Posted 2009-07-23, evaluated by djpretzel
Six down, two to go: Our initial Final Fantasy IV: Echoes of Betrayal, Light of Redemption flood caps out at eight mixes total, after which we'll be returning to working through the queue. There's still plenty of Echoes where that came from, a lot of which should pop up here sooner or later, but OA and I wanted an initial selection that conveyed a significant spectrum of the diverse artists and styles involved. We've seen cinematic ethnic/choral work, electro/trance, chiptune/orchestral, frenetic big beat battle action, an awesomely uncategorizable piece from ilp0, and a stunning electronica/vocal collab piece - what's next?? How about some VHD? Not Viral Hemorrhagic Disease, not Volumetric Haptic Display, and not Virtual Hard Disk... it's Vampire Hunter Dan, adding intimate, expressive orchestral arrangement to the Echoes lineup. Director Andrew Luers writes:
"Dan has a very distinct style of orchestration, in that each instrument breathes very freely, and is incredibly expressive. The flute and strings in this piece really sing - they really breathe life into the arrangement, but everything sounds great. Dan can pretty much do no wrong in my eyes, but this piece is really something special. Very nice pacing, excellent variation, and a triumphant theme, make this my favorite of his to date."
Dan's preceding Lufia ReMix really paved the way for this piece, as they both employ similarly short reverb tails that bring attention to beautifully articulated solo passages which get more stage time & emphasis than ensemble/unison bits, for the most part. Normally this would be the kiss of death, but the artist has a fantastic ability for writing solo parts that swell, contract, accelerando, and - in a word - breathe, and thus the vulnerable, exposed setting works all the better. There's a scene in Amadeus (one of my favorite films) where Salieri is reading over the score for a piece Mozart's just conducted, and he describes the simple perfection of a pulse that is eventually joined by a solo passage:
"On the page it looked... Nothing! The beginning simple - almost comic. Just a pulse. Bassoons, basset horns... like a rusty squeezebox. And then, suddenly, high above it... an oboe. A single note, hanging there, unwavering..."
That's one of my favorite scenes from one of my favorite films; I feel like it really captures the true perfection solo orchestral performances can attain in context at the hands of masterful composers/arrangers. The intro here reminded me of that scene, with an intimate conversation between several solo instruments before ensemble strings/pizzicato and percussion enter to fill things out a bit more. This is extremely delicate work, with flutters and trills and crescendos and transition passages bringing everything to life. With Lufia and now this piece for Echoes, I really like where Dan is heading as he continues to explore and refine his craft. Awesome mix.
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Sources Arranged (1 Song)
- Orchestral, Strings, Woodwinds
- Time > Duration: Long
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