ReMix: Final Fantasy VI 'Terra's Resolve'
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And now at long last we come to the end of our fifteen mix flood, designed to give you just a taste of Final Fantasy VI: Balance and Ruin. There are FIFTY-NINE MORE TRACKS to enjoy, including multiple arrangements from Joshua Morse and bLiNd, new music from Disco Dan & Beatdrop, cuts from halc, Mattias, McVaffe, Danny B, Nutritious, Tepid, Sole Signal, Brandon Strader, Rexy, and more... a batshit epic four-part rock/metal opus from Snappleman, norg, and Captain Finbeard... hell, I've even got a mix on there myself :) If these fifteen flood mixes represented the ENTIRE album, I STILL think we'd have achieved something very special, but they are a fraction of the whole, and you'll be seeing & hearing much more in the weeks to come.
Andy & Mike have repeated the success of Final Fantasy VII: Voices of the Lifestream, and I think it's fair to say that they've surpassed it; this is an album that represents everything OCR stands for. As I mentioned with the first mix we posted, I think there was a sense of inevitability that someday we'd do an FF6 album, but there was never ANY guarantee it would turn out like this. I'm floored, so damn proud, and very honored to have played my part in helping to create a community that is capable of such feats.
We close out with a special treat; while working with the Slovak National Orchestra on a game soundtrack he composed, Chad Seiter - arranger for the fantastic The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses concert tour - was able to make time for a recording of his own arrangement of Terra's theme:
"To this day, Uematsu-san's "Terra" has remained one of my favorite themes of all time. I have been enamored with it since I was young. I wanted to musically capture Terra's strife and make sure my homage told her story accurately. I felt I could only do it with an orchestra, so I recorded "Terra's Resolve" with an absolutely gigantic 120 piece orchestral ensemble during the recording of my original score to the latest Star Trek video game."
Full details/credits on the recording:
- Chad Seiter: arrangement, orchestration
- Susie Benchasil Seiter: conducting
- Warren Brown: mixing
- Peter Fuchs: mixing
- Bernie Grundman at Bernie Grundman Mastering: mastering
- Slovak National Orchestra: performance
- Slovak Radio Concert Hall (Bratislava, Slovakia): recording hall
"How do you take a theme as memorable and nostalgic as Terra, which has been covered so many times in so many styles, and bring something new to the table? I'm extremely glad that Chad Seiter answered that question for us with this incredible rendition. Chad's professional work on some of the biggest blockbuster movies of the last 10 years speaks for itself, and all that experience shines through in "Terra's Resolve." It's grand, sweeping, and cinematic in scope, but also very dynamic and emotional. It perfectly suits the character, and if Square were to ever remake Final Fantasy VI, I can't imagine a better arrangement for the theme."
Andy said it all; so very cool that Chad could make this happen, and his piece really capitalizes on the power & energy of a full symphony orchestra. This is arrangement on a scale as grand as the game itself, and I think it's an excellent way to end the proceedings and complete our introduction of Balance and Ruin to the world. I've said quite a bit about the album, the music, and the people who created it, but I do need to end by thanking first and foremost legendary composer Nobuo Uematsu, who has given us so many memories and so much music that no homage could ever be too grand. Andy & Mike have done an amazing job steering this monolithic project through to completion and ensuring that quality was never sacrificed for quantity, OA provided some lovely artwork, Wesley Cho chipped on the website, José came through with another brilliant trailer while working under new and challenging conditions, and all the MANY artists who poured their hearts & souls into B&R have done an amazing job realizing the full potential of this vision. We thank all the 2,509 Kickstarter backers who supported us and made this project possible - you've been amazingly positive & patient even as we've missed a few deadlines to guarantee it would all be worth the wait. And we thank Square Enix for working with us & supporting us after some initial issues, ensuring that artists and fans alike would not be disappointed.
We're proud to release our 40th arrangement album, Final Fantasy VI: Balance and Ruin, to all fans of video game music the world over. We truly hope you enjoy it, and that if you do, you help us spread the news about the album, about OC ReMix, and about VGM!
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