ReMix: Final Fantasy X "Judgement" 2:34

By Marc Junker

Arranging the music of one song...

"Time of Judgement"

Primary Game: Final Fantasy X (Square, 2001, PS2), music by Junya Nakano, Masashi Hamauzu, Nobuo Uematsu

Posted 2009-09-14, evaluated by the judges panel


Short-but-sweet ReMix, with a short-but-sweet writeup - newcomer Marc Junker writes:

"The soundtrack to Final Fantasy X is very beautiful. I always find it to be very atmospheric and the mood of each area is generally communicated very well in each track. But the only problem I had with it was that it felt very electronic. I was glad when any piano or orchestrated collections were released. I thought I'd do my own version of one of the tracks, sort of as a re-imagined arrangement that resembles a real orchestra more closely (building up and creating a little more of a dynamic and heroic feel)."

At just over two and a half minutes, this definitely sets a militant, almost colonial feel - picture the world of FFX, only with Mel Gibson running over a hill in patriotic slow motion, carrying the stars & stripes. Well, that's really just the snares talking, but still... good, effective mood-setting orchestral piece by Mr. Junker, whose name can't help but make me think of Snatcher. Vinnie writes:

"I liked the feel here, a lot of the same instruments but a very different feel. This is pared down to the strings and martial drums for a lot of it, which gives it a cool mood. Huge shift in volume from the quiet sections to the loud ones, but handled well."

Mistah Buttahfield adds:

"The loud sections with the drumrolls are really hot. Production is decent otherwise, you got a good sound out of your samples. Liking the arrangement, similar approach to the original obviously, but with more than enough interpretation on the source."

Pretty much; it is what it is, and the artist's own words summed things up pretty accurately. Great, concise debut mix from Marc Junker, which is amazingly enough our first FFX coverage of 2009.

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Discussion

Latest 15 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
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Emunator
on 2009-12-21 18:33:39

This mix has a nice pace to it, it feels a lot different than a lot of orchestral remixes you hear normally. The snare rolls and the strings definitely aid with creating that effect.

Nice simple, short writing that's fun to listen to! I'm usually off-put by straight orchestral arrangements but I think this is one of those exceptions that's unique enough to stand on its own merit.

But... what happened with the ending? At the risk of sounding unnecessarily harsh, that was really one of the most anti-climactic endings I've heard in any remix on the site so far. The foundations for a good mix are here, but definitely pay attention to that aspect next time you make a mix :?

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yosefu
on 2009-10-09 23:05:44

Very cool and interesting interpretation of the original.

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Martin Penwald
on 2009-10-05 15:06:14
I can't help but feel this arrangement seems to be like it'd be the start of something long and epic, I feel it sort of goes nowhere by being so short.

Same here.

The choice of instruments is really good, though; especially the strings and the drumrolls hit the sweet spot.

I hope we'll hear more from MJ in the future.

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ZealPath
on 2009-09-30 22:04:22

I think this track does a great job of taking the source then enhancing it a little, throwing in a little hymm of the faith for fun, and some strong drums that sort of take the original track to a new level. I wouldn't say it's majorly creative, but it's very true to what the original was trying to do and that is rarely a bad thing.

I'm a pretty big fan of the FFX soundtrack, it's all about atmosphere and only rarely about melody, and I think this mix really nails that aspect of how the original was, while making it a little more interesting at the same time.

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OA
on 2009-09-24 14:18:45

Interesting take. I think the percussion was the strong point, but overall it didn't really jump out at me as being super exciting. It's great for working to, however, it has an air of foreboding that really gets me moving on my deadlines! XD

I've been listening to it fort the past hour or so, and i've gotten a ton done. So active listening isn't really the track's strong point, but it definitely has it's strengths. :-D

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Nobbynob Littlun
on 2009-09-20 14:44:05

Though honestly as an American reading American texts, I almost always see it with the 'e'. Only a couple times without - and I thought they were typos!

I see what the judges were talkin' about here, but it is kind of a boring song, even for someone who favors orchestral/symphonic tunes like me.

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kestrel
on 2009-09-19 02:37:59
Actually this is the correct spelling of the word for all countries which do not use american english.

Learn something new everyday...thanks for the info.

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ISDP
on 2009-09-18 14:32:21
It's an alright arrangement. I liked it, don't get me wrong, but I didn't find it as mind-blowing as the write-up made it seem.

I am curious, though, if the misspelled title was intentional. I think the title of a song says bound about what the song is supposed to mean; that little 'e' could mean a lot.

Actually this is the correct spelling of the word for all countries which do not use american english.

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kestrel
on 2009-09-18 02:48:15

It's an alright arrangement. I liked it, don't get me wrong, but I didn't find it as mind-blowing as the write-up made it seem.

I am curious, though, if the misspelled title was intentional. I think the title of a song says bound about what the song is supposed to mean; that little 'e' could mean a lot.

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cremdogz
on 2009-09-18 00:45:36

Sorry, I'm not impressed. I'm not sure what this track was trying to be, but whatever it was, I felt nothing. No reminiscences, no feeling, just a boring tune with the Hymn of the Faith put into it. Not impressed.

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LuIzA
on 2009-09-15 21:48:53

I must say I'm very impressed at the track choice, I'd think this'd be the most ignored that in the soundtrack. I love the game, the soundtrack, and really like this track too.

This is very atmospheric, would probably fit well in an in-game situation even. but as an OC Remix, I can't help but feel this arrangement seems to be like it'd be the start of something long and epic, I feel it sort of goes nowhere by being so short. Of course, a more atmospheric/OST-ish feel may have been what you were going for, but still... I sort of expected more of a direction with the arrangement.

don't let that discourage you from making more video game remix muzaks though :)

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duskvstweak
on 2009-09-15 16:40:39

I like it. Final Fantasy X really did have a good soundtrack, and you did a great job.

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Bahamut
on 2009-09-15 00:48:38

One thing that threw me off is that the drumming sounded too muted - I would've liked to hear some of it brought more to the front. I also thought some of the drumming arrangement sounded a bit strange in the choice of what to play for the drums, especially around 0:52-0:53.

The transitions are done well, but I find this to be a solemn mix for the most part, and the section in the middle without the drumming rubs off as a little out of place in its bit of hopefulness. It's nice seeing some creativity here though!

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Ferret
on 2009-09-15 00:09:28

To be honest I really don't know what to say about this one...well the judges liked it so I guess it can't be that bad. I'd definitely have to complain about the length, personally (I prefer 12-minute-or-longer epics), but it's technically sound.

Being that it seems primarily to be a percussion piece I can suppose that the length is appropriate, and though I don't quite agree with the Mel Gibson stars-and-stripes comment on the remix page I can definitely view this as the sort of thing you'd hear in a montage of some sort.

Great first post, keep up the good work, hope to see more.

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HitoriJaNai
on 2009-09-15 00:06:23

Yay, march! I can hear the source tune clearly, and if I didn't know better, I would say this is really good.

Since I do know better, though... I think its better than good. It's awesome! Great job! :-P

Sources Arranged (1 Song)


Primary Game:
Final Fantasy X (Square, 2001, PS2)
Music by Junya Nakano, Masashi Hamauzu, Nobuo Uematsu
Songs:
"Time of Judgement"

Tags (3)


Genre:
Classical
Mood:
Instrumentation:
Orchestral, Strings
Additional:

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Final_Fantasy_10_Judgement_OC_ReMix.mp3
Size:
2,557,589 bytes
MD5:
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Bitrate:
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Duration:
2:34

 

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