ReMix:Wild Arms "The Long Journey Ahead" 4:09

By Diggi Dis

Arranging the music of one song...

"Morning of Departure"

Primary Game: Wild Arms (Sony , 1997, PS1), music by Michiko Naruke

Posted 2011-12-20, evaluated by djpretzel

Frank's Monkey Island cut on Heroes vs. Villains was definitely a highlight of that album - and I'd say of 2011 overall, especially w/ regards to brass instrumentation. Let's see what he's cooked up for Wild Arms:

"The moment I heard this song, I knew this had to be the one. In the process of transcribing the chords and melody, the ideas for the arrangement kind of just developed fluidly. Had a lot of fun working on this project knowing a lot of amazing artists are participating on it. Hope you will enjoy! (P.S. Props for the person that knows which video the female chants are from.)"

Diggi's instrumental sensibilities are impeccable; I wouldn't have thought in a million years to dress up a source tune like this, but he's merged elements of funk, dance, electronica, orchestral, jazz, and... shouting kids? ...into a jam that's as refined as it is infectious, and never crosses the line from eccentric into schizophrenic. The rhythm guitar part ALONE makes my day, the soft EP intro is gorgeously sexy, and while every last element is impressive, there's also a restraint that always puts the arrangement first, over indulgence or showmanship. It's just freakin' CLASSY, San Diego. K? Jade concurs:

"It has been over a year since Diggi Dis has posted a track that isn't a collaboration. This solo piece does not disappoint. It is a laid back and catchy track for one of the ending themes. The first time I showed it to Emunator, he had it on repeat for hours. I love the female chants and that ravishing piano. Everything is simply marvelous. Frank was so easy to work with and he finished this track rather quickly. I hope to work with Frank again in the future projects!"

Ravishing - well said. I'm gonna follow in Emu's footsteps and be looping this to kingdom come, because it just makes me happy. But it's a guiltless happiness, because along with the funk and sugary melodies, Frank brought his A game and layered everything to perfection. I don't really think he even has a B game, actually... Another gem that, following Stevo & Jordan, should begin to illustrate the scary-crazy depth of ARMed and DANGerous.



Latest 13 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
on 2012-10-29 05:13:07

Just recently dug this up out of my OCRemix music folder and I just have to say, this remix is a masterful combination of sweet, sexy, and stylish.

The segment from 1:02 to 1:27 makes me melt every freakin' time. Can't get enough of it.

In my opinion, Diggi Dis' finest work right here from start to finish.

on 2011-12-26 21:47:45

This song is so much damn fun. Love the sound variety from the gorgeous opening EP to the guitar, strings, random shouting kids, both acoustic and later electric drums and synths. There's a lot of stuff happening in places yet everything sounds nice and crisp. Great production. This track is a big highlight for the album

on 2011-12-24 11:16:35

This is easily one of my favorite tracks off the album. It's just such an fun, enjoyable song. The use of the rhodes compliments Diggi's style perfectly. Amazing production all around, I'm not sure I've ever heard something so crisp and clear. I am curious, are the shouting kids (?) saying something, or is it just nonsense noises? And where does one get such a sample? Regardless, this somehow fits perfectly, so props on the originality there. Totally love this song! Great work!

on 2011-12-24 00:08:40

Thank god for this track...

audio fidelity
on 2011-12-22 11:56:58

Love this! Clean and masterful! Good work as always my friend :D

on 2011-12-22 01:20:51

Those opening chords are a class act. Afterwards there is no choice but to get down. None.

on 2011-12-21 23:44:20
Yep. Diggi Dis can do no wrong.
He's the man! That's his secret.

This pretty much sums it up.


on 2011-12-21 12:56:03
Frank, your music has definitely gotten a lot better in the past few years - what's your secret?

He's the man! That's his secret.

on 2011-12-21 06:37:20

Given the use of rhodes in the original, I can definitely see how something of this nature would fit wonderfully for Diggi Dis's rhodes driven style.

Indeed it did with the original's intro being handled note for note, before it got expanded with a good hint of phatbeetzville on his end to give in more of his signature style. That feel is maintained when going into the more majestic riff of the source, similarly following safe but also incorporating some of his key/synth solo magic. I sure as hell can't identify the chanting, but they did indeed bring in this driven march approach that would get the listener pumped - very appropriately fitted.

It's a sharp setting as we've come to expect from the Bad Dudes roster, but I'm not too sure about the acoustic guitar that came in at 1:25 - it does indeed sound very sweetly recorded, but the attack on the strings feels very harsh to me to really appreciate properly; could there have been a way to EQ the strum attack out, possibly lowering the high end? Either way, I'm guessing it would be a lot less harsh to listen to on speakers as opposed to headphones though, so that's something to bear in mind when approaching the track with your listening setup of choice.

That irk aside, it's still a classy arrangement to go by, and one that shows off Diggi Dis's style in a very upbeat and classy fashion. Between this and "Voodoo, Roots n' Grog", I can say that his style has been amplifying tenfold over the past year, and I hope to see it keep growing within 2012 as well :)

Brandon Strader
on 2011-12-20 21:59:57

Yep. Diggi Dis can do no wrong. The opening ePiano was simply beautiful, and the funky wah guitar that soon enters is really clean and nicely recorded. The body and bass in the track is so clean and well-refined. I think the somewhat exposed string ensemble sample that comes in as a lead leaves a bit to be desired, but surely I am only noticing it because of how clean the mix is. So it's more of an observation than a legitimate gripe, and I'm certainly no sample-nazi.

I liked the vocal samples that are used and I think they provide a greater sense of whimsy for the song while they are playing. The drum and backing variations at 2:51 were great to help break up the monotony a bit from the similar repetitions prior. The drum variation in general, which does include some 4/4 sections, was quite well done and didn't linger on a single style of beat for too long. Diggi delivers yet again with a really solid and well-played track.

on 2011-12-20 21:46:21

Whoa....that is one smooth opening! The kids yelling was an interesting touch to this funky, somewhat slightly elegant grooving ReMix, and it's certainly unique. It's really fun to listen to and has a nice, solid beat that is extremely catchy and gets you moving. Great work with the piano as well. The arrangement is terrific and everything sounds totally sweet. Another fantastic ReMix by Diggi Dis.

on 2011-12-20 21:13:39

This mix is absolutely incredible - Diggi Dis has been on fire lately, and this mix (as well as some other project mixes he has done that are yet to come out in the next few months) just showcases some special stuff. I admittedly didn't get as into it on my first listen due to that contrasting synth that pops up during the song, but after a few listens it really clicked with me, and I can't get enough of the music. It's smooth as butter and the soft instrumentation used here really shines like no other along with a great arrangement.

Frank, your music has definitely gotten a lot better in the past few years - what's your secret?

on 2011-12-20 20:54:58

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Sources Arranged (1 Song)

Primary Game:
Wild Arms (Sony , 1997, PS1)
Music by Michiko Naruke
"Morning of Departure"

Tags (7)

Electric Guitar,Piano,Sound FX,Strings

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