ReMix: Final Fantasy IX "Bibliotheca ~ Dreamer in the Library"

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Ever since "The Rose General," katethegreat19 has kinda been synonymous with FF9, for me. The recording/production wasn't pristine, sure, but the arrangement, lyrics, and performances combined for a ReMix that I think is special for a lot of people; everything clicked, everything lined up, and Kate put together something that stands out even among her other arrangements, all of which stand out themselves. Worlds Apart director Cain "Fishy" McCormack writes:

"Kate is one of those people whose love for the games and original music really comes through in her arrangements. All of her tracks on the album are no different. Her collaborator, Chaeley, provides some Latin lyrics that are right at home in Daguerro. It's awesome to have her on the album!"

Bearing her trademark folk/renaissance style, this gorgeous lyrical arrangement is at turns celebratory and perhaps a little melancholy, but always beautiful; Kate writes:

"The Daguerreo library is a bit of a treat for those far enough into the game. It's a sleepy, watery place of learning, very far from civilization and perfect for eccentric hermits. I created a lyric from a reader's point of view, about the magic and permanence of the written word. I then asked Latin aficionado, Chaeley, to take my lyrics and rewrite them in Latin. She suggested Classical Latin would sound the most beautiful, and carefully rewrote everything to fit exactly with the rhythm of the melody. For the arrangement, I used my lute, harp, and alto recorders for a renaissance sound."

I'm not sure if any explicitly video game-themed renaissance fairs exist, but they should, and they should play Kate's music non-stop :) Latin lyrics add another dimension, jive with the secluded library setting, and serve as another example of how Kate really gets inside the game and its people & places for her inspiration. She's achieved much-deserved popularity & acknowledgement as Erutan (, and you should definitely check out her other work if for some crazy reason you haven't. With "Bibliotheca ~ Dreamer in the Library" she repeats the magic & beauty of her previous work and lends Worlds Apart her distinct & unforgettable voice.


Discussion: Latest 7 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
on 2016-07-28 21:50:31

the first time i listened to this i wasn't giving it my full attention and mostly thought "this is nice relaxing music i could fall asleep to." then i played it again and followed along with the lyrics; more than a few tears were shed. very beautiful, from both a musical and lyrical standpoint! i've never played FFIX and am not familiar with the context in which the original was used, but i feel as though i understand the piece in spite of that. and i think that's a testament to the power of video game music/arrangements: it can transport you to other words without ever having set foot there yourself. this song is definitely a new favorite of mine!!

on 2015-12-13 17:05:00

This is very nice! The arrangement and production are great. There's a somewhat medieval vibe to this, and it also feels very Christmas-y. The acoustic intruments are well performed, and the voice is perfect. I really like this one, you can be proud of what you did. ...More please! :)

on 2015-10-16 17:55:56

Motherly; it almost reaches out from the speakers to embrace the listener as the song spins its tale. Beautiful performance, lyrics, and accompanying video. Truly one of the best remixes to have come out of OCR in all the years I've been listening. I hope they're proud of the piece - they ought be.

on 2015-09-19 00:01:21

Man, and I thought nothing would ever rise towards The Rose General. Not that the songs are comparable, but an amazing voice, Latin, and some gorgeous harmonies??? A song that was never my favorite in the game just became one of my favorites on the album. So, so good.

And while I know this is a musical site - that is one of the most fun and sweet videos for a song I've ever seen. The ending!!!

She did all this herself?!?!?

This artist never ceases to amaze.

on 2015-09-18 15:44:59

This sounds like something you could probably get a high school choir to sing and it wouldn't sound out of place. It's got this feel of soothing comfort in that when you're in the library, you have the means to appreciate (in solitude?) the beauty of the language, interpretations, and perceptions you find in each author's work.

on 2015-09-10 16:07:48

So good. Just so good.

on 2015-09-09 00:05:35

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