ReMix: Final Fantasy X 'How Much Longer'
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I'll often suggest for a given mix that it would make good driving music, or tunage for surfin' the web or chillin' out, which usually equates to genres like rock, trance, or ambient, respectively. In this instance, newcomer Michael Lee, alias tekcoh_top, has penned a very mellow nylon acoustic guitar duet that I honestly see being quite perfect for a candlelight dinner. I'm not speaking from an overabundance of empirical evidence, but what I've got says that paired up with some wine, fine dining, and ambiance, this FFX/FF7 arrangement would serve admirably for wooing the prospect of your preference, yet again indicating the flexibility and malleability of game music. For the win. Ms. Tricks effused:
"Oh, my Lord... Who are you, and where did you learn to play so beautifully? I am stunned. The tone, the phrasing, the musicality... This performance is easily on par with the classical guitarists I've heard at Peabody. The section starting at 2:39 is so moving, I could cry. This arrangement may be a little on the conservative side, but it's certainly no cover. You've clearly put in a great deal of personality and feeling into your performance, and it shows. I have not a single criticism. It's a gem. YES, YES, YES!!!"
The triune capitalized "yes" mantra can only mean one thing: good times. Of a musical variety, of course. The only nit a couple judges flirted with picking was recording quality and a general lack of sharpness, i.e. more upper midrange and high frequencies, but this was (correctly, imo) chalked up to the timbre of the instrument itself. 2'02" is an interesting twanged blue note in an otherwise classical arrangement; it sounded like a flub to Larry, which it may very well be, but if not, it's certainly a conspicuous and abnormal arranging decision. It'd be interesting to get the skinny on that from Michael. Towards the end of the mix, things get faster, with repeated articulations that are simply gorgeous. Sting recently released an album of Elizabethan songs with himself and Edin Karamazov on lute, and I think there's tangency between the appeal there and the appeal of what Lee's done with this ReMix; solo string instruments are obviously beautiful, but a duet between two of the same can be breathtaking. This isn't a toe-tapping mix or anything that will get your adrenaline pumping, per se, but it's intimate and musical and warm , and I can personally loop it almost indefinitely without issue. Lovely.
No real complaints here, though I can tell that your recording and production has gotten better based on your FFIV remix! The performance talent has always been there, though :-)
- Emunator on December 22, 2009
- HyruleanTubist on November 19, 2009
- OA on April 1, 2009
- Lucentas on December 6, 2008
- Alexis on May 3, 2007
I'm really sorry if I've broken copyright, but I took it upon myself (just last night, in fact) to create a music video, a tribute to The Eternal Calm, which I named 'Peace' - the music in the video was 'How Much Longer', and I feel that this is a brilliant way to make sure great songs like this get out into the world where people who wouldn't normally have done so actually have the chance to listen to this totally awsome song.
If anybody is interested in watching the video, it's on Youtube (search 'crispymongoose') and Myspace (search 'Trivun'). However, I don't see the video as ever being able to compare with the sheer intensity of feeling of listening to this beautiful tune for the first time.
- Trivun (crispymongoose) on April 30, 2007
Pink wrote: Lots of stuff.
RoeTaKa wrote: Get a load of moody upstairs :?.
Yeah; no kidding. If you want the mp3 to be louder you know what you can do? You can open the mp3 in Audacity or any other free piece of editting software, turn up the volume, and save/overwrite it. Problem (for you) solved.
I'll agree it's perhaps a little quieter than it needs to be, but have you ever owned an album of classical guitar music? It's par for the course. Certain styles of tracks are softer than others... similarly, if you ever buy a gabber or hardcore album you'll likely have to turn the music down to keep it from peaking/distorting on your laptop speakers. It's for this reason that I accept that leaving my 'Everything' playlist on random will have require a very flexible volume setting.
But perhaps the most disturbing line you said was that you 'can't really recommend this to anyone,' because of these issues. I feel this is especially harsh considering both how high it is in quality and atypical it is in genre.
Anyway, you're entitled to your opinion as I am mine. No more words need be said about it.
- Less Ashamed Of Self on November 2, 2006
- DarkCecil13 on November 2, 2006
Guitar sounds professional (maybe Michael is? What secrets are you hiding from me?)
For someone who honestly hasn't listened to any remixes in a while, this mix was a superb place to start again.
- Broken on November 1, 2006
This is lovely, the arrangement is splendid, very gripping in terms of the constant fluency of the piece.
- RoeTaKa on October 25, 2006
Now then... I think some of my words are going to come from personal preferences, but I do find that there's plenty of things to note on about this remix. Although it's true that the guitar work was quite nice... there was one glaring error that was driving me nuts... the remix was [b][i]FAR[/i][/b] too quiet. I had to literally turn my laptop speakers up to max in order to hear it clearly... and there was no other noise around me either. This makes the song effectively useless in any of my playlists because of the severe volume mis-balance. That was probably my biggest beef with the song.
Another thing was, now this is probably more personal preference than anything, that I found the song very boring after awhile. It didn't seem like anything particularly new was being done after the first minute or two to the point where I was thinking "how much longer" was it going to go on? This mixed, once again, with the low volume level made the piece sound incredibly empty.
I can't help but be critical on this remix because it just did not sit well with me. The arrangement is good, but I think it could've been far better with maybe one more instrument and a severe volume boost. I can't really recommend this to anyone, it just feels like it needs a lot more work on finishing touches.
- Pink on October 25, 2006
- Blake on October 24, 2006
- DragonAvenger on October 24, 2006
- tekcoh_top on October 23, 2006
I really appreciate this kind of music. A million more like it please.
I won't lie; I have fantasized about producing something of this quality. I'll say it before anyone else does; if there's anything resembling it's notation kicking around , tab, sheet music, chords, w/e... I would love to see it. I'll record a YouTube fan video one day maybe.
- Less Ashamed Of Self on October 22, 2006