ReMix: Final Fantasy VI "Rachel's Gift" 4:34

By James George

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Arranging the music of one song...

"Forever Rachel"

Primary Game: Final Fantasy VI (Square, 1994, SNES), music by Nobuo Uematsu

Posted 2003-05-24, evaluated by the judges panel


Newcomer Maestrodeclure, aka James George, offers an atmospheric, spacious orchestral arrangement with an interestingly processed intro that seems to be run through a wah+phaser effect, or VCF/touch wow and similar, lending a synthetic quality to the first thirty seconds until it goes away. Vigilante, the newest addition to our Judges panel, writes: "On the whole, this mix has great dynamics, and good development, and the only gripes i could find, while noticeable, are minor and dont detract from the listening experience significantly. i think its one of the more interesting and well done orchestral mixes i've heard.", while previously citing the call for perhaps an ambient pad during the rather spartan intro and questioning the necessity of the intro DSP. I personally am not too sure about some of the later transitions, but definitely dug the watery, effected intro and outro. Your experience as always will differ, as well it should, but it was the consensus of the Judges that overall this arrangement had a mature, polished sound to it. It takes a couple risks here and there, as well, and isn't your garden-variety orchestral transmogrification. The ReMixer would like to note that this mix is in turn based off an existing arrangement by Micheal Huang. So, a strong first submission of a ReMix based off an arrangement of several tunes from FF6 - there ya go. Great first sub from Maestrodeclure.

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Discussion

Latest 15 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
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ZArsenalZ
on 2011-08-10 04:40:23

One of my best friends is a girl named Rachel

This song reminds me of her

And she is one of the most amazing people anyone could hope to ever meet

So thank you

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OA
on 2010-03-10 14:12:55

James definitely rocks harder nowadays than this track, but it's a really nice piece that blends the themes together really nicely. Very relaxing, and a nice attention to dynamics and articulations.

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42
on 2009-12-14 00:58:29
I love the intro on this. Music's all about the silence.

The intro is awesome. As with anything, but especially art, what is there is just as important as what isn't there.

This has a nice mellow melancholy reflective medieval flow to it, like someone watching the stars from a castle parapet.

'Tis an interesting and wonderful listen.

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Miletus
on 2007-02-02 09:07:04

I love the intro on this. Music's all about the silence.

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HoboKa
on 2007-01-30 16:36:23

I shed a few tears in oh such a nerdy way. This song hit's the spot :D

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ChloroPhil
on 2006-12-13 11:30:24

This song is so beautiful. I remember once upon sometime last year I was listening to this song at school while doing an assignment in the computer lab, and when the part at 2:28 came in, I just stopped and started staring into space with my mouth slightly open.

Beautiful.

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Liontamer
on 2006-11-30 03:15:44
Got some nice intro stuff, but starting around 1:22, it turns into a note-for-note cover of the Fantasy Reborn arrangement of the same song until Celes' theme comes in. Then, at 3:28, it goes back to being a note-for-note cover of the fantasy reborn version.

Taucer's criticism is fair. However, the only parts that are "note-for-note" are the intro (source), outtro (source), and some of the structure and underscoring of the main theme. If you listen closer though there is a lot of added harmony; at that time I didn't want to touch the melody.

In all fairness, I've considered how lucky I was to get this passed then. I'm sure it wouldn't get passed now, and I'm not clueless as to why, don't worry.

If it stays on the site, score. If it gets dropped for QA, that's cool too. I would love to remake something more my own with my new equipment. Technologically, I couldn't do it then (AWE32, need I say more). I owe this mix getting posted to Vegas and a good engineering class, not to my equipment. Que sera sera.

It's definitely well-executed. I would love to hear more of your stuff.

What a coincidence...

Is this going where I think it is? I hope so.

To Alaska? I think not. You got some strange hopes, Jeremy

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Geoffrey Taucer
on 2006-11-29 23:15:58
Got some nice intro stuff, but starting around 1:22, it turns into a note-for-note cover of the Fantasy Reborn arrangement of the same song until Celes' theme comes in. Then, at 3:28, it goes back to being a note-for-note cover of the fantasy reborn version.

Taucer's criticism is fair. However, the only parts that are "note-for-note" are the intro (source), outtro (source), and some of the structure and underscoring of the main theme. If you listen closer though there is a lot of added harmony; at that time I didn't want to touch the melody.

In all fairness, I've considered how lucky I was to get this passed then. I'm sure it wouldn't get passed now, and I'm not clueless as to why, don't worry.

If it stays on the site, score. If it gets dropped for QA, that's cool too. I would love to remake something more my own with my new equipment. Technologically, I couldn't do it then (AWE32, need I say more). I owe this mix getting posted to Vegas and a good engineering class, not to my equipment. Que sera sera.

It's definitely well-executed. I would love to hear more of your stuff.

What a coincidence...

Is this going where I think it is? I hope so.

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Liontamer
on 2006-11-29 22:22:41
Got some nice intro stuff, but starting around 1:22, it turns into a note-for-note cover of the Fantasy Reborn arrangement of the same song until Celes' theme comes in. Then, at 3:28, it goes back to being a note-for-note cover of the fantasy reborn version.

