ReMix: F-Zero 'Silent Progression'

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F-Zero... solo piano? JJT makes it work, much like LousySpy went carribean with the game's music and made that work, too. You might remember Silence as the track with the ninety degree turns and more subdued, spartan music than the rest of the circuit. F-Zero really did an amazing job of varying color scheme and music from level to level, and everything seemed to click perfectly. I liked X and love GX, but the original still has a certain luster to it that makes it special. JigginJonT starts out reserved but towards the end takes the track in some jammin' directions, and the entire performance and arrangement is intelligent and emotive. The pianist writes:

"As for the arrangement itself, this isn't as carefully and thoroughly executed as "Live From the Yggdrasil." I learned the changes to Silence, thought of some ideas, then just started recording. After a couple takes, I had come up with something I was satisfied with. The result is a rougher, more candid piano arrangement, with much more improvisation than my previous work. "

Gotta be honest, I can't improvise in chords too well... at all. I can do monophonic improv, for a single solo line, but the type of playing here would be something I'd personally have to have in mind well ahead of time, so beyond the arrangement itself I can appreciate that performance/creativity aspect quite a bit. Shariq writes:

"There's not much I can really say about this piece, aside from the fact that it's incredible. You really show off your virtuosity on the piano in this piece. There's plenty of emotion and expressiveness that's absolutly necessary in piano pieces; this piece has it in spades. I absolutly love the arrangement, and for me, the best part comes around 1:43. The flowing piano really gives a sense of liquid momentum; I can feel a lot of motion at that point. The way this arrangement changes and evolves is really something amazing. "

When I think of the original and I think "piano arrangement," my mind musically draws a blank. When I listen to this piece, however, it clicks, and it's EXACTLY how I'd want to see the track handled. Great versatility and, as it turns out, an ideal piece of music for JJT's impressive abilities. Recommended.

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Discussion: Latest 15 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
Crulex
on 2013-12-22 12:31:13
Piano isn't necessarily the first thing I think of when I think of F-Zero, but when played right, it can be used on just about anything from what I've heard. And JJT executes it's beauty all over this ReMix. Age certainly doesn't seem to be a factor for this track, and everything has held up as well as one could hope for. Maybe I'll get around to actually playing more of F-Zero, but until then, I can just listen to this wonderful piece.
tweex
on 2010-08-04 22:05:21
Great piano vibe that gets us started. It's hard to tell someone that a piano arrangement from F-Zero actually works, but it does. This similar to your Xenogears piano piece in the play style, but this one has a personality all its own. A little more straight forward without the jazz interpolation until the back half of the piece, and I like. The fast runs in the middle were well done. The arrangement definitely keeps thing interesting and the piano production quality is tops once again. Not much more to say other than, great stuff!
estaples
on 2010-03-17 12:35:16
Originally Posted by a_d
...As far as I'm concerned, this is the best piano solo remix of a video game theme that I've heard. ever.
I just may have to echo that! I've been a fan of OCRemix for close to a decade (though I've never posted/contributed), and this remix never ceases to amaze--I mean downright floor me, with the sincere, heartfelt expression that comes through. All carried on a wave a amazing performance talent. It's a blessing that fans like Jon are willing to share their talent and artistry with us.
duskvstweak
on 2009-09-16 00:16:36
I think this is one of the best mixes up here on OCR. This is one of those songs that you could show to a classical piano player, not tell them the source, and know they would like it.
In fact, that's what I love about this site. How songs from games, which don't get the respect they deserve by the bigger world, can become so good and imaginative that they give other music a run for it's money.
I love this mix apart from that statement and listen to it whenever I need to relax or think about cruising in my hoover car.
Sir_Snooze
on 2008-12-23 11:10:47
When I think of F-ZERO music, just about the last instrument I think of is the piano - or rather, so it used to be. With so many ReMixes devoted to a Mute City or Big Blue rock and/or metal and/or techno theme and style (not bashing any of those styles or songs), this is a really refreshing piece. First, the source - Silence, which I believe is the fourth course in the Knight League - and second, the fact that JigginJohnT did it solo piano.

I only have a couple of thoughts for improvement. First, I get the impression of dragging at about 0:26 - I'd like that to be picked up just a little bit. Secondly, there's a couple of overpowering chords where it's tough to hear the melody. And finally, JigginJohn hasn't come out with Sand Ocean, White Land or Port Town yet.

