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DAICON III opening animation MUSIC ONLY remastered

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Published on Mar 29, 2008

DAICON III オープニングアニメ (リマスター音楽)

Details on this project: I completed the somewhat easier and less resource-demanding Daicon IV audio remaster project a few months ago. Eventually, partially thanks to very appreciated donations of audio files, I was able to amass all of the music which was used in the Daicon III film in 1981. True to my promise, here is the (MUSIC ONLY) stereo audio remaster of Daicon III.

Probably the most amazing aspect of this project is that I was able to get my hands on all of the music, and in digital renditions as opposed to recordings of vinyl. The fact is that almost all of the cues used in this film can be considered obscure. By comparison, the main cue used in Daicon IV was rather easy to acquire.

As originally stipulated in the text I provided with my Daicon IV audio remaster, the task of tracking down the sound effects utilized in Daicon III is a very different beast, and one which I
cannot realistically tackle. While some of the effects have obvious sources, many do not, and it would be a daunting task indeed to acquire all of them, short of somebody with an inexplicably huge library being able to hand them all over to me. Therefore, the audio in this video is, unavoidably, missing something important.

So I feel it is crucial to make this perfectly clear: The purpose behind this project, in its current iteration (ie, missing the sound effects), is NOT to provide a proper-sounding version of Daicon III. If you want to watch Daicon III with all of the sound effects intact, just hunt around on Youtube. There are several copies. The best-looking one I've seen is on NicoVideo, and that is the version I used. Though it has to be pointed out that because of Youtube's limitations, and to make room for the audio, the video needed to be heavily recompressed. In the future (when Youtube enables it), I plan to make available a more watchable version. The audio, at least, even at a mere 96 Kbps, sounds fantastic.

There are actually two purposes behind this project: First, this video stands as an adequate halfway point between the original version of Daicon III and the pipe-dream full remaster of the future. It should be enough to know that the original audio is not only 100% mono, but also very heavily artifacted with hiss and dropouts - moreso by far than Daicon IV's audio (watch one of the other Daicon III postings on Youtube to see what I mean).

Second, there are plenty of people who can appreciate a music-only track, and by definition, this video fits that criterion. Think of it as a multimedia OST. Indeed, there are nuances to the music which are impossible to hear in the original audio because they are so heavily obscured by sound effects and analog artifacting.

People are likely to notice some abrupt or amateurish edits. These are actually very careful reproductions of the edits which exist in the original Daicon III audio. I chose not to embellish the audio in any way (such as, for example, using dead space to allow music cues to play longer than they originally did).

Finally, I would like to clear up some points. A few people seemed convinced that I had undertaken some remastering of the video in Daicon IV. Beyond the fact that I pointed out the current futility of such an undertaking, I personally feel that it is obvious that no video remastering had taken place. That goes for Daicon III, of course. I have not touched the video. Nor would I consider doing so without having idealized masters, from LD or better.

In spite of all these caveats, this video is likely to confound most people, especially if they do not read this admittedly lengthy description. I don't expect many people to understand or appreciate it. Primarily, I am posting it for posterity's sake. But if you enjoy the music for whatever reason, feel free to comment.

  • Category

  • Song

  • Artist

    • 大野 雄二
  • Album

    • コスモス
  • Licensed to YouTube by

    • Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) Inc. (on behalf of (P)1981 Sony Music Records)
  • Song

    • Runaway
  • Artist

    • Bill Conti
  • Album

    • For Your Eyes Only
  • Licensed to YouTube by

    • UMG (on behalf of Capitol Records); Bicycle Music Co. (Publishing), UBEM, SOLAR Music Rights Management, EMI Music Publishing, and 3 Music Rights Societies
  • Song

  • Artist

    • 大野 雄二
  • Album

    • コスモス
  • Licensed to YouTube by

    • Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) Inc. (on behalf of (P)1981 Sony Music Records)

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