Taucer's criticism is fair. However, the only parts that are "note-for-note" are the intro (source), outtro (source), and some of the structure and underscoring of the main theme. If you listen closer though there is a lot of added harmony; at that time I didn't want to touch the melody.

In all fairness, I've considered how lucky I was to get this passed then. I'm sure it wouldn't get passed now, and I'm not clueless as to why, don't worry.

If it stays on the site, score. If it gets dropped for QA, that's cool too. I would love to remake something more my own with my new equipment. Technologically, I couldn't do it then (AWE32, need I say more). I owe this mix getting posted to Vegas and a good engineering class, not to my equipment. Que sera sera.

It's definitely well-executed. I would love to hear more of your stuff.

What a coincidence...

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Geoffrey Taucer
on 2006-11-29 20:50:56
Got some nice intro stuff, but starting around 1:22, it turns into a note-for-note cover of the Fantasy Reborn arrangement of the same song until Celes' theme comes in. Then, at 3:28, it goes back to being a note-for-note cover of the fantasy reborn version.

Taucer's criticism is fair. However, the only parts that are "note-for-note" are the intro (source), outtro (source), and some of the structure and underscoring of the main theme. If you listen closer though there is a lot of added harmony; at that time I didn't want to touch the melody.

In all fairness, I've considered how lucky I was to get this passed then. I'm sure it wouldn't get passed now, and I'm not clueless as to why, don't worry.

If it stays on the site, score. If it gets dropped for QA, that's cool too. I would love to remake something more my own with my new equipment. Technologically, I couldn't do it then (AWE32, need I say more). I owe this mix getting posted to Vegas and a good engineering class, not to my equipment. Que sera sera.

It's definitely well-executed. I would love to hear more of your stuff.

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Ronyn
on 2006-11-29 15:18:43
Got some nice intro stuff, but starting around 1:22, it turns into a note-for-note cover of the Fantasy Reborn arrangement of the same song until Celes' theme comes in. Then, at 3:28, it goes back to being a note-for-note cover of the fantasy reborn version.

Taucer's criticism is fair. However, the only parts that are "note-for-note" are the intro (source), outtro (source), and some of the structure and underscoring of the main theme. If you listen closer though there is a lot of added harmony; at that time I didn't want to touch the melody.

In all fairness, I've considered how lucky I was to get this passed then. I'm sure it wouldn't get passed now, and I'm not clueless as to why, don't worry.

If it stays on the site, score. If it gets dropped for QA, that's cool too. I would love to remake something more my own with my new equipment. Technologically, I couldn't do it then (AWE32, need I say more). I owe this mix getting posted to Vegas and a good engineering class, not to my equipment. Que sera sera.

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Liontamer
on 2006-11-28 22:56:25
Got some nice intro stuff, but starting around 1:22, it turns into a note-for-note cover of the Fantasy Reborn arrangement of the same song until Celes' theme comes in. Then, at 3:28, it goes back to being a note-for-note cover of the fantasy reborn version.

For that time, that level of coverage was fine due to the personalization involved in James's instrumentation and new writing added during those sections. They also didn't take up the majority of the track, the majority being James's own arrangement ideas.

I agree that nowadays, something like this probably wouldn't pass, due to borrowing too much from an existing arrangement. But it's not as if James wasn't upfront about the mix also being inspired by the Michael Huang/"Fantasy Reborn" arrangement of Forever Rachel! in the first place.

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Geoffrey Taucer
on 2006-11-28 22:17:48

Got some nice intro stuff, but starting around 1:22, it turns into a note-for-note cover of the Fantasy Reborn arrangement of the same song until Celes' theme comes in. Then, at 3:28, it goes back to being a note-for-note cover of the fantasy reborn version.

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Soapy
on 2006-06-30 13:31:56

A good remix, it has its own emotion, I enjoyed it.

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Jay-Zig
on 2006-06-21 13:15:48

"Forever Rachel" is one of my favorite tracks from Final Fantasy III/VI so I was overjoyed to find an orchestral interpretation of it and this fit the bill. While I can be very particular, I also liked the inclusion of "Celes's Theme".

However, unfourtantly whether it was intentional or not, you missed the accidental in Celes's Theme (aka. Aria Di Mezzo...). I believe the wrong note occurs at like 2:33 in the song. It seems that a lot of remixers miss this as well when they cover Celes's theme and I too realized I was missing the accidental as well for a long period of time when I used to play this on the piano.

So yes, it's only one note, but that one accidental magnifies the drama of the Celes/Opera piece so much. Listen for it next time and then listen to a version that misses the note and you'll know what I'm talking about.

Well now that that's out of my system, this is still a great piece and the brooding, yet hopeful mood of "Forever Rachel" was perfectly snared. At least an 8 out of 10 for me when "scoring" this piece.

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Primary Game:
Final Fantasy VI (Square, 1994, SNES)
Music by Nobuo Uematsu
Songs:
"Forever Rachel"

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