ReMix: Final Fantasy IV 'Fighting for Tomorrow'
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Ladies and gentlemen, and even men who try to be gentle but can't seem to ever get it right, I am extremely proud to present OC ReMix's 14th album, Final Fantasy IV: Echoes of Betrayal, Light of Redemption!
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I've been waiting quite awhile myself to hear the finished product the whole way through, and I have to say OA & company have come up with an awesome, inspired, multi-faceted behemoth of an album. There's something here for everyone, from trance to metal, jazz to classical, and the variety is matched only by the consistency: massive congratulations to everyone involved! We had a badass time yesterday at Otakon, unveiling Echoes to the world through the 110% perfect debut trailer Jose put together; I asked him if he could do something like a week ago or something crazy like that, and I had no idea he'd find enough time to knock it out of the park like he did. That's the tip of the iceberg, though, as this album contains dozens of fantastic tracks I'm still fully exploring and getting into; there's some stuff that kicks your ass the second you hear it, and other more subtle arrangements that grow on you, and my impression thus far is that it's an excellent selection of tracks that fully embraces the idea of experimentation, exploration, and ex
But, honestly now, enough of what I have to say - Andrew's got some words:
"After a year of relentless work, I'm very proud to present OverClocked ReMix's fourteenth album, Final Fantasy IV: Echoes of Betrayal, Light of Redemption. It is a 46 track, 3 act album that closely follows the story arc of the game, from the onset to the final credits, but transforms it into a rock opera of epic proportions.
This was a project contributed by not only the 36 mixers who arranged, produced, and performed on the album, but all of the countless people who assisted with administration, mirror servers, getting the word out, and moral support. It wouldn't have been nearly as smooth without everyone's help, so thanks to all the supporters. Extra thanks and heartfelt appreciation to my Assistant Directors, Jay, Justin, Deia, and Shaun. This project literally would not have been completed without your hundreds of hours put in.
The album itself started as a much more modest project of about 24 tracks, but due to people being exceptionally passionate about the project, we managed to complete the entire soundtrack, without sacrificing quality. The group definitely went above and beyond any expectations I may have set up for us. I couldn't have asked for a better team. Let's make the next project a little smaller, ok? ;-)"
Awesome. The massive amount of work that goes into an album like this is truly inspiring in its own right, but amplified by the non-commercial focus; album staff and artists poured their heart and souls into this, it shows, and the end result is available for free to everyone - by fans, for fans, and at no charge to fans. I always hope that people treat each posted mix as a new work of art and avoid too much comparison to other tracks, but I guess it's somewhat inevitable that Echoes will be considered relative to that other Final Fantasy album project by that other Andrew; for my money, each are breathtaking and amazing albums in their own right. It's similar in many ways to comparing the games themselves, or their respective soundtracks: each game has a different feel, a different story to tell, and Nobuo Uematsu has more than enough genius in him to ensure that each soundtrack he composes is tailored to a unique world, a unique story. I'll confess that, on first listen, I myself was still thinking in terms too relative, trying to listen to Echoes while coming from a Voices perspective; I think that's a mistake. The more I've listened, the more I've loved - there are tons of amazing tracks on this album, and truly impressive musical depth. We'll be driving up to Jill & Andy's wedding next weekend, which will take about five hours, and damn am I looking forward to listening to the whole thing over again.
Now on to the debut mix! Andrew writes:
"It took months to try to plan out how I wanted to do this style of music, and to my surprise, actually turned out exactly how I envisioned it. The lyrics allude to the Fabulian monks' philosophy, and I managed to get get a friend to translate them into Latin for me. Yeah, Fabul itself is based on the Chinese culture, and not Latin, but I don't have any friends who know Cantonese. Maybe next time, hehe..I wrote a lot of new riffs for this track that I thought expanded the scope, so I was extra careful to include source in every section in some shape or form.
Extra thanks to Hemophiliac who wrote up lyric charts for the singers and made pronunciation guides for the choir, Audio Fidelity for the Koto sample and a bit of bass for the middle, and of course my badass choir homies, led by Malcos and BardicKnowledge. These guys all really made the mix awesome."
Awesome choir, guys - very dramatic! The opening gong & progression is mysterious, then the choir enters with Koto riffs in between... it's a really cool blend of Latin vocals and Asian instrumentation, sort of like a meeting/blending of two ancient cultures. Things proceed to rock out with an acoustic kit, bell synth, bass, and guitars, but the choir remains a central element with hits/phrases, then we get a spiralling synth solo at 2'53" - I love how this just sneaks in as part of the ending to the previous passage, then becomes the focus. Nice reprise of the intro choral motif towards the end, wrapping everything up. Great way to kick things off as the intro mix to an album that you'll be seeing a LOT of here on OCR; a fantastic vision with a sweeping scope that was executed well by all involved - that applies to this mix in particular, and the entire album as well. Check it out, then check out http://ff4.ocremix.org and grab the torrent!
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