ReMix: Final Fantasy VII "Acoustic Fireworks"

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EgM's initial and formerly sole submission, with Kaijin's assistance, was all the way back in June of 2001 with a nice Ninja Gaiden 2 ReMix. So it's been awhile, but EgM, aka Eric E. Hache, is back with another OC ReMix submission, this time with some 6/8 acoustic-guitar based Final Fantasy 7 work that I think quite a few Squareheads and others as well will enjoy. It features Eric himself on guitar, bass, and alto recorder, and has a very deep, rich sound to it right from the outset. Mixing is spot on; you can hear individual fret noises but there's no hiss or hum and the stereo imaging is fantastic. Kaijin's a good friend of Eric, and maintains this is some of the best acoustic guitar work within the scene thus far, rivaling that of various commercial products as well, and I'd tend to agree - if you've been waiting for an FF7 arrangement that doesn't just include acoustic guitar, but emphasizes it and clearly gives the instrument the spotlight, this is your baby. The bass sits unobstrusively but warmly at the bottom, giving a solid foundation to the acoustic, whilst backing strings rise and fall with emotional dynamics and intonation. About a minute in, there's also some appropriate and authentic percussion that again adds to the mix without taking away from the acoustic guitar - I think that's the real success story here, that every element Eric adds to the arrangement augments the primary instrument without detracting from it in the slightest. Can't believe it - we're not even one month into 2003 and already we're seeing some really great, different, memorable ReMixes. I like it. This is very mellow stuff - conjures less images of fireworks to me and more a peaceful day in the park, sitting on the bench in mixed shade, partly cloudy, 74 degrees fahrenheit. Tangent there, but man is it cold these days. I look forward to Spring & Summer, when I can play this outdoors grilling something or just chilling with a martini. Be sure to check out Eric's website for more remixes and some originals as well. We're on a roll, here - recommended :)

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Discussion: Latest 15 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
BLAHMASTER
on 2016-02-25 14:57:28

The original song is a little bit of a turn off for my ears - some instruments just plain didn't agree with me, a couple instruments were a little too loud, and although I listen to video game music from time to time on it's own, I never listened to this one outside of the game, classifying it as "video game only" music.

This remix completely clears up whatever my ears don't like about the original. Excellent attention to detail on this one! There are some guitar noises that may bother some people (as mentioned), but nothing that really bothered me. Usually I prefer an actual ending to fading out, but once again, it doesn't really bother me this time around. Great dynamics as well! I'll be listening to this again!

Emunator
on 2009-12-02 17:16:25

I enjoy the arrangement a lot, especially the orchestral embellishments. It feels fairly emotive and personal, but honestly I have a problem with the guitar tone... I don't really know what word to use to describe what I'm hearing, but especially when compared to Pot Hocket's rendition I have a hard time enjoying this one due to the sound of the guitar :-( Sorry to say it, becuase there's a lot going for this mix but that one aspect makes it a lot less listenable for me.

OA
on 2009-12-02 12:38:17

Really nice playing and mixing, this is such a relaxing track, and though it follows the source very closely, it brings enough uniqueness to the table that it feels very personalized. Nice blend of instruments, where several are live makes this a winner in my book. Great mix! :-D

42
on 2009-01-20 18:20:46
If Aeris and Cloud weren´t in that elevator-thingie(forgot what it´s called) and instead was in a hall full of people dancing to some sweet band-music, this song would surely be the one they´re hearing.

Great stuff, EgM.

it's the kind of music that you hear in the background of your most romantic daydreams

I honestly can't say it any better. This is an incredibly well produced and genuinely great track. Great job. :nicework:

Slasher
on 2005-11-15 13:32:54
Bummerdude wrote:

Agrees totally.

If Aeris and Cloud weren´t in that elevator-thingie(forgot what it´s called) and instead was in a hall full of people dancing to some sweet band-music, this song would surely be the one they´re hearing.

Great stuff, EgM.

But sometimes Aeris isnt with Cloud and Tifa is or even to be told that Barret can go on a date with you.

But i think this is one of my all time faveriots the acoustic sounds great, But mehs wonder what it sounds like in electric/lead

YuffieKisaragi
on 2005-10-20 01:29:25

Agrees totally.

