ReMix: Final Fantasy VI "Back to Towne (Arranged)" 2:08

By MkVaff

Arranging the music of one song...

"Kids Run Through the City"

Primary Game: Final Fantasy VI (Square, 1994, SNES), music by Nobuo Uematsu

Posted 2000-09-30, evaluated by djpretzel


What a beautiful piece. Truly. It's so damn nice to hear a great track like this arranged with excellent quality sounds and attention to dynamics and orchestration that adds so much, which is what McVaffe has done, proving himself to be one of the few ReMixers who does orchestral / instrumental ReMixes just as well as techno or more electronic styles. Kudos to him on this lovely arrangement of the 'Back to Towne' theme from the legendary FF3. Pay particular attention to the way that, even in the upper registers, the instruments used have sonic integrity and believable vibrato. Great stuff.

djpretzel

Discussion

Latest 15 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
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Crulex
on 2014-07-20 16:56:12

So hard to beat a piano with a beautiful melody, and that's what we've got here. I hate to use the term "simple", because there is more than just the piano going on, but as far as the arrangement goes, it focuses on what it seems to have to. It doesn't try to fit in too many extra instruments or fluff and sticks to what makes it gorgeous. Everything sounds like it has a place, like a cog in a machine. Not bad.

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SubNormal J3
on 2010-11-18 04:12:36

I find it interesting how some of the simplest rearrangements can be some of the most enjoyable. I definitely see that here. I love how the other instruments come in so seamlessly and blend with the piano.

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Marmiduke
on 2009-05-21 06:25:03

A simple, delicate rendition of a Final Fantasy 6 theme. Even with the McVaffe polish and the ageless quality of the production, I can't say this is remarkable. Nor should it be, really, but it's a definite "What you hear is exactly what you get" mix.

Whereas some mixes have a lot to say underneath the vineer, this is solely about extracting the maximum amount of feeling from the melody, and putting it out there in a way that is respectful to the source. It does that; not much else.

An early McVaffe success, but not something that is going to turn a lot of heads, in 2000 or today.

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Lucentas
on 2008-12-06 19:33:07

I dislike playing favorites, but McVaffe does absolutely amazing work and everything he does oozes genius, including this piece.

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OA
on 2008-05-13 15:25:08

Though I do feel it's pretty coverish, the fact that it holds up so well years and years later is amazing. Beautiful sequencing and great samples plus attention to detail equal something that lives on for a long time.

Very nice.

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avaris
on 2007-12-18 14:33:40

Awesome song. Still shite myself thinking this was from 2000. If I had to imagine what this source would sound like arranged this would easily be it. Completely captures the feel of the original song. Been listening to this one for years now. Great pacing and arrangement to keep the song moving the whole time.

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isthan
on 2006-06-21 15:53:39

McVaffe, I'm going to start worshipping you. Kaoss, Fear of the Flava, Liquid Mario, Bukkis Tango, Crystalline Caverns, Yoshi's Rag and this...

This mix has everything a good remix needs. And with that beautiful original melody it's impossible to fail! Great job.

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Bummer
on 2005-10-05 07:33:09

Piano and flute? And McVaffe?8O

Why haven´t anyone told me? :x

This is a great piece of piano arrangement, and FF city themes always fits like a glove with it. A very relaxing flute made the enjoyment even better.

For some reason the first thing that popped into my head was the scene in "Forrest Gump" when his mother dies...and more than being a cheerful, bouncy piece (as the original title might suggest), this song reeks of sadness and innocence lost.

Dude, I remember that. I think I just got a sad flashback.

Nice work Vaffdude, you truly are one of the best.

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maestermatt
on 2005-07-06 14:27:33

this is one of my fav songs in the game so i like this version better

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SixthFlyingMan
on 2004-09-09 21:03:12

Y'know, maybe I shouldn't review this, because everything to be said has already been said. There's only one thing left I have to add, and it is the only downside to this melody: It's too damn short. 2:08 is not enough time; it does not do this wonderful arrangement justice.

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Chizniz
on 2004-08-17 02:45:33

It was done really well, it bring back many pleasant memories...

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Royal Sovereign
on 2004-08-16 12:33:18

For some reason the first thing that popped into my head was the scene in "Forrest Gump" when his mother dies...and more than being a cheerful, bouncy piece (as the original title might suggest), this song reeks of sadness and innocence lost.

This remix is really not a remix at all, but, in it's own context, rather sounds like a retrospective on someone's life -- you could see this played over a montage of images from someone's life at their funeral.

Very sad, very sedate, but not demure -- heart-tugging and melancholy, yet smiling-through-your-tears...

This is the best remix I've ever heard. Period.

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Tiberiansam
on 2004-05-16 22:16:24

This remix leave me speechless each time I listen to it! 8O It was one of the few first remixes I've putted on cd! :P I just wonder why didn't I post a reply about it sooner? :banghead: Like many peoples on this site, all I can do is to bow down in front of McVaffe's geniousity and great talent! :o

The kind of music that bring peace of the soul when you listen to it! :)!!

Those woodwinds at around 1:09 make that feeling stronger! :) To resume all my speech in two words: SIMPLY BEAUTIFUL!!!! ...*Sniff* :cry:

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Horadrim_Bearer
on 2003-07-08 11:17:20
8) Simply a wonderful piece of music, has quite a happy theme, fits in with the original well. The author of this seems to like using piano with a few accompanyments in their mixes, but overall the effect pays off. Worth downloading.
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ironchefm
on 2003-07-07 23:31:11

Beautiful... simply beautiful. It starts out as a sort of soft piano piece, but then those woodwinds come in... I love this piece. I bow to McVaffe.

Sources Arranged (1 Song)


Primary Game:
Final Fantasy VI (Square, 1994, SNES)
Music by Nobuo Uematsu
Songs:
"Kids Run Through the City"

Tags (11)


Genre:
Classical, New Age
Mood:
Sad
Instrumentation:
Flute, Piano, Solo Piano, Woodwinds
Additional:
Arrangement > Minimalist
Time > Duration: Short
Time > Tempo: Moderate
Usage > Meditation

File Information


Name:
Final_Fantasy_6_Back_to_Towne_(Arranged)_OC_ReMix.mp3
Size:
3,163,397 bytes
MD5:
5c031226a6113079846d225d3b1b261d
Bitrate:
192Kbps
Duration:
2:08

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