One of the main, and definitely one of the most well known places for video game inspired music, OverClocked ReMix has debuted their newest collective effort, this time in honor of the amazing Yasunori Mitsuda and his amazing soundtrack to the game Xenogears. Humans + Gears: Xenogears ReMixed is an amazing two disc tribute to the classic PSX title from Square-Enix (then known simply as Square). As with all releases, this one includes a wide variety of amazing musicians taking part in this project, including the likes of Skrypnyk, the prophet of mephisto, Avaris, Level 99, E-Bison, and that is just a small sample of the artists contributing. The album, just like everything else from OCReMix, is 100% free to download, and this album is available at xenogears.ocremix.org. You can download the full album there, as well as individual tracks. You can also help out their bandwidth by torrenting the album as well.
To explain more about the compilation, I present Avaris' (who also produced the album) write up from the website.
The album is an arrangement of the soundtrack for the classic RPG Xenogears. Many artists from the video game arrangement community have come together to create this album. The original soundtrack is by legendary composer Yasunori Mitsuda. With impeccable work ethic and a sense for melody and texture he created one of the most emotional soundtracks of all time.
Humans and Gears was a lengthy undertaking. The project began in the summer of 2006. Many Xenogears arrangement albums have been released in the past. The albums tries to re-envision the soundtrack in a new yet familiar way. We set out to create two unique albums in one. The first album features songs with a focus on natural elements and a "Human" touch. The second album is dark in tone and electronic in texture, symbolising the fear and destruction of "Gears." Artists were given complete creative freedom to express and reimagine the game in a new sonic format. We hope the listeners relive part of the amazing story and music that is Xenogears through this album. Thank you to all of the artists for your hard work and relentless dedication towards completion of this wonderful project.
Welcome to Humans and Gears, and enjoy the journey... again!