ReMix: Final Fantasy IV "Edward Penelo's Waltz" 3:08

By Chimpazilla

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Arranging the music of 2 songs from 2 games (view all)...

"Edward's Harp", "Penelo's Theme"

Primary Game: Final Fantasy IV (Square, 1991, SNES), music by Nobuo Uematsu

Posted 2015-02-09, evaluated by djpretzel


Kris sends us her first purely orchestral ReMix, a straightforward & sweet FF4/FF12 waltz blending Edward & Penelo's themes:

"I wrote this track for round #2 of Brandon's Final Fantasy: Crystal Clash compo. This is the first 100% orchestral mix I have done. I recently purchased the EWQLSO Platinum library, so this is the first time I have used it. The samples are gorgeous! But I have discovered that FL Studio is not the best DAW in which to write orchestral pieces. FL is terrific for electronic music due to its flexibility, but for orchestral, that flexibility is actually severely limiting! This will be the only time I write a fully orchestral mix in FL Studio. I can hear my humanization flaws, but this is the best I can do in FL in one week's time.

I have actually purchased Cubase and I'll be learning that DAW as well, primarily for orchestral work, but we shall see how much I like it for other things. It is always good to be DAW-bilingual.

So, on to the source usage:

  • 0:00 to 1:20 of the mix is the Edward theme pretty much verbatim (minus the in-between triplets), but with a few variations to make the transitions flow. I didn't use all the weird harmonies in the source tune, but instead made the most emotive and varied chord backings I could think of.
  • 1:20 to 2:10, the harp is playing the main Penelo theme (0:00 to 0:31 of the Penelo source). The harp is playing the in-between triplet style found in the Edward source. In this section, the flute and lead violins are playing a simplified variation of the Edward source at the same time as the Penelo material is playing on the harp. I was really quite pleased with how well the two sources combined here.
  • 2:10 to 2:35 is the final part of the Penelo source where it transitions back to the beginning (1:00 to 1:15 in the source).
  • 2:35 to the end of the mix is the Edward theme again, with the harp playing the triplet style of the source but without all the weird harmonies of the source."

Just to be fair to FL Studio, it IS flexible enough to do relatively complex & humanized orchestral work in, even if it DOES still kinda steer things in a groove-based/pattern-oriented format. Ableton Live seems to have struck a better balance in terms of remaining more genre-neutral while still having plenty of EDM-friendly features - I see it being used for orchestral quite a bit these days. Of course, Cubase has been around since the abacus, so it's almost always a good fit. I guess what I'm saying is that I wouldn't take Kris's experience with FL Studio as a conclusive argument that FL Studio can't do orchestral stuff, or is severely limited; as with so many things, it often boils down to personal preference. At any rate, this is a lovely arrangement that blends the two themes well and is, for lack of a better word, PURDY. You CAN hear that dynamics are fairly static, and the traditional bounce of waltz timing has been flattened a bit; I think both of these could have been addressed within FL Studio, but since I prefer Cubase's workflow myself, I'm certainly not going to fault anyone for doing the same :) Neither of these two issues prohibit the mix from being a classy, graceful, and enjoyable intertwining of the two themes in question, fit for an elegant evening of ballroom dancing or a fancy soirée. Larry writes:

"As Kris alluded to, I'm sure others will have valid criticisms on panning, placement, and humanization (which sounded reasonably humanized to me), but for a week's worth of work on a deadline, this gets it done, and there weren't any major issues. As she continues to gain experience in orchestral work, particularly humanization, she's capable of taking it to the next level. I'd certainly love to hear her pursue more orchestral arrangements based on this. Crits aside, nice work on the brief and demure piece from our MVP judge. It's perfect for background music if you need to relax, yet also engaging enough with the subtle interplay of the FF4 & FF12 source tunes that you'll find a lot to enjoy if you pay close attention. Try doing both! :-)"

Ditto all that; fun, creative orchestral departure for Chimpazilla, gracefully visiting the worlds of FF4 & FF12 and arranging a lovely pairing!

djpretzel

Discussion

Latest 5 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
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nitrozsz
on 2015-12-14 01:07:40

Very beautiful track. Realistic use of an ensemble which does an excellent job creating a fancy ballroom dance atmosphere. I would absolutely love to slow dance to this track with my significant other.

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Chernabogue
on 2015-12-11 13:05:44

A waltz remix? Now that's not something you see everyday on OCR! Nice arrangement effort here, especially as two themes are combined. Your samples are great, even if some articulations (brass and flute) sounded a little strange at some point. I li,ed it, and it's nice to see somthing that isn't often heard on the website. Bravo, Kris! :)

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Crulex
on 2015-02-16 12:59:31

I have always thought Edward's harp theme was beautiful and had a great melody, so taking it and combining it with Penelo's theme for such a gorgeous waltz was terrific to listen to. So much grace and elegance coming out, and the themes play off each other so well. Awesome orchestral ReMix.

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DimeTower
on 2015-02-12 01:47:12

A lot of people might not have this kind of mix as their cup of tea, but credit where credit's due - an elegant, beautiful take on the source themes. Edward's theme dominates, which is really fine - it's a theme begging for this kind of treatment, and this was handled with touch and panache, as well as a really neat combo with FF XII. Truly a song worthy of Edward playing a lonely harp over a moonlit lake!

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Liontamer
on 2015-02-09 10:56:19

What did you think? Post your opinion of this ReMix.

Sources Arranged (2 Songs, 2 Games)


Primary Game:
Final Fantasy IV (Square, 1991, SNES)
Music by Nobuo Uematsu
Songs:
"Edward's Harp"
Additional Game:
Final Fantasy XII (Square Enix, 2006, PS2)
Music by Hayato Matsuo, Hitoshi Sakimoto, Masaharu Iwata, Nobuo Uematsu
Songs:
"Penelo's Theme"

Tags (8)


Genre:
Waltz
Mood:
Mellow
Instrumentation:
Choir, Orchestral, Strings, Woodwinds
Additional:
Origin > Competition
Time > 3/4 Time Signature

File Information


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Final_Fantasy_4_Edward_Penelo's_Waltz_OC_ReMix.mp3
Size:
5,021,797 bytes
MD5:
28ee84d607249f916320d346e4579c2a
Bitrate:
210Kbps
Duration:
3:08

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