Jayson Litrio's only previous ReMix was way back at the end of 2001, an excellent Zelda 3 piece that coincided with the Yank's tragic bottom-of-the-9th demise at the hands of Arizona Diamondbacks. I still managed to enjoy it quite a bit regardless :) Glad to see he's submitted a sophomore mix, and I think you will be, too: this Mega Man 2 piano-centric arrangement is quite original and flowing. The author's own comments and anecdote are worth repeating: "It's raw and I'm a perfectionist. But I thought it might be interesting for you, and I did it as an experiment - for fun - I didn't want to spend the usual 4 hours on it. I just did it tonight actually, it's now 5:30am in New York. I layed it down on 30 minutes ago as I couldn't sleep. I wanted to try and make an NES tune beautiful by playing it gracefully and "live" - I didn't sequence this. Just sat at the piano and played my rendition of the tune, then added a simple improv. string track and that's about all. NES melodies, even one like this, slowed down, are quite amazing. I once played this at someone's wedding during cocktail hour! Of course, nobody knew what it was I was playing - but I sure had a smile on my face." - moral of that story being: watch who you hire for your wedding music, as you might suddenly start hearing well-arranged works of Yuukichan's Papa, Ogeretsu Kun, and Manami Ietel's as you dance with your bride or groom. If it's an ensemble and they break into "Team Gato" you KNOW something's up. While that particular ReMix would raise eyebrows, this arrangement could (and did, apparently) actually pass as more "legit" wedding tunage. Judges were consistently positive; Vigilante writes: "very sweet. one of the better piano mixes i've heard. very appealing harmonic interpretation. i wish it were longer, but it's very enjoyable. heres my first YES of the day. congratulations." - that's two large quotes, so I'll try to say a bit myself: for a live performance this is great, the improvised augmentation with strings and flute adds the perfect amount of accompaniment without ever stealing the spotlight, the whole thing flows naturally and as mentioned the harmonic revision - the real star of the ReMix - is spot-on, creative, and most importantly works, transforming the original into a totally different, but still recognizable, beast. Nice all-around. Recommended.
on 2011-12-22 09:11:04
This is soo late, but I've been listening to this song on repeat for two days and I just have to have some sort of sheet music or tutorial for it! Do you or anyone on here transcribe? Please contact me on the Kyle Landry piano forum, I'm Krystal Sharz (easy to find I'm online most days and there arn't many people on that site)
on 2010-05-28 01:52:52
I never reviewed this remix...pathetic of me!
This is awesome stuff: it goes to show how amazingly versatile the source is. The mood is completely shifted to something happy, warm, maybe a little nostalgic and optimistic for the future, sort of all rolled into one... and it totally fits a wedding. (Is there a reason for the overt wedding feel to this piece?)
Wish I could hear more out of you, Mr. Litrio; this doth sate mine desire quite well.
on 2010-05-05 13:58:54
Probably one of the first 10 remixes I ever downloaded, this one has persisted through a lot to remain awesome. The arrangement is wonderful, being very true to the source, but feeling completely different. This kind of epic transformation is what I really like hearing, especially when the end result is this good. Awesome work right here, people, check it out.
on 2009-07-23 11:09:03
Kudos for originality AND making something good! Not gonna lie: I didn't want to download something that was a "Wedding" themed remix. I relented (don't remember the circumstances ), downloaded it, and thoroughly enjoyed it. I'm like: "Man, I'd never think to remix video game music as a theme to a wedding, let alone find some way to make it good", but you delivered Scha-weet
on 2009-04-09 10:22:12
Great work on this! Awesome sound and excellent playing technique. Definitely one for the top ten list.
on 2009-02-01 22:37:20
Nice piano work. I love piano mixes. Flutes are an added bonus.
Complete vibe change on the source, I like it. Very contemplative, very pretty. It certainly doesn’t make me think of evil dragons and such. Nice work.
on 2008-12-06 17:51:46
Would have worked great as a solo piano piece, but the flute is a nice addition and really comes into its own quite well in the latter half.
on 2007-11-04 10:12:26
Beautiful...simply beautiful. There is nothing else you can really say about it. Easily one of OCR's top ten, nay, top 5!!!!
on 2007-06-16 04:03:11
Man, i still love this one.
I'd love to have this as my conversation music in a parlor or something. I mean sheesh.
on 2005-11-17 10:27:22
I really deserves my username. I actually listened to all the remixers from the games I´ve played before I joined, now I just thought I go through all of them again and review, but the question is:
HOW DID I MANAGE TO MISS ONE!?
Seriously, beautiful piano, strings and flute as excellent side-instruments, and an arrangement so magnificent that I imaginarily punches myself for finding this masterpiece so late.
But nothing is too late, I can still download it, can´t I? Jayson, dude, one of the best pianoremixes I´ve heard, thanks again.
I only learn and write music by ear, I do not read music; mainly because I taught myself how to play piano and never took lessons. So this is my solution for those who want it..
Then we´re in the same boat. I myself play some piano, and it´s all in my head. I can´t do much while I´m playing piano. I can´t talk, can´t look, sometimes not breath, so trying to read while playing would be nearest impossible. But who knows? Learning Song of Storms single playing was impossible at first, now I nearly master it in a easy way.
Good to hear that you have new stuff coming up. Keep on playing dude. Someday you might play at your own wedding as well.
on 2005-08-25 00:01:05
A beautiful rendition of the Wily Stage. Im not a hardcore fan of classical piano, but this song may just change my opinion. XLNT WORK!!!
on 2004-07-04 11:50:37
Jayson, I would love this to be playing at my wedding! Wonderful effort, and lovely emotion put into the piece, Wily salutes you!
on 2004-04-01 16:10:34
This reminds me of Awesome's fantastic Amiga piano ballads... but obviously with higher-quality samples. Fantastic listening...
on 2004-03-31 20:53:38
Did anyone ever manage to get a score for this song? So one could attempt to play it? I'm just wondering.. I'd really like to play it.
Seconded. I personally will look around, but others, lez go, find this stuff.
on 2004-03-31 15:21:58
Jayson is DA MAN!!
Seriously, I first hear this song a bunch a years ago and only your version keep this notes in my head against my will... it's... just... so... damn... great bro!!!!!!!
Keep the piano thing working dude! The concept of turning a beaty songs into a mellow and quiet one (or the inverse) is one concept that'll never dry out of potential.
If only I was a pretty girl, I would thank you in so many ways man! lol (Forget that last one...)
Hope my gf don't ever see this post!
Sources Arranged (1 Song)
- Primary Game:
Mega Man 2 (Capcom, 1988, NES)
Music by Manami Matsumae, Takashi Tateishi
- "Dr. Wily Stage 1"
- Time > Duration: Short
- 2,472,459 bytes
- Size: 2,472,459 bytes
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