ReMix:Terranigma "Home" 4:16

By RoeTaKa

Arranging the music of one song...

"A Place to Return To"

Primary Game: Terranigma (Enix , 1995, SNES), music by Masanori Hikichi, Miyoko Takaoka

Posted 2016-11-29, evaluated by the judges panel

Purdy...... DANG purdy!! We don't get a lot of folk/country arrangements 'round these parts, so this beautiful, sweet, & winter holiday-appropriate ballad arrangement of Terranigma from RoeTaKa (Alex Roe) is that much more appreciated. There's also some serious history & memories behind this mix; Alex writes:

"Terranigma was released in Japan 20 years ago (20/10/1995) by developer Quintet and published by Enix. It was a spiritual sequel to Illusion of Gaia (Illusion of Time for us Europeans) and was never released in the US. It's one of my favourite games of all time and, as a kid, this game blew me away and I loved everything about it. The story was big and deep, it didn't shy away from some mature topics, and you felt like you were building the entire world throughout history. The gameplay was one of the best experiences at the time. Ark has so many moves and it makes playing him a real joy. And the soundtrack, one of my all time favourites... it has inspired me so much and it will continue to do so. RPG music does not get much better than this.

Terranigma turned 20, and I thought it would be a great time to return to one of my favourite games and song from a game. For a number of years now I actually had ideas of making an entire arrangement album of Terranigma on my own, but I think it would probably go beneath people's radar. So, for now, this single remix will have to do.

I've already remixed this song twice and they were both rejected (And rightly so! Haha). The first time, 11 years ago, I had been writing music for about 6 months and thought I was really cool with soundfonts at the time. I remember sending DarkeSword a PM about the remix, I can't actually remember what he said, haha. The second time, about 6 months after the prior remix, I had my first proper VST - SampleTank 2. At this point, I thought I was for sure making an amazing remix! Again, it wasn't. Plagued with dissonance, it was sure to fail. I saw the judges comments and Shnabubula was quite thorough with his analysis. I decided to message him on AIM and we still talk today, so I am thankful I made that remix.

Coming back to this song reminds me of my time over the years writing music and the bonds that formed from it. If I were an old man, this song would trigger so many memories. If I had amnesia, it might save me! I wanted to just do a really pleasing arrangement of this song that pays homage to the original but deviates here and there just so the song can be enjoyed more. I think that's very much what mv did with his remix of this song. His is pretty much the definitive Crysta remix and one of my favourite remixes of all time... so I can only hope mine can be enjoyed as much as his."

It's easy to forget, due to the steady track record of brilliant work since his return, but Alex wasn't always kicking ass & taking names like he is today; VERY glad he stuck with it and that those early experiences were learned from. This ReMix is, in a word, breathtaking... almost ambient in its production approach, yet firmly grounded in a folk/acoustic aesthetic, there are moments that linger in mid-air... very sweet, very heartfelt, very warm, and very in keeping with the minimalistic mix title. Sir_NutS writes:

"In general the production was full of little details, like the hand percussion touches, which morph into the soft battery drumming towards the song's climax near the end. The raining ambiance comes and goes depending on the mood, and I liked that it wasn't ever-present.

The arrangement, although fairly conservative, is well executed and shows great appreciation for the original theme, I think this arrangement is building up on the original rather than being transformative, but since the elements and variations are woven so naturally, and the structure is adjusted to fit a song form instead of the original loop form, this approach works very well for me."

Liontamer adds:

"I wasn't put off by the structural closeness, and thought Alex did a great job with transposing the theme, changing the instrumentation, and adding in comfortably fitting accent instrumentation to change the overall flavor of the theme. Nothing set off any red flags here. Nice interpretation, Alex, and awesome to see another side of your arrangements."

Ditto that; this mix was a LONG time coming, but it was worth the wait, and I'm going to be adding it to my holiday playlists just because I think it fits so well - great stuff!



Latest 8 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
on 2018-07-15 21:21:55

I remember playing through Terranigma on an emulator not too long ago. After finishing it, I was devastated to find how few people knew about the game (and thereby, made remixes from it.) This mix, and the others on OCR, help me to treasure the memories of running around the world as a spiky haired punk, creating history and breaking the balance of light and darkness. Well done and thank you for this creation.

on 2017-01-05 22:30:06

I only ever played the first hour or so of this game but dang that starting village theme is so good and really gets stuck in your head. Same goes for that sweet overworld (underworld?) theme too.

The conservative arrangement in the first half works just fine I think. It's important to establish the melodies a couple times before venturing out into the creative wild in the second half.

The key change from the original (C# instead of the original A), as well the as the background water ambiance, breathes new life into this track. The warm, sunny feeling you get from the original is also amplified by the violin and acoustic guitar. Beautiful stuff.

on 2016-12-06 00:55:58

Hmm, I vaguely remember that game. The beginning was so slow and monotonous that I kind of hung it up after the Tree dungeon.
I'll probably go watch a playthrough of it.

Eh the label "country"? Well... It's closer to "Slow Rock" than country, but I can see how the confusion may arise.
Country is basically a "leech" genere anymore. If only 1% is Country it seems to count.

on 2016-12-05 17:52:44

Great remix of this amazing song! I, like so many others, have discovered this game back in the day, with the magic of emulators :P One of the very best SNES games, it is incredible to think this was never sold in the US and Canada...!! :o

I've always loved this track and ALWAYS thought it felt SO much like an Earthbound song!!! Anyone also gets this impression when they hear it?? It feels like a "Mom I'm hooome" song

on 2016-12-01 01:12:21

Congratulations - I love hearing stories about remixes being a labor of love, and then listening to the remix and having it live up to everything and then some. All the respect and passion for the source come through perfectly, and the mix is downright beautiful to listen to. The mix is so well-balanced that I wasn't even ready for the ending; I thought I had at least another couple minutes to enjoy! Beautiful!

As a side note, you've inspired me to go check out this game. Just another side benefit...

Again, congratulations!

on 2016-11-30 16:55:17

I loved Terranigma (thank God for emulators) and I just want to say this mix is definitely breathtaking, as it was described. I've been listening non stop since yesterday. The warmth and purity of the violin when it first comes in gives me chills. PLEASE make an entire Terranigma album. I know it's such a quick loop but the Song 'Resurrection' that plays after you complete each continent is one of my all-time favorite video game tunes. I'd love to hear your take on that piece.

on 2016-11-29 15:47:25

Sounds great! Coincidentally I'm also working on a remix of this very same track (a vocal one), so I am intimately familiar with this track. I think RoeTaKa got more or less the same vibe that I got from this track and I am probably gonna steal some production ideas from him :)

Really good to chill to, nice and dreamy. I dig it.

on 2016-11-29 11:05:08

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Sources Arranged (1 Song)

Primary Game:
Terranigma (Enix , 1995, SNES)
Music by Masanori Hikichi,Miyoko Takaoka
"A Place to Return To"

Tags (10)

Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Violin
Arrangement > Minimalist
Time > Tempo: Slow
Usage > Winter Holiday

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