ReMix: Final Fantasy VI 'Squaresoft Variation'
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Oh. My. God. For those unfamiliar with the name of Jeremy Soule, he's the composer of numerous great game soundtracks, a couple of which have been ReMixed here on OCR... and he has submitted what is singlehandedly one of the most awesome orchestral rearrangements I have ever heard. I literally kicked myself when I realized he had sent us this back around Christmas of last year, and extend my sincere apologies both to him and to all you listeners for whom, I can assure you, it would have been the best holiday present you could have hoped for. Quite simply, this is amazing. Soule accompanied this mix with the following words:
"I just wanted to let you know that I support what you're doing with game music. Here's something I just completed in both your honor and Nobuo Uematsu's."
So, another professional game composer who supports unofficial game arrangements and, furthermore, has created his own, in honor of the one and only Nobuo Uematsu. And, personally, if I were Uematsu, I'd be very honored. This is a lush, symphonic retelling of the Terra theme that has both triumphant, spine-tingling peaks and subtle, crystalline, subdued passages, and paints its musical colors with the broad but refined palette of someone who is clearly a master. It's amazingly cool that someone as talented and high-profile as Soule has acknowledged the game arrangement community, but even moreso that he has done so in this form, with what is a singular and epic piece of arrangement everyone and their grandmother should download NOW. My deepest thanks to Jeremy Soule for submitting this. Highest recommendations - superlative.
- DusK on December 27, 2011
A super lush sounding rendition for 2004, and it stands up pretty strongly today as well. Strings were good, and while it doesn't have the bombast and excitement some people are seemingly expecting, it has a lot of subtle energy that makes it work equally well. Awesome stuff.
- OA on September 2, 2010
It's also great to drop into Morrowind's or Obilivion's soundtrack. Just browse to the location you've installed the game, then copy this into "Data[ Files]\Music\Explore\" and it'll randomly get played alongside the official music for the game.
OC Remix music is great for this kind of thing in general, actually, but this song easily fits the musical style of those games.
- lurid on August 8, 2010
When I first heard it, I shared the sentiments of the Jeremy Soule haters, which was unusual because I loved Secret of Evermore and Morrowind. The remix certainly has the flow, and the instruments were treated with the respect they sometimes don't get on this website. Elsewhere, I understood the arrangement and it's complexity, and combined with the instruments, I had no doubt Mr. Soule was the author of this remix. Unfortunately, I guess I can't hear the brilliance that some of the fanboys are gushing, or maybe I've held his standards too high. Some remixes on this site have shown the potential to be great, and others use that same potential to it's fullest extent. This falls in the grey area. It's really good, but the fact that it's not perfect makes it disappointing. It would be unfair of me to leave out examples of what I thought were "perfect" songs by Mr. Soule. These include the title theme of Morrowind and "The Secret of Evermore" from the game of the same name, which is also a remix of the song "Dog Maze". To my discredit, I seem to favor certain styles over others, and orchestral mixes have not done very well. No doubt, this is an orchestral paradise.
- therippeddeck on July 15, 2010
It is the same composer after all.
I normally don't download peaceful music like this but... I need to have this one.
- IrateResearchers on November 9, 2009
- Alexis on May 17, 2009
- kurokikaze on October 21, 2008
- Wild Armor on October 19, 2008
- The Runaway Five on October 17, 2008
It really is cool that someone like that submitted a remix here, rather incredible, really. And this is even pretty old, before ocremix started to get more recognition.
It's a great piece, it's actually not my favorite Terra remix (that might still have to go to Ailsean's) but it is cool how noticeably his style it is. This mix would fit in Oblivion and no one but FF fans would even take notice.
- cloudkitt on September 18, 2008
Congratulations to Mr Soule for this.
- Chris Hurn on June 3, 2008
All in all, this sort of mix is a real honor for our community; both as a contribution from the professional side of the fence and as a great piece of music. I'd love to hear more from Soule around here if he finds the time someday.
- sephfire on April 22, 2008
It's not terrible, but it's bad. Horribly bland - which is a disappointment because I think Jeremy Soule is a fine composer. His work on Morrowind was exceptional, and Oblivion takes a close third (Secret of Evermore being his best).
But here it's just so uninspired! We have Terra's theme placed over generic filmy sounding crap. The piece never goes anywhere interesting or new. Heck, some of the chord choices just seem to clash, and that's sad.
And it seriously makes me sick to see the hero worship that goes on in this thread. Some of these posts in praise of the work are decent and well thought out, but good lord, some people are just trying to get in Jeremy's lap if you know what I mean.
- artemisjaeger on April 22, 2008
- Dafydd on December 1, 2007
I think what I really like about this piece is the rhythm Jeremy had going.
- LongeBane on October 8, 2007