ReMix: Final Fantasy VII "Nanaki Searches for Truth" 4:22

By Dev

Arranging the music of one song...

"It's Difficult to Stand on Both Feet, Isn't It?"

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

Posted 2004-01-18, evaluated by the judges panel


Dev's been waiting awhile to see this posted - some behind-the-scenes logistical issues - and it definitely deserves some attention. Not only is it a very expressive, guitar and piano duet that morphs into a fuller orchestral piece, but the dynamics are ace, the transitions fluid, there's some unorthodox processing and effects (like a phased/flanged wind), and the arrangement itself has some challenging but well-executed progressions and intervals. There's good attention to discrete panning, with piano and guitar clearly consuming their own adjacent spaces, as well. GrayLightning writes:

"Overall, it's hard to argue against this mix. Beautiful piano and guitar work, combined with rich strings with a paddish feel in the background. All in all this is very nicely arranged, and the result is a very nice filmic style, that gives off a haunting and lonely vibe."

This ReMix truly captures the exact sound of someone named Nanaki looking for truth. Well, actually, I can't speak from experience on that one, but at any rate, it's a very human, beautiful piece, and does in all seriousness evoke the atmosphere of a more personal quest. Great stuff from Dev - long time coming, but singular, delicate, and definitely worth checking out.

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Discussion

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Necrox
on 2015-12-20 00:55:59

Stupid ads interrupted that gorgeous synth only 15 seconds in. Great piano too, tranquil yet somber. The atmosphere is so good, I hit download before the 2 minute mark. Oh, those strings are niiiiccce. Looks like the source is for a ship. I can totally see it, sitting outside a cabin at night while the ship floats through gentle currents.

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Arkz
on 2015-12-19 04:07:50

I have loved and listened to this song for so many years. It's just epic. If only Dev would come back and upload a 320/VBR0 version. This deserves more than 128kbps.

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Monobrow
on 2010-12-05 00:22:56

Hi Dev:

You can tell he really loved this piece.

There's a lot of intimacy in this song from the get-go.... Those Vangelis-type synths really set the tone well, though I do wish they had returned sometime again.

That piano is a nice take on the theme, which is pretty robust in the original. The intro is very well thought out and touching.

The guitar is nice, it gets the job done, it's really subtle, and accompanies the piano for a while... then let's go to let the piano establish that part of the song everyone who knows the OST, will get.

It then comes back and has a little fun, before the key-change... Things get more serious and then the strings join in... REALLY good job there... There was no rush, you just wanted to establish a thought... The pause really helped before you brought them in.

The strings though, do suffer from the super-slow-attack-every-note syndrome that I honestly can't stand... But in this case, can forgive... Especially the post-date.

You EVENTUALLY fill out the lows with those strings, but I think you could have used a little more dissonance or had more movement with the strings in your chords... and been a bit stronger in that climax... A little stronger emotion. But it's just wishful thinking...

Overall it's pleasant, and the major-chord ending is a nice and peaceful choice. You should be proud.

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sefirosu
on 2009-11-27 09:41:40

The source tune is "It's Difficult to Stand on Both Feet, Isn't It?" It is the song heard on the cargo ship from Junion to Costa del Sol.

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Fuertecondor
on 2009-11-27 08:00:59

But this song isn't Red's XIII Theme, isn't Its Difficult to Stand on Both Feet Isnt It?, and isn't The Great Warrior!!!

What song is it??? :puppyeyes:

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sefirosu
on 2009-04-02 11:50:16

So melancholy. So beautiful.

Its amazing how you took the source audio and changed the entire feeling, but kept it true to the source. A true remix.

Its beautiful. Not much more to it than that.

Good job.

EDIT: The string orchestra accompaniment of a Piano/Guitar duet is brilliant. Again, well done.

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OA
on 2009-03-30 13:37:51

This is pretty nice stuff right here, yo. Nice and delicate touch on everything, and a good sense of progression and a sad but contemplative atmosphere. The piano sounded a little more muffled than i'd have liked, but it still fit really well, and when the guitar came in, the high end had some attention. Strings were subdued and tasteful, and the flute bits were sparse but very nice. I wish there was more flute actually, as the beginning was pretty haunting.

Overall a really good mix.

