ReMix: Final Fantasy VII "Captain of the Skies"
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Newcomer ZackParrish sends us a fantastic, haunting, & dynamic cinematic arrangement of Final Fantasy VII's 'Launching a Dream into Space,' a variation of Cid's theme:
"I have always loved the melody from Cid's theme in FF7 and decide to expand on the idea of the original, by adding new textures, pushing more dynamic variation, etc."
Introing with an oboe (it COULD be an English Horn... there's always that nagging doubt...) and remaining primarily orchestral throughout, there's also an acoustic guitar, BIG DRUMS, some electric guit chugs, and various cinematic/scoring components of the electronic variety, making for a classy, brooding take on Uematsu's fantastic original. Nutritious writes:
"Really beautiful work here. I'm jelly of your orchestral work. Arrangement is handled nicely. I like the slow building approach. I did something similar in my ff5 fireship mix, but this one is better. Very good dynamics and sequencing here."
Flexstyle colorfully adds:
"My biggest beef with this track is that there's NOT ENOUGH OF IT GHRAGLKHSJDFLSKDHSLGKJF etc. Would love to hear this concept fleshed out even more, adding more themes and lengthening into a full-on epic at some point.
Yeah, it's clearly sequenced, but at the same time it's obvious you put a lot of care into the sequencing. It's well-mixed, so no complaints there. The source is clearly discernable, so no complaints there either. I think, if you were to revisit this track, that it could benefit with a little bit more TLC on that kick drum, as Chimp said. I think it could also use some beefier "boom-verb" sounds, but that's a personal thing. Basically, it feels like it belongs in a movie with giant mechanisms/organisms and lots of property damage. I love this track, and it's obviously deserving of front-page placement."
Well said, Mike. Especially the part about GHRAGLKHSJD, etc. ;) Seriously, this is an excellent debut that arranges a popular theme and really embellishes every aspect of it, with some especially good decisions made in regards to pacing and development. Delicious - absolutely looking forward to hearing more from Zack!
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