ReMix:Star Ocean: The Second Story "Into Your Kamikaze" 7:15

By Blake Perdue

Arranging the music of one song...


Primary Game: Star Ocean: The Second Story (Sony , 1998, PS1), music by Motoi Sakuraba

Posted 2006-09-06, evaluated by the judges panel

The opening of Blake's latest orchestral arrangement from Star Ocean: The Second Story reminds me of the final piece from Goldenthal's Titus score; very grand, deliberate, hopeful chord progression. Things bust out at 0'56", though, as Blake mixes up-tempo pieces with flowing legato passages rather adeptly. Mr. Perdue gives us some insight into his creative process:

"It certainly felt like the last remix I got accepted here was a major let down, and as one put it in the Chrono Symphonic thread: "Here's a tip, guys: Orchestral remixes can have power, too. They don't HAVE to be boring as hell." He may not have been directly referring to my Door to the End of Time, but if he was he was certainly correct. So I've tried to make improvements upon my technique if you wanna call it that, and make sure my fake orchestral is worth listening to. Hopefully people will not say "Ugh, ANOTHER orchestral remix." to this one, but if they listen to it and it is just another one, well, I am always trying to improve anyway. I've forever disgraced my free sample using ways by using an EDIROL clarinet sample, because the squidfont one or any other free one online is just way too damn honky, and provides no flexiblity or textural relevance. (Is textural a word?) However, the rest of the samples in this ReMix are free and mostly of the florestan and squidfont department."

I liked his last mix, personally, but I can see where this mix would perhaps be seen as a bit more exciting and powerful and what not. It's certainly a wonderful example of what can be done orchestrally with primarily free soundfonts. It's also downright epic; at over seven minutes, it packs quite a lot of compositional punch, but nothing feels superfluous or repetitive. There's enough transitions and dynamic work to fill out two shorter mixes, really, but Blake's coagulated that into a single monolithic arrangement that expands outwards and upwards from the source material. Andy sez:

"Considering you're still working with not-so-great samples you do a FANTASTIC job of orchestrating things, and your production is very good. The one section that is problematic in regards to sample quality is 2:29 to 2:43 - things just sound kinda fake there. You could have done with a little more reverb perhaps to cover that up. The middle section leading up to 3:50 was excellent. Really, the arrangement as a whole is VERY well-structured and aside from the abrupt transition towards the beginning, things flow extremely smoothly. This is probably my favorite work of yours so far. You did a fantastic job on nearly every aspect of this remix. Any complaints I have are rather minimal."

I'd agree that this is Blake's most elaborate, intricate, and mature work to date, and he started off pretty strong to begin with, so that bold claim carries some real weight. Like a good salad dressing should be, this ReMix is robust, complex yet subtle, and tastes great with romaine lettuce, chick peas and copious crutons. Except for that last bit. Excellent, large-scale orchestral maneuvers in the light from BP.



Latest 15 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
(Lyrics) Serotriptomine
on 2010-02-23 19:05:43

Holy mother of ******. I had just brought up my phone to text someone while reading the history behind this and your improvement. When at 00:55ish it smacked me in the face with my sub-woofer flaring. I jumped out of my seat at the suddenness of your change.

I am in love with the flares of the flute, and this "fake" orchestral business is a load of bullhonkey.

There is no such thing as "fake" when it comes to music. It's either Created and Produced Live for you, or it's Created and Produced perfectly via tools for you. Either way, no matter what anyone tells you about your work, you know, and everyone else does, that you make songs for your own tastes.

And you improve the way of doing such things from the feedback given by persons that share the same interests as you do. Thus, giving you more ways to satisfy your own dreams and imaginations. I applaud all artists whether "fake" or not, on any website, but in particular, this one.

Games stay close to your heart, whether you like to admit it or not.

And the same goes with music.


