ReMix:Seiken Densetsu 3 "Within the Fable" 2:42

By Destiny

Arranging the music of one song...


Primary Game: Seiken Densetsu 3 (Square , 1995, SNES), music by Hiroki Kikuta

Posted 2004-01-17, evaluated by djpretzel

Newcomer Helen Trevillion gives us a first mix she should be proud of - a very pleasant, stirring arrangement from SD3 with some Celtic flavorings and a clean, instrumental sound somewhat reminiscent of Kaijin's work. From the way the bass slides in its intro at 0'13" alone, you know this is gonna have some good details and competent arranging, and Helen doesn't disappoint. Though far less obvious and not the same genre, the rhythmic patten on the bassline is actually similar to the pseudo-roadhouse nature of the bass in my own Zillion mix.... sorta. Acoustic guitar, piano, and a harmonious flute duet with mucho ornamentation, along with respectable percussion and some quality choral work towards the end add up to a polished, emotive piece that seem longer than its 2'40" length, but in a good way. Love the very soft bongos used for the ending, which is a fadeout that makes sense. This is just a very solid, well-constructed arrangement that while shorter says quite a bit and never wears out its welcome. Great stuff, excellent first submission from Helen.



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on 2009-12-30 23:54:45


I just listened to "This Heart" also by Destiny and the similarities are like whoa. Granted that they're by the same artist and that's to be expected, but still.....

Like the other, a large portion of this mix is carried by the melody, and there is a lot of textures at play here too. It's a cool track because there's a lot going on here to keep the listener engaged. While I don't think its exactly ground breaking or explosively innovating, its still solid and worth checking out.

on 2009-11-19 16:30:21

a really well done mix, with a great texture. The melody on it's own isn't super hooky, but when combined with a nice soundscape, it really appeals to me. The snare is a bit too hardcore for the track, and the samples are showing their age a bit (though that guitar sample still sounds pretty great), but overall this is a really charming and well done mix.

Recommended for all, be sure to check this one out. :-)

on 2008-12-09 10:06:40

I'm not a nazi of perfection, so I sometimes think that a mix's technical flaws benefit it a lot. There is something about the shrill and unnatural sound of the woodwind that I think gives the mix a signature that wouldn't be present otherwise. That I like.

This is a case of a mix having an artistic reaction that is probably outside of the artist's intention, which I guess is the beauty of art. In line with this, I don't see 'Within the Fable' as a relaxing piece (it fails in that regard because of its contrasting pitch); more of a thoughtful presentation of a terrific melody. And overall an excellent mix.

on 2006-05-29 02:02:58

Percussion is a little on the loud side but the other instruments are good. Pace and volume should have varied a bit more.

The original song was one of those "blew me away by SNES standards" type especially since it was done in conjunction with the only ridiculously hard boss in the game...this one maintains all of its keys and other necessities but has a few weaknesses. B+

on 2006-03-13 17:11:17

oh jes so byootiful iss dis song iss so good to me. i love it like de trees. i wish it were a popsickle so i cood eat it up. i love it and i also love gazelles but das different story. dis song iss so good to me and to you. sing it loud and proud and full of shoud. oh jes i sing it in de noontime and in de evening time even though you can't sing it oh jes i love it...

on 2006-03-13 12:22:13

A shame I never heard this until now; great work on an already good source.

on 2005-09-11 08:42:48

This was special, I remember the original

from the game, but that one was more sad

and serious, but THIS one, you made it

to something more living. You added drums,

guitar and a more catching rhytm.


on 2004-09-17 03:20:01

Definitely a keeper, excellent work.

on 2004-09-17 02:16:53

Beautiful...just beautiful...

Im keeping this one close to my heart :wink:

on 2004-08-03 21:12:31

Very pleasing and casual.

I agree with all who said it should've been longer. I would have liked to hear another minute.

Very enjoyable. Great work.

on 2004-07-14 11:01:24

Very very nicely done. I agree a little about the flute being a bit less than ideal, but it fits the more celtic feel and it's no worse than a tin whistle or recorder. (though the recorder would have been much deeper sounding and wouldn't have fit the feel as well I think...)

This was the first piece I heard by Helen, and during a trip to a band clinic, this was one of two songs that I consistantly listened to over and over for the whole trip. When I got back I headed to her website and found that my dreams came true: she had much longer pieces available that were even better.

I do agree, however, that 2:42 is a little short to get across all the emotion that could be felt. However, I love the rendition of the piece and must say it is an awesome remix.

on 2004-05-16 17:45:01

I don't usually post comments, but this piece flows so soothingly and beautifully that I felt the need to post props here.

Well done, I love it!

on 2004-03-13 00:34:53

Oh my GOD! This song took me by surprise and totally punched me in the balls. This song is like aural sex.

on 2004-01-24 18:01:31

I like this song. As usual I do not know the original.

I do like the flute.. but then, I like atmospheric music and it does fit in.. it isn't really 'jagged' or 'cut' anywhere. *shrugs* Just like it a lot. :)

-edit- Just wanted to say it made me think a bit of the Legend of Kyrandia (a Mac/PC game for you consolers :P ). And that I don't mind repeating myself saying how I like this remix. :wink:

on 2004-01-24 14:54:23

Wow... this is a really good remix. Very pretty.

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Primary Game:
Seiken Densetsu 3 (Square , 1995, SNES)
Music by Hiroki Kikuta

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