ReMix: Final Fantasy VII "Black Wing Metamorphosis"
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- Game: Final Fantasy VII (Sony, 1997, PS1)
- ReMixer(s): bLiNd, Fishy, Jillian Aversa, Sixto Sounds, Steffan Andrews, Suzumebachi, tefnek
- Composer(s): Nobuo Uematsu
- Song(s): "One-Winged Angel"
- Posted: 2007-09-14, evaluated by djpretzel
- Album: Featured on Final Fantasy VII: Voices of the Lifestream
- Terms (BETA): chiptune collab electric-guitar electronic lyrics-existing orchestral rock singing synth vocals-female
This ReMix concludes our Voices of the Lifestream flood; One-Winged Angel has of course been covered a number of times by a number of different, talented artists and groups, so it presented a unique challenge to the project. Album Director Andrew Aversa writes:
"Steffan Andrews was the major force behind this track. He arranged and orchestrated the entire thing and performed all the processing, mixing, and mastering. All the orchestral parts you hear are from him, as well as the bass, a guitar overlay, and a sizable chunk of the percussion. Before he decided to step up, many of the mixers involved had their own ideas, and bLiNd had even painstakingly written and rendered the entire choir part, but no one had a single cohesive arrangement idea. Once Steffan showed us his first WIP - which was less than a minute long - other mixers were immediately motivated to add their own elements to it.
Suzumebachi wrote a short chiptune incorporating "One-Winged Angel" plus a few other themes, which became the quirky intro to the remix. tefnek produced the driving, big beat drum track that plays throughout, while Sixto added some heavy industrial sounds to a few sections to spice it up. Fishy recorded a rhythm guitar track to be layered with the MIDI rhythm guitars, and for the climax at the end, Sixto added a screaming guitar solo. Lastly, pixietricks replaced the sampled soprano part with fresh, live vox and improvised some new parts as well.
Though the resultant remix is not nearly as long as the original, both Steffan, the other mixers involved, and myself all agreed that trying to make an epic, 7+ minute arrangement would be futile. After all, Advent Children already did that, and if we tried, people would say we were just attempting to imitate them. Instead, we have a fun, high-energy, badass remix that takes the best parts of the source and expands them with the talents of a whopping seven remixers."
I could talk about the mix, but in this case, Andy covered everything that needed to be said. Instead, I'd like to simply say that it's both an honor and a privelege to be part of the community that produced this album, and I hope everyone enjoys it. If you do, then whatever you can do to help promote it is the best way you can show your appreciation. Here are some ways you can help out:
- Download the torrent and help us seed it.
- Digg the story and get your friends to as well.
- Burn the album to CD(s) and share it with as many people as possible, for free.
- Let webmasters, game industry professionals, journalists, and anyone else that might be interested know about it.
People are always skeptical when you're aggressively promoting something and claim to not be selling anything or making any money, but that's the case here: forty-two artists from around the world have gotten together to put together one of the largest and, in my opinion, best fan-created works of art in existence, expressing their appreciation for Nobuo Uematsu and the FFVII soundtrack with some truly amazing music. We want to make sure that as many people as possible are exposed to this music, because we believe it has the power to change perceptions about what video game music can be and more specifically what fan arrangements of video game music can be, and we need your help to make that happen.
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