Posted 2009-07-19, evaluated by djpretzel
Absolutely brilliant; I don't think I've been shy at all at expressing my appreciation for all of Sebastian's mixes to date, but this one may be his best yet. He's taken his new chiptune direction and combined it with cello and orchestral elements, and the result is simply masterful, something that couples beauty with nostalgia, synthetic with organic, and awesome with... more awesome. OA writes:
"Sebastian was hugely inspirational for a lot of people on the project with not only his enthusiasm, but also his creativity and skill. I've never heard anything like his cello with chiptune accompaniment before, and the fact that he not only tackles such a seemingly strange pairing, but makes it work so seamlessly is nothing short of amazing. It starts out with a deeply moody cello duet, and then quickly transitions to densely layered synths, and it's an effective shift, but it's true form is revealed when the two are combined, and a soaring cello melody is backed by crunchy percussion, and a roiling and stuttering synth background. There's a reason we call him the King of Sweden."
The "King of Sweden," eh Andrew? I think you've hurt AnSo's feelings... I'm personally fine letting them rule the nation as part of a two-man oligarchy, myself. Like OA, I've never really heard anything like this mix... I'll admit to a modicum of "cello bias" in that I love the instrument and what it's capable of, but hearing it paired up with an electronica/chiptune arrangement that feels so natural... it's more than a little surprising how well it works, or rather how well AeroZ makes it work. He explains:
"I wanted to give the cello a more leading part in this one, to really get the deceptive feeling of the theme. The first part is more a rhythmic touch of the theme. I wanted to go a little 80th with it. Then just turn it to a dark and deep tune. Did a lot to try get the listener to really feel the betrayal of Kain. I think it's one of the most touching parts in the FF4 story. And it's my first big mix combining the cello with 'Reason', so it's a big lesson or me as well. Enjoy!"
This is a fantastic, creative piece of music that accomplishes everything Sebastian describes and more; as I always caveat, the word "synergy" is more often that not used in cheesy contexts where it doesn't necessarily apply. I try my best to save it for situations where it really is appropriate, and this is one of them - the synergy between cello and chiptune (cellotune? chipello?) is resplendent (another use-in-moderation word), and this mix is definitely yet another reason to check out Echoes of Betrayal, Light of Redemption.
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