Right then - we've been a bit slower than usual due to a confluence of circumstances, most involving my upgrading to Vista Ultimate, which is fairly stable but a bit of a let down in that it didn't delete all my MP3s and make me cry, as many promised it would, but instead ran rather smoothly. I also got a brand new machine that I'll be rebuilding sometime soon, and this type of maintenance always eats into OCR time in one way or another. Nevertheless, the show must go on. Our second mix from the DS arrives courtesy of newcomer OA, aka Andrew Luers, and covers that popular Japanese incarnation of Sam Waterson, Phoenix Wright, with arrangements from his first outing. Andrew writes:
"When I first heard this song, I was struck by its energy and feeling of elation, despite the ultra lofi sounds. Attempting to improve my production qualities throughout, I received some very helpful critiques from the WIP forum and through talking with some of the judges. Special thanks to zircon for always being available and willing to listen and critique. The willingness of people to take time out of their lives to help a fellow music lover is very inspiring. This assistance and support I received only helped me relate to the theme of the mix, which I took to be unity and ardor. I love the community of OCR, and all the work that people put into it, whether it be the site itself, the podcast, the surrounding sites, the R:TS and OLR, and the love of game music by everyone, just for the sake of the music."
Cool - always good to see the feedback/community process working for someone. This is motivational pop electronica with heavy utilization of strings and piano for melodic elements but synthetic drums, bass, and accompaniment... at least initially. There's electric guitar, both softly strummed chords on the left closer to the beginning and dirtier soloing towards the end. At 2'30" the groove changes to a harder downbeat; very interesting. The tempo is too fast to be what I'd call danceable, so this isn't one that you could easily get your corpus habeasing to without amphetamines, but it's good driving music. In fact, it reminds me of the spirit and overall flavor of the three original tracks from Outrun, albeit with a more modern production methodology. Jill writes:
"Alright, I'll admit that this is a pretty safe arrangement according to our standards; it stays pretty close to the source in terms of tempo and chord progression. Still, I feel like OA has really personalized the piece. He's set it in an incredibly nostalgic way, contrasting the lighter acoustic sections with soulful electric guitar and sweeping percussion... I actually feel a little fuzzy inside, despite never having played the game. It kinda sounds like the credits track to an anime, y'know?"
I do know; it does. Malcos adds:
"Arrangement is done well, with the source used as the inspiration for the quieter sections; although the chords aren't quite as emotive as the original, I think the mix takes the source to another level."
Of course, if you've witnessed the wonderfully entertaining, gross oversimplification of all things legal that is Phoenix Wright firsthand, you may have a stronger connection with what OA's done here. It's a fun game with an upbeat soundtrack that Andrew's cross-examined and dressed up to the 9's for a musical appeal; no objections here.
on 2015-12-04 14:56:19
I really love the uplifting mood this mix has The string writing is pretty nice and the soft piano licks are pretty cool too. My only complaint is that it becomes a bit loud at some points, but it's not a dealbreaker. Good job!
on 2011-09-02 14:07:08
Very entertaining and upbeat, I love the energy in this ReMix. This is a great track to us while driving and it really does have that "end credits" feeling to it. Thoroughly enjoyed the downbeat starting at 2:30. It just has a lot of emotion that defines this mix as happy, and it spreads that happiness very well. Victory indeed!
on 2009-12-22 03:40:17
Yeah, OA is pretty much a remixing god. This is uber-poppy; the bubblegum synths set a nice mood but it doesn't really kick in until the 90's-style guitar riffs kick in. That's when I REALLY get into the song. I agree with Willrock that the playing could use a bit more personality to it, but I think it fits alright as is.
I have no shame blasting this in my car Sooo good, one of my faves from OA!
on 2009-12-03 23:59:24
Haha! That's awesome Txai!
This song reminds me of an ending to a 90's feel-good movie. I don't why, it just does.