I fully enjoy this song. It's been on my list of tracks I listen to while I play video games for a few months (since I found it), which is quite the honour. So, many thanks for the excellent song, and...get to work on the others! Please?
Marmiduke
on 2008-12-19 20:04:46
It is only recently that I discovered how amazing the F-Zero soundtrack really is. I overlooked it because it didn't seem like a game that would produce such an incredible and dynamic set of melodies, but I think this mix just proves that I was so so so stupid to do so.
I, like a few other reviewers, got a massive The Sims vibe. That's not the mixer's fault, mind you, solo piano pieces were around long before Will Wright unleashed his god complex on us all. Nor is it a bad thing by any margin. If there is one way to showcase both musical talent and melodic expression simultaneously, its with a Sims-style solo piano piece.
In any matter, I'm just glad the game mixing community isn't as asinine and naive as I was and actually recognized the perfect music of F-Zero. 'Silent Progression [Remastered]' is an excellent way to show it off, as well. Good job.
a_d
on 2008-12-09 00:37:32
solos just don't get as much attention i suppose (since there aren't that many reviews). As far as I'm concerned, this is the best piano solo remix of a video game theme that I've heard. ever.
Lucentas
on 2008-12-06 18:09:44
JigginJonT is another of my favorite solo pianists on this site, and this piece really amplifies the original. Sometimes I even find myself "air pianoing" along with it, which does get rather embarrassing in social situations. But it's so worth it.
OA
on 2008-12-05 11:55:06
I had some difficulty discerning the beat in the first few moments, but on subsequent listens I caught on a lot better. I loved the live recording, even the small bit of hiss and background noise added to the relaxed atmosphere. I don't really recognize the source, but then again, the only tracks I really remember from Fzero were big blue and um.. ok, just big blue. I'd love to hear this played live, preferably while sipping espresso and chatting with artistic hunnies. Ahhh, life is good. 8-)
JJT
on 2007-08-02 19:22:19
kanchou;87430 wrote: i love the mix and performance stylings...
...but is that talking in hear in the background of the right channel from 2:25 to 2:30???
Or maybe a loose snare nearby???

if i remember correctly, that sound is my sister doing the dishes a couple rooms over. oh well.
harmony wrote: I think you've paid some serious tribute to one of the sweetest songs on the F-zero soundtrack.

:-P
Harmony
on 2007-08-02 15:01:56
Very beautiful Jon. I think you've paid some serious tribute to one of the sweetest songs on the F-zero soundtrack. I’m loving the slick harmonies and melodic lines at 0:49, 1:00, 1:19-1:40, 1:43-2:06, 2:48-end. Hmm…that’s pretty much the entire song :)
kanchou
on 2006-02-07 00:52:30
i love the mix and performance stylings...
...but is that talking in hear in the background of the right channel from 2:25 to 2:30???
Or maybe a loose snare nearby???
linkspast
on 2006-01-20 01:10:25
ahhh this is so Marvelous. so calming. wnderful piano,.
AboveTheDust
on 2005-02-18 11:11:45
Silence was always one of my favorite tracks from video game history, and this piano arrangement does great justice to the original, a song that was absolutely dying to be remixed by someone.
My only real criticism of this song (which is one of my favorites on the site, by the way) is the "mood" of the song seems a bit off in some areas, detracting from the overall effect of the work as a whole. The main part I noticed was the change at 1:16 with the relative hammering of the lower notes compared to the smooth playing at the beginning. Also, the rapid-fire note progressions that dominate the middle of the song don't work for me somehow.
I'm not sure how to take the song--as the slow piece that the beginning suggests, or the faster one the middle turns into. Ultimately, the end of the song leads me to think that it is more the slower and peaceful song than the not-quite-loud-but-not-peaceful song it seems to be pushing towards.
Still, this remains a nice work. The fact it was recorded live adds that much more to it.
Good work.
-Dust
jordex
on 2004-10-19 19:52:31
oo nice nice! i doing a remix of this song but it got currupted so i gave up on that but I loved it... I love the change in contrast at 1:18. I wish i had my file back....
This song really needs the bass line at 1:18
Actually you hear it later at 2:06, a little sloppy but that's okay 'cause its a piano piece