ReMix:Secret of Mana "Thicket" 4:13

By DarkeSword

Arranging the music of 2 songs...

"Fear of the Heavens", "Into the Thick of It"

Primary Game: Secret of Mana (Square , 1993, SNES), music by Hiroki Kikuta

Posted 2008-02-14, evaluated by djpretzel

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Latest 15 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
on 2015-12-27 23:20:08

Pretty decent mix; however, it feels like it's missing something. It lacks that edge that makes it really distinctive. I do like the drum filtering and quieter sections though.

on 2009-02-02 17:27:39

Fast and pleasant, feels like gliding. A great track.


on 2008-09-10 14:41:08

Among everything, the melody that starts before 2:00 is my favorite part. The feel is totally different than the original, and I love how that was done.

Overall, the melodies themselves aren't changed, but the textures and everything else create a totally new feel for the tracks. That's the charm of this mix. I think the mix is very well done. Great job.

Martin Penwald
on 2008-03-05 16:39:17

Interesting blend of styles. While the mix is somewhat fast in terms of BPM, it's still very soothing and relaxing.

Good stuff.

on 2008-03-03 17:53:49
You interpreted that question incorrectly.

I think he knows that. :lol:

on 2008-03-03 16:46:56

You interpreted that question incorrectly.

Joshua Morse
on 2008-03-03 11:00:39
What exactly is verbatim? :|

according to

in precisely the same words used by a writer or speaker; "a direct quotation"; "repeated their dialog verbatim"

using exactly the same words; "he repeated her remarks verbatim"

...or in this particular case note for note.

on 2008-02-28 00:10:42
Practically verbatim. And the whole thing is mixed way too quiet. It's very dull.

Oh well. Still better than the garbage I made with the same source.

What exactly is verbatim? :|

on 2008-02-28 00:00:48

Practically verbatim. And the whole thing is mixed way too quiet. It's very dull.

Oh well. Still better than the garbage I made with the same source.

on 2008-02-18 13:05:51

Two of my favorite source themes in one track is a great way to get my attention, and the treatment of both is excellent. I really like Darkesword's style, and here it seems he has a few Ziwtra-esque flourishes in a few places, making the already potent track even better.

Great soundscape and instrument choices. I love the bells and string accents, and the slightly crushed beats and synth gate gives a great feeling to the whole mix.

The arrangement progresses pretty well and picks up a bit of energy at the end, though the ending itself was a little rushed I thought. It is a proper ending rather than a blatant fade, but I think a little additional interest is in order.

Overall excellent work, one of my favorite DS mixes in awhile. Awesome work dude. :-)

on 2008-02-18 10:13:29

I really like how the song keeps pushing forward and pulling back in the quiet sections. I too was a fan of the mild dissonance (seemed to fit the song), and I absolutely love those shimmering strings that show up every few measures - very chilling effect. This is great, DS.

on 2008-02-18 07:59:40
Thanks man; "On The Day The World Changed..." was what inspired me to make a Mana mix. :D

Wow, well then I'm glad we made it! Congrats again!

on 2008-02-18 01:47:52

Pretty nice work. I like the liberties with the flute lead around 1:50-2:15, that's beautiful stuff. I like the bass and drums too.

I wouldn't mind if the mix had taken a bit more time to develop certain transitions. The intro for example - I could've taken a few more bars establishing the mood and have the melody enter a bit later than right at the start. Another point is around 03:00 - the Angel's Fear theme begins a couple of bars too soon. But that's just me - other people probably appreciate getting straight into business. :)

I'll be keeping this one, it's a good mix of some of my favourite originals.


on 2008-02-16 20:09:00

DarkeSword does it again!


on 2008-02-15 21:22:51

You already know I love this...dissonance and all. Transition at 1:00 gets me every time, and the similar refrain at 2:18 perfectly pulls the empty space back from what might have been an otherwise overdrawn dropout. The bookended Angel's Fear is great as well, especially with the cool percussive work during 3:33-4:00.

Nice work all around man.

Sources Arranged (2 Songs)

Primary Game:
Secret of Mana (Square , 1993, SNES)
Music by Hiroki Kikuta
"Fear of the Heavens"
"Into the Thick of It"

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