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OCR01930 - Final Fantasy IV "The Still Land"

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Despite the complaints presented in the judges evaluation, I think tht the track is doing what it sets out to do. It adds a new flavor onto the original source, while retaining most of the original emotion. The track achieves what it sets out to do. I don' think you can ask more of it. It's got some pretty moments which I definately enjoy. Nice work.

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Despite the complaints presented in the judges evaluation, I think tht the track is doing what it sets out to do. It adds a new flavor onto the original source, while retaining most of the original emotion. The track achieves what it sets out to do. I don' think you can ask more of it. It's got some pretty moments which I definately enjoy. Nice work.

Agreed. Kudos to James for taking some chances with this mix. This is/was one of my most listened to tracks off of the project.

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Sounds very much like the Metroid Prime series soundtrack, especially in the latter half. If you wanted to take this song through a third incarnation and give it more energy, you've got a seamless FF4/Metroid dual remix in the making already.

Not that I don't enjoy this second incarnation you have up here ;)

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I like this - it stays fairly true to the original source in its mystique and exotic sound that makes one think of the moon, or space at the least.

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Thanks everyone. It was an enjoyable project for sure. I'm surprised the dissonance (yes, it was deliberate) towards the end was heavily criticized. Djp was right: that progression is practically a cliche in film. But que sera sera, it's all good. The uber sparse source and 5/4 time (which I'm also surprised nobody really brought up) was definitely a challenge that made the transitions awkward and the beats weak, and I think that's the cause of the intangible "weirdness" this one has on some, but I think something positive came from the experiment. ^^

I remember I had to push this out fast before my daughter was born, or face the likelihood of not finishing it at all on time. I definitely wished I'd had more time, but all your help was better than all the time in the world, so thanks again.

Did I ever tell you guys I thought this piece was ready when I played this on my monitors and my wife came in complaining our daughter was going nuts in her tummy? We thought she was either dancing, or pounding on the wall to demand we keep that racket down. Either way it was a good stopping point. ;) I think for that reason alone, even though this probably wasn't the most popular track, this will be some of the most memorable stuff I've done.

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definitely a great atmospheric track, i'm very glad this made it onto OCR. :-)

Agreed on all accounts. Unlike Bahamut, though, I don't think of space when I hear this; the images that come to my mind are deep forests and stuff. Or maybe a landscape full of ruins.

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I like how this mix is drawn out and is constantly building up.

Everything feels so deliberate, nothing gone to waste or misused.

While this mix is fancifully atmospheric, it isn't passive like other ambient tracks, and I like that in this mix.

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1GB ram FTW!

I had to go listen to the source since I'm a butthead and never played FFIV.

Interesting choice of a source, it's a really simple tune.

Nice sounds. I actually kinda like this, especially right before the 3 minute mark with things all kinda sad and pianoy. RIGHT after that it feels like it deviates from the source a bit (basically keeping the progression but adding a melody that wasn't there before). That section is a bit too tentative for the big buildup that it was supposed to be and the samples show some of their weakness. I think it might be better if this section pushed farther, but then the mix just ends. So I agree that this is kind of undeveloped. But there are some really cool parts in the first 3 minutes, especially 2:00-3:00, so keep at it.

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It took me a while to get over the first minute, because the sounds... don't really know what to call them, woodblocks? but they're distorted just enough for me to mistake it for clipping. Fault of my own ears.

The introduction of the the instruments at 3:02 is such a great climax point. It's so rich and satisfying, and it's so short that it's extremely memorable. I don't notice the dissonance at all, personally.

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I like how you took a very simple source and started off with a similar minimalist soundscape for quite a while before expanding it. I think fans of the original will like how you stayed true to the original but also be able to appreciate all of the tasteful embellishments. Very good rendition, I couldn't think of a better way to do this song! :-D

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I truly enjoy the atmospheric sound of this song. Really, it's one of those peaceful songs that I can use to lay back and relax with. A very satisfying take on this tune.

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This is a hard one to give a solid opinion of because it's something that will mean a different thing everytime you hear it. It has that ambiguous sound that might suggest science fiction or it might just suggest relaxation. It definitely succeeds in being ambient, and has a solid array of samples to back it up. But I could very much tell that this was based on a short-and-simple, difficult to remix tune.

Having said that, all the right decisions were made with it. The first half embraces the simplicity whilst the second half builds on it, giving us all the best of both worlds. It's a slow and patient mix, and I still can't figure out what I get from it. But hopefully more listening will help that.

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Brings the moon dungeon to mind in an interesting way. Expands on the source in a really nice way. The calm section before the buildup was great and the following material feels right too. The ending however, comes too soon IMO. Very good mix.

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