ReMix: Wild Arms 'Fireflight'
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Our Wild Arms: ARMed and DANGerous flood continues with an ambient, undulating electronica piece from OCR legend & husband to project director Jade, Mr. Jordan Aguirre. You might know him as bLiNd ;) It's worth mentioning at this juncture, to the hyper-observant among you, that we have indeed modified our standards to allow for longer mixes at larger file sizes. The full details of this change have NOT YET been formally announced - or even codified - but we figured we'd put them into effect for this album, rather than having to backtrack and upload higher quality versions after the fact. So this is a full seven minutes and twenty-two seconds of classic bLiNd ReMixage, @ 192Kbps, totaling 10,453KB. And of course the album has FLACs for those of you with golden ears. But the numbers don't even tell half the story; Jordan writes:
"This track represents the end of an era for bLiNd and the start of a new one. Though the track was completed and titled over a year ago, it actually holds a lot of meaning for my life now. It starts off with how I viewed the world as a young boy. It has a sound of melancholy with a slight glimmer of hope. Sort of sad, but not completely. This is the sound I try to capture as bLiNd. It is also the sound I have developed at OCR over the past decade and "Fireflight" represents that best, in my opinion...
It progresses and eventually breaks down completely at 2:30, just like my life did when I was a teenager. The darkness in my life began. I suffered year after year in a slow but louder progression. Many of you know the physical suffering I have endured. Some know the mental suffering, and some know the emotional suffering. I call this the fire. Many of you don't agree with my belief in God, but the only reason I am able to speak now, or even breathe, is because of Him. He has used this fire to shape my character and grow me into the man I am now and has shown me what I need to become.
After the fire, at 3:45, comes Revelation. Clarity and vision for my future as a musician, a man, and a person in general. If any part of this song represents where I am at now, it is 4:15. This is what I call the flight. It represents the joy and energy I had as a young boy come full circle, but, instead of me crawling, I am flying. I had to grab a hold of the eagle's wing through the fire. That eagle's wing is my faith and it is what saved me. Next time you see me, I will be soaring, and OCR will be the first ones I look upon this next year. You guys are family to me and I love you all, and of course most of all, my wife Jade. This project and day is really about her, in my eyes of course, but I give every one of you who worked on this project a humble bow and thanks for all your hard work.
Let me also say this. This project is a celebration of love. Jade and I are back together again after a long separation; nearly a year and a half! The joy we have of being together, especially for this project release, and Christmas, is overwhelming and simply amazing. We had paths to walk solo, to find ourselves again, and we did. Once we did, God put us back together and it seems like we are falling in love over and over again every day. So join us in our celebration by listening to all the hard work that was done and listen to one of my favorite remixes I have ever made. Join me in my fireflight..."
Man, I tell you what - those Aguirres are some emotional people!! ;) Wherever your inspiration comes from and whatever your beliefs are, you can't argue with love, and you can't argue with great music, and Jordan seems like he's filling his life with both of those, and that can only be a good thing. Jade writes:
"This track is a jewel. It gives me goosebumps down my spine and makes me shiver. I have been a bLiNd fan for so many years prior to knowing him in person, and this demonstrates the best of all his recent work. The breakdown at 2:30 gives the source a whole new perspective and feels like the Wild West of space. The sound design is astounding with milky textures and samples of the game. bLiNd never fails to impress, especially his wife. :)"
That's super sweet & touching, and I'm not being sarcastic; it's hard to tell the story of this album without telling some small pieces of Jordan & Jade's story, and they've shared those pieces with us in the context of a musical marriage that this album captures aspects of, consciously and subconsciously. It's a unique, personal dynamic made public through both their own comments and the amazing music they've coordinated or produced directly. Stepping outside my role as site owner & administrator, and just speaking as a friend, I'd like to personally wish them the best, for all that the future holds. They've accomplished something singular & beautiful, and they've accomplished it together.
- ryankeeton on December 26, 2011
- SuperiorX on December 24, 2011
- Jae on December 24, 2011
This is another great track and I really love hearing about your dedication to God and using music to express those emotions. It definitely gives me a different perspective to the piece and the thoughts behind it.
The emotion you put into your music is great, I always look forward to your every release!
- Loning on December 22, 2011
I'm looking forward to hearing Blind's new, more personal musical direction.
- E-Bison on December 22, 2011
- Mr. X on December 21, 2011
- JaDE ARaN HaRuNo on December 21, 2011
- Crulex on December 21, 2011
Trance is going to be less and less from me and I am going to explore who I really am as an electronic artist from now on. I have my own sound I believe, that isn't genre specific... This track is actually progressive house, not really trance, which is just a combination of trance elements and house rhythm/bass which is exactly what got me to start and finish it in 3 days. When I do something that isn't normal, or is somewhat fresh to my ears, I can't stop working on it!
I have had day dreams about what "my sound" sounds like and it borrows from wherever it wants but can't truly be labeled as a specific genre. The new era of bLiNd is one of no limits and I will no longer be known as a remixer or artist who does "trance" music only.
This track, may be minimal, but that I believe that is the beauty behind it. I said it best represents the sound I have developed at OCR because it represents the emotional feel of the music I try to portray to everyone. This track, though just a remix and borrowed from an original composition, is something I really tried to make my own and it shows in the breakdown the most. 2:45-3:45 is the ORIGINAL chord progression from the source and is very dark actually. 4:15 and on is my own chord progression with a spin on the old melody and the feel behind this part I developed is what is my own and represents who bLiNd is. Music is meant to be felt and sometimes it is best to just let music speak for itself. If there is no emotion behind it, I tend to shy away...
Thanks for all the feedback <3
- bLiNd on December 21, 2011
Arrangement-wise, it manages to capture the source's minimalist nature remarkably well and does well to refer to the theme, though in a rather safe trance structure. That's definitely not a bad thing as it gives bLiNd a lot of headroom to work with in regards to his production skills - I believe some of these elements like the side-chaning air effects and swelling bass being somewhat leftover components from his SDB track "Dodge This Sakura" - and classy echo/ambience work brought on some of the higher synths to give in more of a dreamy edge towards it.
While I can understand his life connection towards it, the main beef I have towards the track though is that the breakdown in the middle, while reflective, does tend to stick around for a bit too long, and when the beat comes back in the soundscape still feels somewhat subdued. For some it may not be a bad thing as it kind of reminds me of Chicane's discography with that method, but it should still be something to keep in mind if looking for trance arrangements on the site - be wary of the direction.
All in all, a very solid arrangement, and one I can sense that has had a lot of heart put into it. Jordan, make sure you keep Jennifer safe for us; you've managed to find a great spouse to pour your feelings into your music with, and it shows. And I am definitely game to see how far your arrangement capabilities will go from here, so here's to the future :)
- Rexy on December 21, 2011
- Flexstyle on December 21, 2011
I don't mean to sound all negative about this and I really appreciate what you have done here and I think this is a great direction for you.. also totally appreciative of the increased file size limitations. I don't know if it was your song that ushered that in but at any rate, I totally tip my hat to you, good sir.
- Brandon Strader on December 20, 2011
- Bahamut on December 20, 2011
- djpretzel on December 20, 2011