(I'm not qualified to judge your work, this is how much -i- Enjoyed this song.)

on 2008-12-10 09:25:58

It is my opinion that it would take a cruel and uniquely untalented bastard to manage making a Motoi Sakuraba score sound terrible. Thankfully, that special someone has yet to grace OCRemix.

Nice orchestral piece with a ton of variety. And the ending, ah the ending. Superb, well-paced climax to an equally superb and well-paced mix. *loves it*.

on 2008-09-18 12:48:44

Samples are a bit weak, but GREAT sequencing and production on them. With some pro level samples, specifically the strings and bassoon, this would be a completely beastly track. As is, it's not slouching at all, and has a lot of exciting moments interspersed with some calmer ones, and good transitions between them.

There is plenty of good development as well, and though the track is long, it never feels drawn out for the sake of length.

Fans of orchestra will love this one; it's exciting, dramatic, and it's obvious a lot of care went into it. Nice work. :-)

on 2007-01-02 09:36:45
I'm curious - what songs were used to make this mix? I like it alot, but I'm having a hard time recognizing them (Mostly because I didn't get far in SO:TSS)

Though it's listed in the site now, it doesnt seem to direct link to anything.

on 2006-11-02 16:08:26

It's definitely better quality than most Chrono Symphonic, but I don't like the source material at all. Even though there is mucho expansion from that, I know that every second that it is going to go back to that theme that I don't like. In my opinionz, if you want non-boring orchestral with a good tune, check out Russel Cox's EVO mix. Probably one of the only orchestral mixes I have on the site. I like Nigel Simmons's Castlevania 4 arrangement too, but not as much as the EVO one, on a personal level.

Back to this mix:

Very nice ending.

on 2006-11-02 02:20:40

One of my favorite songs from one of my favorite PlayStation RPGs. I totally dig this ReMix. Has plenty of time to variate and develop. I wish I could have a higher bitrate version.. would do wonders on improving the sound quality. The instrumentation and arrangement both are very well executed.. awesome. :) i'd like to hear more SO2 ReMixes around here.

highly recommended!

DJ Skratch 'n' Sniff
on 2006-10-22 18:28:28

There's some sort of issue where the database says 7:19 whereas the track itself is 7:17-long, likely having to do with the VBR encoding. The track clearly ends properly, so why would you complain about a missing 2 seconds that don't matter? :-P

Actually, there are 2 seconds of silence at the beginning of the song so the actual last 2 seconds are getting cut off. I've determined that it's some kind of problem with iTunes because it works just fine in other media players. Thanks anyway :P

on 2006-10-21 19:59:02
For whatever reason' date=' I can't get the last 2 seconds of this mix. No matter which mirror I use I always end up with 7:17 instead of 7:19. It's kind of really annoying. WTF?[/quote']

There's some sort of issue where the database says 7:19 whereas the track itself is 7:17-long, likely having to do with the VBR encoding. The track clearly ends properly, so why would you complain about a missing 2 seconds that don't matter? :-P

DJ Skratch 'n' Sniff
on 2006-10-21 19:29:44

For whatever reason, I can't get the last 2 seconds of this mix. No matter which mirror I use I always end up with 7:17 instead of 7:19. It's kind of really annoying. WTF?

Martin Penwald
on 2006-09-18 09:21:03

One of the best orchestral arrangements on OCR. Although coming in at over 7 minutes, it absolutely never gets boring and/or repititive.

For some weird reason, the part starting at 3:51 reminds me of Zeldo. Dunno why.

on 2006-09-09 15:31:05

I rather like it. Now if you could only make something similar for Incarnation of the Devil, that would be splendid.

on 2006-09-08 12:27:47


on 2006-09-07 16:26:20

Damn. This owns. Magnificent work

on 2006-09-07 16:19:09

There's just some that make you say, "Yes." This is one of them.

on 2006-09-07 15:12:18

Great work, again! :D

Sources Arranged (1 Song)

Primary Game:
Star Ocean: The Second Story (Sony , 1998, PS1)
Music by Motoi Sakuraba

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Time > Duration: Long

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