Here is something really cool. The youtuber Jammin’ Sam Miller has apparently taken to restoring the soundtrack to Secret of Mana. Essentially what he does is recreate the entire soundtrack using the original samples from all sorts of sources from when the game was made. We’re talking keyboards, drum machines, sample libraries, etc. This guy finds them and does the best he can to remaster the entire soundtrack. If you have not seen his Donkey Kong Country pieces, you’ve gotta check him out. Anyway, here is his “Fear of the Heavens” restored:
Did you ever think you’d hear those whales so clear? Apparently they come from “OMI Universe of Sounds Vol 1” and are entitled “SFX_Animals”. Really wild stuff. You can check out the information on where samples came from here.
The project has an anonymous sponsor, and will result in a vinyl release in the end. I might have to get this.
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“Spectrum of Mana” is a remix album of the 1993 classic “Secret of Mana.” The entire soundtrack has been lovingly reworked and reimagined by a team of almost eighty musicians. From jazz to metal, symphonic orchestration to funk rock, “Spectrum of Mana” is sure to provide something enjoyable for every fan of the game.
Head on over to Spectrum of Mana’s page to stream or download the album, which has been split into 3 CDs. You can also order physical copy of the pack.
You know what I’m going to be listening to tonight. I’ll post some impressions at some point later.
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“… we’re now just a few little tracks from being done with the music, and then it’s just up to ocremix to decide when to actually post the album.”
Pretty awesome, right? Seems like only yesterday we first heard about this project… oh that was over 4 years ago?
That’s a long time!
But check this out, there is an almost 10 minute preview over on youtube for your listening and viewing pleasure! Watch it out below and you’ll see the wait has been well worth it!
January 16th, 2012 | Dr. Sheexy | Filed under Music, Remixes
Hey everyone, belated holidays to you all, things have gotten super busy for me since grad school started so I haven’t had time to update the site at all. I don’t expect I’ll be able to update the site much until the summer or so, so expect things to keep pretty slow around here.
Anyway, OCRemix released another Christmas themed album and you can find it here. One track from the album is by Rozovian, who I’ve mentioned before in a few updates (he’s heading up the secret SD3 album, more news on that soon… possibly). It’s a remix of A Cold Beat from Heroes of Mana, and it’s the first HoM remix I’ve heard myself. Check it out! Don’t forget to check out the rest of the album too.
Into the White – Rozovian – Heroes of Mana
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You can find a sampler of all the tracks for SQ Chips here.
Now this is not normally something I would do, but I want to raise a rather serious point here. Everyone here, I’m sure, knows that I, admitedly, hold a certain bias when it comes to the works of Kikuta in soundtracks, which some may find is swaying my view on this matter, but hear me out for a second.
I’m listening through the samples for all the tracks on this album right now, and I can spot a rather severe drop off at one point. Read the rest of this entry »
Ustream will host a live streaming event featuring music from Square Enix’s SQ Chips game music remix CD on September 29 from 8:00 – 11:00 p.m. (JST). The CD includes remixed songs from game series like Final Fantasy and Seiken Densetsu (Mana). Thirteen Japanese remixers created the tracks for the CD. Among them, artists DJ OMKT、SEXY-SYNTHESIZER feat.(S_S)、Deadball P, and others will attend and perform at “SQUARE ENIX MUSIC presents SQ Party LEVEL1”. Streaming worldwide, the event will take place at 2.5D in Tokyo.
The SQ Chips game music remix album shipped in Japan on September 7 for the retail price of 1,890 yen (about US$25). Most of the CD’s eighteen tracks are remixed versions of songs from the Final Fantasy role-playing game series. Soul Eater manga artist Atsushi Ohkubo drew the jacket art for SQ Chips. Video game and publishing company Square Enix previously released several other game music remix albums in its SQ Music series.
Ustream hosted a similar live streaming event for the CD on August 3, before the album’s release.
The Remixes page is back in action, and in perfect timing (gee golly what a coincidence, huh?), as a new Seiken Densetsu remix has just been posted on OCRemix: Starlight Festival – Kiamet, a wonderful solo piano rendition of Powell from Seiken Densetsu 3 that brings across a sense of urgency through its Latin influence in style. The playing is very precise and includes some very nice harmonies and added textures on top of the original melody. The sound quality is exceptional.
December 14th, 2010 | Dr. Sheexy | Filed under Remixes
Dancing Beasts – Hiroki Kikuta – Secret of Mana
I’ve always liked this track. It’s kinda funny and I’m sure that’s what the entire Mushroom village area was going for. King Truffle is awesome. Unfortunately my SoM CD has a scratch I guess, and whenever it plays the last half of this song it does it in hyperspeed, it’s pretty bizarre.
Mana Music Monday indeed, I’ve got another music update for you today.
What is Songs of Light and Darkness exactly? Well it’s that SD3 fan remix project I’ve posted about before!
Seems rozovian, the guy behind the project, has a preview track ready. Try to pick out the tracks before reading them in the cut, it’s pretty fun and I failed miserably at recognizing stuff, haha. I always knew I was bad with picking out tunes, but one out of five? For shame Sheexy, for shame! Anyway, it’s a short preview but it all sounds really good!
Songs of Light and Darkness Preview