Released back in April 2008, this is the last soundtrack Inti Creates released for the Rockman ZX series and the first to feature the company's trademark drama tracks. This album is features remixed tracks from both games in the series: Rockman ZX and Rockman ZX Advent. It includes five drama tracks and three all-new tracks ("Flow of the Times", "Freebirds" and "Battle Giga Mixture"). Additionally, there's two vocal themes – "Believe in Myself" sung by the Japanese voice actress of Grey (Hiromi Hirata) which is Grey's character theme but previously was only instrumental (called "Destiny" in ZXA Tunes) and "Be One", sung by Ash's voice actress, Ami Koshimizu which was previously sung by CAO.
The drama tracks have been available in English for a couple of years now, which you can watch right here. Today, though, we have a brand-new translation of the soundtrack's booklet after the break below. Both the drama track translation and the booklet translation were made possible by the hard work of our friend Sidier!
Liner Notes (by Ippo Yamada)
- Spring, 2007: While working on ZX Advent, the conditions of 2 CDs progressed - one was going to be the usual soundtrack, the other would be a new album, named “Soundsketches”
- Summer, 2007: In the release event of the ZXA Tunes, the making of the “Soundsketch” CD was announced. But the concept of “feel the world of ZX, and add more to the worldview, all of that through sounds” and scrutiny of the actual contents was still going on. But the project was put on hold as work for a big title coming out the next spring began to eat up my day-to-day and I was terribly busy.
- Autumn, 2007: New people were joining Inti, and the project was resumed. A lot of plans were written but we couldn’t make out a proper answer to the question of how to transmit the beauty of this product’s concept. We were busy with the day-to-day making and the project ended up pending again by the end of the year.
- Winter, 2007: The new year rolled in and we were pressed until we were at the limit of whether to continue with the project or cancel it. It was then that we earnt the concept of “Gigamix” and thus the final challenge began. It was a bit different from what I had in mind back in the spring, but we assembled the strength of new makers and new sound team members… And then...
- Spring, 2008: I can finally deliver this product to all of you. You can enjoy it as a simple musical product, but for those who played the games, it’s aimed to be a CD to let you enjoy the games while having a lot of imagination.
To make sure that people who bought all other soundtracks enjoy it as well, the self (and generally) recognized Rockman fan, Ariga Hitoshi, choose the tracks that would be newly arranged for this album. Adding the Grey and Ashe theme songs, new tracks, a battle medley as well as a few “special tracks”.
The drama tracks by Makoto Yabe and Hitoshi Ogino ,“ZX Portraits”, have linked illustrations by both Hitoshi Ariga and Yoshihiro Iwamoto, giving them an enjoyable presence.
There’s also the “Soundsketches” featuring environmental sounds as well as background chatter as well as SFXs. I hope that listening to them allows you to grasp the air and smells of the world of ZX. And this time around the booklet is full of unpublished images.
A giga mixture of sound, scenario and comics: I mixed it up as much as possible and created it by kneading. I hope you enjoy it to its fullest.
Track Notes (by Hitoshi Ariga)
Message by Hitoshi Ariga:
“You will choose and we’ll remix… No. GIGAMIX!”. When Mr. Ippo told me that I went “I can choose as much as I want! Hih, hih, hih!” and was happy but… I quickly shift to “whoa, hold on”. Unfortunately, even if I wanted to choose the “best” tracks, both games had only released very recently. If it’d seem something a few years after release (like with the Zero series) the choices would’ve been easier but… Choosing tracks right now… Obviously the tracks of ZXA, which I’d played recently, were filling my head. My brain hadn’t fermented yet. This was going to be a bit painful, yes. And Mr. Ippo kept asking “choose at once, hurry it up” and the tracks below are the ones I choose “at the current stage”. Well then, let’s listen to them together!
1) The Chosen One
An uneasy atmosphere greets us... We begin with Albert’s theme. I’m sure several thought, when the 3 Sages appeared, “this guy’s gonna be the last boss?”. You’d assume so, no? (laughs)... I went off-topic. This mix has further oppressive and mystery polished into it. How does the current world look like to the man who calls himself a God?
