ReMix: Final Fantasy Adventure "A Dream Is Not a Mission"
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And, in the wise words of Queen, "another one bites the dust"; 2006 was a big year for OCR, and as you've hopefully noticed, we capped it off by migrating our forums from phpbb to vbulletin. The sheer notion of the complexity and potential for error involved with this migration made me delay it until I was sure that risk would be limited as much as possible, but we managed to pull if off on Saturday, and have been making incremental improvements since. The immediate focus will be ensuring security and basic functionality, but we hope to start adding some cool stuff in 2007 that will take advantage of some of vbulletin's benefits. A big thanks to all who helped test, as it would have been impossible without the real time feedback that was provided. I'll be making a more elaborate forum announcement that sorta summarizes 2006 and highlights some of our plans for 2007, but until then, happy new year, and on to the music.
Mr. Hahn, alias Ziwtra, joins the ever-lengthening list of ReMixers returning from extended sabbaticals. He explains the plurality of FFA materials from him and BGC:
"way back when (i can't even remember 2004? 2005?) i got together with BGC and we planned on doing a remix project of final fantasy adventure. but that fell through, mostly because i didn't have the time or commitment, which is pretty pathetic considering that i'm a college student and not even married like jimmy. but that's why there's been a plethora of FFA mixes from us."
And suddenly the plethora of FFA mixes from both chaps makes total sense; shame the project didn't make it, but honestly, the totality of their works to date are solid enough to represent a sort of "mini-project", albeit sans the associated fanfare and release coordination. The ReMixer writes of this piece, specifically:
"um. and now for something completely different! if the introduction sounds a lot like BGC's recent mix, that's because we rubbed off on each other quite a bit while we were working. though i left the lead melody intact, i pretty much completely reinterpreted the mood of the tune, taking a pretty standard RPG sorrow song and turning it into a weird hip-hop piece with a focus on string arrangement.
There's even the trusty ole' Malcolm X samples, from "The Ballot or the Bullet", spun around a bit for that authentic "fight the power... while listening to rearranged music from a gameboy RPG" feel. It's both dirtier and hip-hoppier than Ziwtra's oeuvre to date, and I particularly like how the melancholy of the original melodic motif works in this new context; it's more old-skool due to the scratching and spinning and what not, but pieces reminded me of the type of arrangement Eminem employs. The strings themselves aren't uber-realistic, but are arranged wonderfully, with very dynamically accentuating runs and stabs. You've also got a tasty lo-fi electric piano, acoustic piano, deep bass pizzicato coupled with a hybrid synthetic upright acoustic bass, mixed urban percussion with a bunch of sampled scratching fx, and more. It's one of those tracks that has the unique appeal of being groovetastic while at the same time waxing melancholy and bittersweet, and Ziwtra's capitalized on that dichotomy effectively. As we settle into our new forums, and as yet another mixer returns with yet another impressive mix, 2007 is already shaping up to be another great year for the site, and it's not even a week old yet.
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