This ReMix suffers from what I would call "deceptively bland introductory minute syndrome" - STICK WITH IT. It's not that the first minute is atrocious or anything, but there's not much going on and there's a brass sample of... inadequate quality taking the focus. It's not the type of first impression that would normally end up on this site, but the rest of the mix surprisingy compensates with some great, varied arranging, acoustic and electric guitars that rock, some bluesy/jazz riffing on piano here and there, and in general enough mojo, verve, and shizzle to compensate, and then some. Plus, the ending goes out with a delicate rising solo piano arpeggio, and the brass that's used later on is layered and thus not so exposed and problematic. After the intro section leaves, there's a section with wind, harp, some ambient fx, and what sounds like a theremin - really cool effect that totally creates a mysterious atmosphere. Things then move into rock ballad, with a respectable acoustic kit, piano, strings, and brass. There's a great delayed acoustic guitar that comes in, adding just the right sound to some of the mix's more artificial patches. Things really start rockin' out around 3'30", where a wall-of-sound electric guitar comes in, the drums really pick up, the piano goes bluesy and rock-anthematic, and in general newcomer The Risen Dayspring sounds like he has a shitload of fun just lettin' loose. Good stuff that makes the trip worthwhile - definite sense of overall build and climax. A couple judges did note there was room for improvement not only in terms of sample quality on the brass, but drums and strings as well, which is fair enough (the brass was my bigger beef), and also suggested that the arrangement was confusing with some of its transitions, which again I can see being true in a couple spots, but there are some very cool individual sections and a respectable amount of time and thought put towards their implementation. I'd love to see the ReMixer expand his arsenal of tools to include some high quality soundfonts or incorporate other techniques that would improve the overall sound, but the mix of higher quality acoustic and electric guitar helps offset the underlying bits, and the arrangement if erratic at times is very creative. Congrats to The Risen Dayspring for some good stuff - stick with it for a bit, and I don't think you'll be disappointed by the end.
on 2012-10-19 14:58:59
Well, my friend told me the meaning of the title years ago....
Truth. In. Forgiveness. Await. = T.I.F.A.
And it was also one of the very first pieces that I heard on OCR back when I discovered the site in 2006. (wow, was it really that long ago?) I probably went through OCR's list like everyone else did. First I checked out songs from games I liked, then I checked out songs from artists that impressed me from the first list of titles. Then I just downloaded the whole of OCR and twice now I have listened to all of it from front to back alphabetically.
But this song came up as one of the firsts and I immediately fell in love with it. The idea of a piano in a piece like this (probably because the piano collections version is so popular) is just perfect. But then we start jamming out to the rock version at the end and it just ties it together beautifully and adds the finale that it needed.
It's just too bad that nothing from The Risen Dayspring ever came up again on the front page. I would have liked to have heard more from them.
on 2008-04-29 10:45:05
Pretty lofi beginning with some annoying sounds and a lot of hiss. I realize it is supposed to be rain, but it sounds like just tape hiss. When the drums come in the cymbal is amazingly loud.
I think this needs a large sound overhaul. There isn't really a single sample that sounds specifically good on this, and the mechanical sequencing and even guitar playing is pretty weak.
It gets better in the final 20%, but the first 80% I don't like at all, sorry.
on 2007-01-16 05:28:06
I think this one I'm going to review in portions.
I enjoyed the first part of the song. While it does take some time to get into the main melody of Tifa's theme, I found the extra attention to the opening of her theme quite nice.
I have to admit that the quivery sound that plays in the background from 0:59 to 1:28 [i think that's the mysterious thing that djpretzel was mentioning in his write up,] drives me absolutely nuts. It reminds me of how whiny Tifa seemed in the game.
From 1:28 to 2:02 would have to be my favourite portion of the song. Much more upbeat than the original, and still fiting in with the song, making it much more enjoyable than the original song.
Between 2:02 and 2:16, it was a wee bit too powerful, considering the rest of the song has been much calmer, however it was led into well.
From 2:16 to 2:44 we once again return to a calmer atmosphere, but it sounds a bit strange when it picks up at 2:44 again. Still, it remained calm, which was quite nice.
But again it gets very rock at 3:30, killing the calm atmosphere again until about the last fifteen seconds.
Overall, I thought this mix was so-so. It would have been more enjoyable [iMO] if it were calm the entire time or rock the entire time. The constant ups and downs made it difficult to really grasp and enjoy the mix. So... Consistancy is my biggest problem with the mix [besides the quivering, of course. ; ] The calm and energetic portions were equally good, though.
on 2006-09-13 14:45:20
I LOVE this take on Tifa's theme. I like the way it keeps switching musical styles, while still remaining in the same genre, very nicely done.
on 2005-12-31 23:26:28
Once I got into this, I felt it. It was unbelievable. I admit to getting a bit emotional while listening to this. In this remix, there's this unexplained beauty in different dimensions from the breezy sound at the beginning to the hard guitar at the end. No matter what, the beauty persists. Too bad no DJ at a school dance plays OC Remixes, cuz this would definitely be a perfect slow dance song I applaud as well with standing ovation!
on 2005-10-26 15:37:42
Got a little surprised when pretzeldude immediatly took up about this mix´s guitars. Guitars? Couldn´t imagine playing Tifa´s theme with an electric guitar, but now I do. The beginning was just like...eh, no sweet, BORING! But then it continued to something more interesting, piano, then some guitar, stayed that way a while, and then it rocked on the end with some cool and awesome el. guitar.
Dayspring made balance to the greatness to this song, super if I may call it. I´m agreeing with CykoticZZ, I´m gonna applaud to this one.
on 2004-07-27 09:48:49
Just an afterthought comment:
For some reason this song sounds ridiculously better on these headphones I have. Playing it loud on my speakers makes all its issues very obvious. I must say that although its well played, its still messy as hell and very poorly mastered. Knowing this, I would have given it a NO.
on 2004-07-12 17:26:18
The song was pretty good in the beginning. I say "pretty good" because it seemed like I've heard this kind of mix before, especially for the FF's. But then the electric guitar kicked in...MAN, BEST heavy rock part I've EVER heard in ANY OCRemix. Nice job.
on 2004-06-24 06:12:50
I think you really need to concider getting better sounds.
Its like someone said a few threads up, it sounds like a midi file.
I never heard the original song but it seems ok, a little slow (was the original that slow?)
on the whole not bad playing though.
on 2004-06-24 03:58:02
I actually find this song really nice. Nice buildup, and nice ending Memorable..
on 2004-06-24 02:12:19
sounds like a midi file, but that aside it just doesn't do it for me.
on 2004-06-21 20:17:13
I really like this. It is wonderful to listen to. I'm going to loop it on winamp for a few hours
on 2004-06-21 03:00:55
Boring song + Boring arrangement = Eh.
The thing doesn't move anywhere, it starts slow and STAYS slow. Adding instruments isn't doing anything other than running the thing into a wall repeatedly. There's no variation.
If the song was 1 minute long, maybe it wouldn't matter, but it's too long and doesn't do anything.
The instrument quality is subpar, but that's not really a problem to me. After all, it's all synthy anyways.
on 2004-06-20 20:30:57
I'm actually surprised this got through. I can't listen to the whole thing. It doesn't get much better after the beginning, I don't think.
on 2004-06-20 05:57:03
EDIT: isn't this Aeris' theme? (when u first go to her house after the church)
No, it's tifa's theme.
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