ReMix: Final Fantasy VII "Every Story Begins with a Name"
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- Game: Final Fantasy VII (Sony, 1997, PS1)
- ReMixer(s): Big Giant Circles, zircon
- Composer(s): Nobuo Uematsu
- Song(s): "Opening - Bombing Mission"
- Posted: 2009-05-10, evaluated by djpretzel
- Album: Featured on Final Fantasy VII: Voices of the Lifestream
- Terms (BETA): collab duration-long electronic orchestral synth
So, as previously mentioned, we met and exceeded Jimmy's rather ambitious goal for our annual April fundraiser, which he himself started last year. I can't tell you how important this was to the site... Google ads have really declined over the years, to the point where they are no longer covering our monthly costs, and this event alone has guaranteed that, regardless of ad revenue, OCR will keep on truckin'. I did want to mention that EVERY month you can still help us out - without donating a cent - by buying stuff through our Amazon store or ordering music gear through Zzounds. We've seen laptops, synthesizers, etc. ordered through these links - items some folks were going to buy regardless, at pretty damn good prices - and as affiliates each sale can really help us out. But a huge and very personal thanks to Big Giant Circles, who's single-handedly set in motion an event that truly changes the course of the site's history, for the better.
We've had this one around for a good long while since there was some uncertainty as to whether the panel needed to chime in or not (they didn't) - it's from a little album called Voices of the Lifestream, which arranged the music from some old Japanese RPG called Final Fantasy VII. Go figure. Hopefully most of you are familiar with VotL in its entirety - one of the things that really excited me when I first heard the finished product was how consistently awesome each and every track was - so you may already be familiar with Jimmy's take on the 'Opening - Bombing Mission' theme. It's pretty awesome - Jimmy's gotten even better since, but this highly narrative piece recreates the atmosphere of the original intro and upgrades all the details. If a smile doesn't cross your face when the initial build finally culminates in the primary melodic motif at 1'22", you've got no FF7 fanboy in you at all. One talented video editor actually took the time to edit it to fit the original intro sequence (Youtube here), and it was also the material for one of our many fantastic music video entries. At 6'46", there's a lot of music here, but that's largely because the piece tells a multi-part story and is highly cinematic/cued. There are alarms, train sounds, and all the good stuff you know & love from the beginning of a truly classic game, but there's also BGC's full, rich electronica/orchestral arrangement, too.
In other words, the title isn't just lip service - the mix tells a story. Project director Andrew Aversa chipped in on the mix, and chimes in with his thoughts:
"BGC came to me with WIPs of this remix, which was essentially constructed in two parts - the Opening theme and Bombing Mission. I really liked the new electronic elements that he added in the Opening while retaining its epic melody. However, I felt that it could have used more 'impact' in its production values. So, I offered to polish it up a bit. I basically re-mastered the first part, adding some of my own synth instrumentation as well to double the melody. The Bombing Mission portion of the remix was really great and hardly needed any work at all - I just tweaked the mastering a bit to get it to match the volume of the first part. This is one of my all time favorite sources from FF7 and I'm really glad Jimmy did it justice here. VotL wouldn't have been a complete project without a standout mix of these themes."
...And OC ReMix wouldn't be a complete community without Jimmy, who - in addition to just being an awesome dude - has given back & worked hard to ensure we can all keep doin' what we're doin'. As means of thanks, we'll be posting another BGC album cut next, but I'd like to personally thank Jimmy right here and now for starting something, carrying it through, and making a huge difference.
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