Posted 2008-12-09, evaluated by djpretzel

I know what you're thinking... Sixto? He ain't no n00b. He's like... the exact opposite of a n00b. Especially this year. Don't worry, we're not breaking form, as he's only one half of the equation on this track, our first ReMix from Kenji Ito's score to Romancing SaGa. The arranger is newcomer Dustin Lagaly, alias Theory of Nonexistence, who writes:

"So, I have a playlist of about 400 songs that I play while I sleep and this source tune is one of them. I woke up one morning with it playing and realized "hey...this could make a pretty kickass rock tune". I have no idea what made me think that, seeing as it's nowhere close to the same style. Kinda one of those weird half-awake thoughts. But I got up and started writing it before my half-awake thought left me and it did indeed kickass. At the time, I had no real intentions of submitting it because the guitars were really fake and stuff, but I asked Sixto for some feedback on it and the next day he offered to collab. So I finished the arrangement up and gave him the midi. A couple weeks later, this epic remix was created.

The hardest part about making the song (in my opinion) was coming up with a name. I had a friend popping out random titles such as "Oh Shit, I Lost my Loli", "Dinkles Hurt My Feet", and "A Day Without a God is a Day That You Don't Have to Worry About". Needless to say, that wasn't working. I started thinking about it and made some kind of connection with the source tune being "Unerasable Pain" and the remix being just the opposite; the pain being erased after previously being unerasable. So I thought "A Better Eraser"...but that didn't sound good. I don't remember exactly how I got to "Tant Mieux", but it's French for "So much the better". Didn't feel like thinking anymore after that and I was getting impatient, so I subbed."

"Dinkles Hurt My Feet" would have been a real show-stealer, but it seems tasteful French prevailed. Things intro mellow with some Badalamentine pads, but pizzicato comes in and livens things up before an in-your-face blend of rock drums, guitar, and C64 SIDpeggio fills your ears with bliss. There's nice variation with the drums and a bunch of downbeat snare parts, plus a nice extended roll at 3'09" that DID conjure that iconic "Eeeee hee hee.... WIPEOUT" intro, but was nevertheless a cool touch. Other cool touches include rising and falling synth arpeggios, a badass synth solo at 2'34", cutaway ending (fadeout woulda been weak in this instance), and general Sixto production sheen. While his own arrangements are stellar, Juan also seems particularly adept in taking someone else's vision and framing it just right, with production/performance that does every ounce of justice possible. There are certainly worse ways to debut on OCR than having an arrangement of yours with Sixto at the helm on the production side of things, that's for sure. Dustin's arrangement is solid, though, and kudos for tackling a previously unmixed game and bringing more SaGa love. Great stuff all around.



Latest 15 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
on 2011-12-16 00:49:32

I don't recall ever hearing this mix for some reason. I only noticed it because it's listed as a Sixto mix :) .

This is a pretty nifty mix, and Sixto's influence really shines through here. It's hard for me to pick out what Dustin did and what Juan did, but in particular I love the guitar combined with the drumming, especially when the snare drums go into their hard hitting rhythmic pattern with the guitar soloing on top. The arrangement gets a little repetitive towards the end of the song, which is unfortunate, but the song is built strong enough to keep your attention at the least.

Sergei Dragunov
on 2010-12-06 03:35:06

Nice to see people actually remember this game. Awesome remix. Too bad I'm getting around to it a few months too late.

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on 2010-01-29 21:39:08

Greetings and salutations! Anywho, O M G! I l,ove this mix! I've been visiting OC Remix for a few months now but never felt the urge to post. Untill I heard this. This track blew me away, unfortunately I've never played the game before. After listening to this ONE TIME I had to register and post. BTW, thanks to OCR and everyone else for all the amazing music. Keep it up Sixto and Theory!

on 2009-12-08 10:45:11

I think the arrangement is hot, and it's great that Sixto helped out with the performance and production aspects of the track. Sixto's collabs tend to be epic, mostly because he picks out arrangements that really move on their own.

This may be Dustin's only track on the site (atr least as of right now, in late 2009), but his arrangements have consistently been great, and his production is almost there.

Extra bonus for the game in question to be a bit overlooked, this track definitely needs to be heard. Awesome work, gents!

on 2009-04-19 23:44:29

l have played this song over eighty times since downloading this last year and it still never gets old. Epic work

on 2009-02-15 11:48:21

Epic, just epic. I've never played the game, but listening to this makes me want to.


on 2009-01-17 23:34:42

I got this when it first came out, but figured I ought to write a little something...

This is probably one of my favorite remixes to come off this site. I'm in love with the music from Romancing SaGa, so I was really excited to see that you guys tackled a song from it. It's just.. totally beautiful and epic. It holds true to the source tune, but is still something else entirely. Great job to the both of you!

on 2009-01-05 19:16:53

I guess this is my first post huh? Well, been lurking on this site for quite some time. Im impressed with what you did there. absolutely awesome work. on my mp3 player now. got some of my friends addicted to it as well. this is music how it should be done. great job you two. consider yourself whorshipped :shock:

on 2008-12-29 07:03:47

It do not often find myself listening to a track once and again, and much less if it comes from a game that I have never played. That makes me believe this is a great job. Congratulations.

Martin Penwald
on 2008-12-25 03:04:08

DJP wasn't joking when he wrote about Badalamentine pads in the write-up; when the song started, the first thing that came to my mind was Twin Peaks.

I love the chiptune section in this song, and the synth solo from 2:35 is pure bliss. Sixto's guitar work is nice as always, nothing less, but also nothing more.

Nice one.

on 2008-12-22 11:54:40

This is sick. It has a very 'final battle' feel to it. Way to kick it off right, ToN!

on 2008-12-17 18:39:35

The introduction was intense, I had to listen to it a few times just to figure out what was going on.

Incredible job, you guys! :D

on 2008-12-17 14:06:57

I never played Romancing Saga, but I loved this remix. Cool job.

on 2008-12-16 16:31:30

This is awesome! Very nice mix of energetic rock and sid-goodness. I've never heard any Romancing SaGa music, but this still blows my socks off. High quality production too with nice clear sound. Good job.

on 2008-12-11 16:46:46

Whoa wall of sound intro. 8O I was transfixed by it. Amazing texture there, the stop-start guitar with the relentless chiptune leads. I was very happy to see that make another cameo near the end. The rest of the song isn't quite as stunning, but still, great writing and production throughout. I really like this one, guys!

Sources Arranged (1 Song)

Primary Game:
Romancing SaGa (Square Enix , 2005, PS2)
Music by Kenji Ito,Masayoshi Yamazaki,Nobuo Uematsu,Tsuyoshi Sekito
"Unerasable Pain"

Tags (5)

Chiptune,Electric Guitar,Synth
Origin > Collaboration

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