Soooo good... all of RoeTaKa (Alex Roe)'s work in the Souls franchise has been stellar, making for one of the most memorable pairings of a modern series with a dedicated & talented fan arranger that I've ever seen. Here he takes on the lovely "Maiden Astraea" theme from Demon's Souls with a lush, somber, & cinematic arrangement that builds in both instrumentation & intensity:
""Maiden Astraea" is a very popular song for Souls fans and the character herself is one of the most interesting in the game. The original song has some cool polyrhythms and those are really fun to listen to. Like my last Demon's Souls remix, I took a more cinematic approach and made it like a journey - and a little more emotive! I have no idea why I decided to use a recorder during the build-ups - that sound really got to me for some reason."
Whatever works - I'm not gonna question it, especially when Alex is able to imbue his soundscapes with such tension & drama... even when the samples show their faults, there's an organic, ethereal sheen to everything that maintains the auditory equivalent of suspension of disbelief through sheer... atmosphere. Liontamer writes:
"The arrangement is structurally straightforward but slowed down nicely while presented with a more contemplative feel. The string work serving as an original countermeloody at 3:02 was too stiff, IMO, but otherwise Alex really nailed the cinematic approach. I also would have liked 3:30's section not to initially sound like a retread of 1:26's, but there was more intensity for the latter due to added part-writing, so it wasn't a big deal. The softness of 4:24's close was nicely crafted as well. Alex continues to demonstrate his ability to create emotional arrangements. Nice work!"
My favorite moment was the build & pullback at 2'21" - love the diminishing percussion right after the cut, as lovely & lonely piano takes over and things slowly build back up again. All of Alex's arrangement work in this franchise, while varied in tempo & tone, has a certain aesthetic to it that's appropriate, striking, and unforgettable. This ReMix is no exception, as he takes on one of the standout themes from the first installment and again works his magic to create a very particular & breathtaking environment.
on 2018-03-13 01:14:02
This has quite the emotion to it, and I get the sense that this would be something incredible with the right visual picture in mind with how cinematic it was. The amazing build-up in the beginning, the slow-down and the final rebuild to the end made this work so well as an arrangement that makes me think of someone becoming more determined and hopeful while getting towards the top of a mountain or some kind of imagery like that. Anyway, very good ReMix, I'd say.
on 2015-12-28 12:22:36
This is an amazing piano performance backed by amazing, melodic synth work. It’s so mysterious, and when the violin kicks in, the mood of the track becomes more somber. Then we have the strings build up to a more hopeful mood to counter the somber violin. This truly is an experience of different feelings being invoked through one track.
on 2015-12-02 22:44:34
The Soul's Series tends to consume everything it comes into contact with time, social lives, emotions and it seems that RoeTaka is not immune from the the intrigue and mystic the Soul's series soundtrack, having remixed quite a few tracks from the various games. With such devotion its no wonder S-tier material, such as this, that is produced when you take a talented Remixer, RoeTaka, and combine it with a great soundtrack and spice it up with the sort of insidious devotion this game can instill us with. I'm not one who raves about the more melodramatic remixes, but Sir....your remixes make me want to praises the Sun all over again!
on 2015-10-27 19:59:11
This is a mix that basically takes its sweet time on a fairly simple oscillating melody, but to great effect. Well-developed dynamics, and though it has some somewhat stiff lead sequencing, still some good stuff!
on 2015-10-18 01:34:06
I am now in "Run, Do Not Walk" territory for everything from RoeTaka, a status gained not by nailing one song but consistently providing mixes that truly move the listener. The ability for this song to surge forward and fall back, the beautiful use of background melody and quiet harmonies is truly amazing. 2:22-3:05 are a gorgeous example of how a song can 'lessen' in sound but actually intensify in feel and delivery, allowing the back half to build more strongly than before.
This series and this remixer are well matched like few I have seen. Great stuff here.
on 2015-10-14 13:41:25
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