ReMix: Final Fantasy X "Lake in Ontario?"
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Lake in Ontario? I suppose so... Is that a yes or no question, or is it really more philosophical? In some way, aren't we all... lakes in Ontario? When you boil it all down? Perhaps not. Regardless, this cryptic query is the namesake of Ilari Nieminen's latest ReMix, a satisfying jam from the halls of FFX. We've had some judge birthdays recently, with Jill turning a landmark 21 on Sunday and apparently throwing down a couple at a local pub ,and Larry bumpin' the big 25 today. Pretty soon he'll be old and curmudgeonly like myself, using a walker to perambulate around the neighborhood and complaining about young kids and their loud rock music. Sadly, he still likes professional wrestling, illustrating the profound truth that age is seldom a guarantor of wisdom or taste. Nevertheless, we'll cut him a break since it's the big B and give him some air time. Larry said:
"I just turned 25, and I like to watch sweaty men in costumes touch each other enthusiastically..."
Sorry, wrong quote. Here we go:
"ilp0, man. I like his style. The arrangement was conservative, but I loved the time signature change, and the instrumentation gave an upbeat and personalized take with a classic rock style."
Our other birthday girl, pixietricks, opines:
"Psychedelic... Kinda makes me wanna whip out a lighter and sway it in the air. This track would sound awesome with some live crowd SFX! But it sounds awesome anyway; I have no real complaints. Panning was a little wide, and the guitars were sorta dry as Vig pointed out, but I'm also listening under headphones right now due to external circumstances, so that probably enhances whatever flaws are there. I thought the transition into the Fanfare theme at 2:54 was really cool, actually. I guess it's just a matter of taste. Nice work! ^-^"
ilp0 has a style; he knows what he's doing, he's really the only one doing it right now, and it works, and man, that's a great trifecta to be rockin'. If you dug his previous stuff, you'll dig this, and since it's his first Squaresoft piece, perhaps he'll pick up some previously unacquainted but much-deserved fans. Good stuff from Ilari, and b-day props to Jill and Larry.
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