As it turns out, Palpable (a.k.a. Vinod Prabhu, or "Vinnie" as we called him during the VGL meetup) lives walking distance from my house, so we definitely gotta hook up the mad collab action at some point, or at least establish male supremacy through a series of competitive Street Fighter matches. As the only two folk who've ReMixed the Oedo Town theme from Legend of the Mystical Ninja, I feel a special bond. We also ran into each other by sheer chance at a local bar whilst singing karaoke with our respective significant others, so there's that, too. While the judges were pretty close on this one, I really like Vinnie's minimalist style... at times it does perhaps feel like there could be MORE elements present, but everything that's there feels just right, and I'll take Zen simplicity over problematic pluralism any day of the week and twice on Sunday, as I appear to be doing given the date. Palpable writes:
"I realize you already have a couple remixes of this song, but I've chosen some more obscure songs to remix before so cut me some slack. ;) This remix is quite a bit different from the other ones on the site. It's a bit spooky and minimal and in 6/8 time."
A strong downbeat kick dominates the entire piece, with an offbeat bassline, but the devil here is in the details; on top of this solid foundation Vinnie adds a lot of subtleties that, strange as it may sound, remind me of the way different flavors can come out in good wine, whiskey, or scotch... there's a strong and undeniable base, but circling around that are traces of other components. It's true that plenty of mixes are able to successfully incorporate totally discrete but complimentary elements, as opposed to a foundation with satellites, but I think both approaches have merits. I think Jesse was closest to my take:
"...The atmospherics work great. the sweeping pan at 1:23 is beautiful. The mood is very mellow yet engaging. There's plenty of evolution and expansion for my taste...I never get bored with it, and there are plenty of little things going on to keep the listener's attention. The triplet rhythms are at times reminiscent of another song of the same OST *looks it up* Mi'hen Highroad. anyway, this one is solidly above the bar."
The decision thread is well worth reading given that Jesse and I weren't exactly the overwhelming majority, but I personally think Jimmy did the right thing tiebreaking this puppy in the positive, as Vinnie's got a unique approach that I think brings something different to the scene. This mix is enjoyable and contrasts well with the more maximalist methodology often applied to FFX tracks in particular; as a fan of Palpable's previous mixes, I'm diggin' it, and I think others will as well.
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Sources Arranged (1 Song)
- Primary Game:
Final Fantasy X (Square, 2001, PS2)
Music by Junya Nakano, Masashi Hamauzu, Nobuo Uematsu
- "People of the North Pole"
- Electronic, Piano, Synth
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