ReMix: Final Fantasy X "That's Besaid the Point"

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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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Discussion: Latest 15 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
Crulex
on 2012-08-29 13:55:46

I, for one, like punny titles, so that a point for you there. Nice and chill in the beginning, then follows up by building a more energy filled harmony and glitch breakdown. I don't know, something about this ReMix didn't gel with me in certain areas, but it was still nice to listen to.

Catharsis
on 2010-07-26 20:06:29

Pretty nice remix. It gets a little too random for my taste near the end, but still good, plus it's a Besaid remix. :D

halc
on 2010-06-28 16:56:34

very nice! we can never have too many besaid mixes :D

Martin Penwald
on 2010-06-21 12:02:43

Very chill and smooth; stuff like ~1:40 conjures images of a green field, blue sky, fluffy white clouds and a nice fresh breeze.

Even the glitchy breakdown is relaxed, not whoring for your attention, but simply adding some variation to the remix.

Nice work.

Level 99
on 2010-06-16 09:12:32

Mmmmm.....so chill. Reminds me incredibly of Ulrich Schnauss, except a little bit more upbeat. Soothing pads all the way, and very appropriate processing with the delays, reverb, and of course, the reversing you put on some of the sound. Chimes are gorgeous, and effective glitchy stuff in the middle. I'm pretty sure that's a live guitar I'm hearing in there at parts, and it's smooth as butter.

Added to my "Chill out vibes" playlist. Rock on!

Audity
on 2010-06-06 17:14:22

Great ending

neongirl1554
on 2010-06-05 05:04:45

This is really great! I love it! You took one of my favorite songs and made it fresh and fun and new! I love it!

phantasia
on 2010-06-04 20:10:19

This song sounds so carefree I love it :). Very chillout. Really well done for a first mix, I hope you continue to make more :)

Inferno232
on 2010-06-04 19:17:27

Very cool, very nice, about as good as the original without being the same. Sadly, I didn't really enjoy the original. This was definitely a well done piece, though, even if it doesn't meet my personal tastes.

So, don't Besaid, man, you did great. :tomatoface:

ambient
on 2010-06-04 18:17:19

Very chill and pleasant mix that covers a rather catchy source tune. Good work!

The Xyco
on 2010-06-04 17:38:03

Great source. Good ambient vibe. Awful, awful, awful title. :P

Wasn't digging some of the middle sections, but the overall composition is quite smooth.

Matt E. Waldman
on 2010-06-04 14:43:33

Ohmygod, I'm absolutely diggin' this! I'm a sucker for ambient/moody electronic pieces, and this one takes the cake! The drums fit perfectly, in my opinion. The background synths sound fantastic; a very chill sound that's both driving and soothing. All the production aspects sound very refined and well-rounded to me, so no real problems there. At around 1:47, the mixing sounded a little too hot, but nothing major.

Overall, absolutely fantastic! I'd say this is my favorite of the Besaid mixes so far. :)

Brandon Strader
on 2010-06-04 13:06:18

This remix is a leader amongst remixes. The find the techno drums to be unnecessary, but the arrangement and wall of sound is very well done. Lots of guitar echo and effects in there. Very clean and tight production. The glitch section is tasteful as well, and not ridiculously over the top and distracting like most glitch stuff these days. Remix is made of win. :-o

OA
on 2010-06-04 12:00:23

Really relaxing stuff, I really like the reversed guitar parts and the overall feel to this. I'm happy it got posted! :-)

metalsnakejuice
on 2010-06-04 11:23:01

I have been waiting for this for ages because the title name made me want to listen to it so badly. This song is just so kick ass.