ReMix: Final Fantasy VII "A World of Piano"

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Purty. kLuTz aka Greg Pak gave us a FF4 piano ReMix back in April, and several months later has this delicate FF7 submission, also solo piano, to contribute. Very ornamental and flowing playing with lots of forward direction - sort of like the soundtrack from The Piano if it had been a bit happier and . . . from Final Fantasy :) I like the variations on the theme and the added complexity of the last iteration especially - the whole arrangement is well thought out and holds one's interest, and the sound quality is great too. Recommended, highly if you dig great solo piano arrangements.

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Discussion: Latest 15 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
Codamadius
on 2011-12-03 22:40:29

The thing about piano is...you really can't not like it. It's one of those instruments that delivers in such a passionate way that you can't ignore it. And this is definitely no exception. kLuTz, you are a genius. Simply put. I love FFVII and its music and I wouldn't even call this a remix. You completely redefined Final Fantasy VII and all its greatness. Amazing work. :D

OA
on 2010-08-26 14:45:23

Really relaxing stuff, the deceptive cadence at 2:09 was awesome, and the slight color changes in the chord structure were excellent. I think a little more rubato in some spots would have improved it, but overall some really nice interpretation of a classic theme.

Kaxon
on 2010-03-22 03:41:45

I love piano and I love the FF VII Main Theme more than almost anything, so I should like this song by klutz, right? Well... YES. I do. But it's not just that I'm predisposed to liking this song - this is a legitimately great arrangement by klutz. You need only compare this to the professionally produced version on the Final Fantasy VII Piano Collections CD (arranged by Shiro Hamaguchi and performed by Seiji Honda) to realize how great this song is. Hamaguchi Honda's version is good, but Klutz's just blows it away. I feel like he really "got" this track better... maybe it comes from him having a greater familiarity with the game, but I can't say for sure. Either way, he wisely omits the slow middle section of the piece that worked as an orchestral buildup in the OST, but drags as a solo piano piece. Instead I feel like he really boiled this theme down to its essence and then expressed it perfectly in his medium of solo piano. I remember stopping outside towns in FF VII just because I wanted to listen to this theme to the end of its loop... this arrangement gives me the same feeling of wanting to stop what I'm doing and just admire the beauty of the song. Klutz really nailed this one.

Ascendancy
on 2009-03-17 18:45:01

wow, i first heard this back in 03 or 04, and i have to say i still enjoy it, but i'm probably being bias cause of nostalgia and the fact that its from ff7, this is pretty good quality for somthing made back in 02. also good arrangement, very enjoyable 9 out of 10

MajLink
on 2006-06-22 15:09:46

Amazing work. My favorite mixes of all time are any done by the panio. I love this one and it is one of my all time favorite mixes. Keep up the great work!

Ranael
on 2006-06-21 13:30:15

It is a great piece of piano. I love the flow and feel of the music as it takes you away into a new world. Very awesome piece of music.

isthan
on 2006-06-21 05:59:18

This was one of my first OCR remixes I ever heard.

Usually piano remixes tend to be boring but this one... it just isn't boring. It's very relaxing to listen.

It always reminds about the moment I stepped outside Midgar for the first time and realized that the world of FF7 is going to be BIG.

8/10.

lady zelda
on 2006-01-15 17:43:17

Okay, first of all, the fact that this piece was improvised already blows me away. How do you do it? Well, I can sum up what I think it is in one word: creativity. This mix is perfect for the car especially after school when I'm tired and I just wanna relax to something that of course, doesn't put me asleep at the same time, lol! Anybody, even if you haven't played FFVII, should just download this and immerse yourself into a nice warm piano bubble bath, lol!

SakakiAzu
on 2006-01-01 02:17:27

I liked it! Very good, and thats it....

8/10

Bummer
on 2005-09-21 08:48:00

An excellent pianoremix from the kLuTz.:D

I wish that I could say more, but I have no words left.

Well done, kLuTz.

kLuTz
on 2005-09-11 02:11:16

Thanks guys!! All comments welcome indeed!!

Time flies hahaha!!!!

Anyhow, for those that asked for sheet music, I'm sorry to say that I never made any, since this piece was improvised. However, if you go to http://klutz.vgmidi.com/music.php you can find the midi, and open it with a midi editor. There are a few songs there, though that you can find that other people have transcribed for me. Or you can also ask in the Sheet Music section at the site to see if anyone's transcribed it. Thanks!

-Greg

Burger Deluxe
on 2005-07-10 23:21:37

I tend to agree. Although it shows quite a bit of skill on the piano(I know I couldn't duplicate it), and everything is technically perfect...that's the biggest problem, as well. really, not very emotive at all. In music, I don't think perfection means a hill of beans. I've heard a lot of songs with less-than-perfect notes, chords, phrasing, whathaveyou, but the feel behind it is so compelling, i just sit there for hours listening to it. It's a perfect piece...but, it's a perfect piece. That explains it perfectly.

Amaranth
on 2005-05-16 22:03:39

How more generic could a song get? This is a very stale mix. There doesn't seem to be any emotion, and it doesn't go anywhere we haven't gone before through kLuTz's other mixes. I would go more in-depth, but why should I when Disco Dan already said it best himself nearly two and a half years ago when he was judging the mix?

Wow this sounds exactly like the town life in piano mix we just had... arpeggiated accompaniament... simple chord progression, very little variety. But flawless execution and nice dynamics. I feel like I've said this before....

And there's something fishy about the flawless performance... I can't put my finger on it. It's definitely a synth, which is fine, but there's something artificial about the playing, and I think it's the breaks, and the jumps, which the more I think about, sound really ... doctored, or impossible. I could be way off here, but anyway...

Ok, I hate to be the pessimist or the cynic or whatever I am, but I really don't feel this has much to offer, besides being piano based. The playing really isn't THAT impressive, but I may be a bit biased being at a music school with a focus on composition and piano performance, and being constantly blown away by the other students who seem to actually like playing the piano, and then by the jazz pianists whose ability to improvise and vary seems unending. But all in all, I feel the piano work here is very cliché and sounds like something I'd do just messing around on the keys, only to close the piano lid, say "blah," and walk away as my dad says "that was nice, Daniel, what was that?" because they're much more easily impressed...

But anyway, I don't feel this is spectacular, and the part I guess that bugs me the most about it is the similarity to the arrangement that was just submitted by this guy just a week or so ago, just in arrangement style and technique. Kind of bored me. Spice it up, buddy. Kick it up a notch. BAM!

Anyway, that's my reasoning, and I'm stickin' to it.

NO

DC

Serpiente Uno
on 2005-01-26 23:13:03

Yea I WANT it TOO!!! I just found the song and downloaded it. It was just F***ing amazing. I have already tried thinking of what the correct notes would be and I have already started to improvise them.It didn't come out so well.If anyone has the sheet please e-mail it to me at------------

BlitzKrieg18@msn.com

Nicgadpie
on 2005-01-26 01:20:42

HEy Ive noticed that no one has used this in a long time but i would like to say I lov ethis song and listen to it all the time. I sent an email to the address provided but got a returned msg saying there was a problem. I was just wondering if there was anything I could do to own the sheet music for this piece I love playing the piano and I want something that people would recognise but couldnt really be duplicated. THank you for your help.

-Nic