ReMix: Final Fantasy IV 'Theme of Love for Guitar Duet'
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Pot Hocket's work on Voices really stood out and added something unique to that album, and I was glad when I saw he was going to be involved with Echoes as well. I think it's fair to compare his contributions on both of OCR's FF albums, because they're both slow, they're both acoustic guitar, and they're both gorgeous, personal, emotional arrangements/performances. OA writes:
"Probably the most intimate and delicate song in the collection, once I heard Michael was interested in recording, I couldn't imagine it done by anyone else. Beautiful and expressive, this duet is the perfect way to symbolize the love between Cecil and Rosa."
This is an expansive, interpretive arrangement that is more impressionistic at some times than others; you'll have no problem spotting the source at the beginning and about halfway in, but a lot of what Michael's done involves taking the melody and reworking it over the same progression, filling out a complete 4'13" performance with variation and deviation. It's definitely on the liberal side of things, but everything feels cohesive and whole, and the overall piece as Andrew mentions really embraces the narrative context. It's beautiful and relaxing, but it also develops, with 2'58" getting faster and more firmly articulated relative to the softer passages.
It's worth mentioning that Higher Plain Music posted a full review of Echoes and, more recently, follow-up mini-interviews with many of the artists involved - very interesting read(s)! As our debut flood concludes and I take a look at just these eight FF4 mixes alone, I'm damn proud of what this community has accomplished, yet again. Yet this is just the tip of the iceberg - a diverse, beautiful, badass tip, but still the tip. Once you're done relaxing and reminiscing to Michael's track, explore the rest of the album over at http://ff4.ocremix.org, and be sure to let the artists know what you think. I applaud Pot, OA, and everyone who was involved with this project for producing an album that exceeded my already high expectations; it keeps getting better with each listen, pays awesome homage to Nobuo Uematsu and FF4, and should be as timeless as the game and music that inspired it.
- Crulex on June 14, 2010
- yosefu on October 24, 2009
Also, your production has definitely shot up a notch since your FFVII songs! :-D With such a bare-bones style as this, a high quality recording quality is absolutely a must.
- Emunator on October 3, 2009
One thing in particular I found curious about this mix is that he approached it delicately throughout, whereas the original grew more dramatic as it progressed. I was somewhat mixed about that, but it worked out for what he was going for so kudos to him.
- Bahamut on October 3, 2009
- jintoreedwine on July 29, 2009
- DragonAvenger on July 28, 2009
- OA on July 25, 2009
- SwordBreaker on July 24, 2009
P.S. Now go do Star Stealing Girl...zomg :shock: (please)
- avaris on July 24, 2009
No messing around with synths and sequencers.. just bare guitars with natural acoustics. The playing is most emotional, skilled and imperfect (in a good way) =sounds more like performance than a production.
Not to mention the arrangement.. very cool playing, neither of the guitars seems to be leading, both just flow with the theme giving room to each other.
Superb stuff. My very favourite track of the FF4-album :)
- ilp0 on July 24, 2009
- Hy Bound on July 24, 2009
- Rasevales on July 24, 2009
Well, okay, maybe I was exaggerating just a bit.
But Pot Hocket is still awesome, and this mix is still beautiful. Rock on!
- Lucentas on July 23, 2009
- djpretzel on July 23, 2009