ReMix:Final Fantasy III "Winds of Eternity" 4:12

By Avien

Arranging the music of one song...

"Eternal Wind"

Primary Game: Final Fantasy III (Square , 1990, NES), music by Nobuo Uematsu

Posted 2002-05-06, evaluated by the judges panel

Yeah! Avien aka Chris Powell, whom you'll remember for his great Streets of Rage 2 ReMix, changes gears from Sega side-scrolling beat 'em ups to Squaresoft's anything-but-Final series of RPGs. This mix actually has the honor of being our VERY FIRST submission for Final Fantasy 3 (Japanese numbering, remember), and does what I consider to be a fantastic job setting a high benchmark. Chris's work here is very professional, with a synth-heavy smooth jazz vibe going on that works really well with the source material. Mono-glide synths are layered in delay, which is a neat effect as such a patch would usually be utilized in a monophonic context. Drums, which are present for less than half the mix, are good, with a loopy breakbeat feel and some nice intros like the cymbal crescendo at 1'27". A fantastic saxophone solo covers the most melodic segment of the tune, which is my favorite bit - some of the intervals and the general feel to the melody actually sound more like something Yuzo Koshiro would have written than Nobuo Uematsu, but that's certainly not a bad thing. From the windy, somber and deliberate piano intro which builds quite cleverly into a synth fest and onwards, high production and immaculate attention to mixing are evident in each element showing evidence of thought and care taken to its panning, volume, and effects. This is some good stuff. Much as I liked his Sor2 mix, Avien has progressed since then and this mix shows it. Highly recommended.



Latest 15 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
SubNormal J3
on 2011-03-20 17:01:07

I think this is the first Final Fantasy mix I downloaded. Love the soundscape here. Nice wind effects, distinctive resonant bass that doesn't go over-board, slick pads, and a nice interpretive sax lead. Great work, rest in peace Avien.

on 2010-10-27 15:01:22

this is incredible work -- absolutely suggestive (and fitting) of a night drive. someone linked it in irc today and i'm definitely grateful. rest in peace avien

on 2009-04-05 00:03:29

Fantastic remix. In my top 20. I'm amazed this doesn't have more comments.

on 2008-03-18 12:50:41

The synth arpeggio line that goes throughout this makes it completely catchy, and the serene piano and sfx at the beginning help set an amazingly relaxing mood.

Even the sax sample is good, and I am super picky about that specific instrument! I've been grooving on this track for the good part of the last hour and I could listen all day. Excellent balance of synthetic and not-quite-as-synthetic elements.

Beautiful track. I love it.

on 2007-11-11 00:56:25
A very jazzy mix, it has the sax that automatically makes it jazzy, but also the synth and those beats making this mix little more funky, but with the strings it doesn´t get too funky. The piano in the beginning puts some class into it, resulting in a mix suitable for many different persons.

I´m sorry to hear that. Of that I´ve heard now, I can say that he was a good remixer. ( John. 5:28,29)

I can never get tired of this music. I'm glad to have download this music. Ty vm. I had to register just to reply to this, heh.

on 2005-10-04 02:06:20

A very jazzy mix, it has the sax that automatically makes it jazzy, but also the synth and those beats making this mix little more funky, but with the strings it doesn´t get too funky. The piano in the beginning puts some class into it, resulting in a mix suitable for many different persons.

:cry: Avien is dead, though...

I´m sorry to hear that. Of that I´ve heard now, I can say that he was a good remixer. ( John. 5:28,29)

on 2005-10-03 15:32:21

A really beautiful remix. Very atmospheric and chill - between the sfx, the pads, the portamento squares, the jazzy chords, and the sax, this is absolutely amazing. One of my all time favorites.

Rest in peace, Chris.

on 2005-09-11 12:59:40

What a great piece! This is one of the best chillout tunes on the site. :cry: Avien is dead, though...

on 2004-12-02 18:00:52

A lovely piece, and the first Remix I saved after listening to it. It has a very lonely feel to it, but a certain serenity as well ... makes me think of the deserts in southern Utah.


on 2004-10-14 14:08:17

This mix immediately came to mind when I heard about the news of Avien's passing away. Everyone should put this as the first track of a CD and pop it in every September 10th...or every day, whichever. I was never really fond of the ending because it just keeps repeating the main motif (I have absolutely no idea what motif means) for awhile. But now I can look at it in a severely more symbolic manner.

Easily his best video game remix contributed to the world.

You can tell through his music he just wanted to chill out his whole life...

on 2003-07-01 11:19:52

Ahhh...good stuff. I loved this song in the game, and I was ecstatic when this remix was posted. Nice interpretation, I love the sax :D

on 2003-07-01 08:59:13

I like it...I like it a lot ^_^

The tempo change from the slow to the faster melody with the drums, that was pulled off pretty good.

I like the samples used (back when VGmix was up, I remember saying this was your friend playing his actual sax)

The synth that plays the background melody (or rather, the first synth you hear...its kinda hard when you dont have the timing in front of you :P) I like what you did with that (Ive played the original and this is amazing)

the wind sounds at the beginning could have been more of your typical westers thing as opposed to the swishing but...hell, thats just nitpicking, ignore it :P

Its pretty good for just putting on and chilling to...most definitley, though I would have preferred better ending (as usual one doesnt immediatley spring to mind, but the one used was kinda 'blah')

on 2002-11-17 22:36:25

One of my absolute favorite remixes on the site.

I remember playing the first few bits of FF3 and hearing this song..I was just blown away with what Uematsu could do with the NES sound chip. Imagine my delight when I see a remix for the song is here.

This remix sets up a great mood and feeling with the wind sounds, piano, and following beat, then the sax comes out and you just can't help but close your eyes and feel relaxed.

Anyway, GREAT song. Highly recommended.

on 2002-10-18 22:06:05

I generaly don't download music to games I haven't played unless DJP give them a highly recommended, because he's generaly never wrong about a highly recommended. Anyway, bravo for the only FF3j mix on this site. I can tell you right now, it's the best FF3j mix on the site!!! ;P Seriously though, It's really really good. Download it.

on 2002-10-15 00:30:56

I was just re-listening to this mix today as I was relaxing. Earlier today I wrote 45 remix reviews at and I was looking to just chill and listen to some old OCR remixes. I had somehow forgotten about this one though. 12 mixes into the list this one came on and I had to stop playing my computer games, look up the artist and review it because this is really good stuff. It has a wonderful feel to it. Now feel is highly important to me. AMIEvil,McVaffe, Israfael and Rimco have all made strong inroads in this arena and now I realize I forgot to look at one of the other artists with strong skills in this field: Avien. I must say this mix is peaceful without ever being melancholy, well mixed, has good source material, features good samples, is imaginative, explores an undererepresented genre and is easy listening without ever lacking impact or imagination. This one is going into my heavy listening playlist.

5 Stars

Per's OCR Star System:

5-One of my favorites.

4- I'll listen to it a fair amount but it lacks that extra "something" to be great.

3- Above average but not enough so to get much playtime in my list.

2- Average

1- Lacking

Sources Arranged (1 Song)

Primary Game:
Final Fantasy III (Square , 1990, NES)
Music by Nobuo Uematsu
"Eternal Wind"

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