ReMix: Final Fantasy VII 'No Such Thing As the Promised Land'
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The final Voices of the Lifestream submission? Could be... there's certainly been a lot of them, which Andy and I knew would be the case way back when, and this is certainly a nice way to finish, if it's the case... though I wouldn't be surprised if more popped up down the line, personally. sephfire teams up with former collaborator SGX, who's been tearing it up over at OurStage lately. Since this is an electronica mix from two electronica mixers, I should mention that we recently published our first ever VGM composer interview, with Tim Wright aka CoLD SToRAGE!! For me, the original PS1 Wipeout was a landmark title for VGM. It's the first OST I remember with redbook electronica that had modern production, and I think those tracks have stood the test of time VERY well. Tim's career of course predates the game, with plenty of great Amiga scores to his credit, and it was an honor for us to talk with him. I think you'll find the OCR format composer interview interesting, since it combines some of the more traditional "what have you been up to?" style questions with headier questions about the nature of game composition in general. Expect more interviews in the future!
On to the mix... SGX and sephfire's styles compliment each other PERFECTLY. It's the type of collaboration where it's a perfect fusion, and the end result isn't an inconsistent chimera but rather a beautiful hybrid, merging the participants' skills and personalities into something altogether new. It's at once more ambient and industrial than most of what I've heard from SGX (though he's got a lot of stuff!), and more technical, percussive, and driving than sephfire's stuff, which while aggressive is usually a bit slower. I still love each artist's individual style to death, mind you, but I also love the combination just as much. sephfire writes:
"Like our previous collaboration (Intense Color), I composed the first draft, a rough arrangement that was around 70% complete, and passed it on to Danny, who proceeded to work his phat beatz magic... It's been an honor to work together with one of my favorite remixers again. I hope the opportunity presents itself again in the future."
"sephfire's work really gels with my style and always is a huge springboard for me in terms of ideas. It's never hard to find things to add to an already slick track to make it double mega awesome 2X. Like our last collab (Mario Paint - Intense Color), the arrangement he gave to me in a Reason file was extremely cool already, I just added a larger beat, a bit more motion, lots of effects tricks, a couple more sections, and some general mixing and mastering."
Honestly, just from their own descriptions, you should know what to expect. If for whatever reason you haven't checked out each artist's solo mixes, you really owe it to yourself to do so, but this collab built upon their previous collaboration experience and resulted in another fantastic, standout track on an album that was already solid. Awesome stuff.
Some parts maybe could use a bit more work since it kinda sounds like clipping and distortion but besides that its just awesome!
Heck, i even use this one in my (personal) Final Fantasy VII Music Replacement Package :mrgreen:
Thx for the great work! :)
- DJMadMax on June 18, 2012
- Overdriven on May 31, 2010
It's also a kickass track for working out to.
- ashogo on March 25, 2009
This is really menacing without being completely overblown, and the gritty percussive slashes and heavy piano hits really make it move with a purpose, though it distinctly doesn't sound like it is out to make new friends. Excellent work. :-)
- OA on September 15, 2008
- Azure Prower on July 9, 2008
Hope you guys collab again in the future.
- DragonAvenger on June 12, 2008
7 out of 10
- shawnpm810 on June 9, 2008
- Flexstyle on June 9, 2008
While it lacks a kick ass melody there is so much detail and work put into establishing the atmosphere that you can listen to the track several times and still pick up new things. In terms of paying homage to the game itself this one friggin rocks. It puts me back into the world of FFVII and reminds me of the some of the dark and cold landscapes of the game. The highlight of this one was def the sound design. All of the dark industrial sounds compliment each other well to paint an awesome sonic picture. Always loved it when the choir and/or piano came in at the right moments to add a natural acoustic touch to the mix. Awesome work dudes.
- avaris on June 8, 2008
- Wiesty on June 8, 2008
this mix definitly needed its golden age on the front page
haha who am i to rhyme?
- Platonist on June 8, 2008
Seriously, this remix pretty much reminded me to repurchase FFVII. Thank you and best of luck in your future endeavors.
- Tables on June 7, 2008
- sgx on June 7, 2008
- DTwirler on June 7, 2008
Awesome work fellas!!!!!
- tweex on June 7, 2008