ReMix: Final Fantasy X "The Final Summoning" 4:48

By Abram McCalment, Jared Hudson

Arranging the music of one song...

"Song of Prayer"

Primary Game: Final Fantasy X (Square, 2001, PS2), music by Junya Nakano, Masashi Hamauzu, Nobuo Uematsu

Posted 2003-08-03, evaluated by djpretzel


As strange as it seems, this is Jared's first ReMix to be posted this year. Wild, eh? Hard to believe, really. I suppose, because I listen to his mixes fairly often, that I hadn't really felt the absence, but this was certainly a welcome interruption to a multi-month hiatus. Mr. Hudson's been busy with side-projects, and apparently just got done attending Siggraph in San Diego (lucky bastard). He gives us this guitar-driven orchestral rock arrangement of FFX that features some operatic singing, crunchy metal guitar chords, your obligatory orchestral flair thrown in for good measure, and a whole lotta solo electric guitar noodlin'. Jared writes: "This song was started October 2002, but then was drastically delayed by guitarists bailing out on me. I finally found a guitarist, who happened to be in one of the university jazz bands. Special thanks to Abram McCalment for the guitar solo." - nice credit-where-credit-is-due mention there, well-deserved. There's also some nice ambient effects, low brass bits, piano, and a funky little synth pattern (sounds a bit like muted electric guitar itself) that jumps around and adds motion to the mix. The singing is actually the original game audio, as Jared explains: "The voices are from the game……but let me tell ya, what I did was a son of a bitch. If you listen to the voices normally from the game, they no where NEAR fit the beat in this song. I had to do extensive time warping in order to have it fit the beat. Every individual chorus was guess and check through time warping. It was the most tedious process of this mix." - given the relative minimalism and simplicity of the original, using the game audio in this fashion makes a bit more sense than if it were a very ornate, melodically complex piece. Melody-centric guy that I am, I didn't find the overall end result as memorable as some of Jared's other arrangements, but it's certainly transporting and well-crafted, and creatively embellishes a minimal melody in the same way some mixes of VERY old themes (frogger, pac-man, etc.) have done. Check it out, and also be sure to visit Jared's new-ish site at www.hudsonstudios.net for some of his excellent original shtuff.

djpretzel

Discussion

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Crulex
on 2014-02-02 17:40:16

Okay, so a beefed up, harder-edged Song of Prayer is my kind of ReMix. Song of Prayer was a beautiful source and to give it an extra bit of rock and energy while adding in the original voices is awesome to me. I would have loved for this to have been playing during the Sin battle on the ship, considering that the whole Spira world was supposed to be singing at that point in the story. Nice ReMix, gents.

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2dark4light
on 2013-01-03 14:09:26

this word, although all but trite, does finely define this song. it's one of those totally epic sounding remixes around the site.

love the combo of heavy guitar, soft female voice tones, and everything in between.

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OA
on 2010-08-16 13:38:20

I really kickass version of the song of prayer, this song has it all. I don't really like the tone or placement (seemed a bit far back) of the guitar solo, but the rest is way awesome. Definitely head and shoulders above most of the produced stuff from the era, and it holds up pretty well these days too.

Great work!

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co298
on 2010-03-22 00:31:46

This remix is one of my favorite songs. I don't care much for the intro, the good stuff for me begins about a minute in. It's weird to say, but this song means a lot to me. I've had this song for over 4 years now and it's certainly on my most played list. It's helped me psych up and calm down, it's just a great mix of a great song. Highly recommended, thank you Jared :)

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HitoriJaNai
on 2009-12-01 18:22:20

This song was definitely one of my favorites when I first joined and started searching around for games I knew, and it still is among them. The choir (which really must've been a lot of work) fits well into the context and adds a whole layer of awesome to a source that deserves it.

Oh, and I blame you if this song starts playing my nightmares. :lol:

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Atom45
on 2006-10-31 22:07:47

This song might give Nobuo a run for his money. Awesome work

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Turkaholic
on 2006-10-31 19:18:49

I first listened to this remix about a year ago. at the time I didn't really give it much thought, though I used to come to OC Remix every now and then just to listen to it, as I liked the vocals. It was only when i actually started playing FFX -last week- that I realised how relevant it was. as soon as Yuna first mentioned the words 'final summoning' I thought wait a minute... thats the name of a remix so I came back, six months later, still remembering the name (which I rarely do, even on my favourite remixes here). Suffice to say thats a good thing. I adore this, I love how you've given the hymn of Fayth a more powerful and dynamic feel to it as I felt the original version lacked something - this delivered what I'd been missing. A fantastic remix and the ending couldn't have been more perfect. Wonderful.

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DrNeedlove
on 2006-08-15 23:00:41

Let me start by saying this mix is sic....

The intro is nice, i can see Yuna, Tidus, and my other, Luna walking into a temple as they come face to face with Sin. :40 i can see them getting ready to fight. Slowly Sin comes alive 1:09 the first blow is given. Blow after blow. One after another. Then 1:30 Yuna summons. 1:42 the first Aeon comes down. 1:57, lets say Bahamut, joins in the fight. One shot after another. Back and forth. The fight continues through 2:38. Bahamut is hit with a fatal blow, so Yuna summons another Aeon, Anima, and the fight continues at 3:26, health potions are used, characters are revived, a brutal fight. Then at 3:53 the tide changes and the last blows are given to Sin, one after another he begins to die. Then at 4:34 the final strike is given.

This mix is one of the best ones on here, by far.

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auronapern
on 2006-07-05 13:16:20

There seems to be a lot of debate about this song and it's integrity, if that's the word I'm looking for.

Personally, I LOVE this mix! It is one of my favorites. It haunts you and stirs your blood all at once. Between this mix and Jeremy Robson's Philharmonic Suite Finale I have found myself with two favorites that I cannot stop playing over and over again.

Bravo!

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Vei
on 2006-06-11 00:05:02

Amazing 10/10, so professional and the voices were amazingly well-done

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archi
on 2006-02-07 13:16:45

very nice arrangement of the instruments. sound and chorus fit perfectly together. Especialy in the end.

thats my favourite part (i'm listen to it again and again).

thank you, that's great work! :D

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Yellow 13
on 2006-02-06 12:58:07

Of all the FFX remixes available, this is by far one of the best I've heard. I like how it has that very epic feel to it and actually has a theme of it's own and does not mimic any of the tracks in the OST (That I can think of anyway), with the exception of the Hyme of the Faythe in the background but that is not dominant enough to make it the theme of the song. Very well done.

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Xx~~Zangetsu~~xX
on 2006-02-02 15:48:39

The vocalization is awesome and over all one of my favorite songs...will b on playlist forever! :lol:

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lady zelda
on 2006-01-18 23:59:55

I love that metal bass and how it sticks around for the entire remix and it serves as an awesome undertone for all the different motifs. And the addition of the Song of the Fayth just adds that extra icing on the cake! This remix is unstoppable! It just keeps you on your feet the entire time and doesn't let off until the sudden ending. This is awesome stuff, Jared, keep it up!

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Dj K.A.B
on 2005-11-21 00:35:24

Wow i luve how you have The hymn of the fayth in there it's an all around great song

Sources Arranged (1 Song)


Primary Game:
Final Fantasy X (Square, 2001, PS2)
Music by Junya Nakano, Masashi Hamauzu, Nobuo Uematsu
Songs:
"Song of Prayer"

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