Newcomer Anticitizen writes:
"This is my first remix, so I decided to tackle a tune that, in my opinion, shines with subtlety. The simple, carefree “Besaid” invited me in to the world of Spira and never let go, beating through my head for the rest of the game. Because of that musical addiction, I left the main melody intact and decided to add flourishes around it – mainly in some friendly guitar and pulsing synths. The tune bobs happily along until the midpoint, whereby it breaks down into a kind of stutter that (IMO) fits it well."
First off, let it be known that I'm a simple man, and I enjoy me some puns, so I'm loving the mix title :) This one's hard to pin down - at times it establishes & builds a groove, but it's also ambient/new age, which we haven't had a lot of lately. There's plenty of beatwork including some slick layering and mangling at 2'40", don't get me wrong, but the artist is also comfortable dropping the drums out entirely. There's some great sound design elements, in particular - for a first mix OR a tenth mix, the timbral variety is excellent, with the late-breaking forward + backward guitars forming a hypnotic bed for crystalline bells. Vinnie with the lolz:
"Awful, awful title, dude. Sorry, it just had to besaid. *rimshot*
Wonderful sound here, very blissful. I think a good chunk of this is conservative - pretty much everything you hear in the first 1:20 is from the original, just on different instruments with some subtle FX - but the rest of the song added more. It opens up at 1:20 and onward, with new guitar and synth melodies. Good structural changes. Glitch section was a very good addition for modifying the staccato riff from the original, I think that's what put this over the interpretation bar for me... Great first mix!"
I like the initial conservative approach and then branching and evolving, and the detail work in the sound design is like exploring a cavern of sonic stalactites and stalagmites... except they're synths & beats. Yeah, the metaphor died, but the soul still burns. This is mellow without being boring, chill without minimalism, and really shows off a broad palette of production techniques & a good sense of arrangement boundaries. We had some issues with the file that delayed our posting this track, but it's just as excellent and relevant today as it was at time of submission, and I hope it gets some attention and that Anticitizen follows it up with more!
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Sources Arranged (1 Song)
- Primary Game:
Final Fantasy X (Square, 2001, PS2)
Music by Junya Nakano, Masashi Hamauzu, Nobuo Uematsu
- "Besaid Island"
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- Size: 4,263,371 bytes
- MD5 Checksum: f604c71c3a50ad0976c79352a4298bfe
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