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OCR01061 - Final Fantasy VIII "Rain in Chicago"

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Nice work! I had no idea what to expect because I really have never played this game, but the rhythm absorbed me right from the beginning. Tasteful use of melody and patches, although I thought the horn patch that began around 1:30 was a bit out of place. The only other thing that I seemed to crave as the song went on was a patch with some more sustain, although that is an artistic decision that is totally up to the remixer. Again, I really liked this mix. Keep it up.

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I deffinately like this piece. Right from the begining when the excellent drum and bass begins, this piece just grabs you. You folks might think I'm nuts for saying this, but the drums make me think of Industrial. Sort of like Industrial on a leash, where it's been rained in so that it's more subdued and melodic, but still dark and machine-like.

I disagree with strato's suggestion that the horn in out of place. As Ziwtra was trying for Jazz, I think the horn was just the thing to bring the mix around to that genre. Before that, I have to agree with DJ's comments that it's more like electronica. A little jazzy brass added enough flavor that while I still wouldn't call the piece Jazz altogether, it's deffinately got touches of it.

Overall, a really great piece. I'll be listening to this one for awhile.

~Buster

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I already told ya, but this mix is really really tight. GREAT drum programming (I said that in my last Ziwtra review, didn't I? :)). Awesome style. Fresh, and interesting! Great job!

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This fucking rocks. AWESOME, awesome percussion. Nice use of jazzy instruments to juxtapose the crazy beats going on, and cool use of reverb. Towards the end I have a few gripes with the lower-register strings and the fade out, but overall this mix just floors me. Spectactular work by ziwtra - without a question my favorite of his mixes.

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I don't know why, but for some reason I like the WIP version better (I have both, heheh). Some parts of the song seem less full. The bassline has changed too. For one, it's louder, which is fine, but it also sounds like it's coming from just the left and right, and not from the center. Are my ears playing tricks on me?

That part with the vibes and the flute is a bit unbalanced, panning-wise. I would have put the vibes to the left and the flute to the right, or the vibes to the right and the flute to the left, but not the flute and the vibes to the right. But that's just me.

Still, brilliant drums and such. Almost incomprehensibly detailed. I love it, and Ziwtra, don't let College slow you down. Make time to remix and do what you want.

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I remember this! I love this so much! It's so good.

This version is perfect, very well done.

And to make things better, I remember this being in the WIP stage only a month or three back, gives us all hope at the speed of submissions.

I love it, that's all I can say.

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On first listen the initial thought in my mind was "wow, this sounds like SimCity 3000 music" -- it's the same form of jazz/electronica that I spend so much time listening to.

*opens up Nero, and makes more room on a CD compilation for this mix*

Outstanding. I've never played the original, but I'm loving this.

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I think I see why many like this over the original. The original had such a cool melody, but I felt Uematsu didn't do much with it in terms of sound quality.

So that why I enjoy this one so damn much :) Ziwtra doesn't dissapoint and I'm truly impressed with the style here with the complex drum programming and calming beat.

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Very unique take on this song. The drum programming and sequencing is excellent, and the elements you incorporated into the composition are very creative. I wouldn't call this jazz at all, but more of a shuffle. That muted trumpet was god awful though. I don't know what djpretzel was thinking. It sounded nothing like the real deal, just more like a whining cat. The trumpet could've been omitted. Anyways, this mix has many strong areas, and deserved to be posted on OCR. Nice tune.

Jared

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Been listening to this for a while now since I got it of WIP. Love it. Wouldn't change a thing. I'm not sure if it's just me, but it has a "Parasite Eve" aspect to the song. Anyone else?

Anyways, love it. Great theme and great game.

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Amazing reinterpretation of the original. There's not a single mix by Ziwtra that I don't like, and this is no exception, even though it's such a departure from his usual style.

I have just one question...why "Rain in Chicago?" :)

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Finally!!!!

I was hoping someone was going to do a remix of this song. FF 8 is the only Final Fantasy in the series that I've ever played and this map music was something that I definitively remember from the game. I love the mix, though the trumpet does sound a bit off, but it is balanced well with everything else so it works. I love it.

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First of all, not only have you made my day with this remix.

But secondly it will make my day when ever i play it, some seriously good effects and sound generator's, with a decent drum beat in the back, maybe the bass guitar/line could be a little more jumpy and jazz like, but nothings perfect. In that sentance i would say this is pretty damn close to perfect though...

i wish someone would remix "movin'" on FF8 aswell because that plainly rules.... VIVA LA FF8 REMIXS the best FF in the saga

i give this masterpiece 9/10

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Definitely an interesting arrangement! I love the original and this take on it is very well-executed and enjoyable. Aside from the catchy percussion, the piano helps give this tune a nice airy and carefree feel to it. :)

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This might be my favorite OC remix ever. Gotta love it. And living in the suburbs of Chicago and commuting often, I have to say it actually fits it's name, for me anyway.

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what makes this great is how he's made a so-so track into an easily likable & really groovy one. that's what remixing should be all about imo! And you can't even tell it's ff.

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This track is an underrated classic on OC Remix. Ziwtra gives one of my favorite tracks from the incredible FFVIII soundtrack some jazzish-electronic loving and it is good.

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This track is an underrated classic on OC Remix. Ziwtra gives one of my favorite tracks from the incredible FFVIII soundtrack some jazzish-electronic loving and it is good.

That's true. This track is actually miles better than the original too. The overworld music for FFVIII was sub-interesting. It did the job, but it was boring, unlike the music for 7 and 9's overworld. This would have been a better replacement. It's not too often I think that for remixes from the playstation final fantasy games.

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