Re-igniting my inner Cosmo with Pegasus Fantasy Version Omega!
According to some geek listicles, Saint Seiya’s Pegasus Fantasy (ペガサス幻想) is one of the top must-know Anisongs of all times. Still regularly sung (screamed) by fanboys at karaoke joints worldwide.
I don’t know how true that is. As for me, Pegasus Fantasy was the very first Anisong I ever played on the Yamaha Electone. I even arranged it for my Grade 7 examination back in ’89, as a personal homage of sorts to the Manga series.
Yup, the Masami Kuramada hit Manga series. On this, can I share that Saint Seiya used to be my favourite Manga series? The series that got me hooked on Manga and Anime for life too?
I wrote a little about this recently, which you can read here. What I’m also saying is, Pegasus Fantasy, now over 30 years old, holds many, many memories for me. I blush a little when saying this but whenever I hear the tune, I still feel heroic stirrings of Cosmo deep within. I will also, momentarily, imagine myself as a valiant Gold Saint.
(Roshan Hyaku Ryu Ha!!!!!!! [Libra Saint here])
Free Yamaha Electone Score & ELS-02C Registration Data for Pegasus Fantasy Version Omega
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- Per my title, this is not the original 80s version. It’s the new arrangement from Saint Seiya Omega. You know, the spin-off series with the kiddish art style, and Shiryu as a … dad? (Sorry, I love the new arrangement but I dislike Omega’s story and art style)
- Why the sudden interest in revisiting this song? Because of the new Netflix series, of course! But no, I didn’t get the notion after watching. I started on this arrangement weeks ago in June. Sad to say, my inexperience with Rock rhythms and synth sounds made every step of the project agonizinglypainful. I probably would have dropped the project, had I not had on hand some Monthly Electone magazines to refer to.
- My biggest challenge: How to capture as many things i.e. sounds from the original recording as possible? There are just so many things going on in the original song. In the end, I concluded it’s just not possible for one instrument, not even for the Electone Stagea ELS-02C, without resorting to using XG or MIDI.
- For the purpose of what’s mentioned in (3), I’m using a “trick” I’ve clean forgotten about. Split keyboards i.e. sounds that only play on certain keys of the register they are assigned to.
- Regarding (4), keyboard splitting is a very common function found on even cheap, one-hundred-dollar music keyboards. Curiously, though, the function is hidden on the Stagea ELS-02C. You can “split” a keyboard, or more accurately, command a sound to only play on certain keys. However, you can only do so via Voice Edit. Within the Voice Edit function, you also need to individually programme each AWM layer. It’s tedious, to say the least. It’s also easy to make mistakes.
- I’m going a little overboard on Memory this round; this is the first time I’m using more than 16. On my score, and for all future free downloadable Electone sheet music on this site, the “black” Memory icons represent registrations stored in Bank B.
- There is an Auto-Bass going on throughout. As this sounded rather overpowering on earphones with bass enhancing functions, I’ve set the corresponding volume at mf level. You can, of course, jack this up to suit your preferences.
- There’s little else I can say about this arrangement except that it’s fast, that I’m not entirely satisfied with the sounds but couldn’t do better, and that I’m appalled that there’s no Super Articulation female choir voice on the Stagea ELS-O2C. Yeah. Athena’s not singing in this one, people. It’s Seiya and gang, i.e., the boys in falsetto. (Imagine Phoenix Ikki doing that. Hmm)
- Wait, wait! I do have one more thing to say. If you’re downloading my registration data, apologies for any confusion regarding the user voices. I … had a little fanboy fun there. Hey, how can I not think of Pandora when using a harp sound? Or Orphee when using strings?
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