ReMix: Final Fantasy IX "Ground Zero"
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- Game: Final Fantasy IX (Square, 2000, PS1)
- ReMixer(s): halc
- Composer(s): Nobuo Uematsu
- Song(s): "Bran Bal, the Soulless Village"
- Posted: 2015-09-09, evaluated by the judges
- Album: Featured on Final Fantasy IX: Worlds Apart
- Terms (BETA): chill chiptune chromatic-percussion edm electronic piano synth timesig-3-4 waltz
halc takes us on a luscious, phantasmagorical waltz through 9-bit chip caverns as our Final Fantasy IX: Worlds Apart flood continues:
"FF9 has a great soundtrack, but most of it is in weird styles I have trouble arranging. Luckily, I was able to settle in with the Bran Bal theme, which is probably one of the most accessible tracks on the OST for me, remix-wise. I would have liked to have had that world map tune, but some other fgt beat me to it. >:D
This mix was somewhat inspired by AeroZ's "Lore of the Ancients" from the first FF5 album, which I'm sorta referencing with the opening line that carries through the track. I didn't want to mess up Nobuo's beautiful melody, so most of the details are in the harmonies and backing track. Enjoy!"
Really cool vibe, here: exploratory, open, & a little spooky, even. I love the fade-to-radio-filter ending, the integration of acoustic components like piano and chromatic percussion, and the overall clarity of the arrangement and its components while still managing an intricate, layered sound. Music to spelunk to, methinks. Director Fishy writes:
"halc with some of his signature 9-bit beats. "Bran Bal" is a pensive and mysterious source and it suits this style amazingly well."
"Pensive" is a great word; in general, and in this specific instance. The world needs more pensivity. "Bran Bal" sounds like a breakfast cereal. This is definitely the halc sound, but it's the kind of source that Mattias would gravitate towards, and at times it almost felt like a ghostly, incorporeal collab between the two of them and AeroZ as well. S'all Drew though, and he nails the chipwaltz glide with style & panache; breathtaking stuff you can disappear into if you want but which also rewards a close listen. It was submitted back in 2011, a testament to the length of time that Worlds Apart has been in gestation, but I think the appeal & experience are both rather timeless; highly recommended.