ReMix:Secret of Mana "Under Cover of Night" 6:43

By Rozovian

Arranging the music of 2 songs...

"Fear of the Heavens", "In the Dead of Night"

Primary Game: Secret of Mana (Square , 1993, SNES), music by Hiroki Kikuta

Posted 2017-12-18, evaluated by the judges panel

Rozovian (Ad G) turns in a funky, creative, & extended take on "In the Dead of Night" from Resonance of the Pure Land, using 6+ minutes to evolve from a rock-solid EDM foundation into more unorthodox territories, extrapolating on a minimal source in the process:

"I *might* be overestimating my ability to remix *any* source. I tried my hand at the four-note thing from Space Invaders way back when. It made it to the panel, but ultimately didn't pass (got one resub vote, tho). So for this project, I grabbed what's essentially a six-note source. Granted, those are chords. And there's a choir bend in there too, and some other stuff. It's sparse. But you can do a lot with a good groove. So that's what I tried to do.

It's a track built on a groove with recurring elements from source, more or less recognizable. A new rhythm for the six-note melody, plus notes preceding those 3-note elements of it. And then a couple of appearances of the main theme of the whole franchise, set to the rhythm I used for the main source as well. Some fun with the bass writing towards the end. A stupid amount of compressors, multiband and parallel and regular; and... that's pretty much it. Nothing fancy, but quite fun to make."

When that EP and kick groove came in, I thought I was listening to Mattias's "Morning, Thinker" - similar bounce/bass/chord combo, but ain't nothing wrong with that, sounds great. Source is obviously minimalist, even more than others on the OST, but Ad does a great job extrapolating and fleshing it out, building the groove & syncopating rhythms to differentiate, even going over the six minute mark. Each introduced element is just so, with a slick hand percussion groove & increasingly edgier textures. If you plotted the deviation from source, arrangement-wise, it would basically be a crescendo, as things get more & more liberal as chords change and the melody varies, helping justify the extended runtime. Album director Jorito writes:

"Rozovian was another late addition to the album. Since he was caught up in the final stages of the Seiken Densetsu 3 album, he wasn't sure if he could finish his remix in time. It's a good thing that he did though. "In the Dead of Night" is a very minimal, very repetitive source, but Rozo managed to turn it into a 6+ minute remix that not only manages to keep you engaged, it also turns it into a more darker, brooding version with strangely also a healthy dose of spirit and energy."

Fellow director The Nikanoru adds:

"Rozovian's "Braincooler" was one of the first songs that drew me to OCR. His choice of source certainly wasn't what I expected but what he did with it was beyond any expectation I had. Rozo delivers a smooth, bouncy sense of foreboding, with just enough twists and bends to keep you guessing what is around the next corner."

A little funkier than most of Ad's other mixes, he really does a superlative job keeping the source on the front burner but expanding the motif into a fully realized track that develops quite a bit; judges were unanimous, with Jivemaster summing things up nicely:

"Source is strongly apparent throughout with a decent amount of originality thrown in to take us to duration, which was impressive given the source is quite short. Production seemed ok, parts were very dry and could have done with a touch of reverb in places, but while things were minimal they didn’t feel empty. I found this mix to be quite original in its execution, with clever use of changes to the arrangement to keep things interesting."

Great stuff and an unexpectedly satisfying & fleshed out interpretation on Resonance of the Pure Land!



Latest 5 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
on 2017-12-26 13:11:44

This has a Simon Belmont slaying baddies on Halloween feel to it. I like it! Get a bit of that old geckoYamori vibe.

on 2017-12-20 01:34:21

Two major points here. One, I can't believe the difficulty level here - it's like someone took the Nightmare setting from Doom and applied it to an OST - and two, I can't believe how good this remix is. If you want to get a sense of how great this is, make it to 2:02 and you will be rewarded with ever more interesting takes for nearly the entire remainder (3:30-3:50 really had me going) that make you wonder how long this can possibly keep up. And yet it does - again, with practically nothing! It's nuts!

Incredible effort from the remixer here!

on 2017-12-19 19:38:12

I feel like I just showed up here to repeat things, because I'm blown away at how ENGAGING this track is. It really can't be stated enough because DAMN. Love it.

on 2017-12-19 06:29:16

Love the style. Very effective transformation of the source, the union of the beat, the atmosphere and the synths with the original tune works both ways. I do like the simple source, so I'm quite happy to hear a version that retains some of its feel, is very recognizable and yet covers plenty of new territory. One good example is how the bass moves to introduce harmonic variation that briefly changes the 'emotion' of the tune, and then returns back to the solemn single note bass. I also liked the ending, it feels like a transition out of the tune, which works nicely in album context.

on 2017-12-18 13:50:41

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Sources Arranged (2 Songs)

Primary Game:
Secret of Mana (Square , 1993, SNES)
Music by Hiroki Kikuta
"Fear of the Heavens"
"In the Dead of Night"

Tags (9)

Choir,Electric Piano,Electronic,Organ
Time > 4/4 Time Signature

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