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Old 04-08-2010, 04:38 PM
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OCR02023 - *YES* Final Fantasy 8 'Shine Tonight'

Remixer Name: Poolside
Real Names: Josh Whelchel + Melinda Hershey
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Game: Final Fantasy VIII
Song: Fragments of Memories

This song is about a real girl.

I (Josh) grew up playing Final Fantasy and I absolutely loved the
music, and Nobuo Uematsu has proven to be one of main reasons I am now
a successful composer for games (I've written for the MTV VMA's,
Ubisoft's TMNT series, among others, including the indie games Bonesaw
and The Spirit Engine 2). Poolside is a project I started a few years
ago as a way to express a more mainstream sound that I enjoyed, but it
quickly became an electropop-mirror of what I was doing
compositionally. When Melinda joined on the Poolside project we wrote
a few songs together, but nothing has quite "shined" like this one,
and I think that is mostly due to its genuine and heartfelt spirit -
instead of singing about dancing and having a fun time, I poured my
pen into a feeling that was very real and very, very strong.
Naturally, this song fell into place from there.

Taking the song "Fragments of Song" which was originally in 3/4 to the
more mainstream 4/4 opened it up to some interesting and catchy
melodies and I think we were really able to take advantage of it, as
well as using the time modulation as a reason to add our favorite
"glitch" sound. Production-wise we are sort of looking at a
combination of 3OH!3 and one of those more modern rock bands, like
Boys Like Girls or Owl City. I also think about all of those songs
that become hits on the radio that have samples of other previously
popular songs and wonder, how cool would it be if VGM did that, too?
This is an attempt to realize that.


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this year called the "Indie Music Cancer Drive," which last year
featured Mustin, Big Giant Circles, and 2D Boy's Kyle Gabler (world of
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Fun as hell. Pure ear-candy. The melody gets relegated to being the supporting piece, but it's still there the whole time. I wouldn't be surprised if this song gets some haters on account of it being chipper Autotune pop, but fuck 'em. OCR needs more unabashedly cheery music.

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It's hard not to listen to this without smiling. Source is present throughout, and reading the remixer write-up adds more depth to the song as a whole. Diggin' this.

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Pretty cool stuff, i like the vocal duet, and though there are few parts where the effects in the background don't seem to mesh, specifically at the beginning of the first chorus.

Though the source takes a very prominent backseat to the new stuff (which is pretty much the only reason I paneled this one), the execution and presence of it throughout keeps it within what I think a remix should include.

Very nice work, I enjoyed it a lot.

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Pop cheese factor is through the roof, wonderful. The source is in the background, and it's pretty soft, so I think it would be better if it were more prominent. It's still generally pretty audible, and it's interpreted in different ways, so I'm fine with this on arrangement. Production is definitely over the bar. I thought the male vocals were a bit overpowered in the section from 2:42 to 3:05 and could've been brought up a little bit, but that's a minor complaint.


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