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OCR01064 - Final Fantasy IX "You Are Not Confined"

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Aww, I was hoping for a Halloween remix. :P

Ah, well. When I first heard this, I thought "This is an awful lot like the original"... And even when I was done with it, I still thought the same thing. However, I still think this was worthy of being posted, as it stays pretty close to the original, while being different at the same time. And you gotta love that guitar solo.

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I love the restraint in this piece. It's smooth, cool, and yet has some tension. The guitar is perfect.

I'm going to break with DJPretzel and say I don't think a "balls-to-the-wall" solo or improvisation would have benefited the piece any, but this is mostly due to a personal preference. Personally, I like precision in music. Make it emotional, make it *feel*, but at the same time make it precise and crafted. Improvisation and such may add a "human" touch, but to my ears that human touch always feels more like a flaw. I like some pieces that are heavily improvised, but on the whole I prefer pieces like this. Something with some underlying depth (love the drums and bass in here), a little passion (nice synth and guitar usage) and yet some precision in it's makeup. So to me, this piece is superb.

~Buster

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Love the guitar. Better than the original in my opinion. Nothing special about the rest of the song though. The filtering on the drums was good but then there was nothing more. I was expecting it to get a little heavier in the drum section.

Still, that guitar makes this piece an instant favourite for me. What's more, you mananged to get a piece in that has nothing but the instruments changed from the original. way to go. :)

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Before going and listening to this song, i had to state the facts. I didn't like the original song, but i loved the Majestic remix by Ailsean and Dale North (i think) so i had high hopes for this one. When i started listening, i was nodding my head to the beat and the simple but well composed tune. And then the guitar came in...

I know its wrong to make any comparisons to Ailsean's guitar playing, and most likely Sonicade ws not TRYING to get the mix to sound like Ailsean's mix, HOWEVER throughout the entire guitar section, i couldnt stop thinking : "Ailsean's is better. The notes are fuller. The playing is more experienced. ETC."

I still liked this remix MUCH. However, once you have heard a good version of the song, all other remixes of the same song do not live up to the caliber of the best. Sorry.

I give it an 8/10.

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Oh come on... the guitar in this is GREAT. Someone else might be better, but all I can think of, while listening to this is... I like listening to this. I have to kindof bob my entire body to the beat while listening to it. The guitar WORKS. I love it. I would have loved to hear more, honestly... I think I agree with pretzel on that issue, but for what this offers, I enjoy it. I enjoy it a lot.

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I think this functions vert well as an updated version of the original, but not so much as a remix. "Few risks" is right.

Clean, chill percussion is always a pleasure. The guitar solo is very fitting. I am definitely keeping this remix. The aural balance in this mix is something to aspire to.

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I can't get this out of my head. I've been playing cards with some mates and kept singing out loud. They ended up kicking me out.

This guitar is just awesome. I don' t know of any others, but regardless of who can play better this one fits perfectly.

I forgot to give it a rating before. But I give it 8/10, only because it didn't stray from the original at all, and the percussion didn't jump to where I expect. Still in my top 10.

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I know everyone's thinking it so just go ahead and say it: This mix is worthless because SafetyInNumbers is of the same peice and is a hundred times better.

Even if this song were to be good, every time you heard it you would compare it to SafetyInNumbers, and be disappointed. SafetyInNumbers is a great remix, and this does not nearly live up to a comparison.

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The first 1:07 sounds almost exactly like a remix I eventually abandoned of this track. That said, I like the choice of instruments and the composition in general is great. However, this mix didn't really deviate much from the original piece, so it basically amounts to the original with different instruments. I suppose it's still pleasant enough to go in my collection.

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I know everyone's thinking it so just go ahead and say it: This mix is worthless because SafetyInNumbers is of the same peice and is a hundred times better.

Even if this song were to be good, every time you heard it you would compare it to SafetyInNumbers, and be disappointed. SafetyInNumbers is a great remix, and this does not nearly live up to a comparison.

