Rockman ZX Soundsketch "ZX Gigamix"

Rockman ZX Soundsketch
Rockman ZX Soundsketch "ZX Gigamix"
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Composed by Иппо Ямада / Кодзи Хаяма / Луна Умэгаки / Масаки Судзуки / Рё Каваками
Arranged by III
Published by Inti Creates
Catalog number INTIR-012
Release type Game Soundtrack - Official Release
Format 1 CD
Release date April 30, 2008
Duration 01:18:41
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Although I'm not quite familiar with the Mega Man ZX series' music outside of playing the games, when I heard this album might be worth checking out due to its electronic focus, I figured I'd give it a shot. Arranged by various members of III, it features arrangements of music from the subseries, but at the same time, also throws in some drama tracks that tell a story. How does the album fare?


The album opens with "The Chosen One." This is a sinister arrangement with an industrial soundscape. Futuristic synth mixes with ominous industrial percussion effects, such as pounding metal, to create a very interesting blend of sound. Although not too long, it does manage to grab my attention. Next up, "Green Grass Gradation" is an extremely fun and bubbly theme that mixes futuristic soundscapes, a pretty catchy techno beat, and some clear Caribbean influences. It's got a great energy and I love dancing to it.

"Believe in Myself -feat. Grey-" is one of the vocal arrangements on the album. This one is an exhilarating techno theme with a rock influence. The vocalist, Hiromi Hirata, does a great job at matching the energy of the theme and her voice might appeal a bit more than most to those who aren't fans of Japanese vocals. The other vocal arrangement — "Be One -feat. Ashe-" — is definitely more electronically focused than the other arrangement, although you'll definitely hear some guitar work and some industrial accompaniments as well. The vocalist, Ami Koshimizu, also fits this theme quite well. Overall, it's quite a strong theme with a lot of energy.

"Whisper of Relics" is an exhilarating electronic theme with some pretty interesting effects, such as cascading scales with a reverberent effect, some bubblier synth, and a nice driving beat. Similarly exhilarating is "En-Trance Code." It features a pretty intoxicating beat, some nice piano work, and a mixture of synth soundscapes. I'm particularly impressed by the layering used in this one. It all seems to mesh together quite well. The vocaloid usage is also a great thing, but I'm one that loves autotuned vocals.

There are a couple of more relaxing arrangements as well. "Drifting Floe" is initially a more relaxing arrangement that comes complete with some effective industrial beats, crystalline synth work, beautiful piano lines, and even wind sound effects. As the theme progresses, these same elements are incorporated into a more upbeat techno theme. This is one of my favorite arrangements on the album. "Flow of the Times" is an arrangement that features a bit of a funk groove going on with it. It's a relaxing theme that combines a variety of various synth soundscapes to create a smooth experience. I'm a huge fan of the piano that is incorporated into the arrangement. It gives it a nice delicate tough.

"Brilliant Show Window" combines a bit of groove with a driving electronic beat and a very bubbly atmosphere. I really like the incorporation of the xylophone to help give it that sense of playfulness. The synth work, however, is what really makes the arrangement shine, in particular, the solo section. Lastly, "Battle Giga Mixture" a medley of a variety of battle themes from the game. Throughout the medley, the style changes drastically between themes. At times it is quite bubbly with some fantastic melodies, while at others it's quite sinister. During others, it's quite intense, but overall it's all very catchy. This is a great way to close the album.


Overall, this album is pretty solid. The electronic themes are well done, and although not as varied as some other electronically focused albums, it definitely brings with it plenty of energy. The soundsketches that are dispersed throughout the album interrupt the overall flow of the album, especially if you don't understand Japanese, but the music does help offset that inconvenience a bit. It's a strong effort by III and one worth checking out.


Music in game


Don Kotowski

III : Sound Create Unit
Ippo Yamada : Keyboards, Vocorder, Bass, Sound Effect,Computer Programming
Ryo Kawakami : Keyboards, Computer Programming, Arrangement
Yu Shimoda : Keyboards, Guitars, Computer Programming, Arrangement
Hiroki Isogai : Keyboards, Computer Programming, Arrangement
Masaki Suzuki : Guitars (on tr15)
Hiromi Hirata : Vocal (on tr4)
Ami Koshimizu : Vocal (on tr17)

Sanae Kobayashi : Vent, Aile
Ryo Hirohashi : Prairie
Michitaka Kobayashi : Fleuve, Hunter

Daisuke Kishio : Prometheus, Truite
Shizuka Ito : Pandora

Hisayo Yanai : Oeillet, Anchor
Yuuki Tai : Mick
Masakazu Kohara : Robin, Hunter, Reporter
Rie Totsuka : Cedre, Computer
Kanae Ito : Sardine, Shop attendant
Satomi Sato : Rose, Waitress

Masaharu Sato : Silure

All arranged by III

01 The Chosen One - Gigamix Ver. -
              music by Ippo Yamada
02 Green Grass Gradation - Gigamix Ver. -
              music by Masaki Suzuki
03 Soundsketch _ Grey Capsule
              scenario by Makoto Yabe
04 Believe in Myself - feat.Grey -
              words by Yuki Terakado  music by Masaki Suzuki
05 Whisper of Relics - Gigamix Ver. -
              music by Ryo Kawakami
06 ZXportrait _ Death and Witch
              scenario by Makoto Yabe
07 Drifting Floe - Gigamix Ver. -
              music by Koji Hayama
08 Overloaded - Gigamix Ver. -
              music by Ryo Kawakami
09 Soundsketch _ Help Fleuve!
              scenario by Makoto Yabe, Hitoshi Ogino
10 Flow of the Times
              music by Ippo Yamada
11 Bullet Drive - Gigamix Ver. -
              music by Ryo Kawakami
12 Brilliant Show Window - Gigamix Ver. -
              music by Ryo Kawakami
13 ZXportrait _ Girls Bravo
              scenario by Hitoshi Ogino, Makoto Yabe
14 En-trance Code - Gigamix Ver. -
              words & music by Ippo Yamada
15 Freebirds
              music by Masaki Suzuki
16 Soundsketch _ Reconstruction of Cinq Ville
              scenario by Ippo Yamade, Hitoshi Ogino
17 Be One - feat.Ashe -
              words by Yuki Terakado  music by Ryo Kawakami
18 Awake - Gigamix Ver. -
              music by Ippo Yamada
19 Trap Fanatics
              music by Ryo Kawakami
20 Battle Giga Mixture
              music by Ippo Yamada, Ryo Kawakami, Luna Umegaki
              mixed by Ryo Kawakami

Album was composed by Иппо Ямада / Кодзи Хаяма / Луна Умэгаки / Масаки Судзуки / Рё Каваками and was released on April 30, 2008. Soundtrack consists of tracks with duration over more than hour. Album was released by Inti Creates.

CD 1

The Chosen One - Gigamix Ver. -
Green Grass Gradation - Gigamix Ver. -
Soundsketch _ Grey Capsule
Believe in Myself - feat.Grey -
Whisper of Relics - Gigamix Ver. -
ZXportrait _ Death and Witch
Drifting Floe - Gigamix Ver. -
Overloaded - Gigamix Ver. -
Soundsketch _ Help Fleuve!
Flow of the Times
Bullet Drive - Gigamix Ver. -
Brilliant Show Window - Gigamix Ver. -
ZXportrait _ Girls Bravo
En-trance Code - Gigamix Ver. -
Soundsketch _ Reconstruction of Cinq Ville
Be One - feat.Ashe -
Awake - Gigamix Ver. -
Trap Fanatics
Battle Giga Mixture
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