ReMix: Final Fantasy VI "Behind Enemy Lines"
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This is Justin's seventh mix posted in 2009, which is all sorts of impressive. It seems several artists this year have managed to be both prolific AND terrific for a solid revolution of the Earth around the Sun; I remember the good ole days when I had more free time to make music myself, but on the other hand I've had some sick degree of fun coding & redesigning the site, so it's all good. Mr. Medford writes:
"This is not part of any project (amazingly enough). This remix was created in response to a post in the request forums for a new take on Martial Law. It's a very memorable theme from FFVI for me and very fitting for the point in the storyline where it's played. I tried to capture some of the same feeling as the original with the duets near the beginning, but also bring more dynamics to the piece with more full-on orchestra later. Eventually, I was starting to exhaust my ideas for takes on Martial Law and felt like the piece needed to have a contrasting section from the first half or so. Serpent Trench seemed to be a great fit for the mood I wanted to set in the next section, so I'm pleased with how the themes turned out together."
So it's FF6, but it's still seldom-tread source material - always cool when folks go exploring the lesser-known nooks and crannies of otherwise hugely popular soundtracks. In this case, in contrast to 'The Masked Man', we've got a straight (but lush) orchestral arrangement, complete with the patented Thus-Timpani'd-Zarathustra conclusion. Shariq was all about this joint:
"Wow, the transition between Martial Law and Trench is seamless. Really nice writing. :D I'm really into this. Lots of dynamics and development"
"You're making orchestral stuff sound totally effortless at this point. Very refined writing and usages of instruments, you can barely tell where your writing begins and Uematsu's writing ends. Loved how the strings handled the chord change at 2:24."
Justin's definitely a force to be reckoned with; he keeps churning out awesome mixes one after the other, but none of them feel rushed or slight in any way. If he had released all of his eight mixes over the course of four years, I'd still be mentally high-fiving him for consistently bringing it, so it's sorta spooky that it's been less than two. Great stuff!
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