ReMix:Seiken Densetsu 3 "Electrion (Guitar Mix)" 3:41

By FIDGAF, The Orichalcon

Arranging the music of one song...


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

Posted 2004-08-24, evaluated by the judges panel

They came, they saw, and they informed me that my air conditioning unit's compressor, by far the most expensive component, was beyond salvation. Fun. At least I've gained a new appreciation and respect for those who live without AC, whether by choice or by circumstance. TO collabed with guitarist FIDGAF on this Seiken 3 ReMix that intros with rather spooky staccato guitar strums and an nice, dark ambience, then gets funky with some swing-time hip-hop beats, complete w/scratchin', fuzz guitar, and cool fading vibrato drones. Melody enters soon after on a cool-as-a-cucumber mellow electric piano, leading up to a nice chorus/refrain where it duets with stereo-doubled lead guitar. The mood is here is downright frigid; my constant usage of temperature metaphors probably has something to do with my shirt being glued to my back and it being ungodly hot, but this is still some slick work. The guitar adds a lot, as this is more a BGM-style composition, establishing a funky groove and going places with it, to be sure, but not with narrative melodic development as a primary focus. The funky little reverb-drenched pianosynth is subtle but well played; while it's not too loud, it still steals a lot of the attention and has a good deal of variety. Larry wrote quite a bit on this one - here's an excerpt:

"The rearrangement is pretty liberal, as this involves taking only the first 15 seconds of Swivel's melody (which, to be fair, is at a really fast tempo) and refashioning it into a somewhat different kind of theme, and I have to say that hearing sections such as the belltones at the 2-minute mark showed some of the most logical rearrangement ideas I've ever heard. TO's original compositional ideas seamlessly connected with the arranged game music... I felt adding FIDGAF to the picture created a lot more energy with this mix, while not overshadowing the subtle hip-hop beats and ambient sounds that made "Electrion" interesting in the first place. It's a very successful hybrid of styles. Solid work, bros. "

I concur: creative, interpretive, not overly showy or elaborate, and while there's a degree of reiteration (I think a percussive breakdown could have been the business, personally), work is done on soloing and subtle changes to keep it movin'; for those of us without air conditioners, a blast of sub-zero chillness that's well-appreciated.



Latest 15 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
on 2022-09-03 15:41:16
On 8/25/2004 at 9:09 PM, Flare4War said:

I'm very fond of this mix.

The rythum(sp? :whatevaa: )the beat, the melody, and the timing. It all just hit me the right way. When I first heard the guitar I thought it was going to be too raspy for my likeing, but two seconds later I realized it was great.

At 1:21 (I guess what you might call the chorus) those guitars hit in the background though it sounds like there is alittle bit of a piano jingle going on. I think it would have sound even better if that was just a touch brighter.

In the is excellent. Very well done work.

Any Brighter and it would have taken away from the Boston Style Harmonies. The Guitar is a bit louder than I would have liked.

Want to hear something cool amd Original?

This is why the rythm guitar sound.

It's hard to work with Keyboards.

On 8/24/2004 at 11:05 PM, ella guro said:

I like the groove here and the sounds are all interesting. The guitar is kind of clipped and lo-fi, but it's done in a way that's non-obtrusive (at least on the speakers I have now) so I don't have any complaints about it.

My main issue here is the actual melody - this was a really complex and developed tune from the soundtrack that had a lot of cool subtleties. Here, there are remnants of the original (played by a vibraphone that's a little synthetic for me) to make it recognizable, but there doesn't seem to be a whole lot of substance in general. I guess I wouldn't have as much of a problem with it if you couldn't do this with literally any tune from the soundtrack with relatively the same results.

In the end it's a interesting and very listenable mix; but that doesn't substitute for the fact that the arrangement itself is pretty underwhelming.

Actually, TO was complaining because I didn't use a Comb Filter to get better separation. The "Low-Fi" sound was a nod to Boston.

I thought it was "Tasty"...

I actually never heard the Original beforehand.

TO laid out this Groove and I heard something in my head.

20+ years later and I'm still proud of it.

You can tell I didn't use a Harmonizer because the Guitar Tracks aren't exactly the same.

