ReMix: Final Fantasy VII "Honour, Pride, Green Tea"
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While he's collaborated on a couple ReMixes previously, our first SOLO mixpost from Tuberz McGee (Callum Kennedy) comes in the form of a very creative & VERY Japanese take on "Cosmo Canyon" (and "Cid's Theme") from the amazing soundtrack to Final Fantasy VII:
"This mix was a fun little ditty I honestly did over a year ago and never submitted, maybe I was just lazy, I don't know, and I'm honestly writing a godawful run on sentence, so I'm sorry about that.
But, yeah, I'm really into Eastern ethnic instruments like the shamisen, erhu, and guzheng (to the point where I own a shamisen and erhu [too bad I wasn't confident enough to actually record the parts in to layer them with my samples, lel]). I felt like these two sources really lent themselves to that ethereal sound and decided to finally sub this mix. That's pretty much it, mang."
I kept wanting that intro shamisen riff to turn into "American Woman" by The Guess Who, but it never did, and that's a good thing :) My Firefox spell-checker wants to change "shamisen" into "misshapen," which is lolz. "Little ditty" or not, applying this instrumentation & style to these sources works really well - the core "Cosmo" melody already has an Asian flair to it, and this mix latches onto that and amplifies it with class & style. Offering up some constructive criticism but expressing overall approval and admiration, Chimpazilla writes:
"The plucked string samples sound a bit stiff, most noticeably in the intro, but I'm not sure how one would make them less stiff with this type of writing, therefore the samples are used really well. The arrangement gets repetitive with that motif over and over, that is my biggest complaint, but the instrument set is fantastic, as is the supportive writing. The woodwinds in particular are a highlight. I wish the track had been mastered just a little louder, but it has lovely dynamic range. Really enjoying this overall."
Some other judges mentioned "stiff" writing, but I do kinda feel that the shamisen authentically gets used like that rather often; didn't bug me, at least. Perhaps a bit repetitive, but what's being repeated is good enough to want to hear again, which always helps ;) Great concept & a great solo ReMix debut from Callum, who you'll definitely be seeing more of in the future!
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