ReMix: Final Fantasy VII "Suffering Planet" 5:25

By Xaleph

Arranging the music of one song...

"Listen to the Cries of the Planet"

Primary Game: Final Fantasy VII (Sony, 1997, PS1), music by Nobuo Uematsu

Posted 2002-04-11, evaluated by djpretzel


DJ Carbunk1e's first submission is of FF7's "You Can Hear the Cry of the Planet" in a Techno/Industrial style, keeping the 12/8 time sig but changing the key. Things intro quietly with the ubiquitous bell pad and some strings, but some great high-pitched percussion and low rushing noise effects come in at 0'25", leading up to the pick-up at 1'01" where the drums and well-constructed filter sweeping synths and additional grinding synth effects make their grand entrance. A good piano break at 2'02" (though the piano sound used is a bit hollow and tinny), after which a monoglide synth joins in over the same piano bit at 2'26" - probably my favorite bit of the mix, which uses its five minutes plus wisely by then segueing back into the more industrial portions (same synth gets a solo without piano at 4'26", at which point the very groovalicious drumline is more exposed for your appreciation). At the end, you can actually hear the vibrato - actually sounds like a real fast leslie speaker effect - that's being applied to the piano, which is a nice touch. Though there are rough spots, this is a very mature initial submission that shows multiple talents at play and is very impressive - kudos to Carbunk1e, check it out.

djpretzel

Discussion

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Palpable
on 2011-12-15 12:31:28

It starts off a little rough, but picks up with some of the variations that come along later. Like most of us, seems like back then Xaleph's ideas overmatched his production. I agree with djp that the monoglide stuff was a big highlight.

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Marmiduke
on 2009-10-08 05:56:10

Here is a mix that comes into the arena flawed but with a great secret weapon up its sleeve. The mix is definitely hit or miss up until it whips out the amazing piano-synth interplay, and then everything suddenly becomes clear. All prior discrepancies are forgiven and forgotten and for that small amount of time, everything is perfect.

To say I love a mix for under a minute of its five minute running time would be incorrect though. While the samples sound dull and dated and the transition just doesn't function, the whole mix has something to say about the source as well as supporting the standout moments quite well.

A real favourite of mine, but only by the skin of its teeth. Small hidden pockets of genius catapulted this one, definately.

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Nutritious
on 2009-07-04 13:21:55

Honestly, I wasn't really feeling the start of the song. Sounds lofi/lossy at the start, like some high freqs were lost in the process and the mids have some pretty strong resonant parts at times. Some pops and clicks (maybe intentional) throughout as well.

I was about ready to write the song off, when in the middle things started getting more interesting. Lead around 2:26 took me by surprise and drew me back into the song as a whole. This is what's keeping it on my playlist I think.

I think OA said it well, the production might be weak, but some good arrangement here and a few instruments/nuances that bring up the overall level of the song.

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OA
on 2009-03-20 12:25:05

Despite sounding a bit lossy, this is a pretty awesome arrangement. Good source to begin with, I always loved that track, and the arrangement of it is pretty great. Synths and piano, a cool meter, plus good percussion. Production though is pretty weak, and prevents this from being really a standout track. I'd love to hear a version with cleaner production.

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uagrenadier
on 2009-01-07 03:27:08

hell yeah this kicks ***

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Audity
on 2006-10-29 16:36:40

I agree (not fully). Except everything before 2 minute mark isn't as great. In fact only the synth and piano make the mix what it is, obviously. Definitely seeking a higher quality version! Carbunk1e is the one who got me into Reason (I wonder if he remembers) so that requires some thanks.

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ocremixfan
on 2006-04-15 23:36:15

There's no way I can fairly express the greatness of this mix... absolutely AWESOME!!! I think my ears will never ever hear something better!

DJ Carbunk1e, you turned a piece of heaven into music!

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Bummer
on 2005-10-23 05:01:46

This is earcandy for me, this track got now a much more tougher appeal, much variation among the instruments, arrangement=awesome! carbunk1e, you sure did it this time.

Got a little surprised when the mix went over for some techno when the synth waltzed in at the end and then got paired up with the piano, and I love piano, thanks fer that.

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esden9
on 2004-10-26 05:50:20

I tink DJP desribes the nuances of this mix best in his front page review. This is a remix that I will keep in my playlist forever, it covers alot of ground in it's scant 5 minutes. However a re-mastering session would be greatly appreciated, and would only serve to improve a superb first submission from one of OCR's greats, Mr DJ Carbunk1e.

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Mattrello
on 2004-10-15 20:01:56

This song is so inhumanely underrated. Nothing anyone says does this song justice. I have to delve into another language to properly describe it. It is 'gahro' as the D'ni say. It roughly translates into 'great', though it's far beyond that. They use it to describe the vastness of the universe, the beauty of a planet, and the feeling of love. I have only used this word to describe one other thing in my life.

Carbunk1e, you deserve some sort of medal or award for this song. It is beautiful beyond measure.

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Babysoft-chan
on 2004-05-13 22:20:37

This is a beatiful piece. I love it. The way it starts out so calm is really beautiful, and then when it begins to pick up at 0:49 is definitely effective. And the way it becomes calm again at 2:01 was definitely effective, leading into the more upbeat sound at 2:24. At 4:25 when the music goes back to that spacey sound is really neat, and then leading into harmony with the piano, and then ending with just the piano was quite effective.

This is definitely an inspiring piece (thus, it goes on my inspiration playlist ^^; ;). Dare I say, this would have been a good piece to play in the final showdown between Cloud and Sephy-sama?

Great job!

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Temporal
on 2004-02-05 19:06:23

Nearly two years later... still one of my top 5... of all the mixes on this site... I would be very interested in this "new version", but I don't see a link anywhere.

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I_unidentified_i
on 2004-02-03 12:51:18

can someone make this song possible for me to put on my xanga site i want the music url and i dont know how to do that im not good with java and goooooood job on the song carbunk1e i play it on stepmania ok steps which u didnt make but gr8 song

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Proffessor_Scissors
on 2003-03-05 20:40:42

Yep. This was used in "Zombie!" not "Zombie?". Listening now... Its not a bad song. I detect heavy static, but that could be on my end. Whoa! Got past intro. Yay for this song! Download the newage that is this song.

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Cuddly PyramidHead
on 2003-02-11 14:33:06

Sorry, I wasn't aware there was a second one.

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Primary Game:
Final Fantasy VII (Sony, 1997, PS1)
Music by Nobuo Uematsu
Songs:
"Listen to the Cries of the Planet"

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