ReMix:Wild Arms "Optimist Prime" 4:12

By Flexstyle

Arranging the music of one song...


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

Posted 2014-03-12, evaluated by djpretzel

Our Wild Arms album had an overwhelming amount of amazing music on it; Jade really made sure that every angle was covered and directed a massive memorial to the game's OST. Flexstyle contributed this happy, vaguely Celtic electronic dance/trance track:

"This was one of the songs I did for the Wild ARMs project, released a while ago here. It's the only non-evil, non-DnB song out of the three I did for the project, for what it's worth. In this instance, it's a cheery, bouncy trance-influenced dance number. I kept the percussion phat, the bass saturated, and the leads uplifting. If you can't smile while listening to this song, you need a hug, and maybe a cup of coffee, because a nice hot cup of coffee is a comforting thing indeed. Enjoy!"

Mike's other two cuts on the album are indeed darker and more aggressive; this is COMPLETELY the opposite, with feel-good, anthemic melodies, shimmering synths, bubbly-bass, and a syncopated groove, bookended by some lovely & inspirational piano+choral pad bits. It's highly motivational music, excellent for getting you pumped & energized about [INSERT TOPIC HERE], and generally oozes positivity. Mike's a pretty upbeat dude himself, so I think this mix comes closer to capturing his actual personality than his harder-hitting stuff, even though he's excellent at pulling off both light & dark, yin & yang. Larry writes:

"'Hope' has a very mellow and indeed hopeful sound to it, so all credit to Michiko Naruke for hitting the mark so well with her original song. In Mike's mix, I thought the claps could have been beefier, but otherwise really dug this piece. It transformed the original very well into a upbeat, club style mix while IMO retaining the hopeful feeling of the source by keeping a lot of its melodic structure intact. The drop and rebuild at 1:53 worked nicely at creating some dynamic contrast rather than letting this stay in one gear too long, and the piano bookending the piece was also a highlight. Like Flex said, this was a nice change of pace from his other pieces on ARMed and DANGerous!"

Agreed; great stuff from Flex, and if you somehow missed the album, you should most certainly check it out for a TON of other excellent tributes to Naruke's work!



Latest 6 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
on 2015-12-28 12:57:04

I’m not sure what I was expecting from a track with the title “optimist prime.” It certainly wasn’t something so pretty, and dream-like. 2:15 caught me completely off guard though, as it seemed to be building to something interesting, only for it to build to “more of the same.” Still, it’s a fun and catchy track.

His Infinite Machine
on 2014-03-14 16:43:16
You mean you're gonna PUNch me? :tomatoface:

...don't make me destroy you.

on 2014-03-13 20:38:04
"Optimist Prime"?

I'mma punch you...

You mean you're gonna PUNch me? :tomatoface:

His Infinite Machine
on 2014-03-13 19:15:30

"Optimist Prime"?

I'mma punch you...

on 2014-03-13 10:27:07

An upbeat ReMix like this is completely welcomed on those "blah" days. It's got the right about of cheer without going overboard and enough of a good beat to lift your own energy and spirits to get you going. Also digging the clever title. :nicework:

on 2014-03-12 13:50:08

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Sources Arranged (1 Song)

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

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