Arranging the music of one song...


Primary Game: The Battle of Olympus (Broderbund , 1989, NES), music by Kazuo Sawa

Posted 2004-02-15, evaluated by the judges panel

Liontamer (on the forums) sent me a suggestion to post this Battle of Olympus mix by GrayLightning and Freemind on Valentine's Day, due to the 'Eros' title and (I s'pose) somewhat romantic, certainly mellow and furtive orchestral style. Alas, twas not to be, as the timing didn't work out. I wish I could say I was simply too busy buying gratuitous chocolates for my gorgeous hottie gf, giving them, and getting adulation, "etc." in return, but that wasn't the case. GL writes:

"This is the second time Freemind and I are collaborating. This time we blended romantic new age piano, with new age fare and orchestra. It's hard to detail exactly who deserves what credit as we literally shared the work on this project 50-50. Freemind initially did the piano with some of the orchestration. I then worked from the midi he had - editing the piano, then adding some new age trimmings and additional orchestration until completion. I also did the recording, mixing and mastering on this one. The result is a really romantic sounding piece, hence the title Eros, which means love in greek."

I would have classified this as straight orchestral, albeit very flowing and with an emphasis on dynamics, rather than as hybrid New Age, as though there are synthetic elements I think melody is always first and foremost, the piano is mixed rather dominantly, and the synths used almost substitute for counterpart orchestral timbres. This is very melodramatic fare - at points it even sounds a bit Angelo Badalementi / Twin Peaks-ish. Excellent flute, strings, overall good sample quality, but the dynamics and lushness of the mix are what make the whole thing work. The brass, where used, is grandiose but not overexposed, and the reworking of the piece itself is creative, emotional, and thorough. Good stuff that should appeal to orchestral fans, solo piano fans, and anyone looking for a quality ReMix of this particular game. Great to see some more varied game coverage, especially when the mixes are every bit as good as their more mainstream kin.



Latest 15 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
on 2022-11-29 10:24:01

There's only 1 remix for The Battle of Olympus, and it's from 18 years ago!

Can someone please step up and create more?

on 2020-07-23 22:07:10

What else can I say but "I love Eros"

on 2016-03-27 03:35:51

Wouldn't have found OCR if I weren't searching for remixes of battle of olympus music and it couldn't have been done better.

on 2010-09-16 07:55:13

There's an instant beauty to this mix that almost takes you back a bit. The intro is so elegantly constructed, it really doesn't sound like a remix at all. The piano is a thing of magic, and the GrayLightning touch is undeniably brilliant. Musically rich but never overdone or heavy.

I felt portions where the piano wasn't leading were a little soft, which transported me out of the song a little. But aside from that, there's not much that I would consider changing about this.

Very much a case of the right remixers plumbing the right melody. Big thumbs up on this one.

on 2009-07-23 08:51:13

Listening to Eros makes me picture a beach at night: waves, wind, and a star-studded sky. The wealth of sensitivities employed here make this naturally drift, fly, sparkle, and seduce. Amusingly, the twinkly bells in the intro and outro act like gentle kisses, and the piano is like a shy lover in how its dynamics vary its vocal courage. Strings rise and fall where needed to both supplement and complement the melodic leads, most prominently at 1:33-1:40. 2:19+ makes me tear up inside, and the crescendo at 2:37 is grand and captivating.

Eros shoots its arrow --- straight to my heart. 3

on 2009-03-17 14:09:52

Classy work. Solo piano and new age together with good production and a good source makes a great combination, and it's interesting to see the arrangement decisions made. This really works well at the new tempo, and in addition to being a really good stand-alone track, would also make a great title screen song for a remake. ;-)

Incidentally, this source would also sound awesome as metal. I think that's just the sign of a great song. _

on 2007-10-09 04:48:52

this song sent chills down my spine. nuff said.