2) Green Grass Gradation
We make a turn from the heavy feeling of the previous track! When you talk about ZX, you talk about this track!! This mix is also very good. “I wish for something new to be born”, “I wish for dawn to come”... It has such a exciting, exhilarating and speedy feeling to it. It’s like the sunlight pouring between buildings, and a gentle wind blowing across them… Did you feel the light and wind? Then we’re in the same league!
4) Believe in Myself - Feat. Grey -
I wished for a vocal version of Grey’s OP stage. Because Ashe’s OP stage did have a vocal version… This track has been powered up and finally gained lyrics as well! Great! Grey is singing! Struggle against your cruel fate… Young man!
“This is the fate that I’ve chosen. I… Will live on in this world, with everyone else!”
5) Whisper of Relics
The mysterious lab. Prometheus and Pandora’s capsules are located here… I liked the dramatic feeling of the original track, hence why I choose it. It’s speeded up further than the original track and the ZXA Tunes so I think it does have a feeling of reaching the core of a mystery, indeed! You should listen to this when you’re soaked! (Testrat-like words)
7) Drifting Floe
The arctic land. The raging winds can even freeze time itself. Man! The Rockman series’ ice stages are always good, no? It’s pretty yet it’s also filled with the drama of this battle… I love that. This mix’s theme is… The spreading seas become deeper and quieter… The melody’s tempo speeds up as if swaying away the frozen air. ← This is when it gets cool! Great! Speaking of which, Ashe’s (VA) Ms. Koshimizu has apparently played the game but her comment left an impression on me. “What was it… Huh… A whale?”. It’s a horseshoe crab!
The highway. I guess that the buyers of this album won’t complain at this choice! I feel that this mix increases the “Thetis feeling” of the track. Yup! That makes me happy! Run through the late night highway! (Goes on foot)
10) Flow of the Times
Here’s a new track made for this album! They make things like these without hesitating…Amazing! (I mean it positively, of course). Master Fleuve is giving out a good flavor. I’d like to ask him a lot of questions about Ms. Prairie’s past. I’m sure there must be a lot of drama, too much, even. Also, “Fleuve means “flow” in French”.
11) Bullet Drive
HERE IT COMES! Here it comes: no-one can complain at this choice of a song! The version with Chinese singing in ZXA Tunes (Searching for the Future) created a big impact for this song (I used to listen to it in loop mode). It’s because the song is already intended to be something out of a hero story. I love the part of the “hook”. It’s so COOL! These kind of cool tracks in action games make your tension increase! Hih, hih… Hih, hah, hah, hah, hah, hah!! (Siarnaq crazy laughter)
12) Brilliant Show Window
The city. This track is so relaxing, I like it. In the Zero games, you had the Resistance Base → Missions so the overall feeling was one of violence. (I like it nevertheless). On the other hand, the ZX games showing you “the lifestyle of people living in this world”: such detailed making left me an impression indeed. A clean city, the blue skies, and the buzz of a future city emerges. OK! Let’s go to the city!
14) En-trance Code
The Transserver track. This is also one of those tracks that you can loop to listen… And so I choose it. T-they added a robot-like voice in this mix!? It makes you shiver, like YM(X). Beep-beep. And this also got lyrics added… Great!
“Guardian Theme 2”. A new track made for this album! “The Guardians and their allies, not belonging anywhere and flying across the skies like free birds to protect the peace in the world”. That was Mr. Ippo’s comment that came with this track. But that explanation is already very good! It’s a very clear track and very exhilarating… *wind blows*
17) Be One - feat. Ashe -
“Be One” is great! I love both the track and the lyrics! Here we have the Ashe version, but if you reflect upon the lyrics while listening, and consider it to be Ashe’s song… It… Makes you feel emotional! It does! “This is my life. It’s my own story!” I also support Grey but Ashe as well. The Gemini Laser(?) feels comfortable!
Giroue. Yes, there should be a bit of a gentler track… But I wished for something warm and sad and so I choose this one. But once my copy of the mix was sent to me and I listened to it, it feels far more distant than what I’d imagined so I was slightly surprised (laughs) But this isn’t bad, either. You can hear the chirping of the birds, too.