I actually prefer this over safety in numbers. Orkybash did a great job with that piece, but it comes down to personal choice and opinion. I like this style of music more than safety in numbers.

However I don't hesitate to say that safety in numbers was very much different to the original, where this one is very much the same.

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I know everyone's thinking it so just go ahead and say it: This mix is worthless because SafetyInNumbers is of the same peice and is a hundred times better.

Even if this song were to be good, every time you heard it you would compare it to SafetyInNumbers, and be disappointed. SafetyInNumbers is a great remix, and this does not nearly live up to a comparison.

This couldn't be more different from Safety in Numbers. Aside from the fact that they remix the same song, the two shouldn't even be compared. And to call this mix worthless is ridiculous.

I like the track, but like other people said, it's a little too much like the original for my tastes. Nice guitar work, but the rest of the track is a little underwhelming.

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It's undeniably nice and pleasant to listen to...but it never quite goes beyond that level. The guitar is undeniably sweet, but that's the only thing that really makes an impact whilst listening to the remix.

I like it, though. The choice of instruments in particular are very becalming. Very zen. But this mix will probably be best remembered for the guitar section, which could very well be a bit of a shame.

Oh well.

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Well, tell you the truth, I'm not really taken by this piece. The choices for instruments are nice, but it sounds very much like you took the original song directly from midi and played around with it to suit your style.. But with that said, nice work, I'm sure the average joe wouldn't be able to think of that. :D

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hehe i listened to it again a few times... now I'm starting to like it... but I think it's just cause the guitar pwns so much...

the first time i heard it I was comparing it to SafetyInNumbers so I was disappointed, but I realize that when u look at them separately this one's pretty good...

still I don't think it'd be nearly as good without the excellent guitar, but it's enough to make it a good song... fortunately the remixer was smart enough to keep it short

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nice sounding, kinda like an update to the original which i really love. The Guitar part is kool. Hope to see more from this remixer.

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Fantastic. The guitar is perfect. It blends well with the rest of the song. This remix also feels much more emotional than Safety in Numbers, which is great, because that's something the original was trying to do but couldn't.

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Aahh, I love a mix so balanced. Everything is mastered very well, and the overall feeling comes across very well. I especially love the tiny little effect used at 0:10. Stuff like that makes a good mix better. I don't know what everyone is on about this sounding like "SafetyinNumbers" because honestly, they couldn't be much more different. This song isn't trance, SafetyinNumbers doesn't have a guitar solo, and there's about 75 bpms difference as well. Anyways, I really like this for it's sheer polish, even if it isn't as different from the original as it could be. :nicework:

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:D Class!

For some reason, the first half of this remmix reminds me of the X-files; and that goes great with the original title 'You are not alone'

The small effect at 10 secs was great. Really well done!

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This is going to sound like a trivial complaint, but one of the notes in the first part is wrong. Happens at about 0:33, and again at 1:01. Listen to the original, then listen to this. Woops. It doesn't sound to me like an intentional change; I think Sonicade just put in the wrong note. I can see where the mistake might originate; the first time through the pattern, that note is correct (i.e. at 0:20), but the second time it is supposed to be different. I guess Sonicade didn't notice that the patterns were different. The original was one of my favorite tracks, so I picked up on this mistake pretty quickly, and it bothers me, because the original flowed much better.

Other than that, this mix is OK. The first part sounded like a midi rip, but the guitar was pretty good. Although, I have to agree with Mythril Nazgul in that it really doesn't compare to Ailsean's work in PMM... though perhaps that's why PMM costs money. :P (Worth every cent, mind you.)

I have to completely disagree with the guy who said that "Safety in Numbers" is much better than this. I actually think this mix is better. ::shrug:: This piece just needs a guitar, IMO. :P

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It could have longer. It seems like just as you're getting into the song, it's over, wanting more, but not enough to loop it. I agree a second guitar solo would improve it.

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