Nonetheless, it's a great upbeat track that puts a big'ol smile on my face.
on 2009-05-22 15:28:23
Hehe, well, what can I say, looks like I'm a sucker for motivational pop electronica just as badly as solo piano.
This is just a great piece all around, very upbeat. I like.
on 2009-05-02 19:47:08
Nice remix, i'm liking this
The first problem with this mix is the intro - that synth needs better EQing, its a little piercing.
When the drums fully kick in, I think that the piano could stand to be louder, not to mention that it sounds somewhat fake, especially when the 16th notes play a little over two thirds in.
Also I think that the guitar could use some vibrato, it sounds mechanical.
Still this is a great remix, and nice source too.
Good work over all
on 2009-01-13 10:58:12
Let me start off by saying that I'm a HUGE fan of all things Phoenix Wright so I was delighted to see a ReMix on the site (wish there were more).
This mix has a decidedly 90's flavor to it, probably because of the beats and the instruments used. I definitely get the "ending credits" vibe from the mix. If there's ever a PW anime series *crosses fingers* I can hear this being used during the credits (the guitar portion) or with dialogue overtop (the quieter sections). The intro is a little quiet and bland for my tastes, and I really start enjoying this mix after :37 when it picks up. Nice variation on the theme from the game, I like the subtle changes you made to the melody.
When that electric guitar comes in at 1:47, all I can think of is the opening song from Beverly Hills: 90210 with that lead guitar. I'm also getting a Smash Bros. Ending Credits feeling from it - when you complete something like Classic Mode with a character, how you get a remixed version of their "theme" - kind of like that electric guitar version of the SMB3 theme in Smash Bros. Melee.
I would love to see more Phoenix Wright mixes on the site. It seems to be underappreciated on here for such a beloved series.
on 2008-12-12 01:46:31
i sincerely apologize for not writing this sooner
because your music is amazing
on 2008-03-21 01:58:39
on 2008-03-13 05:17:33
Gotta agree about the piano, especially when it stays is even quarter notes, a little life there wouldn't hurt. It frankly sounds a bit like a placeholder for a proper melody instrument/singing. It's also impossible to not listen to it on headphones as it's so clearly separated to the right. On the other hand, the mechanical feel is actually perfect for the 01:00-01:22 section.
Ok that's a lot of whining about the piano.. Overall the track is pretty good. I definitely dig the feel-good vibe. Guitars are quite excellent!
on 2008-01-28 22:24:46
Cool... Warm... Yet exciting.... Not bad at all.
on 2008-01-18 16:55:15
I love it. I've never played any Phoenix Wright games before, but I've listened to/loved all the soundtracks from the games.
And like Frustration Raptor said, this song has pretty similar instrumentation to the BGM from The Sims 2, which is a good thing since I've always enjoyed that soundtrack too.
on 2008-01-17 00:22:33
Not trying to offend you OA, but some parts of this song reminded me of the Sims 2 music, but this is gold compared to the Sims music.
on 2007-12-22 15:55:02
I honestly don't remember anything like it from the game.. then again.. It's been a while since I've played it...
either way... This is AMAZING stuffs! :3
on 2007-10-04 05:11:04
Dude, I just gotta gush! This song is so sweet on a level that I'm pretty sure hasn't been experienced here on OCR yet. What level is that? I'm talking about pure unbridled happiness! Kind of like Avaris said, it's kind of happy-go-lucky. For me though, it's like walking along a river in a perfect world. I just can't quite put my finger on it, but this song just has a certain kind of dramatic quality to it that says, "YOU ARE HAPPY NOW!" I love the way you do a kind of high phrase with the piano at 1:10 and then do the same phrase with that big strings sound at 2:20. Felt like crying man! Thank you.
Sources Arranged (1 Song)
- Primary Game:
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney (Capcom, 2005, NDS)
Music by Masakazu Sugimori, Naoto Tanaka
- "We Won the Case! ~ The First Victory"
- Electric Guitar, Piano, Strings
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