ReMix: Final Fantasy I & II: Dawn of Souls 'The Crumbling Facade'
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- Game: Final Fantasy I & II: Dawn of Souls (Nintendo, 2004, GBA)
- ReMixer(s): Brandon Strader, halc
- Composer(s): Ayumu Murai, Hidenori Miyanaga, Hiroshi Nakajima, Mitsutoshi Kodama, Nobuo Uematsu, Ryoue Takagi, Shingo Kataoka, Yosuke Ago
- Song(s): Final Fantasy I: The Ruined Castle
- Posted: 2013-04-08, evaluated by the judges
- Album: Featured on Final Fantasy: Random Encounter
Nice blend of folksy acoustic guitar & chip textures on this collab between halc & Brandon from Random Encounter; Drew writes:
"this actually started as a solo mix, but after coming up with a solid minute worth of wip, I hit a total brick wall and never managed to come up with anything else. Brandon offered to collab on the song, and this is what came to be. despite what you might think, some of the chippyness in this later half of the track was made by Brandon, and quite nicely at that. <obligatory>enjoy!</obligatory>"
"I took halc's initial wip and turned it into the song you hear. I added acoustic guitar and bass because I thought it would be interesting to see how it sounds with halc's sound. I wanted to make the song sound like something people could confuse as a full-on halc song."
Mission accomplished; given Mr. Strader's ubiquity & strong influence on the overall album, I'm glad this collab resulted in something that very much preserved the spirit & execution of a halc mix. Without being told otherwise, I would have assumed Brandon's contributions didn't include any of the synth work, so it's also quite cool that he chipped in there, as it were. I'm guessing the facade here must have been a bad thing, and thus it's good that it's crumbling, as the overall tone is mellow & positive. Larry writes:
"Pretty cool story behind the arrangement, with Brandon using halc's first 38 seconds as the inspiration and base behind the arrangement, then building his own pseudo-halc/Strader collab. I wasn't disappointed by anything here. I thought the structure worked out nicely, keeping a pretty steady energy level and providing variations through subtle instrumentation changes and dropoffs. Loving the creative treatment of the source the whole way through. Nice work, and a solid part of a VERY stacked FF1 album. Props to Brandon for his dedication bringing all of it together!"
OA had high expectations and was a little more reserved, but still dug it:
"This was solid, though i think a bit plain. Everything is well executed, but I was hoping to hear some more embellishment and craziness, mainly because the source is very familiar to a lot of people. The mix of acoustics and chips was cool enough though, to really make this unique, and I think the track itself is above the bar."
It's definitely on the humble, unassuming side of things... too much embellishment would have ruined the tone, but I could see a few more subtle details adding some spice. I do like the gradual lowpass filter + fade ending, which lets the track recede in a more interesting fashion. I think Larry summed it up nicely - it's an interesting story, an unorthodox sort of "alley-oop" collaboration, and the result is unique & enjoyable. Good stuff.