"For any of you whom were judges in ye old times, I submitted an older version of this mix, which was recorded and mixing with my old software, Cakewalk HS 2002. 2 years later, after a couple requests from various peeps and one WIP that was left aside, I decided to remake the original mix, and record some shizz with my new software Reason and Cubase. After swindling, the one referred to as Bladiator to perform my piano realistically with his own flair the piece came together. It's not as raw as the original, but it's a hella lot better produced, and that was the issue last time. Same reverse guitar, delayed effects, no distortion but this time the necessity of piano."
I love it when ideas that were seemingly dead are resurrected; I need to do this myself with a couple WIPs from early 2006, but Phil's done it admirably with this FF8 mix, taking advantage of Bladiator's skills on the ivories to polish up what was always a solid concept. That concept now shines with production that matches its potential, featuring lovely acoustic piano and guitar, deep, satisfying bass, an appropriate acoustic kit, and a violinish lead. What impresses me most is the variety in pacing; at times tranquil, at times more energetic, and successfully pulling off the late-breaking-key-change-as-extender concept, the arrangement uses the instruments employed as both legato/melodic and staccato/rhythmic components, and does so effectively. JJT writes:
"This is well executed. The combination of various sonic elements ends up sounding very nice. Karl's piano work is great, as always, and the guitar (plus backwards guitar) works nicely. The melodic and harmonic elements of this piece are top notch. As TO mentioned, the rhythm section is really subdued (except for one section), but that's not necessarily a bad thing."
Lee did have some beef with the drums; I don't necessarily see it. While I might have liked a little more ambience on the snare so that it resonated a bit more, I didn't have a problem with the actual rhythm track itself, and it seemed appropriate to the foreground action. Overall this is a pleasant piece that blends live and emulated acoustic elements effectively. It has a warmth and closeness that make it enjoyable, and seems more intimate than most of the actual FF8 score, which always seemed somewhat impersonal to me, for whatever reason. Good stuff; two-year revision periods can clearly work out, as Phil and Karl herein prove.
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Sources Arranged (1 Song)
- Primary Game:
Final Fantasy VIII (Square, 1999, PS1)
Music by Nobuo Uematsu
- "Fisherman's Horizon"
- Acoustic Guitar, Piano
- Origin > Collaboration
Origin > Resubmission
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