ReMix: Final Fantasy VII 'Heart's Anxiety'
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Very alternative percussion on this FF7 ReMix from newcomer Ceracryst - love to see people trying different things, and the drum track here is very unique. Sort of a combination between industrial and hip-hop - it makes (or breaks, depending on your tendencies) the track, adding the right amount of attitude and style to the fairly simple pads + bells arrangement that sits on top of it. There's some cool whispering samples, and then at 2'54" a double-time drum groove layer comes in and the vibes double-up and do counter-rhythms, building to a nice climax that ends on a sustain - this has very much the feeling of a storm that is at first forming, then getting more chaotic, then breaking (during the major-key interlude) to sunlight temporarily, then letting loose a torrential downpour but with sunlight still shining down. Really reminded me of weather, in other words :) It's free-form enough to be interesting, but not random, and though it leans towards minimalism, all elements have been chosen carefully and superbly. I've listened to this four times now and it gets better each time. I was a little lukewarm the first time - you have to be in the right mindset - but for fans of FF7 and mellow, peculiar music, this definitely comes recommended.
When you consider that the original is pretty much just some cool diminished chords, it really personalizes it. Really chill stuff, and even though I am a big fan of the source to begin with, and this is basically just some stuff on top of the original, I can dig it.
- OA on January 19, 2010
- LuIzA on November 21, 2009
- yosefu on April 12, 2009
- Xanthen on April 5, 2009
- Ascendancy on March 17, 2009
0:00-0:28 Great intro - simple and pretty. Makes you feel sad/nostalgic, which are the emotions that the original track was supposed to induce.
0:28-0:45 Ok, some of these drums I like a lot and others not as much. One of them in particular that always goes DONK DONK I feel needs to be toned down a lot. What I do like about the drums though is the bass drum, which is the quietest one. (I much prefer "thmp thmp" to "DONK DONK") It almost sounds like a 'heartbeat'. The idea of the heartbeat is one thing I would have liked to have seen developed a little more, but you can't have everything I guess. Anyway, as long as I don't let the loud donks bother me too much, the rest of the drums are pretty fitting.
0:45-0:59 The distortiony-percussion is cool - though again it might have sounded cooler if it had a more muffled sound. I loved the whisper sound effects, especially the one at 0:50 is perfect, with a cool echo too.
0:59-1:30 Here we go, now we change key switching to the more familiar chords as in the original track. It's a good chill, slow setup. Nothing needs to be rushed.
1:30-1:45 Awesomeness. Quite eerie with the addition of the marimba
1:45-2:00 Here come the donks again. Are they really necessary? Something deeper or more muffled please, like a low or floor tom drum.
2:00-2:20 A change of pace which is good. Cool distortions again. The brief burning sound and ominous chords are a great touch. I can just see Sephiroth turning his back and disappearing behind the flames of Nibelheim. And heartbeat, yay.
2:20-2:53 Combines the elements from the sections from 0:45-2:00, effectively - including the cool whispers again.
2:53-END I'm digging the new drum rhythm right off the bat. The tempo had been dominated by the slow pace of the strings for the longest time (appropriately so), and now everything is more excited. The underlying chords go back to the way they were at 0:00-0:59. Best part of the piece in my opinion. It wouldn't fit in any other part of the song, but at the end the building excitement is perfect.
Overall: 9.5/10 - My only complaint is the drums/percussion, I think it could have been more fine-tuned to be in line with the emotions of the piece.
- Troy on March 17, 2009
- Txai on November 10, 2008
- Koizo on June 16, 2008
- Gatorelf on May 24, 2008
This remix has always jived with me. And it inspires me to someday ReMix.
9.9 of 10 anxious hearts. (Nothing's perfect)
- JadeAuto on April 23, 2008
- metaphist on November 2, 2007
cheez80 wrote: hrmm. is it possible to add my name to the "creators" caption? 'twas a collaboration.
Yeah, I saw your name elsewhere in an interview with Ceracryst from years ago. Props on your second half here. We're a few years late, but I'm glad I secured your co-credit.
- Liontamer on August 27, 2006
- lady zelda on January 28, 2006
Excellent stuff, ceracryst.
- Bummer on October 16, 2005
- Gatorelf on September 26, 2005