on 2007-08-17 16:44:03

sorry, but i didnt like it. TOO SLOW!!!!! i mean... I LOVE that song. it's gotta be my favorite NES song ever.. but to me this didn't do it justice. It's beautiful, yes.. but it puts me to sleep. And where's that awesome rhythm section??? to me this is an awesome epic song that should be played by Iron Maiden, not Muzak. :sleepzzz:

on 2006-07-14 01:56:44

My Grandmother (who is a classical music freak) walked in and asked me who composed this. That is a very high compliment to the both of you. She thinks that anything 'less than' Brahms isn't worth listening too.

on 2004-11-05 16:41:01

This is a very amazing song. I really like it! Keep it up :D

Julio Jose
on 2004-03-24 02:01:41

nice instrumental. I always love these songs. They are the perfect remedy for a long and stressful day.

on 2004-02-29 18:43:10

I've been listening to this song a lot lately and thought I should give my opinion.

First of all, this is one of favorite pieces from OCR; it is very emotional and fluid. The dynamics in the piano are absolutely amazing and work so well with the ambient synths and effects prominent in the start. It is attention to detail like this that push a song over the edge from good to great. Another bonus is that the while being a center-piece, the piano manages to avoid becoming over-powering and continues to be a key factor even when the flute comes in for the lead.

The transition between ambient to orchestral was pulled seamlessly. You can trance out while you listen to the song and not even notice the change because it is so subtle.

I look forward to hearing more from you two in the future!

on 2004-02-22 06:07:16

Ah, the sweet sweet love between GL and FM :P

on 2004-02-21 16:48:36

there is something to be said about music that is accessible to those who are not familiar or not impressed by its present genre. its no shocker that most people think new age is just a series of bell twinkles and cheesy string sections. we've all heard the yanni blasting, we all know how funny enya sounds to everyone who still thinks you need to have pipes like christina aguilera to be a beautiful female vocalist... but there's this guy named thegraylightning who will keep smackin you in the face with music that can make a grown man cry... no matter how seemingly soft it may seem.

let me first say that freemind is an extremely talented pianist. it is fitting for a track titled eros to be performed in part by a greek pianist but moreso by a guy who seems to have the touch for the sort of delicate softness of romance; this is a piece that could not have had some key junkie bangin away at ivory with fancy classical runs, etc. this had to sound ethereal and that means it had to be played ethereally and shoot me running... i think that's what he did.

extremely impressive. this guy is good.

and then there's gray. good god, man. i remember when this guy first started putting stuff up. i remember very distinctly a track that nearly knocked me clear off my feet - tears of a swordsman. and i thought to myself, this guy is really REALLY REALLY good. it was funny back then because he used the standard tones of his synth rather than fancy soundfonts like most of the community. and he got a lot of flak about it. but then there was this inescapable sense that he had an extremely refined sense of musicality... that he put things together with a very calculatted touch... not like what most people think of new age music... everything goes where it was meant to go.

the strings are very yanni, no doubt abuot it. that is a soft spot for me as i am a huge fan of yanni's orchestral work and think it is alot harder to write strings in that style than it is to write them in the more traditional classical approach of writing string. this is admirable work. also. the way the structure of the track ebbs and flows... this is an emotional work. eros, indeed.

i dunno, i'm ranting about how i feel about this track and that can lay waste to my entire afternoon so i'm out of here. if you haven't listened to this yet, change that.


on 2004-02-19 00:04:20

Gray and Freemind, excellent work!

This song sounds tragic and epic, although soft for epic. It makes me think of a hero that makes selfless sacrifices his whole life, and eventually gives his life to save another... I can't really explain what it is about the song, but I will say that you guys were able to put a lot of emotion into this song.

You guys should do more collaborations, because this is truly an excellent song... The piano leads it, while all of the instruments are more ambient and build into the piano's emotion. Ingenious. I wish I could say more, but as it is, I feel so much about this song, that I am unable to put it into words. Keep it up guys! :)

Sources Arranged (1 Song)

Primary Game:
The Battle of Olympus (Broderbund , 1989, NES)
Music by Kazuo Sawa

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Origin > Collaboration
Time > Tempo: Slow

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