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OCR01626 - Final Fantasy VII "Mark of the Beatsmith"


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Got pretty liberal in some ways, but the source was never far away here. Very creative arrangement. Some really impressive stuff, this was definitely one that caught me off guard with the project and really had me paying close attention. With the right subwoofers, those thumps would shake your house down. Excellent debut.

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Well utilized synths and a great atmosphere, it started off a little slow, but picked up very well, and at 7+ minutes, it can afford to.

The source was a bit hidden (with a few obvious exceptions), but it didn't take much digging to find it right under the surface. This is a difficult mix to initially get into for a lot of people because it walks a fine line between having a lot of energy and being laid back, and it frequently goes back and forth, but the creative writing, great production, and superior attention to detail make it really rewarding if you give it a few listens.

I hope in a few months when people become more familiar with this one that we'll see some more reviews on it.

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It's always great to see newcomers to the scene making fantastic contributions like this. I was certainly not expecting to hear such goodness from the source material, but Hy Bound came along and made Mark of the Beatsmith one of my favorite arrangements on the album. The progression -- in pace, intensity, dynamics, and the music itself -- as well as the absolutely spitshine slick production effects made this a track to truly absorb and enjoy.

Here's to hoping that this gem won't be Hy Bound's one & only contribution to the site!

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Thanks for the comments guys! I really appreciate them.

Truthfully, i didn't expect this to get passed or even submitted... It started out as something completely different and then got a Hybrid overhaul to it. It turned into something that wasn't quite as approachable as what I had first imagined, but I'm glad that you guys like it.

And yes, I am going to be submitting more and more as time goes on.

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Wow, great mix. This is my favorite in the project. It has a very unique style to it that I haven't heard anything similiar to, and I've listened to a lot of oc remix. I especially like the build up of percussion throughout the song (mainly comes in around 5.30) from the slow and softer part of the song at 3-4 mins. The different timing structure you do with that original ff7 melody removes the repetitive nature of it to a good extent. The ending piano piece at around 7.00 is icing on the cake. This song is full enough for me to enjoy and really get into the 'mood of the song,' unlike some of the remixes which only come in around 2-3mins.

Looking forward to more remixes from Hy Bound!

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Well, this'll make for a cruddy first post, but in searching for this ReMix I ran across this topic, so...

On the VotL page(s), anything linking to this song (either in the .torrent or the mirror hosts), the ID3 tags (or whate'er they are) label the song with the word "Beathsmith". Seems this was corrected in the individual post here on the main site, but it's still bothersome.

For the record, should I burn CDs with this typo intact, or would it be better to correct it before etching one of many greats into flimsy, cold silicon?

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Well, this'll make for a cruddy first post, but in searching for this ReMix I ran across this topic, so...

On the VotL page(s), anything linking to this song (either in the .torrent or the mirror hosts), the ID3 tags (or whate'er they are) label the song with the word "Beathsmith". Seems this was corrected in the individual post here on the main site, but it's still bothersome.

For the record, should I burn CDs with this typo intact, or would it be better to correct it before etching one of many greats into flimsy, cold silicon?

Direct this question here: http://www.ocremix.org/forums/showthread.php?t=11896

Review threads are for reviews

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I wasn't sure about this one at first... it made the first cut, but I wasn't sure if it was something I'd want to listen to often. Then I listened to it under the headphones here at work, and changed my opinion pretty drastically.

This is absolutely INCREDIBLE, in a weird laid-back-yet-ass-kicking way. The beats rock hard, with an almost understated theme on top of them, and it shouldn't work, but holy gods it does.

I look forward to hearing more from this remixer. :-)

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I srsly LOVE the hard-hitting beats in this. With only one remix on this website, you're already a definite a favourite of mine, alongside SGX, BGC and Audix.

Also, on another side note, your original music is BRILLIANT: namely Bed of Knives. I'm pleased to admit that your compositional skills are just as strong as your arrangement ideas, if not stronger. Sometimes it feels like some artists in this community aren't as great as creating original melodies as they are at arranging, but you sir, I believe, are the real deal.

Keep up the awesome work. I'll be very eagerly awaiting any album releases in the future. Fingers crossed.

=]

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this mix is awesome! I've been listening to it a lot lately and right now my bro is on the phone so i'm using headphones for the song right now and its a whole new experience. I never noticed the soft bass in the background around the middle of the song. also in the beginning the beats kinda shift from right head phone to left head phone. truly epic

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This makes me want to breakdance-fight. Fear not, for that is incredibly awesome.

No sacrifices. You hear it in his mixes. Hy Bound has a vision and he carries it through to the end. Nothing is wasted; not a single idea, not a 'moment' of inertia. How he manages to make so much from so little, well, that is a bit of a mystery.

This is the definitive arrangement of Mark Of A Traitor. Not because no one else has bothered to remix it, rather because no one else can foreseeably top this arrangement. Barret is encapsulated in this source tune, but herein this remix is captured the shame, the regret, the determination, and the will to overcome... to erase; if you know his story, you can paint it with these notes. 4:20 sends chills up my spine, and at 4:55 the power surges.

"oh crap hy bound i'm going to have to start listening now" That was from me - after I had arrived late from work and decided I'd only watch the happenings, not the listenings, of the FF4 party - not wanting to delve halfway into nostalgia. Since I'm as much a FF4 fanboy as they come, I had initially decided I'd hold off on the listening party so I could check out the entire EoB,LoR album start-to-finish. But once I saw that name it was all over. It's a mite comical that this one FF7 remix made such an impression on me that Hy Bound was forever cemented in my mind as a superlative remixer, but it's certainly not unfounded. The arrangement, the deliberate building, and the attention to detail here are immaculate. And the lattermost is both with regard to musical knowledge (layering, etc) and creative representation of the source tune. The listener expects 1:45. Not because he knows the source, but because of foreshadowing. I heard it. Listen closely and you'll hear it too. Subtle brilliance sets it up, raw energy and deliberate execution bring it home.

This is one of the first tracks I recommend to those unfamiliar with the idea of vg remixes. And I still mock breakdance-fight to it.

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Kind of a love-hate relationship with this one. At first listen I thought there was very little source. I had to literally compare it to the original to find the subtleness of what is going on here. Very cool use of the source, but not necessarily accessible to everyone, if you know what I mean. Also, I think it's just a bit too long in the end, although I can appreciate the build-up throughout the song.

Crazy bass, and the overall production is very good. Gotta say my favorite part is the half-time transition at 6:16. Nice work there.

I like the ideas and theory behind the mix, but it's not my favorite.

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