to the point where it detracts from the listening experience. The dynamics remain pretty constant, and overall it feels a bit quiet. I would have liked some nice swells at various parts to liven things up. The balancing is a little off as well; the piano stays over everything else throughout the mix and feels like it's sitting on top of the arrangement rather than with it.

The somber mood of the piece is very nice, and I like how this has a bit of a darker overtone. It has an almost medieval flair, which I'm also liking.

Good arrangement, sounds need some work.

on 2007-12-12 11:36:43

I felt the dynamics were a bit too static, there was some good breakdown sections and such, but the instruments themselves stayed at a pretty consistent volume, and some crescendos (especially in the kettle drums) would have really kicked this one up. Otherwise it's a very regal and mood-evoking mix.

I'm not sure I agree with the mix lacking direction, as it's progression is subtle, but maybe some snares would help give it a bit more forward momentum, without ruining the mood set. Regardless, this is a really nice mix.

I guess it's appropriate to say Nice Work. :-)

on 2006-05-09 13:42:29

i'm diggin' it man! i like the piano feel to it...badass 5/5 :D

on 2005-10-20 05:17:26

Well, nothing needs to be said about the sound quality present- if you crave high quality samples, you ain't gonna find them in The Coop's work. Once you're past that, you'll find a well orchestrated song that is a polar opposite to "Resurrection by Breakbeat". Pity it's over a bit too soon, as the composition is good stuff.

on 2003-12-15 23:29:36

Surprisingly (or not), the god of nice work is a remixer as well! Anyway, now to the song.

Very different from DJP's version of it, with a piano lead and a minimized orchestra for support. It's a piece that seems to take itself seriously, but to me it wanders a bit from its purpose (whatever that may be). Nice song, but not among my favorites.

The Coop
on 2003-07-14 21:36:48

Thanks for the kind words guys :mrgreen:

:D I appreciate them, and I'm glad you enjoyed it :D

on 2003-07-11 21:51:21

This was a great mix a year ago, and it's still a great mix. Easily my favorite of yours. Keep it up Coop. 8)

on 2003-07-09 14:26:27

I have yet to see one remix done by an actual orchestra. Otherwise this is pretty good. The reason I make this point is that it doesn't carry a weight that a real orchestra could. Though, I must say that such low-budget artists like us cannot afford to get a real orchestra or do not have the clout to get an orchestra or a choir to do such.

This is very good with the resources you got and I must say you did a great job!

Flash Strife
on 2003-07-07 01:08:41

I guess all those Altered Beast quotes I used payed off. :nicework:

Kamikaze Noodle
on 2003-07-06 22:20:54

Maybe this isn't my bag of tea or something, but I thought it was pretty mediocre. (No offense Coop! :tomatoface: ) It just seems to sort of wander. I've never heard the original, and maybe that's why I can't feel the movement of the piece. I don't get any emotions out of listening either. But music isn't meant to please anyone.

on 2003-07-06 21:39:23


Like is mentioned, some of the sounds aren't top of the line, but the arrangement is magnificent and more than makes up for any faults in the piece.

Plus, it's an awesome theme from one of my fav games. If they made an Altered Beast film, this is what the score would include.

My only real question for the Coop is: Why are all your pieces so low in volume?


on 2003-07-06 21:01:07

I think a song from Altered Beast with such serious yet cool stylings is rare. A very well done job here to orchestrate it, I can't find anything to fault it. Very good work coop.

on 2003-07-06 17:21:16

Pretty good, Coopy ^_^

I like the feel of the gives it the ambient "creeping through a graveyard whilst kicking ass" style.

The one thing I have against this though is it sounds like a long intro...maybe like you intended to have it burst into something bigger, but it just sounds a little empty...

The piano sounds pretty good, but sometimes a little empty..though its not track-ruining...

I cant see the edits from the original, but that's not a bad thing, though, the tracks pretty amazing.

on 2003-07-06 16:47:26

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Additional Game:
Altered Beast (Sega , 1988, ARC)
Music by Tohru Nakabayashi
"Rise from Your Grave (Round 1)"

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