Posted 2018-04-13, evaluated by Gario
Juan Medrano is an amazing artist that I've admired and respected for years, and I'm truly honored that he answered this personal request of mine to ReMix something from Level 5's Jeanne D'Arc for the PSP. Not as many folks have played this game, but it's one of the best SRPG's ever made and has a gorgeous soundtrack composed by Takeshi Inoue. Maybe Level 5 will port it to the Switch for a wider audience? I'd love to see that, but either way, I'm thrilled to have the game represented on OCR, and by none other than Sixto Sounds himself, with an epic 3/4 rock waltz:
"My remix of the main theme from Jeanne d'Arc on the Sony PSP. Started this remix a few years back at the request of DJP and I finally finished it! Just some more typical guitar stuff with mandolin, acoustic guitar, strings, and other sounds."
Juan is humble to a fault and very critical of his own work; please let him know, as I constantly do with each mix posted, how much he & his music are not only appreciated, but loved. This piece is special to me because, believe it or not, I don't make many requests... in this case, I thought it was criminal that so few played this game and experienced its music, and I felt like Juan would be the perfect artist to do the main theme justice. Gario agrees:
"Giving this a solid listen, this is sounding sweet. I'm loving the acoustic work that was blended with the ballade-style electric guitar. It works really well, when it's all said and done."
Indeed it does; Juan played around with this one for a long time, and it's come a long way since the initial incarnation he showed me - which was already good. Adding mandolin & strings was a nice touch, and that jumbo 12-string acoustic sound really shimmers, echoing the texture of the source. Searing solos are always appreciated, and provide a great dynamic arc to the intensity of the arrangement. I wasn't exactly sure how Juan was going to extend the source into more of a song form, but building out the intro a bit more and getting crazy with the solos worked VERY well.
Not much else to say; my personal & heartfelt thanks to an artist whose work I always anticipate and who has made all of our lives brighter - I hope you enjoy this mix as much as I do, I hope you get a chance to play this fantastic game (especially if you're an SRPG fan!!), and I hope that Juan knows how much this mix means to me, and how much all of his music means to all of us.
on 2018-04-15 22:06:56
So Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, and Sting's mandolin somehow had a love child named Juan Medrano just so he could make this song. This arrangement is FANTASTIC, so I've got nothing else to say that hasn't been said already.
on 2018-04-15 20:06:52
Not familiar with the original, but oh my cthulhu this sounds gorgeous.
on 2018-04-14 02:10:42
Excellent stuff here!! I admit that I am one of the heathens that isn't familiar with the source (though I'm liking the description), but I don't think you need to know the source at all to be caught up in all the goodness of this remix. I really enjoy the transitions here (such as 1:25-1:35) and the solo sections are arresting (particularly 3:10+ is bananas!). But my favorite thing of this remix is the way the heavier guitar mixes with the quieter throughline. It gives a real feel of depth and touch and allows this piece to shine beyond just having some nice sections. Special props for the 5:05+ quieting finish - the perfect way to go out, in my opinion!
A surprise gem here!
on 2018-04-13 12:48:12
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Sources Arranged (1 Song)
- Rock, Waltz
- Dark, Epic
- Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Mandolin, Strings
- Arrangement > Extended Soloing
Time > 3/4 Time Signature
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