ReMix: Final Fantasy 'Omerta'
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Really cool, inventive, ethnic & mysterious arrangement off Random Encounter from album director Brandon Strader, who writes:
"The ethnic drums is where it really goes above and beyond Ethnic Rush. I made sure to play them in so that the volumes were much more realistic, as well as live bongo and tambourine.. No cowbell this time as I thought that would be a bit too much. The ethnic drums can get very thick at times, at other times they're very sparse and let the instruments shine through more. I love how the song sounds when everything is banging out at once. I also slapped in some nice Shakuhachi I think it's called, I'm not sure if it is the same flutey instrument as I had in Ethnic Rush that was really mechanical, but I actually learned how to RECORD ex
pression and it at least sounds more realistic this time, I'd go as far as to say it's not mechanical at all -- I don't know if it is convincingly real but it's a definite step up from the previous sound.
This write-up basically says how this song is the same genre but so much better than Ethnic Rush, hahaha... well I hope you all like it and find it less stressful than Ethnic Rush. Also hopefully the presence of moar source and melodies to choose from adds to the bettersongness or diversity of it"
Bettersongness Achievement... unlocked!! While Brandon spent most of his flu-induced submission email explaining how this mix is superior to a previous FFX mix of his, I think the music speaks for itself - not only does the arrangement here feel more creative & cogent, but the execution is also more humanized and dynamic. The blend of authentic & sampled instrumentation is pretty believable, due in large part to nothing being identifiably quantized. While there are a rare few moments where it actually sounds like it's TRYING to explicitly employ humanized/imperfect rhythms, for the most part this is an excellent example of how sequenced ethnic/folk arrangements can be pulled off with the right sense of timing. No slouch on the production, either, with a good sense of space & separation plus lush instrumentation & perfomances with a lot of character. That's what an arrangement like this really calls for, and that's what it got, so kudos to Brandon for nailing both concept and implementation - with this mix AND the album as a whole.
- DimeTower on August 23, 2012
- BlackPanther on August 17, 2012
- Bahamut on August 17, 2012
Damn man, now I got surprised. I don't know what's going on, coz I tend to associate your name with metal/rock, but still I'm aware of how you've been experimenting with different genres. Rise of Kuros sure was an interesting mix in regard to that, but here when I first heard that (killer!) percussion intro, followed by a very sexy shakuhachi melody, I was like WTF!?
And I love it!
- Guifrog on August 17, 2012
One of the best renditions of the theme I've ever heard.
- Kuolema on August 17, 2012
- djpretzel on August 16, 2012