Posted 2009-07-31, evaluated by djpretzel
Tweek, aka Brian Arnold, just launched http://tweexmusic.com/ - head on over for a new look & feel, new free music, a sale on his album Alter Ego, and more. Plus, and more to the point, he's got a new FFXI mix for us:
"Without a doubt, Final Fantasy XI has been the only game I ever truly loved to play. It consumed many many MANY late nights in the dorm while in college (much to sephfire's annoyance since he was trying to sleep). The world of Vana'diel has always been one that enticed me to continue the journey in order to discover what was ahead. I have the fondest of memories exploring the game and much of that due to the phenomenal music that came from it. I've desired to do a remix from the game for a long time, but since it's a game that I hold in such high regard, I knew my abilities needed to be respectable. Regardless of its popularity, this piece is one that I have immensely enjoyed making!
As many in #ocrwip may know, I have an obsession, bordering on fetish, for orchestral music that is fused with another genre. Having done just that in many of my mixes, I decided it was time to try my hand at a purely orchestral track. Heavily inspired by the Tour de Japon concert, this track came to pass. While Tweek, the black mage Tarutaru, isn't roaming the lands of Vana'diel anymore, the love I have for the game and music continues and has manifested itself into a remix such as this. Long live the heroes of XI!"
I don't know too many folks who've gotten into FFXI, especially relative to WoW and what not, but those who do seem to love it; I wonder whether FFXIV will develop a similar following. At the least, here's hoping the soundtrack is just as good - attending Distant Worlds really gave me a new appreciation for XI's score, so it's good to see another mix, following that experience. This straight orchestral arrangement covers my favorite stuff, too; the combination of CG from the game and these themes really conjured Two Towers' "Battle of Helms Deep" for me at the concert, and Brian does that again here. Think big, dark strings and brass with shimmering cymbal crashes, a battle march for two great powers colliding on an epic scale, and you've basically got the picture.
Brian's orchestral is, as he mentioned, usually paired up with electronica, but this mix proves it's good enough to stand on its own two feet, which is a great accomplishment for him as an artist. If I had to nitpick I'd say that, from a pure EQ/post-production perspective, he's mixed an orchestral track with a curve that still sounds a little electronica, with a lot of punch and sizzle. That's absolutely required when orchestral elements are paired up with electronica components that would otherwise be overwhelming, but for a straight orchestral piece I think it could have been toned down a bit. That's really minor & somewhat subjective, though, and the track overall is fantastic. I love it when artists go out of their comfort zone, and it's even better when the end result still SOUNDS comfortable, i.e. doesn't stand out from their other works in terms of arrangement & production quality. Brian's put together an FFXI mix that does "epic" right, integrates source material well, and conjures a visceral, cinematic feel. What more can you ask? Check it out, then head over to tweexmusic.com for more.
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Sources Arranged (2 Songs)
- Primary Game:
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- Additional Game:
Final Fantasy XI Online (Sony, 2002, PS2)
Music by Kumi Tanioka, Naoshi Mizuta, Nobuo Uematsu
- "Battle in the Dungeon #2"
"Despair (Memoro de la Ŝtono)"
- Orchestral, Strings
- 4,977,384 bytes
- Size: 4,977,384 bytes
- MD5 Checksum: 4cf04823c4674d5c79bde840ccf69e72
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