19) Trap Fanatics
This is a MUST BE track! If you take it out then it’s all a lie! … And so here you have P&P. I like both past remasters but this one does feel it’s a bit different from those, too. Feels like the sprinting has increased or that it’s become more aggressive! Oh yeah!
20) Battle Giga Mixture
Mr. Ippo considers that tracks that express the world-view are tracks apart from boss battle and wanted me to choose a stage track or so, but I argued back “battles are part of a game’s world-view” and, also, “If possible, I’d like to listen to a medley of the ZX and ZXA battle themes (total of 2 tracks)”, and then he replied “If Kawakami says he’ll do it then we’ll make it.” I got excited and when the copy arrived, I was impressed! “Whoa. I hadn’t asked them do this much and yet… AMAZING!! The sound’s design is really good! This is SO GREAT! Superb! Whoa! My tension’s increasing! RI-GHT!? Are there people out there who think the same? If there are then let’s rejoice together!
Did you enjoy the album? “Innocence should’ve been in, too.” “But that’s not a track from the games…” And other things I thought of while choosing the tracks, but this is my reply right now! I hope that the listeners find their favorite tracks within this album, too! Hope this “GIGAMIX” is a good chance to spread your ZX world… As the selector of the tracks, that’d make me very happy!
Alright, let’s do it together… ROOOCCKKK OOONNN!!
- Yoshihiro Iwamoto
- Hitoshi Ariga
- Hitoshi Ogino
- Makoto Yabe
- Hidetaka Tatsuki
III Sound Create Unit
- Ippo Yamada (Sound Designer / Producer)
Science. Joined Capcom in the year 93. Worked on “Super Street Fighter II (SNES), “Demon’s Crest (SNES)”, “Resident Evil (PSX)”, etc. Also joined as support of (sound team) for “Rockman X2 (SNES)” and “Rockman 7 (SNES)”.
Joins Inti Creates’ foundation in the year 96. Works in “Convertible Running Attack Gunbike (SNES)”, “LOVE & DESTROY (PSX)”, “Rockman Zero (GBA)” series, “Crayon Shin-chan (GBA, NDS)” series”, “Rockman ZX (NDS)” series, “Eureka Seven (PSP)”, “Doraemon Nobita and the Legend of the Green Giant (NDS)”, “Rockman 9 (Wiiware, XBLA, PSN)”, “Keroro Gunso the Super Movie 4: Gekishin Dragon Warriors (NDS)”, “Keshikasu-kun Battle Castival (NDS)”, “Super Guts Elementary Student Bita Naked Butts Peak Battle! Bita vs Skullday (NDS)”, making of Inti Creates label CDs, was also involved in “Shin Megami Tensei Devil Children The White Tome (GBC)” as Director of Monster Designs.
- Ryo Kawakami (Sound Director)
He made the drama CD series “Tailor Shop”, and provided music for games such as “The Other Side of the Birdcage (PS2)” and “Rockman ZX (NDS)”. He joined Inti Creates in the year 07. He was in the “Doraemon Nobita and the Legend of the Green Giant (NDS)” team as support. He worked in a “Crayon Shin-chan (NDS)” game and was the main arranger of this CD’s tracks.
- Yu Shimoda
- Hiroki Isogai
- Kurihara Tsutomu (Guitarist / Producer)
Works in anime songs for anime such as “Panzer World Galient” as well as in CMs for Suntory and Miki House. Provides songs to many artists like Nakamori Akina, Nyangilas and such. Joins in many recordings, such as those of: CLASS, Ono Masatoshi, Tanaka Minako, Sendo Akiho, Tamura Eriko, Tone Mariko, Funta, etc.
Forms EGQ in the year 98. Releases 2 albums with Crown Records. He’s currently teamed up with Luna Umegaki to form Lu7 and released the albums, “Efflorescence”, “L’esprit de l’exil” and “Bonito”
He’s also taken part in “Wave Rally (PS2)” and “Drihoo (XBOX)” as guitarist.