Posted 2014-05-05, evaluated by the judges panel


A Dj Mystix-helmed FFX mega-collab w/ Chris on violin, Sabrina on Japanese-language vocals, and Liam on guitars? Can you say "HELL yes!"?? Many of you have recently played or are still playing SE's HD update of the classic RPG, and here with a nicely-timed mix that also, in true Mansoor style, mixes in sources from The Last Story and Shenmue for a gorgeous pop ballad; Mystix writes:

"Being a huge fan of Nobuo Uematsu, I always wanted to arrange one of his compositions. "Suteki Da Ne" is one of my all time favorite videogame songs so that was a natural choice. From the beginning, it was intended to mix it with Shenhue's "Sha Hua" but I never found inspiration to do this track. Not until playing The Last Story and falling in love with "Toberu Mono". It feels like a spiritual successor to "Suteki Da Ne" which gave the inspiration to blend both tracks. So thats how we ended up with this mix.

This time around, I get this fantastic opportunity to work with some great fellow musicians. Sabrina strikes again with her awesome vocals. Her soft and sweet voice fits the song's mood perfectly. Instead of having an instrumental lead during the (Tobeu Mono) bridge, we decided to have Sabi hum the piece which resulted in a very soothing sound. Magellanic has provided some really great guitar pieces (both Acoustic and electric) that sets the foundation of the track. We also included some synth based strumming to keep the overall feel of the track intact. And lastly, Amaterasu's violins takes the mix to another level. His amazing pieces really enhances the emotional feel of the track. He pulled of all those extremely low and higher notes with a combined use of Viola and Violin.

This is our tribute to the legend Nobuo Uematsu. We really enjoyed working together to make this track. Hope you like it as well :)"

I've said it before, and I'll say it again - I really dig Mansoor's approach to arrangement, incorporating sources from multiple games/franchises to create a coherent pop/vocal presentation. This methodology allows for a full verse/chorus structure AND instrumental solos that are still drawing from various sources while creating something new in the process; it's not the type of thing that even occurs as being an option for many arrangers, and perhaps some might feel that it compromises some sort of "purity" or some such nonsense, but to me Nazar's arrangements are always respectful, creative, and uniquely lyrical/narrative as a result. Mystix' co-conspirators write:

Sabrina Valenzuela: "It was a pleasure to work with such talented fellow musicians on this remix, and being able to perform our interpretation of such beautiful and well known video game tracks. I thoroughly enjoyed the challenge of Japanese pronunciation, and loved Dj Mystix's attention to atmospheric detail within the arrangement, such as requesting that I hum Toberu Mono - which really helped give this arrangement its peaceful, soothing sound. Thank you for your time, and we all hope you enjoy listening."

Chris | Amaterasu:"This was good fun!' or if you want something more serious, I guess 'Over-emotional vibrato and slides =D"

Magellanic: "I don't have much to say other than this mix is fantastic and I'm very happy to have been part of it. When I first joined the site last year, Dj Mystix's Sunset Riders mix was one of the first OC ReMixes I listened to. Back then I would never have imagined collaborating the remixer who has produced some of my favourite OC ReMixes. As a big fan of Final Fantasy X and its soundtrack, I'm glad to see it getting some more remix love!"

For my money, I listen to "Eternal Tears" and "Ancient Dreams" at least once a month, and I'm always looking forward to hearing what he's cooked up next. Fishy's writeup was positive, but also cracked me up a bit:

"Really classy. Great decision to get the live violin in there. The groove is like half-way between ballad and porno but I can dig it. The production is ok, but the piece really shines during the suteki sections for me. Oh also that key-change is very Eurovision, you get nil pois for that."

I am actually the inventor (AFAIK) of what I call the "Eurovision Drinking Game," wherein all parties are required to do a shot whenever a song changes key unnecessarily and unexpectedly; this particular compositional vice has been used & abused in the contest for decades, so a good time is virtually guaranteed... The change here, at 4'27", is definitely a late-breaking low point for me; the entrance is disorienting and once you figure out that it's a modulation upwards to extend the final half-minute of running time, the damage is done. Not a fan, but this is a minor hiccup in an otherwise lush & emotive piece. Deia really summed it up nicely:

"This is beautiful. As usual, Mansoor does a wonderful job marrying a multitude of themes that really felt like they were made for one another. Transitions are pretty seamless, although to be picky I wasn't really feeling the keychange because it felt pretty sudden and (dare I say it) cliche. However, this is more than balanced out by the super expressive playing and singing from Chris, Liam, and Sabrina, and I'd love to hear a collaboration between the four of you again."

Ditto all of that, emphatically. Mansoor's passion for VGM and specifically in this case Uematsu/FFX comes through, all collaborators bring something to the table, Sabrina's Japanese vocal lends a very specific flavor to things, and the end result is a very smooth, classy pop ballad!!

djpretzel

Discussion

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bluelighter
on 2014-08-31 03:47:25

Absolutely beautiful ! I didn't think an arrangement could surpass the original track but you made it :)

I love the purity of the voice and of the violin, the finesse of electronic elements.