Thanks for Listening and if anyone knows what happened to TO, please post. He had great talent.

Thanks for the Flowers Bro!

on 2011-01-03 15:37:17

This gets alot of play on my "summertime" list, especially at dusk and in the evenings. Very cool.

on 2009-03-23 10:34:39

I wish that this track had a little more punch in the percussion and bass, and i'm not really liking the rhythm guitar one, but the lead is fine.

Gets a little too repetitive though, but it's nice enough. I don't really feel too strongly about it either way. I think a little more time taken to differentiate the sections and to develop it further in the second half would make it more interesting to me, rather than what sounds like just a cut and paste of the first half. it works well enough for BG music.

on 2009-02-10 14:57:14

To me most of this mix seems very 'light', like it was walking on eggshells.

Fairly hush-hush, somewhat tense, and very deliberate.

Except for the electric guitar parts naturally. To me this puts into my head an image of some mellow electronic band on stage and every now and then an electric guitarist walks across stage while he shreds on his guitar.

All in all, its not bad; definitely original and a fresh take on things.

The Orichalcon
on 2006-05-17 02:08:03
hey, the electric thingy sample... i heard that before... were did u find it?

(yeah, i remember, it was a piece from Tool...i dont remember the title, though)

The electric sounds were from the filler track "(-) Ions" on Tool's Ænima album.

on 2006-03-15 18:49:01

hey, the electric thingy sample... i heard that before... were did u find it?

(yeah, i remember, it was a piece from Tool...i dont remember the title, though)

on 2005-09-09 10:37:13

At first I thought this was going to be

something at the jazzy side, but then

the drumbeat slided in together with the

dark bass and gave it a nice groov. The small

guitar solos at 1:20 and 2:40 really rock,

making this mix one of the best.

Rock´nroll dudes!

on 2004-10-04 11:47:46

Funky. :D

It will stay in my playlist.

Corporal Eschebone
on 2004-09-05 11:23:32

Real smooth and avant-garde. Me like.

The Orichalcon
on 2004-09-05 08:30:23


Judgment Day
on 2004-09-05 01:40:48

I'm drawing a total blank here. Exactly what song or songs is this piece based on from Seiken 3?

Random Fox Thought
on 2004-08-30 12:24:44

very low riding and laid back at first, good for unwinding and just enjoying harmonizes nicely and as many have said just a cool theme. Then the guitar picks up -- both very skilled and with that tint of emotion to it. I really love this remix and I hope to get into more of the SD3 OST after hearing it (I know SoM had a lot of good themes).

on 2004-08-27 04:38:38

This is a rather chilly mix, all laid back and evil and spooky and stuff... I like it.

Since I've never heard the original, I can't comment on how true the mix is to it. As for the lead guitar loudness issue, I didn't notice much wrong with it. Maybe a little louder than the rest, but nothing to go deaf about. Then again, that may be just because I don't have my volume up on full blast (like most people seem to, these days... oh well).

Anyway, quite a mood-setter, very cool. Definitely worth the download.

on 2004-08-27 03:16:50
Thanks for the comments everyone.

For those of you who think the guitar was balanced wrong, or too loud. I actually have a second remastered version of this that I released on a soundtrack for a game earlier this month. If you really want to hear it (and some other guitar pieces that FIDGAF and I have come up with) you can download the soundtrack here:

The Remastered version of this remix is music_bar_generic02.wav

Glad to hear you like it.

I was so confused at first. I listen to this remix and I say to myself, "Holy shit! This FIGDAF guy took a song from Orichalcons soundtrack!" Then I noticed the "TO"...

Oh well, I got to hear the song early at least. (DL the soundtrack if you haven't)

on 2004-08-27 03:12:49

SD3 is the best game ever to not have an official American release!!

My only complaints:

1. I could barely tell this was a remix of Swivel the first time I listened to it, and I've played SD3 start to finish once and listened to the SPCs many times. The song title made me think it would be an Electric Talk remix.

2. Waaaay too dark. Swivel was an almost excessively upbeat song.

Still, both of these have the upside of awesome freestyle. I especially like the guitar...

Sources Arranged (1 Song)

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

Tags (4)

Hip Hop
Electric Guitar
Origin > Collaboration

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