ReMix: Final Fantasy IV "Lacrima"
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So, the observant among you may have noticed that our posting pace hath slowed a bit lately. This is largely due to preparations for a super-awesome album release that I've been looking forward to for a while now, which rhymes with "Wonky Dong Huntry Blue: Mysterious Spunky Lizness". Yeah, good luck with the guessing on THAT one. In the meantime, I've slipped a bit on some site news, namely that we've appointed DragonAvenger as our newest judge (awesomeness) and restructured our workshop forums with what we think is a more intuitive layout. It's really just the very beginning of more planned changes to give artists more resources while working on their tracks, but ya gotta start somewhere. Also, some begrudged congrats to all of our Canadian visitors for the hockey thing, plus doing an all-around swell job hosting the Olympics. The opening ceremony with the giant phallic animatronic totem poles was a little weird, but China was a tough act to follow, and I actually found myself liking the Canadian anthem more and more as time went on, which was pleasantly shocking. Right then - this track by Rozo is off Echoes of Betrayal, Light of Redemption; the artist writes:
"I asked OA one day if there was a track he needed to have done for the ff4 project, in something like Beyond Velocity's style. We settled on Cry In Sorrow, and I started working on it. He later suggested, after hearing a version of it, that it needed drums. I added drums. I mixed it. I asked zircon for advice. I fixed it. And then it was done. That's the story. I picked the Latin word for tear as a name. I considered using Finnish, but we felt Latin worked better."
This is a departure from Ad's usual sound largely due to the drums, which are both more ethnic and more syncopated than his usual minimalist electronica has employed. Larry writes:
"Short and sweet. Good call from OA about the drums, definitely the right one. The drums gave some much needed depth to the texture and sounded very sophisticated."
Since he was project director, I asked this OA guy for some comments just now on IRC. Here is the log:
[23:31] <OA> This track was a perfect way to come down from the intensity of the climax of the second album; it's atmospheric and introspective, and features the main theme prominently, but it also hints at further struggles to be had.
[23:32] <OA> It's a richly textured track that really deserves repeat listens.
[23:33] <djpretzel> your mom
If that scintillating exchange doesn't compel you to see what you've been missing on IRC, I sure don't know what would. Vinnie adds:
"Probably the most polished remix I've heard from you yet, Roz. Very sophisticated, tasteful uses of synths and more traditional percussion to create a lush, spacious atmosphere. Good balance of doing your thing but keeping a tie to the source."
I dig Rozovian's minimalist sound, but have sometimes wanted just one additional element to compensate with elevated intricacy & complexity, and I think the drums filled that role here. The synth lead used at 3'13" is interesting, as it has the attack/characteristics of an ethnic wind instrument, and at times is articulated as such, but at other points is used for more synthetic arpeggio purposes. Bit of a chimera - the synth patch AND the overall mix - but I definitely dig it, and like the direction that it takes Rozovian's work.
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