ReMix:Xenogears "Echoes" 5:34

By Fishy

Arranging the music of one song...

"The Wind Calls to Shevat in the Blue Sky"

Primary Game: Xenogears (Square , 1998, PS1), music by Yasunori Mitsuda

Posted 2010-02-07, evaluated by djpretzel

Well, after having been snowed in for two days, with Anna in Philly, I am officially getting sick of hot dogs and frozen pizza. Many of you are no doubt tuned in to Super Bowl XLIV... as a Redskins "fan" I've sort of numbed to the entire sport after so many years of suck here in DC, but the commercials are usually fun and it's a great excuse to drink more beer than a typical Sunday night would require. Anyhow, this seemed like a fine time to post Fishy's 'Echoes' mix of Shevat, off Humans + Gears. Cain writes:

"This remix is ooooold. Like 2006 old, from when I was an OCR nub. This was my attempt at one of them cheesy ass guitar ballads from the 80s. It even has my dad's real 80s drum machine for maximum retro-ness."

2006.... damn. So, has it aged like a fine wine or become crustified & dingy w/ the molds? Well, it's Fishy, so I'm not even sure the second option there is even a possibility; anything but n00bish, this mix shows that Cain's really always had the skills. Overall style is a little more mellow and (as mentioned) 80's than his newer stuff, but production is still clean & crisp and the arrangement still has teeth. The blend of cleaner backing guitars with a long, ringing sustain on the distorted lead texture really builds a nice bed. There are also some solo passages where the cleaner tone gets the spotlight, and I really like the contrast this offers; the overall piece stays at a pretty steady intensity level & tempo, so most of the dynamics come across through trading out the processing on the guitars, which was smart. Great piece from Cain, off a great album.



Latest 15 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
on 2012-07-24 15:46:23

Smooth and clean, that's really what comes to mind on this one for me. The guitar work is fantastic and the melody really flows with the drum beat. It's hard to describe, but it feels right and it's pretty good at keeping attention.

on 2011-03-04 16:37:37

Lol. Because that's what matters most on OCReMix.

on 2011-03-04 16:32:32

I hope Fishy's prepared to re-record this in 4 years for the BONKERS seal of approval. :lol:

on 2011-03-04 16:27:49

I'm not sure why I haven't commented on this one - it's probably one of my favorite guitar pieces if not my favorite.

I love those drums; they're fun to play for sure.

I never heard the source before this; to be honest, I didn't even know Xenogears existed before this mix. Went to download the album after I learned it was part of an album and absolutely loved it!

Anyways about the mix, I always preferred this one on a late night drive. Really, just anywhere dark period. It's a very moody mixes and I can very easily get entranced by it.

Awesome job, Fishy! Easily my favorite from you! Or at least tied with Beneath the Canopy if anything.

on 2010-02-17 21:44:51

This is a pretty cool mix.

Sound like UFO meets dream theater.

Lots of really nice touches here, and a somewhat dreamlike soundscape. Pretty awesome stuff right here... altho i'm not sure the lead guitar tone is quite right, you have a really nice mellow soundscape with lots of room to breath until that lead comes in. It sounds a little too upfront and almost interferes with the lush soundscape you have, particularly when they harmonize... I think the chorus on the guitar might have something to do with it.

Anyway, thats a minor gripe on a solid mix that keeps interest for 5 and a half minutes. Nice work


on 2010-02-17 20:24:30

This track's very mellow, with some usual Fishy awesome guitar running the show. Once things got started the time flew by, but the intro was a bit long, IMO. Love the 80's drums and the overall feeling of this one. Nice work.

Mr Azar
on 2010-02-14 21:35:53

Absolutely amazing!

on 2010-02-12 11:50:48

Pretty smooth stuff, and hold up well. It's pretty obvious that your guitar technique has improved since this, but this track is still pretty great. Excellent flow, and it doesn't drag; it definitely doesn't feel like almost 6 minutes have passed since I first hit play.

Good stuff. :-)

on 2010-02-11 11:56:03

I love how, from a general quality standpoint, Fishy's remixes from 3 years ago are almost indistinguishable from his new mixes. That's not meant to slight his new work, which is extremely good, but rather to compliment the timeless quality of his work :-)

This is a rather simple arrangement but it's very cohesive and an appropriate take on the source material. The whole thing can be described as very tasteful. Nice work! :-D

on 2010-02-09 13:29:14

I love this mix. It is perhaps my favorite mix on the Xenogears: Humans + Gears album. The mix is extremely clean and also sets up a great mood. Great stuff!

on 2010-02-09 09:36:20

Muziks for the hott sexin! (btw nice track; stays true to the source in a good way too!)

on 2010-02-08 21:11:44

This is pretty straightforward, but nice.

on 2010-02-08 10:45:04

Loving this!!! Keep it up Cain!! (Your name is so cool too)

on 2010-02-07 22:52:34

I really enjoyed the original track in the game. I thought it was airy and lonely and fit the setting perfectly. This remix definitely sticks with the same theme for me. I enjoyed it on Humans+Gears and it's one of my favorite pieces between the two CDs.

The style kind of reminds me of some of the tracks in The Journeyman Project which is really awesome

Geoffrey Taucer
on 2010-02-07 21:53:51

An excellent take on a source which I... well, actually, I hated the source; I thought it was one of mitsuda's weaker pieces.

ANYWAY, nice mix.

Sources Arranged (1 Song)

Primary Game:
Xenogears (Square , 1998, PS1)
Music by Yasunori Mitsuda
"The Wind Calls to Shevat in the Blue Sky"

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Electric Guitar

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