Good job :)

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Necrox
on 2014-06-09 01:12:47

Super nice instrumental track. Vocals are very good too. This is a standout as far as pop ballads go.

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TillyFun
on 2014-05-09 18:22:47

This so calming. ^__^ And lovely vocals.

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genius11433
on 2014-05-09 15:54:49

Simply beautiful! And FWIW, I don't think that the key change was grating at all. I don't download many Remixes with lyrics (I usually pass them by), but yours is definitely one that I'm adding to the playlist.

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Melody of Light
on 2014-05-07 08:23:39

This is a beautiful arrangement. Of the games mentioned I'm only familiar with Final Fantasy X and thus can't fully appreciate all of the mixing work that went into this song, but it's a beautiful listen. Excellent work to all who were involved!

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Crulex
on 2014-05-06 08:54:38

This is fantastic. Hearing Sabrina on vocals again and singing to the melody of Suteki da ne was awesome and even the vocalizations in between were pretty sweet. And of course I'm digging the instrumental work by Chris, Magellanic and DJ Mystix behind the vocals, especially that violin. Very beautiful and very fitting for the games that the sources came from. Fantastic work, all of you.

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djpretzel
on 2014-05-05 14:15:38

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Sources Arranged (3 Songs, 3 Games)


Primary Game:
Final Fantasy X (Square, 2001, PS2)
Music by Junya Nakano, Masashi Hamauzu, Nobuo Uematsu
Songs:
"Suteki da ne"
Additional Game:
Shenmue (Sega, 1999, DC)
Music by Osamu Murata, Ryuji Iuchi, Takenobu Mitsuyoshi, Takeshi Yanagawa, Yuzo Koshiro
Songs:
"Shenhua ~Sedge Flower~"
Additional Game:
The Last Story (, 2011, WII)
Music by Nobuo Uematsu
Songs:
"Toberu Mono"

Tags (11)


Genre:
Ballad, Pop
Mood:
Mellow
Instrumentation:
Electric Guitar, Singing, Synth, Violin, Vocals: Female
Additional:
Lyrics > Lyrics: Existing
Lyrics > Lyrics: Original
Origin > Collaboration

File Information


Name:
Final_Fantasy_10_Just_This_Once_OC_ReMix.mp3
Size:
7,447,499 bytes
MD5:
e015e17513e7902da5844f04a9ca51d1
Bitrate:
192Kbps
Duration:
5:06

JAPANESE:

きらめく山嶺 湧き出す 冷たい水は
白露 纏った 聖らかな森に 染み入る

風が 寄せた 言葉に
泳いだ 心
雲が 運ぶ 明日に
弾んだ 声

月が 揺れる 鏡に
震えた 心
星が 流れ こぼれた
柔らかい 涙

素敵だね
二人手をとり 歩けたなら
行きたいよ
キミの街 家 腕の中

素敵だね
二人手をとり 歩けたなら
行きたいよ
キミの街 家 腕の中

光が集まる 優しい梢の下で
幼い心に 不思議な力 宿りて
豊かに濯いだ 蛍の河の流れに
抱かれて眠れば 遥かな面影 何処

遥かな面影 何処

ROMAJI:

Kirameku sanrei waki-dasu tsumetai mizu wa
Shiratsu matotta kiyorana mori ni shimi-iru

Kaze ga yoseta kotoba ni
Oyoida kokoro
Kumo ga hakobu ashita ni
Hazun da koe

Tsuki ga yureru kagami ni
Furueta kokoro
Hoshi ga nagare koboreta
Yawarakai namida

Suteki da ne
Futari te o tori aruketa nara
Ikitai yo
Kimi no machi ie ude no naka

Suteki da ne
Futari te o tori aruketa nara
Ikitai yo
Kimi no machi ie ude no naka

Hikari ga atsumaru yasashi kozue no moto de
Osanai kokoro ni fushigina chikara yadorite
Yutaka ni sosoida hotaru no kawa no nagare ni
Dakarete nemureba harukana omokage izuko

Harukana omokage izuko

ENGLISH:

The cold water caused to gush out from the twinkling mountain summit
Enters into a holy forest wrapped in white dew

Wind, and my heart swimming in collected words
Moved by the wind, in through the world
Clouds, like a voice that we all recognize
Carry the holding future

Moon, on the sky as a trembling heart
Shown on the glass unsteadily
Stars, shedding tears in an overflowing stream
I see the night all around me

Isn't it wonderful
Being together, all alone walking hand in hand
And I want to go to your city
To your home, into your arms

Isn't it wonderful
Being together, all alone walking hand in hand
And I want to go to your city
To your home, into your arms

The light gathers beneath a gentle treetop
And there, in the heart of an infant, a mysterious power dwells
Richly poured into the flow of a river of fireflies
While embracing, if you should lay to rest, where is the memory

Where is the memory

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