ReMix: Final Fantasy VII "Internal Affliction" 4:00

By sephfire

Arranging the music of 2 songs...

"Listen to the Cries of the Planet", "Those Chosen by the Planet"

Primary Game: Final Fantasy VII (Sony, 1997, PS1), music by Nobuo Uematsu

Posted 2004-01-11, evaluated by the judges panel


Newcomer Sephfire offers this very dramatic, expansive FF7 arrangement, with pads, a nice electronic drum groove that's somewhere between techno and hip-hop, delayed piano and bells that merge into a bed of pitched attacks, and some nice effected guitar sounds. Much attention is paid to panning and stereo imaging, and the low strings that are used are quite ominous and evil sounding. The Wingless writes:

"It is a very well done piece, especially in lieu of the first draft. I especially like how instruments are introduced to add some flecks of atmosphere here and there. Very nice little touches that I rarely get to hear. While it is very well produced overall, it's the little things in this piece that really engage me. Of course, I'm weird like that, but it is appealing on that purely technical level, and that deserves some mention."

Israfel noted the dark, oppressive atmosphere and mentioned the bass/kick drum might have done with less reverb, which I'd agree with. However, this takes the melancholy original and further develops it into a full-fledged ambient techno piece that exists in a dark, clouded world full of uncertainty. Good, moody, well-constructed stuff from newcomer Sephfire.

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Discussion

Latest 15 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
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Liontamer
on 2013-07-26 13:59:46
Why did you guys ever allow me near this site again after a submission like this, holy hell. :dstrbd:

Almost everyone eventually hates their first mixpost in retrospect, at least if they're from ye olden days. Ask Beatdrop and DarkeSword. :lol:

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sephfire
on 2013-07-26 12:57:22

Why did you guys ever allow me near this site again after a submission like this, holy hell. :dstrbd:

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Palpable
on 2011-12-15 12:47:32

I liked elements of this, especially the atmosphere, but I always felt like there was something missing to keep it compelling. I didn't get the point of the weird guitar synth brought in in the second half - it was asking for attention but so buried as to seem like a background element. Didn't quite fit the mood either. Not bad a debut mix, but I get the sense Daniel didn't totally know how to express himself (of course, I get the benefit of reading his comment which says almost exactly that :razz:).

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Marmiduke
on 2009-04-28 04:53:11

Very cool, very dark meditative beats. Nice atmospheric texture to the whole thing. In fact, for quite a while we seem to be traversing Doom territory, that is until that unmistakable Nobuo-ness comes in at around 0:56.

This mix reveals its hand quite early, and suffers a bit in pacing because of it, but that doesn't detract from some serious production with some real foreboding elements that stay true to the source. Awesome.

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sephfire
on 2008-02-14 11:46:00

This mix just weirds me out when I listen to it now. Not only is it my first amateur attempt at remixing, but I hadn't figured out my sound by this point, so it doesn't sound like me to me. I can listen to my KH remix and think "ah, that's when I started figuring things out." But this one just baffles me. It feels very familiar, and yet foreign at the same time. I'm sure a lot of other remixers probably feel the same way about their first attempts at music.

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OA
on 2008-02-14 10:59:01

It's pretty cool to see some of the more "recognizable" OCR artists' debut tracks, and Sephfire's first is no exception. It has an overall more atmospheric feel to it than what i'd normally expect from him, but is laid out pretty well.

It does tend to establish a mood and then stay there, rather than continue to evolve, but it works very well as background music. The piano and pads form a solid backing texture and sharp distorted synths poke out to emphasize chord changes. The beat itself is generally subdued, but still contains energy.

Not nearly as exciting or expansive as his more recent stuff, but still well worth a listen.

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maelkashishi
on 2007-12-12 13:02:17

This remix never really takes off. The first seconds are impressive, promising a very interesting remix, but then the song fails to deliver, staying unprecise without being decidedly ambient, with too much of the piano layer, even though this is varied quite nicely in itself in details. Still, with not much to listen to, this song does not interest me.

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Babysoft-chan
on 2007-01-16 05:42:45

First of all, I love this!

Now, forgive me if I'm mistaken, stating something painfully obvious, or it's already been said, but it sounds to me that the piano provides primarily "You Can Hear the Planet's Cry" while the low strings have taken over "Those Chosen By the Planet".

The two tracks make beautiful music together [if you'll forgive the pun,] and I'm surprised that this combination hasn't been done more. Maybe the other mixers are afraid to take on your mix? I know I would be if I were a mixer.

Anyway, there's a constant light-vs-dark sound that makes me wish there had been more interaction between Aerith and Sephiroth. Dark, but light at the same time, if that makes sense. :) It's actually a very relaxing mix to listen to. A job well done, in my opinion.

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Bummer
on 2005-10-16 06:14:51

Kind of obvious that Sephfire´s first remix should be of Sephiroth.

To be his first, really astounding. At first I didn´t think that he would do a better remix that Above the Rising falls, but this one is close enough to be equally good. Great stuff, synths, strings, together with a real cool and good piano, my favorite.

Significant stuff, Sephdude.

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Shinseisa
on 2004-03-28 06:37:28

Sephfire's first work here is extraordinary. Dense beats and airy melody give an eerie feeling throughout the song. Excellent representation of the character.

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Nine Ten Doh
on 2004-01-24 16:03:54

Don't know what the hell I'm thinking of, using all this French. Anyway, this theme is very very low and mean. It feels like a scene in a movie where the bad guy prepares for the search, while the good guy prepares to fight and/or evade the bad guy. Most clearly, though, it feels like a lost theme from the great movie with Harrison Ford and Tommy Lee Jones, The Fugitive. It has that cat-and-mouse kind of feel to it, with undertones of misunderstood evil and completely understood evil warring with each other. Yet another calm-before-the-storm theme, just like the ones my grandpa used to play. Ok, he never did, but you can imagine what it'd be like if he did, right? No? Ok then. Moving on.

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Savior Sephiroth
on 2004-01-23 14:01:56

Very cool. I like the Sephirothy undertones.

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Mr. Merc Kage
on 2004-01-13 15:17:15

Dark..a tint of venom to it. Nicely done..

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Zaku II
on 2004-01-13 11:36:04

This song is very cool. I can't really say anything bad about it.

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UltimaAvatar
on 2004-01-11 21:46:01

ditto, this has been a lot to follow, i notice a lot of differences from the original and this is just pure gold not to be on OCR. i had a hard time figuring out the newer versions and the changes made but this piece is really bad ass. when i get the speakers from my basement into my dorm i'll blast this one real loud along with a couple of other FF mixes until the cops come and yell at me...but congrats anyway

Sources Arranged (2 Songs)


Primary Game:
Final Fantasy VII (Sony, 1997, PS1)
Music by Nobuo Uematsu
Songs:
"Listen to the Cries of the Planet"
"Those Chosen by the Planet"

Tags (3)


Genre:
Mood:
Instrumentation:
Piano, Strings
Additional:
Origin > Resubmission

File Information


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Final_Fantasy_7_Internal_Affliction_OC_ReMix.mp3
Size:
3,932,428 bytes
MD5:
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Bitrate:
128Kbps
Duration:
4:00

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