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Marmiduke
on 2009-02-03 18:14:05

This could almost be the soundtrack to the destruction of the Earth, it's so sad and epic in scale. The emotional element has been really well presented here, I really feel directed down the path the mix intends me to go, which isn't the case for a lot of mixes that attempt melancholy. I love the scaled back structure and arrangement also. More ambitious mixers might have needlessly chosen to make something busy and intricated; but for the mood of the piece, the choices that were made here really work and really appeal to me. Impressive stuff.

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K.B.
on 2008-12-30 16:32:41

Whenever I hear the intro to this remix, I expect an episode of Star Trek TNG to begin. I also have the problem of imagining Red XIII awkwardly hopping about on two feet in a sailor uniform, except with the reflective nature of this remix he's now slow-dancing.

HoboKa might have been listening to Stone Eyes. The source tune to this remix, however, is clearly what is stated on the main page of this remix.

I've always heard a bit of pensiveness in the source tune from 1:08-1:29 (despite the distracting horns), but I never expected that concealed emotion to be laid bare as has been done here. This remix is truly creative in its complete departure from the mood and instrumentation of the source tune. The piano line is wholly depressing; it is restrained and deliberate, and with this the listener feels the weight of every note. The spareness of the first half of this piece highlights the solemn interplay between each (imaginary) hand on the piano and between the piano and acoustic guitar. The background wind fills every space between notes with an oppressive emptiness and fleetingness, and when the strings come in I feel like I've been punched in the gut. It's enough for me to remember the deep, dark places I've been and how I wished so hard to escape but couldn't find a way. The atmosphere becomes haunting and bleak, with a glimmer of hope returning at 3:30.

My only gripe is the stylistic choice with the ending (3:52 onward). I would have, had I the ability to construct such a beautiful work, left this unresolved. But it is clear that Dev desired a degree of closure, and this he accomplished masterfully.

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HoboKa
on 2007-01-20 00:47:19
It isn't Nanaki's Theme. It's the song you hear on the boat to Costa del Sol ("It's Difficult to Stand on Two Feet, Isn't It?"). He just decided to give it that name because it was in a more contemplative style.

No, this is when he finds Seto, his stone-transformed father who had sacrificed himself, so that the other Cosmo canyon duders could live. When you think of it, it's sort of sad, in the boo hoo way, not the lame way.

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avaris
on 2007-01-13 11:18:08

This was one of my first OCR remixes I ever listened too, and it's still one of my favorites bar none to this day. Obviously from technical standpoint everything is done very well. The best part about this is the emotional depth it provides. The song really paints a picture in ur mind.

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HoboKa
on 2007-01-13 04:07:24

I don't cry easilly, in fact I didn't even when my grandpa did, but burn my soul for all eternity if u will and call me a douche if u want, but man I actually shed a few tears for this song. It captures the whole drama between Nanaki and his father Seto. Nicely done.

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Bummer
on 2005-10-17 02:20:18

This is a real good piano remix, it sure is, but I want to know what piano it is, it sounds so beautiful. Has a very bright tone to it, sounds like a classical piano like something Mozart or Beet would play on. But enough about the piano, the guitar that follows is great too, totally fits in with the mood, and all of he strings sticks to the whole remix like a cape.

As I said, beauuuuutiful arrangement, Devdude.

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Chubbly
on 2005-10-02 01:01:00

I seriously thought that "It's Difficult to Stand on Both Feet, Isn't It?" was unRemixable in the fact that it had a funky....twangy...disposition for lack of a better word. Obviously I've been proven wrong because of

this composition. It stays true to the tune and changes the feeling. I'm not one to trifle with instruments since I only learnt a few instrument names from my music class but the Guitar and Piano both come together nicely. And even though the violin[is it] background is oh so cliche for ReMixes, Dev made it work. Dev, you are a true artist. Keep up the good work. The only possible problem I can think of is the very starting where there is no sound. And since this song only has 1 really minor problem, I give it a:

9/10

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Ninja-san
on 2005-09-19 14:26:15

This is one of my favorite songs since guess its my favorite character from ff7. nicely done

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Primary Game:
Final Fantasy VII (Sony, 1997, PS1)
Music by Nobuo Uematsu
Songs:
"It's Difficult to Stand on Both Feet, Isn't It?"

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