ReMix:Xenogears "Ominous Waltz" 5:06


Arranging the music of one song...


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

Posted 2015-09-22, evaluated by the judges panel

Our first Xenogears ReMix of 2015 comes in the form of a dark & haunting orchestral arrangement of "Premonition" from SOuNDSNC (Brenden Frank), as NOOBFLOOD continues:

"This was made in Ableton Live using primarily Miroslav Philharmonik. I've always wanted to make an arrangement on this piece because of its dark tone. I have the utmost respect for Mitsuda and his ability to make an emotional impact with his music. Arranging his music gave me a deeper connection to what he was feeling while writing the piece. I would certainly say my rendition is a lot less negative, but I definitely feel that the ominous tone was maintained throughout."

Using samples very effectively to create a dark, foreboding atmosphere, this is a fairly conservative arrangement, so it's important to focus on the things Brenden changed... zykO is here to assist us with visceral similes:

"conservative as sarah palin's underpants but certainly a beautiful piece of music. you've basically embellished the original piece with a subtle underbelly of countermelodies and given it a more polished sound (sans the mixing which as others have pointed out is a tad bit unorthodox). "

Unorthodox in the quantity of reverb, largely... but that can be a good thing, as Clem notes:

"Skillful orchestral arrangement. Making good use of your samples. Nailing the darkly grandiose atmosphere. The low frequencies are very dynamic. I honestly felt that they were a strong point, tho they run a little hot. There is some shrillness in brief moments. Enjoying the contemplative vibe

Bassy reverb is cool, especially with nicely dialed compression and no percussion to clutter up the tones and sometimes post-reverb to burn the signals together - why not? It can warm the tone quite abit, which is what I hear in this mix. This might be improved with the reverb turned down a little bit, but the balance as is is pretty dreamy."

Indeed; kinda reminds me of some of the work RoeTaKa's been doing lately with the Souls franchise, which is high praise. Hypnotizing, dramatic, and unsettling, this is a great debut from SOuNDSNC which hopefully is the first of many.



Latest 6 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
on 2018-01-06 01:53:36

This ReMix seems to give the instruments a lot of room to breathe and really brings to mind a lot of other songs that I have heard in RPG's and dungeons that have a dark, yet wondrous feeling. I guess I'm just not a fan of reverb, because a few parts of this mix sounded overly shrill to me, but with that aside, I feel like this is a great background piece that works better as a whole than piece by piece, and I'm cool with that. Good debut mix, not bad dude.

on 2015-12-28 12:19:18

I know an audio mixing program did this, but the way it’s edited, it really does sound like this is performed live by an actual orchestra. Everything from the panning, to the reverb sounds so convincing and realistic. I don’t know if it’s the program itself, or the masterclass skills of the remixer, or both, but this is a great arrangement of one of the best, most haunting tracks from Xenogears. Those last four notes; VERY chilling.

on 2015-09-28 00:47:06

If this is the remixer's first work, than extra props are called for. I love that the piece both evokes and continues the mood of the original - a lot of people can do pumped up aggression or a lilting melody, but a dark, atmospheric tune like this has real power in the right hands. I particularly enjoyed the layered background entrances of 2:45-3:45, where it just got better and more powerful into 3:49's crescendo.

I loved the piece and the touch. Please do more.

on 2015-09-24 23:29:16

Xenogears is one of those all-time gems for RPG fans who delved out of the mainstream, and the music is some of Mitsuda's finest work. The name 'Ominous Waltz' is perfectly fitting, and this remix is outstanding. It's simultaneously soothing and creates a feeling of uncertainty just like the original but with a little more depth.

Excellent work, SOuNDSNC. Looking forward to hearing more from you!

on 2015-09-24 15:09:16

This is really beautiful, stunning work. I'm downloading it and will definitely be listening to it again many times. Great work :)

on 2015-09-22 11:47:46

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Sources Arranged (1 Song)

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

Tags (9)

Chromatic Percussion,Harp,Orchestral,Piano,Strings

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