ReMix: Final Fantasy VII 'Space Station of the Ancients'
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Getting jiggy with the percussion! Mazedude's been around for so long, and has contributed so many great ReMixes, it's very encouraging to see he's still at it, still coming up with new ideas and exploring new sounds, and still maintaining an ever-increasing level of quality. This downbeat FF7 electronica mix has elements of Industrial with its very dynamic, stereo assortment of electro-percussion fx. Introing with a raw, unprocessed basic wave that's got some interesting aliasing going on with the pitch-bending, things quickly expand outwards and gradually evolve from there. This is more of a developing sound environment than a melody-driven piece per se, and it actually reminds me of much of the Metroid soundtrack with its repeating patterns and ebb-and-flow. Choir and pads form a bed, with some low bells and additional synths joining in, but no real dedicated lower bassline. Clearly, the drum track is what drives the piece, and where a lot of attention was paid to make things diverse, robotic (but not repetitive), and of high sonic calibre. You can sorta think of this as a "symphony of electronic percussion" - it literally sounds like not just one but perhaps two or three quality electro kits were used in the process. Things end as they began, which in this case I felt was sort of anti-climactic, but the overall effect of having such a percolating, clockwork drum track underneath iterating melodic motifs that trade emphasis is fairly hypnotic, but not in a mellow way - more like a journey into an infinite abyss or something foreboding looming on the horizon, approaching slowly. Interesting, more free-floating stuff from Mazedude, with less structure and melodic emphasis than his usual fare. I still think that his forte lies in styles rooted more firmly in a traditional melodic focus, but this sort of soundtrack-ish work is pulled off successfully as well, and is quite transporting. Recommended.
- Palpable on December 15, 2011
Another solid track from Mazedude. :nicework:
- Sir_Downunder on December 12, 2009
Fans of mixes that build up in complexity and then unleash a storm of sound need look no further. Mazedude has provided the good yet again.
- Marmiduke on November 28, 2009
One of my favorites from Mazedude, and definitely recommended. :-)
- OA on November 20, 2009
At 1:40-1:55 and 3:27-3:53, the two electronic leads (of different octaves and textures) stabilize the beat and mellow down any untamed moods. The eerie, sudden quiet of 2:25 acts like an "are you afraid of the dark?" moment before another meteor strikes and lights up the sky. An alien warp sound flies by once, around 0:25-0:27, like a UFO (and like a UFO, I want it to appear again). And every time the death bell tolls or the choir sings, someone's soul returns to the planet.
- Polo on May 17, 2009
Major FF7 fans need to check this one out because the song just pulls you in and takes you for a musical ride, interpreting the emotion and feel of the original track perfectly and expresses it in an absolutely convincing way. The song has a very epic feel to it, like you're in the middle of one of the great stories of all time.
I very much agree with djpretzel on this track's reminiscience of the Metroid soundtrack. After listening to it a couple times, it reminded me quite a bit of the theme of Kraid's Hideout in the first Metroid. Very dark and fateful, but in the most glorious of ways.
mazedude strikes with not only an excellent Final Fantasy remix, but an excellent musical piece in general.
- zavoc on September 1, 2006
- lady zelda on January 17, 2006
And that´s good, ancients in FF games shall always have flying fortress, in this case in space. The choir in the back(or whatever it is) and the technic noises really gives this remix the feeling of beeing in space and gazing at a great station floating through space.
You´re the dude, Mazedude. 8)
- Bummerdude on September 21, 2005
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- blindstrike on February 8, 2004
The bells/chimes, the echos and the way the melody builds and then falls is very well done. One of my favorites, and I think many other's favorites as well. Excellent remix.
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