"I never listened anything of this game until M-H won DoD ENIX Month with his great track, Union Alpha. So I started listening to some tracks of this game, and I've been convinced. I worked on a first version, then a second, but both weren't really satisfying to me. First, I didn't introduce "The first unison" since M-H arranged it very well. But finally I couldn't resist. I reworked it again, inspired by CarbohydroM's style, as you can see."
This is our first coverage from Motoi Sakuraba's score to Valkyrie Profile, and Scaredsim's third mix here on OCR. Three different games, three different composers, three different systems, and three mixes... I like the variety! This one's got great structural variation and blends rockin' guitars with synth elements and acoustic kit drums. Judges correctly identified the weaker elements, in my opinion: the piano sits a little awkwardly in the mix at times, and the drums might be a bit loud... or perhaps they just needed some headroom or minimal DSP... but besides those two gripes, which while legit aren't huge, this is a great and creative arrangement that continues the trend of excellent submissions from Scaredsim. Vinnie writes:
"Nice arrangement. You've woven the songs together well, and there's lots of little details, like the piano in the background around 3:00. Double-time sections ramp up the energy nicely. I thought this was pretty solid on production too. I know last time Larry thought the drums were too loud, and this time I agree with him. The snare could stand to be a little softer and more blended in. It also gets a little crowded at times, and maybe more EQ could help. But these aren't major problems and I'm comfortable passing this. I think you're really improving quickly, Simon!"
Indeed; Simon's got a versatility to his style, but I especially like that he's taking on diverse source material from different areas and putting his spin on it, with very enjoyable results.
on 2009-07-13 23:12:14
Does some very decent justice to Motoi's original material. It's pretty evident that there was some great appreciation for the more complex melodic structures that Sakaruba seems to be the master of.
Guitar work is uberfine, but that's a no-brainer, seeings as this is Scaredsim, who really pulls his weight in terms of awesome, unapologetic rock explosions.
Apart from the obviously great guitar work, the little interspersed pockets of ambience or piano sections were very welcome and held up to the standard of the louder sections. In all, it oozes quality from every pore.
And as much as I have a guilty pleasure for medly mixes that suffer from a slight bit of medlyitis, I was very pleased that this didn't. The fact that this doesn't sound like a medly at all is a relief, because bad transitions would murder a rock mix like this. The end result is very liquid, moving along without a hitch; a sign of expert arranging.
A true benchmark for rock medlies. Love it.
on 2009-05-09 08:35:35
Some great guitar work here and the way it was introduced was really fantastic.
on 2009-05-08 06:44:16
This track swept me off my feet, the beginning was just awesome.
on 2008-12-04 03:21:13
This is cool. I realized I hadn't listened to this before... or paid enough attention. It's a crazy progression through styles and moods and still remains cohesive. That's impressive. It feels a bit backwards, tho; in the beginning it felt like it had played for way too long, and towards the end I was a bit disappointed that it could still have gone on for a couple of minutes. DUnno what that means, but the track is an experience.
on 2008-08-29 11:17:18
Very nice beginning, it is has a bit of DiCola in there, which is always a good thing. I think the snare is too loud, but I know how you love your snares. -____-
Source is pretty good, and the piano breakdown is beautiful as always.
I think the rhythm guitar is a little too quiet. A little more high end would give it a nice crunch.
Transitions are superb, they work very well, and it takes a moment to even realize it's a different source. Very cool stuff.
Simon is a Super Singe!
on 2008-08-22 15:12:05
I like the beginning, simply because it's very different from what's to come, which makes the transition into the rock part of the song all the better.
The piano part is a nice addition. Short but sweet, it doesn't overstay its welcome, and the transition back into rock was handled quite well, too.
All in all, a very solid remix, though I sometimes feel as if the guitar is a tiny little tad too loud. But really, only a tiny little tad.
on 2008-07-29 20:24:07
ScaredSim makes damn good medleys, without them sounding like they're suffering medleyetis. The guitar work, as always, sounds good.
I still wish ScaredSim would go back and polish some earlier DoD medleys.
on 2008-07-25 19:58:48
Some very nostalgic memories here indeed. My only gripe with this was the piano wasn't taken farther, but it's only because it, for some strange reason, reminded me of the piano version of Subarashiki Shin Sekai from Namco X Capcom and I was curious to what could have developed. Overall, good job on getting the first VP mix here.
on 2008-07-25 14:31:50
Does anyone hear slight crackling at the start of the piano music at about 2:00 through 2:15? I'm not sure if this is my sound card or actually part of the music.
on 2008-07-25 12:06:13
I gotta say, ever since i got on this site, searched the songs, and yelled "No VP ReMixes!?!?!?" I have been waiting for this moment. ScaredSim, way to rock the first entry!
on 2008-07-25 06:39:35
Sim is getting quite profilic this year!
and it's definitly a good thing!
keep up the good work man, your style is clean, slick and technical!
on 2008-07-25 03:15:39
Valkyrie Profile is probably in the list of my top 5 favorite games, and I gotta say this remix is pretty solid. The piano part really draws you in as it plays, in my opinion, the best part of the track. I always loved when the song played as you hopped from stone to stone in valhalla to fight the final boss, which shall not be named for spoilers sake. This song really brings me back.
on 2008-07-24 23:33:06
First reply! Anyways, this is a pretty sick remix. It rocks, and everything comes together nicely. 2008 truly is the year of Rockin' Remixes!
on 2008-07-24 21:47:42
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Sources Arranged (3 Songs)
- Primary Game:
Valkyrie Profile (Enix, 1999, PS1)
Music by Motoi Sakuraba
- "Black blinding nightmare"
"The first unison"
- Electric Guitar, Synth
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