Posted 2013-07-01, evaluated by djpretzel
Hey, remember that Jeff Ball guy? From the lovely violin performances on Will's 'Prologue' AND Andy's 'A Fistful of Nickels'? That we JUST posted? I did promise you'd be seeing more of some1namedjeff, and here's the proof. As a sidenote, Jeff recently scored the soundtrack to Tiny Barbarian DX - a great chiptune OST well worth checking out, with tracks like 'Put Your Pecs Into It' :) He channels a wee (!!) amount of that for this electronic/orchestral hybrid arrangement of Locke's theme, with ethereal vocals and flute from Laura Intravia:
"Locke is very connected to Rachel in Final Fantasy 6, so I felt she should be incorporated somehow. I imagined Locke falling asleep and entering into a dream. Rachel appears, and Locke is struck with intense feelings of passion and loss as she sings his own feelings to him, surrounded by a beautiful dream-like landscape."
So far we've posted an orchestral track, a spaghetti western, and a purely electronic arrangement, so it seems like an appropriate time to introduce a track that's harder to categorize, blurring lines and incorporating synths, some chiptune/8-bit components, strings (Jeff's specialty and something he always does gorgeously), and Laura's singing into an enveloping & distinct universe. This mix almost runs at two tempos simultaneously - the underlying drum & synth foundation percolates double-time beneath the layered vocals and strings. I'd use the word "dichotomy," but then I'd exceed my pretentious word quota for the month :) Album co-director McVaffe lends his thoughts:
"While most artists with Jeff's fantastic orchestral arrangement skills might have gravitated to a purely orchestrated version of Locke's theme, Jeff uses his knowledge of instrumentation to make these samples, synths, and vocals absolutely sing in this piece. From the first few seconds of this song, you're transported to another, wondrous world. A daring departure from the original, and one that significantly pays off."
It is indeed VERY transporting, and has a certain Yoko Kanno quality to it that reminds me of some of her work, in effect if not direct similarity. I'm very glad that Laura contributed vocals, because they really complete the atmosphere and heighten the spiritual, angelic quality that contrasts so well with the mechanized machinations below. Jeff and Laura both appear elsewhere on the album, both have played a large part in influencing its signature, and in this mix their respective talents are put to breathtaking, unforgettable use!
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Sources Arranged (1 Song)
- Electronic, Flute, Singing, Strings, Synth, Vocals: Female
- Lyrics > Lyrics: Original
Origin > Collaboration
Time > Tempo: Fast
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