ReMix: Final Fantasy X "Time Slips Away"
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- Game: Final Fantasy X (Square, 2001, PS2)
- ReMixer(s): DarkeSword
- Composer(s): Junya Nakano, Masashi Hamauzu, Nobuo Uematsu
- Song(s): "At Zanarkand", "Hurry!!"
- Posted: 2011-01-20, evaluated by djpretzel
- Album: Featured on HURRY! A Final Fantasy X Impossible Remix Album
- Terms (BETA): dark strings world
Oh no we didn't... MORE 'Hurry!!'?? Sure, why not... while we usually endeavor to mix things up a bit and not post two mixes from the artist or game, much less the same exact song, the juxtaposition in this case is interesting, if only to experience the diverging paths each artist took while grappling with the source tune. You've heard Rozo and Strader, now it's Darkesword's turn:
"I checked out the song Hurry!! when I saw Larry post about the YouTube shenanigans on the OCR forums. It seemed like a fairly simple, straightforward track, mostly based on building tension through a repeated string line and some sustained dissonant brass. I tried to scale back the bombastic aspect of the song and go for something more tense, as well as utilize some high-quality samples of instruments from around the world (Indian drums, Japanese koto). Melodic content of Hurry!! was low, so I decided to bring in the classic To Zanarkand theme and play around a little with the melodic line. What we end up with is a kind of east-meets-west piece of music with a measured-yet-driving tempo, maintaining the intensity of the original piece without any of the frantic pacing. Hopefully the listener enjoys."
The listener puts the lotion on its skin, or else it gets the hose again... technically Shariq "cheated" a bit by working in an additional source that has a (great, memorable) melody, but ultimately it's all about the end result, and having melodic materials to work with certainly enhances most mixes. There's still plenty of 'Hurry!!' here, and I'd even say it dominates, but the Zanarkand bits are put to good use to give the arrangement more direction and flow. The mix title here makes me think of a certain Steve Miller song the US Postal Service used in ad campaigns years ago, but the genre is ethnic/cinematic, albeit with a more sequenced, hybridized feel than Brandon's arrangement. The plucked glissandos add a really nice flair & atmosphere, and I like the drum dropouts to a single, elegant wood-blockish metronome of sorts. Shariq did a great job of making the source more palatable and having it develop a bit more by blending in a second theme, resulting in a mix that, contrary to the imperative nature of its inspiration, takes its time, establishing a lush, delicate soundscape that's got substance and depth.
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