If Aeris and Cloud weren´t in that elevator-thingie(forgot what it´s called) and instead was in a hall full of people dancing to some sweet band-music, this song would surely be the one they´re hearing.

Great stuff, EgM.

mmm, i SO agree... it's the kind of music that you hear in the background of your most romantic daydreams... *sighs happily* This song is amazing.

Bummer
on 2005-10-11 02:54:45
This song reminds me of something you'd hear at some 1960's school dance...Like, as in the last song of the evening, the one you grab your chick and slow dance to.

Agrees totally.

If Aeris and Cloud weren´t in that elevator-thingie(forgot what it´s called) and instead was in a hall full of people dancing to some sweet band-music, this song would surely be the one they´re hearing.

Great stuff, EgM.

Mokumo
on 2005-08-23 21:01:59

This is amazing. think i know what key its in, but what are the chords being played? The lead is easy to figure out, but i suck at arpeggios.

EntreNous
on 2005-01-16 23:43:19

LOVE IT. LAAAHHHVE IT! Matter of fact, I HAVE been waiting for an all out acoustic FF7 remix, and this is just the perfect thing. Excellent job.

PancakeHero
on 2004-10-07 00:20:18
Very nice. It reminds me of Pink Floyd for some reason, not that it's incredibly similar, just a little bit (listen at about 1:10, then compare to Brain Damage). This song also brings back memories from FF7... good memories.

agreed

Clockwork Dolphin
on 2004-05-29 02:32:59

Very nice. It reminds me of Pink Floyd for some reason, not that it's incredibly similar, just a little bit (listen at about 1:10, then compare to Brain Damage). I'm not fond of the structure (seems to just repeat and fade away), the EQ is a bit funky, and the effects are dripping. But the song is beautiful, a term which I wouldn't apply to many OCRs, even my favorites. The instruments complement each other well, and the percussion is a welcome break from typical OCR fare. This song also brings back memories from FF7... good memories.

Rowan
on 2003-07-06 23:00:31

I liked it, yeah. . . it wasn't my favorite, I will admit, but I still liked it. But the thing is, I personaly think that it would sound better with piano, but that's just me speaking. It's not that I don't like your guitar playing, your guitar is like. . . acoustic Motzart or Bach, ya know what I mean? Well, I'm not a big fan of Motzart or Bach or any of them, but do you get my drift? I kinda think that you should find a song with an obscurely fast tempo, if you've ever heard Third Day's "My Heart" song, that temo would be :D , okeydokey, a good song for listening in cars or on planes, or if you just want to hear a good masterpiece. I hope I didn't burst your bubble or anything, it's just my thought. You don't have to, it's just a thought. . . Annnnyhoooooooo, I know you'll make the right choice, as long as God's on your side ;D

Always Loving,

Lune St. Claire at yer service!

Rowan
on 2003-07-06 22:57:38

I liked it, yeah. . . it wasn't my favorite, I will admit, but I still liked it. But the thing is, I personaly think that it would sound better with piano, but that's just me speaking. It's not that I don't like your guitar playing, your guitar is like. . . acoustic Motzart or Bach, ya know what I mean? Well, I'm not a big fan of Motzart or Bach or any of them, but do you get my drift? I kinda think that you should find a song with an obscurely fast tempo, if you've ever heard Third Day's "My Heart" song, that temo would be :D , okeydokey, a good song for listening in cars or on planes, or if you just want to hear a good kLuTz masterpiece. I hope I didn't burst your bubble or anything, it's just my thought. You don't have to, it's just a thought. . . Annnnyhoooooooo, I know you'll make the right choice, as long as God's on your side ;D

Always Loving,

Lune St. Claire at yer service!

P.S. Luvvvvvvvv yer 600 AD song, my favorite! Cheerio! :!::arrow:

Annoxus
on 2003-03-11 16:13:58

This remix is absolutely gorgeous. I can't help but be a fan of the soft stuff, and this definitely does FF7 some justice. Grab it if you haven't done so already.

EgM
on 2003-03-03 14:44:03

Thanks all for your comments :)