Posted 2012-06-04, evaluated by djpretzel
Larry explained that the hold-up on this track, from 2009's Final Fantasy IV: Echoes of Betrayal, Light of Redemption, was his fault - oversight, mostly, but it's also harder to judge ambient/atmospheric tracks like this collaboration from Children of the Monkey Machine & audio fidelity. It's been awhile since we posted something from Mr. Newman, whose distressed soundscapes take some getting used to but pay off with very ornate, layered textures and arrangement that's embedded deep within tortured strata of sound, but always present. Jay writes:
"This mix is a part of the FF4 OCRemix Project: Echoes of Betrayal, Light of Redemption. It was originally started by CotMM sometime in the summer of last year but didn't really pick up until we started talking online and he asked me contribute some live instruments to his track. From there it took on a life of its own and went through many different revisions to get to the one that you are hearing.
My goal for this version was to make it accessible to others in a very dramatic way. The song builds in a long drawn out crescendo over the period of about 5 minutes. If you allow yourself to take in the drama of the story, where the song is played during a scene where the protagonist unbeknownst to him sets a peaceful town on fire, I hope you can feel the fear and anxiety that we hoped to build amidst this engrossing dark and burning intensity. "
"I think it's a fun take on what was otherwise an oddly upbeat jazz bit given the original source scene...I wanted to do something original, brutal, and edging toward unlistenable, but not quite there. While the track ended up being much more mainstream than my original concept (which would have been more inline with the extreme drone metal genre like 'Nadja' and 'Sunn O)))'), i think it's still a nice addition to the project, bringing something edgier than probably most of the other tracks."
Any of our newer listeners who haven't been exposed to Matt's work will no doubt find it quite different from the vast majority of OC ReMixes - more texture-oriented, more distorted, darker, and less about discrete instrumentation & more a cacosphere of motion. With this shorter version that Jay's helped out with, there's a bit more direction & focus, resulting in a piece that's a single, ever-intensifying descent into, well, evil. If anywhere in the universe there existed a perfect mathematical opposite to Kenny G, this has gotta be it, or close. A truly dark, disturbed vision that lent some weight & variety to Echoes, and a good example of a collaboration where a restraining, editing role helped channel the arrangement.
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- Aggressive, Dark
- Electric Guitar
- Time > Tempo: Slow
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