Posted 2014-11-20, evaluated by djpretzel
From WillRock comes one of the stranger, unpredictable arrangements off Balance and Ruin - an experimental track that fuses cinematic, orchestral, and rock aesthetics into a somewhat creepy, unsettling procession of sound. Mr. Harby writes:
"This remix was a stylistic experiment to try and fuse various styles together to make something that sounded a little unconventional, with a combination of orchestral, rock and electronic elements. I feel I managed to succeed. It features some orchestral percussion and violins, various synths, electronic drums, and a guitar solo to end it on a high note. The structure is a little unorthodox as well. It has 4 distinct sections in it, which I hope flow well enough for you guys. I'd say it was a successful remix from an aesthetic point of view. :D Special thanks to zircon for offering to master the track for me. :)"
Great job from Will in terms of doing something way outside his usual style - or almost anyone else's, for that matter. Palpable sums things up well:
"This is an ambitious yet understated ReMix. The first half follows the original track closely, but adapts it to a strange blend of chromatic percussion, ethnic drums, and synths. There's no sudden movements, no dramatic shifts - Will maintains the mood with subtle detail. Finally, at 2:45, the song breaks into something closer to a film score, with wildly filtered synths and choir. He moves back to the texture of the first section during the last minute, but then out of left field comes a sweet guitar solo. Though the elements of Will's typical style are here, this is quite a departure from what I'm used to seeing from him. Will usually goes for the big pop moments with a focus on melody; here he trades it for tension and mood. It's awesome to see him stretch his wings and do it so well."
Couldn't have said it better myself, and didn't :) This mix even has some proggish, Pink Floyd moments buried in there, and the narrative ground that it covers makes it feel like Will's taking you on a tour of his house, and every room is painted a different color, with furniture from a different time period, and yet somehow it all works together. While not one of the catchier mixes on B&R (or the original OST, for that matter), this is still quite memorable; I think Will really made some great decisions in going for something transporting, dramatic, & odd. My favorite part is probably 2'13", just because it feels like Floyd doing a live show and just kinda going with the flow, and that's a huge compliment in my book.
on 2015-12-11 17:11:19
Interesting introduction, very cinematic during the first half -- not what WillRock usually does, but it's very nice. The piano and synths carry the track in a very relaxing way. The second half is way more energic, and those solos are crazy. The final part with the electric guitar is really epic, love it. A very cool remix, blending different genres for the best!
on 2015-12-04 17:35:41
Man, where are all these great experimental mixes coming from? The shaker was great as a lead-in. The jump at 2:50 is cool, as is the lead (sweet). The return of the intro and how it builds was just awesome. The solo finished things off just as well.
on 2014-11-27 15:01:06
From an environment standpoint, this paints a pretty good picture, especially with how the mood continues to shift and change and morph throughout the ReMix. Lots of good creative choices made here and I enjoyed this greatly. Nice work, Willrock.
on 2014-11-25 08:29:52
Excellent rendition of this most haunting tune. Though I have to say, the beginning makes me think more of Super Metroid than Final Fantasy VI.
on 2014-11-23 03:44:56
This is excellent. One of the best remixes I've heard in a long time, and that's saying a lot. Still retains your style, but incorporates some effective film score-esque elements that create quite the brooding, freaky mood.
on 2014-11-23 02:32:14
I am really, really impressed with the ambient, slowly changing nature of this song. This completely held my interest, not by jumping back and forth wildly, but by slowly morphing into something of such unique direction. I truly think the build from 3:00-3:50 is one of the more impressive sections, as I was just thinking the song couldn't go in any other directions and wow!
I'll also chime in that I felt the Pink Floyd feel, but more than that, I'm SO impressed that this song accomplished such depth and malleability in what is one of the least deep (in my opinion) source tunes. WELL DONE WILLROCK! This was way outside most people's creativity to do!!
on 2014-11-22 04:13:37
2:46 really loved that whole shift. Mind sharing any of the synths you used on this song? and 4:20 wow
on 2014-11-20 17:46:40
Wow, this song is nuts. Talk about shifting moods-- jarring in a good way. I would never have pegged it as a WillRock production until the giveaway at 3:10. And the ending, that's hair-raising stuff.
on 2014-11-20 15:09:40
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Sources Arranged (1 Song)
- Primary Game:
Final Fantasy VI (Square, 1994, SNES)
Music by Nobuo Uematsu
- "Another World of Beasts"
- Chromatic Percussion, Electric Guitar, Electronic, Hand Drums, Orchestral, Organ, Piano, Synth
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