Posted 2011-12-22, evaluated by djpretzel
We come to the end of our ten-mix Wild Arms flood/extravaganza with a piece from trance producer Mike Saint-Jules - I'll let Jade make the introduction:
"As a big fan of not just electronic music, but of Tiësto, Armin van Buuren and Ferry Corsten, I'd like to announce the artist who is signed on their labels has joined us at OC ReMix. Thanks to Global-Trance for asking him to join this project and bLiNd for mastering, there's now a known producer on this site. I was delighted to hear Mike Saint-Jules was a big fan of Wild Arms, so he chose to make a club mix for us. Please be well informed that this was the "outsider secret" I didn't declare for 2 years. More producers should remix video game music, so let this be the first step to change!"
VERY cool breakthrough, and of course I wholeheartedly agree! I'd like to personally thank both Jade & Aaron for making this happen, and of course Mike himself for being a groovy, JRPG-loving guy who just happens to also make some world-class trance. Boundaries and preconceptions about who can & can't do what are antiquated - in this day and age, artists from all backgrounds AND markets should feel free to follow their hearts & inspirations, and if that includes VGM tributes, I think OCR is a great outlet for that.
"For those that do not know, my name is Mike Saint-Jules, a Trance producer, who for the last couple of years has released Trance and Progressive-based productions through Ferry Corsten's label, Flashover, and a few others. I'm a huge RPG freak and have been a fan of the genre since 1996. The first true RPGs I played were Chrono Trigger and Final Fantasy VI (III in the US). From then on, I moved to other timeless classics such as Suikoden, Grandia, and of course Wild Arms.
My friend Aaron Wu approached me letting me know there was an announcement regarding remixes to the Wild Arms Original Soundtrack for OverClocked ReMix and I immediately told him that I'd want to do one. Choosing from the list, I decided to go with "Kishum Flame" (which is titled "Telepath Tower"). The original is epic in its own right. Rudy and Co. being able to travel through space to reach other parts in the world of Filgaia. It somehow relates to my own productions, because my works are related to Space in general. My works are dark, atmospheric, fused with Trance. I usually want to take you out of the Earth and experience the unknown during the duration of the track. And that's what I felt with the original.
It's been a great experience playing the first Wild Arms title, and being able to remix an original work from the game is really a cool thing for me. I want to thank Aaron and crew for giving me the opportunity to use my production skills on such a fantastic game. Something that I'll remember for a long time!"
Mike's the real deal, both as a gamer and as a producer - I think his comments prove the first point, and his music the second. My take on trance as a genre boils down to the following: it may in fact be easier to make mediocre trance songs than mediocre songs in most other styles. But good trance requires a spiraling, expansive thought process and technical capacity to execute that are not only legitimate skills, but have depths and breadths unto themselves. Well, this is great trance, by my way of thinking, and in listening to some of Mr. Saint-Jules' other original tracks, I hear a similar attentiveness to syncopation and rhythmic complexity that makes all the difference in the world, for me.
I'll shut up now and let you all enjoy the music, but I want to close with some final comments on the entire Wild Arms: ARMed and DANGerous album. I actually find the sheer amount of amazing music on this album almost disturbing, in the sense that I suspect some misguided & unfortunate listeners might pass it by because they're unfamiliar with the game, or even because they feel like they don't have the time to explore four discs of mixes from any individual game's soundtrack.
Make some time!!
It's not about "owing it" to Jade and all the artists that have poured hours, days, months, and most importantly their hearts & talent into making this a ginormous & brilliant collection - though such sentiments wouldn't be misplaced. It's more about creative interpretations of a classic JRPG score, about taking the time to really get to know a soundtrack that's somewhat less popular but completely deserving of the attention, and most of all, it's simply about great music. It's going to take me well into 2012 to really get my head around what the community has accomplished with this album, but it's going to be time well spent. In the meantime, I offer my heartfelt congratulations to the entire ARMed and DANGerous family; you've done some overwhelmingly impressive work!
on 2012-10-01 11:03:27
Loved the track dude. The subtle aggressive energy really drove the arrangement forward. Really liked the usage of all of the synth sounds. Great combinations!
on 2012-07-04 15:12:14
Now here's a professionally produced piece of trance that would fit onto any trance album compilation/setlist without much of an issue commercially. Mike put together a formidable traditional trance song that works nicely with the source, well done!
on 2011-12-26 20:53:25
First of all, the track songs awesome, great production. Impressive expansion on the source although I started zoning out by the end of the 7 minutes. I was really feeling 4:25, and though I think the song could be shorter, it does maintain its energy well
on 2011-12-23 16:23:08
I'm a huge fan of the likes of Tiesto and Corsten, so having a producer off their label do a ReMix was a very welcomed surprise. And after listening all day, I can easily say that this does not disappoint. Naturally, the arrangement and production sounds professional and terrific, and this is an example of five star trance. This ReMix is incredible, as it succeeds in paying respect to the original source while still having it's own identity and style. The fact that even without the knowledge that this came from the game, that this would probably bring the house down as a trance track in a club is awesome. Certainly one of the best tracks on the album. Great work on this.
on 2011-12-23 11:27:29
A minimalist source (5 measures). A studio professional. I can pretty much see a world of good coming out of this one, and major props for Aaron and bLiNd for providing the link!
From what I've come to expect from people within Corsten's label, we've got this clean production that manages to work sweepingly well within the field of trance, and can be seen as compared to the cleanliness of Corsten's work himself. I was almost worried that the source might running into a little too much liberality, though given most of the build from the 1 minute mark onward was based around the rhythmic backing strings, and a lot of the buildup was indeed more based around the melody, a lot of the doubts were soon taken out as shown with Saint-Jules's grasping of the site's arrangement standards.
This shifting around of elements managed to continue sharply for most of the track's duration too, so I am very firm with the idea it managed to present via delivering that feeling that may indeed lift listeners from reality (hence the appropriate direction). I may have to say it here - my tastes in trance are typically more aggressive than the direction layered out there, but the idea presented was nailed to a T and would easily satisfy fans of the genre.
So, a major well done for contributing to the album, and for spreading awareness via this link with studio professionals. I'm hoping one of these days we may see more tracks of that kind of calibre, but for now it's a definite start
on 2011-12-22 23:09:10
As a huge lover of trance, and as someone who's been pretty heavily influenced by Ferry Corsten and his various ventures, this song is easily one of my very favorites off the album. This song is one of the few I've ever heard from OCR (along with perhaps a couple of bLiNd mixes) that I can say would fit right into a DJ set without anyone even questioning that it belonged. As a DJ, that's very neat to me. As a diehard fan of VGM remixes, that makes me almost giddy. If a world-famous name like Tiesto can remix the Pirates of the Caribbean, why can't we get artists with a similar pedigree to remix VGM tracks? Now we DO have someone with a rock-solid track record in the club industry giving the gift of excellent trance music to OCR. Well done, Mr. Saint-Jules, and thank you G-T for helping us get this masterpiece on here!
on 2011-12-22 18:59:19
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