ReMix: Final Fantasy V 'Little Black Book'
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It's a Happey Birtheday mixepost for Darkesword!!
The second of his tracks off of Final Fantasy V: The Fabled Warriors ~I. WIND~, this mix is inspired by the black mage, has a snazzy title, and employs a jazz/latin/electronica fusion with delicate, delayed piano in a funky-but-dark blend. It's sort of like "gothic lounge," if you will... the jaunty, minor-key syncopation of the piano melody imbues the piece with a sinister edge, as it would otherwise be a mellower, Bond-ish affair, perfect for martinis of shaken OR stirred disposition. Instead, over the smooth, quick beats and slick, upright acoustic bassline, you get minor and chromatic motifs and modulations, harp lines rising and falling, piano drawing sharp lines across everything, and some very animated cymbals keeping the rhythm sizzling forwards. Great track from part one of a five part album series that we'll hopefully be seeing again next year; happy birthday, Shariq!
- Bahamut on July 26, 2012
The hi-hat in the back slowly becomes the sound of white noise which is important.
It makes the Black Mage's portrayal seem even more demented than it is.
This mix becomes a portrayal of a stereotype. A mysterious "dark" individual.
When the hi-hat stops to allow the horns to play, you feel let into the Black Mage's world.
It's only for a brief instant however... as the hi-hat comes back in very quickly.
All in all. This mix is so good that I spent that long raging about a hi-hat.
- Tuberz McGee on December 25, 2011
- Crulex on December 7, 2011
I will admit, this one actually took some listening for me, because at first I felt sort of "meh" toward it, but it really grew on me and has become one of my favorites from the album. Great stuff, as always.
- Melbu Frahma on December 7, 2011
I got to say I love the syncopated piano writing at 1:05 and later on at 3:08; tends to give it more of a latin jazz kind of feel to the already lounge-like soundscape. And even with the choice of instruments it manages to fit appropriately with the nature of the source while still maintaining that laid back touch that we often expect with DarkeSword's modern-day writing style.
Solid work all around, and let's see you keep up the pushing for volume 2 :wink:
- Rexy on December 5, 2011
I remember when you first started this one; it's come a long way and I like what you did with the upright bass. :D
The expressive piano playing was great too.
- Neblix on December 28, 2010
I'm totally biaised since it's one of my favorite songs from the original soundtrack. Kickass bass :3
- Vilecat on December 27, 2010
It fit very well into the flow of the project, and is quite a standout mix itself. Nice one, Shar.
- Level 99 on December 27, 2010
Nice one, thanks for sharing.
- luhny on December 23, 2010
Anyway, this song is great. It's nice and entracing. The piano and pad really compliment the mood set by the rest of the piece. My only real complaint is that I think the hi-hat should have been been 1/4 notes instead of 1/8. But whatever, nice song :-)
- youthboy14 on December 22, 2010
- DragonAvenger on December 22, 2010
- djpretzel on December 22, 2010