Posted 2013-12-09, evaluated by djpretzel
pu_freak follows up his 2011 debut PokeMix with this lush & delicate piano + accompaniment arrangement from Balance & Ruin. The star here is definitely piano, but the string/choral pads and occasional flute flourish add warmth & context. Pieter writes:
"When I started this mix, I wanted to expand on a manner of arranging that I also did with a track of mine for the Seiken Densetsu 3 album. This was to not just take the source, modify it a little, expand it a little and then call it a day, but rather to use the source in a different way. For this mix, I've enormously slowed down the source and then added additional melody to complement it. I actually play almost every note of the source in the first two minutes, but it can be hard at first to recognize it, because of said adjustments. Of course, when I auditioned and got accepted for the FFVI album with this mix, I needed to make it more recognizable, so there are some "traditionally" arranged parts of the mix to make it really clear what the source is. At the end, I finish with the fully original source.
As for the feeling of the mix, I wanted it to be befitting of a king, but also have the peace and impact of the strong bond between the brothers (hence the name of this mix). I think it worked well: it's something that could be played in the ballroom of a castle, but is still very emotional and calm."
SPEAKING of ballrooms... every last one of you should buy & read the entire Mistborn trilogy, from Brandon Sanderson, because it's awesome :) I just finished it, and Anna was actually reading the second book when I was on the third, and she's now finished everything as well, and now we're BOTH huge fans. Semi-sequiturs aside, Pieter succeeds in his described goal of striking a good balance between recognizable source and more interpretive passages; I don't think you'll need to strain too much to hear Nobuo in there, but I think you'll appreciate the re-contextualization & original writing incorporated to accomplish the shift. If I had to nitpick, I'd say that the accompanying choral, string, and wind samples employed are a little static and don't match the crisper & more dynamic piano, but it's not really an issue: the arrangement is gorgeous, the performance is emotive, and the end result is a moving, creative E&S ReMix that fit in quite well on B&R!
on 2015-12-21 15:00:43
This is a great, and beautiful remix of Edgar and Sabin’s theme. The piano work can be a little loud at times, but it doesn’t make the track any less enjoyable. The background synth work does a great job complimenting the main piano melody.
on 2013-12-19 11:37:14
Beautiful arrangement and tone. Excellent use of soft elements to support the piano. Took awhile to really recognize the source. But totally worth it in the end.
on 2013-12-14 23:59:59
I think I have a crush on the way those accompaniments whisper through the piece. Really enchanting one
on 2013-12-10 09:53:17
Truly beautiful ReMix. It does feel like a calm, emotional piece that would fit in a castle's ballroom, especially near the end of the second minute. Nicely done.
on 2013-12-09 16:57:05
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Sources Arranged (1 Song)
- Primary Game:
Final Fantasy VI (Square, 1994, SNES)
Music by Nobuo Uematsu
- "Edgar & Sabin's Theme"
- Choir, Flute, Piano, Strings
- Time > Tempo: Slow
- 7,027,963 bytes
- Size: 7,027,963 bytes
- MD5 Checksum: b24583c08f3bf9e7648bbd4b7ef639e8
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