ReMix: Final Fantasy IV "The Flying Machine"
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- Game: Final Fantasy IV (Square, 1991, SNES)
- ReMixer(s): John Revoredo
- Composer(s): Nobuo Uematsu
- Song(s): "Into the Darkness", "Main Theme of FINAL FANTASY IV", "The Red Wings"
- Posted: 2009-12-26, evaluated by the judges
- Album: Featured on Final Fantasy IV: Echoes of Betrayal, Light of Redemption
- Terms (BETA): duration-short orchestral
Hopefully everyone's enjoying their respective holidays; I'm actually surrounded by family at the moment, watching Jeni's "A Big Steaming Pile of Me" (in true xmas spirit), committing the social faux pas of focusing on my laptop so as to get some mix post action going on. We'll get back to a more regular schedule when I'm back home, but in the meantime, check out Mr. Revoredo's mix from Echoes of Betrayal, Light of Redemption. He writes:
"The Flying Machine is a pretty old track. It's not representative of my work nowadays: there are a lot of things I'd change, starting right from the samples, and the intro. LOL, i think I say the same on every remix submission. However, the track got a lot of love, so i thought it could be a good idea submitting it.
The amount of work i had to put into this was enormous: Everything was written note by note on a sequencer. Because orchestral samples are huge (and my computer is kinda crappy), freezes and crashes were common. I "solved" the problem rendering 2 or 3 instruments-tracks in a simple wavefile, and then working over the wavefile with new orchestral instruments.... That is the poorman's solution to buying a new computer :-)"
Tons of Echoes mixes have been either direct-posted or approved by the judges panel this year, attesting to the album's consistent strength, variety, and sheer number of kickass tunes. This is no exception; the artist has captured the grandeur, scale, and epicosity of the source quite effectively. I always think of how Jose used this mix in the Echoes trailer, with the awesome, spiraling, pull-away shot of the tower - fit like a glove. John may be the eternal apologist when it comes to his music, but I've loved everything I've heard, so take his humility with a ginormous grain of salt. OA parenthetically punned his fanny off on the decision thread, and I'd be remiss not to repeat it here:
"I'll echo (of betrayal) the other judges and say that while it doesn't move far from it's starting point as far as progression goes, what it does is very accomplished. A great full sound, and a good arrangement with a few twists and turns make this short and sweet. I think adding another minute of more interpretive material would have made this an easy DP, but I have no doubt this will fly(ing machine) through the panel."
Ouch... I thought *I* was bad. Vinnie fires back:
"Knock off the puns, OA. There's no place on the panel for such lightheartedness (of redemption) (get it, light of redemption?). A model medley, and one of the highlights of the project for me. The transitions in this are awesome and make it sound like it was written this way to begin with. In particular, I love what you did at 1:00, Juan, with the chords of Red Wings altered to make the whole passage work perfectly."
Goodness gracious.Well, we keep them around for their musical insights, not their turn of phrase, right? But I kid... panel was right, this could easily have been longer and not overstayed its welcome, but as is, it's still yet another gem in the album's crown, and another great, distinct arrangement from John Revoredo.
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