"Here is my contribution for the Skies of Arcadia album project, a remix of "Sailor Town" in a marching band style. I thank Darkflamewolf for their invitation! I didn't know the OST, but the track was really interesting to work on and the project was teaching for me.
This was my favorite track from the OST, whose melody I find really catchy! In this orchestral remix, I wanted to keep the funny spirit of the original. Some parts are peaceful, other with orchestration more imposing in march band style... If the mix is globally joyful, there are also some parts a little nostalgic (notably in the 2nd section at 1'40). I hope we can feel in this mix different humors of Sailor Town.
The track was difficult to arrange because of its complexity, a lot of melodic lines (ML) with complex harmony to assemble into something cohesive enough. To simplify the structure, I put an accent on ML1 (0'26 -> 1'13) and ML3 (1'43 -> 2'43); the other melodic lines are more used as transition between these two main parts.
From feedbacks I received on forum project or from judges, I retained notably a problem at pt. 5 and pt. 6, where it was difficult to feel melodic line. In this last version, I've added a brief melody at pt. 5 by trumpet solo that gives a nostalgic feeling on this part. This one introduces the next part in higher harmony, where brass play ML2 at the same time that orchestra continue ML3. I find the result interesting.
In pt. 9, we retrieve briefly ML2 in the variation presented in pt. 6, but with soft instrumentation. The mix concludes by ML2a, march band style softer than other parts.
- Real trumpet player where it was needed (pt. 4, 5, 6, 9)
- Cleaner sound for brass in staccato (pt. 5, 6)
- Harpsichord a little louder for the melody
- Pt. 1 - Intro based on ML1 (soft & march band)
- Pt. 2 - 0'26 ML1 soft
- Pt. 3 - 0'50 ML1 march band
- Pt. 4 - 1'13 ML2b march band
- Pt. 5 - 1'43 ML3 soft (with progression in instrumentation) - time signature in 11/8
- Pt. 6 - 2'19 ML3 march band - ML2a with brass adapted to this specific harmony - time signature in 11/8
- Pt. 7 - 2'43 ML4 march band & soft
- Pt. 8 - 2'58 ML1 soft
- Pt. 9 - 3'11 ML2a soft - marching band - time signature in 15/8
Good call getting real trumpet - adds a playful, free-form contrast to the hard lines of the harpsichord, which itself has some nice trills & embellishments. Liontamer writes:
"Nice work by Peíorele on the trumpet, and you can really feel the fun come through from Guillaume's arrangement. Really nice personalization of the theme and a great addition to the SoA album. Lovely!"
I evaluated this one myself, as well, in the interest of expediting things prior to the album's release:
"A little conservative in instrumentation and overall style, but thoroughly embellished with additional ornamentation, fluid temp fluctuations, and of course a nice live trumpet solo that adds a lot. Certainly keeps the feel of the original intact, but also explores permutations & enhancements sufficiently. Nitpicking, I'd say there could be even more ebb & flow to the tempo & dynamics, because it's the type of composition that leans on that "swaying" aesthetic, but that's tough to sequence, and what's here is good."
Good arrangement & execution but the main thing is the carefree vibe & dash of panache that Guillaume evokes so effectively - fun!
Sources Arranged (1 Song)
- Primary Game:
Skies of Arcadia (Sega, 2000, DC)
Music by Tatsuyuki Maeda, Yutaka Minobe
- "Sailors Town"
- Classical, March
- Happy, Mellow
- Brass, Hand Drums, Harpsichord, Orchestral, Strings, Trumpet, Woodwinds
- Origin > Collaboration
Production > Live Instruments
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