ReMix: Final Fantasy V "Edge of Valor"
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All but one of these mixes were released as part of Wind, and ALL of them were originally created for it, so this is almost like a second mixflood, though each was separately submitted way back when. First up we've got some epic orchestral action from NEWLY ANOINTED JUDGE (along w/ halc) Nutritious, aka Justin Medford:
"Well this one has been sitting on my hard drive for quite some time now... about 6 months in fact. Earlier this year, Darkesword approached me to join a project he was running for an FF5 album. I won't go into the details, but I found the concept very unique and interesting. I was tasked to do an orchestral rendition for the Knight theme. I decided on The Fire-Powered Ship not only because of its catchy melody, but because it has a progressive, driving feel to it. I attempted to still capture that same feel by drawing out the intro and melody, building up the action.
I found that writing for a specific character's theme really helped me visualize the track as a whole and smoothed out the writing process. So kudos to DS for the concept."
The Orichalcon writes:
"Someone made a comment that this sounds a lot like the Overture in FF8, and it does. Just an interesting note. The source is nice, kind of heroic in a way. As for the remix, the string buildup is nice and thick. The percussion is powerful. It all builds up nicely. The source is abundandtly clear in the mix, no issues there.
The gentle break around 1:50 works well. The mix at this point reminds me of the FF12 soundtrack. It shows a good use of strings to supply the main melody, with percussive elements to back it up. This would be a nice mix to actually play in an orchestra."
"I don't always count chords, but because they're so blocked out in the original song, the link between the intros is pretty direct. The progression is also somewhat unique.
I like this. It's a little more subdued than previous Nutritious subs, but the same amount of care is spent, this time making the sound clean and nuanced. I really love the first break with the bells and the lonely violin - unexpected, and a beautiful little diversion."
Fellas both said it pretty well; not much to add! A bit of restraint makes this perhaps less bombastic, but instead more anthemic, and it fit right in on the overall album, with a rich, deep current of drums and brass.
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