SeeK... and you shall rock. Newcomer Lastair gives us an FF8 ReMix that features SnappleMan on lead guitars and norg on rhythm guitars/bass (Chapman Stick) - that's quite the backing band, sir! Good to see George & Andreas again, and good to see some more FF8 action. Also, it should be said, we've been a little electronica-heavy lately. Not, as the Seinfeldism goes, that there's anything wrong with that, but we strive for diversity and I think we all needed a dose of hard prog rock to the face... and this mix delivers. The artist writes:
"Arrangement-wise my main goal was to use some of my favorite material from the game, not simply with the source songs following each other in a medley-ish sequence but by weaving them together more naturally into a song that could stand on its own."
Right on, and well done at that; transitions are well-handled and the proggier vibe facilitates the type of tangents and fluctuation that make blending multiple sources like this a little more manageable. Chapman solo @ 3'27" and solo violin that follows it up add some nice flair and textural variety. It didn't escape the judges that orchestral elements weren't mixed/produced quite as crisply as drums/guitar, but no one felt it could hold the rather kickass arrangement back, and this was a lot to take on in the first place. Cain writes:
"Oh that's strange. I thought it was about 6pm but it appears to be prog'o'clock. I must fix my watch. Excellent sources. I have an extremely old wip I made with the same approach of source weaving. It's tricky stuff and you've handled it well, the arrangement is pretty sweet. Snapple and Norg on guitars is always a good thing. Performances are rockin'. Nice chapman stick solo in the middle there."
Agreed; this mix is a juggernaut, packing a bunch of well-developed & layered ideas into a single wallop that delivers both brute force AND soul. There are passages that lean a little more on orchestral instrumentation that are weaker from a production viewpoint, but the scope & vision here are commendable, and norg & Snapple definitely help sell it. Great debut from Lastair, who (more than) gets by with a little help from his friends!
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Sources Arranged (4 Songs)
- Primary Game:
Final Fantasy VIII (Square, 1999, PS1)
Music by Nobuo Uematsu
- "Find Your Way"
- Metal, Rock
- Electric Guitar, Orchestral, Synth
- Origin > Collaboration
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