ReMix: Final Fantasy IV 'Full of Courage'
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Justin's been waiting a long while for this orchestral ReMix, from Echoes of Betrayal, Light of Redemption, to be posted, but he's had plenty of other great pieces posted in the meantime. Way back when, he wrote:
"This is actually the first song that I created using my new Orchestral setup (EWQLSO). It originally started out with my free samples/soundfont setup, but I upgraded halfway through and ended up starting this from scratch. It wasn't my original intent to move from Red Wings to the FFIV Main Theme, but it seemed to be a nice progression during the quieter sections of the piece (there's a bit of me playing the flute for the first round of the Main Theme). I also touch on FF7 Anxious Heart on the intro a bit to create some tension, with a couple other really small allusions to other songs as well.
This song has been a blast to create since the FF4 soundtrack is one of my favorites and played a big role in getting me into music in general. The Red Wings theme at the beginning of the game has stuck with me in particular, so I'm glad to have a chance to remix it. Enjoy."
It's taken a good long while, but this was definitely a highlight of the album, and I'm glad I'm finally getting to post it. Justin's been constantly improving his craft, and he's almost certainly improved since this initial mix using his new configuration, but it's still great stuff. It's worth noting - again - that it was well employed very effectively in the excellent album trailer. Vinnie writes:
"I'd have liked to see a little more variation melodically, but structurally and harmonically, there was a lot going on here. I thought you gave these songs the sense of grandeur Uematsu was probably shooting for in the first place. I love the triplet strings entering at 3:55, closing out the piece with energy. The ending is a little strange - sounds as if it needs one more chord. It's an interesting touch."
For my mileage, the ending didn't strike me as odd (seems like it resolved logically...), but I would have liked more variety in the orchestral percussion department; I have a hard time with this myself, but sometimes exposed snare patterns sound dwarfed by the might of a full ensemble, and need some backup. From the opening chords to the epic, chromatic descending unison buildup that transitions into the trumpet lead, which is then restated with embellished brass counter-melody, though, this arrangement gives the source material a scope & grandeur appropriate to Uematsu's original and the narrative context as well. Great work from Justin, whose consistent presence on the last four group OC ReMix albums has added great, orchestral flavors to each.
- Crulex on August 16, 2012
Basically when I first heard this at the listening party, I teared up. Final Fantasy IV and nostalgia go pretty much hand in hand for me, so to hear this song take the sources above and beyond what I ever imagined.. I wish I could better articulate how amazing this song really is. Nutritious is just chock full of talent and I'm a huge fan of his orchestral work. There's a lot of emotion to it and it's stuff I could listen to all day.
Phenomenal opener for a phenomenal album. Really.
- Otakatt on December 5, 2010
A great way to start off the album, no doubt.
- SoulinEther on August 1, 2010
- Mtlbro on May 2, 2010
- Bahamut on April 2, 2010
I do kind of echo the sentiments about the snare getting drowned in the rest of the epic sound, but I really like the layers and textures laid out in the orchestral soundscape. I started using EWQLSO too, but everything still sounds inorganic and mechanical. I think I'm a novice with very professional tools. =_=
Keep those winds and strings soaring. =]
- Ceracryst on March 31, 2010
- Balto on March 31, 2010
- Mirby on March 31, 2010
a_d;660915 wrote: I like your Full of Hope arrangement better, but this is still epic, as is the source tune
Agreed, wholeheartedly. This is definitely on my "Favorites" playlist, as is Full of Hope. Great instrumentality.
- Melbu Frahma on March 31, 2010
Awesome work, man! Excellent stuff!
- OA on March 31, 2010
- a_d on March 30, 2010
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- djpretzel on March 29, 2010