For some reason the intro to this reminds me of Semisonic's 'Closing Time'; probably the strong repeating third pattern and nothing more. Darangen returns to the FF that started at all and the Chaos Temple theme, which he arranged in April of last year, for some straightforward rock that does actually fit the 'alternative' mold a bit, and could easily have been accompanied by a vocal. Mike writes:
"RPGamer.com has held a competition "Splendid Performance", where a challenge was to give a theme a new feeling and/or meaning. So I took the Chaos Temple theme, which usually made me feel weighed down and fighting an uphill battle, and made it into a cheerful, liberated feeling. Something that would go great with the ending credits of the game."
It's rather crafty how Mike's indeed succeeded in Prozac-ifying a less upbeat melody, and while production values with his work remain high and his guitar skills always bring quite a bit to the table, the most memorable and enjoyable thing to me here is how he's changed the mood dramatically. It's a good thing, too, as he'd previously ReMixed the exact same theme, and it's not the most elaborate melody, so something needed needed to change. Shariq writes:
"Nice! You successfully took the Chaos Temple theme and put it in a major key. I've always found that harder to do than the vice versa (probably cause I suxxx), but this was really effective. I like how you kept the B section though, since that was already in a major section of the original. Guitars are clean and the song changes up and progresses nicely throughout. I really like this."
I'm a little short on time this week, and Larry did a good job on the play-by-play, so let's see what he sez, too:
"In particular, nice instrumentation from :33-:44 & :55-1:06 with that e-violin-type deal, and the whistley/sine wave lead was also nice and understated. Both helped create a nice texture to the piece when in play.
Arrangement basically retreads itself at 1:30, so though the arrangement ideas were very thorough and interpretive in the first place I was a bit disappointed to hear the same sections basically repeated at 1:30, 1:51 & 2:02, though you did supplement those with the electric guitar to beef things up, which was certainly good although a bit too subtlely applied.
2:36 finally built off of the first part of the track into some new material before going back to some of the ideas of the first section to close things out at 3:16 via gradual subtraction of sounds. Seemed like the drums from 2:36-3:16 were getting crunchy and/or distorting, but I'd need a second opinion. Regardless, I was glad to see things progressed and developed here nicely like DarkeSword mentioned after my initial repetition fears."
I don't always agree 100% with Larry's Madden-esque dissections of mixes, but this seemed on; things get just the slightest bit repetitive, but as soon as you begin to notice it, it goes away. All in all, a creative piece that achieves what it sets out to achieve from an arrangement perspective and provides a distinct, unexpected take on a well-known theme.
on 2015-08-18 05:49:34
I'm absolutely in love with the emotive overhaul Chaos Temple has been given here. It breathes the meaning behind its title in ways that are more than welcome. Entering first is a "G#, E, G#, E, A-B, A, G#" note pattern which creates a foundation (or home, if you prefer) for the mix, and serving as the outro makes it seem like an extended musical tonic to help tie things together. The lead at 0:22 shines in such a way that it could pass for one of the orbs of light, and the string sample at 0:33 is so silk-texture gorgeous I wanna wrap it around myself like a blanket. The original sections go further and build up anticipation of reaching one's destination: 1:07+ and 2:13+ are like spiritual boosts, and 2:36+ exudes melancholy and reminiscence about one's journey and a feeling of wrapping up.
You can't go wrong with expressing nostalgia and final satisfaction in a mix. Love it, love it, love it a thousand times over.
on 2010-02-25 15:31:32
i haven't read any of the comments, but i'm sure at least 10 of them mentioned the smashing pumpkins similarity. Nice blend of sounds, I loved the monoglide synths especially, and and the arrangement was really well done. I think turning the rhythm guitars down a tad would have been best, but i'm still enjoying this a lot. Nice work.
on 2009-12-29 15:54:51
One word that sticks out in my mind when I listen to this is "homesickness".
The way this is arranged it's so beautiful and just seems to hearken back to better, simpler, long past times. The way the mood is so masterfully crafted here is astounding.
Oh wow, this is really a deeply thoughtful and amazing track.
I'm very impressed with the work here and recommend it.
on 2009-12-15 19:09:29
LOL! Honestly I thought I was gonna hear " ♪ Today is the greatest, Day I've ever known... ♫ "
Nice remix though!
on 2009-10-14 11:54:00
Another rock style for Darangen to experiment in! For me, I almost hear this as an older Matchbox 20 track or something that I would hear on TLC/HGTV. I like the soft synth leads you have. Creates a warm moment in the music. Very reflective. Infact, if I didn't know this was Darangen, I would guess it was an early OA track . I like it a lot. Mixes of this type don't seem to be terribly common here on OCR and it's a great breather from the norm. After finishing the track, I feel that there is some life lesson that I should've come away with.
"You know, as I looked back on my life....."
Good work man!
on 2008-08-14 21:42:52
I played this song for my music theory students, and we all agreed that it should be played at the end of an 80's show about some teenager who learns new life lessons and narrates every episode.
*Cue music* *show teenager polishing his beat up Buick* *Cue narration*
"...and in the end, did it really matter if I didn't win the Corvette? Well, yes, but I know there are better things to worry about, too."
Then again, I come up with random things. Regardless, I really like this song. The interpretation on it is amazing, and the change of style really fits well. Definately a keeper for me.
on 2007-08-08 00:17:24
Darangen is my favorite remixer on OCR! It's hard to choose which of the Chaos Temple mixes I like best by him but I have to say both of them were awesome. Keep it up!
on 2007-07-11 13:21:15
I really enjoyed this remix, I love listening to it every time it is shuffled up on my MP3 player.
on 2006-03-26 13:56:13
I vote for SP-similarity for sure. And, yeah, it could use some vocals. This must be the karaoke version, yes?
In other words: it's totally rockin'! Though, I'm not a huge rock or emo fan, the skill shines through. Keep it up.
on 2006-03-23 02:05:53
I love this one. The 'Warriors of Light' remix did a great job of transforming the original track into an uplifting rock theme, but this one just takes that to a whole new level.
...But I can't decide which I like better!
on 2006-02-21 11:33:43
Excellent song, one of my new favorites.
I love your FF1 remixes Darangen, they are just so well done.
Great job man, Keep up the awesome work.
on 2006-02-18 19:21:20
How did I forget to comment on this?
Darangen is one of my favorite remixer off of this site, and his remixes never disapoint me in any way
on 2006-02-11 23:59:01
After further examination, I think this song sounds more like "Today" by the Smashing Pumpkins than "Closing Time". Either way, this is still rockin'.
on 2006-02-07 18:03:35
This song..made me cry. Turn it up, Close your eyes, and listen. Its Amazing. Best on my 157-strong OcRemix playlist.
I love it Darangen. Keep up the good work.
on 2006-02-05 19:45:00
No doubt I'm a sucker relaxed, reflective electronic rock music, so this mix hits all the right notes with me. With a style reminding me of Tears of Contention, this mix definately feels like a part of a much larger story; no doubt why many reviews mention it would feel good at the end of a movie or video game, and I'll second, or third, or whatever that motion.
The key, I think, is all in the synths. With the grinding, distorted guitar behind and the silky smooth synths leading and providing added effects, the mix proves that in music, opposites do attract.
My one minor point, is that I think the synths are drowned out too much by the guitars, so I might enjoy a small dynamic tweak there. But that's only if I had to pick something out.
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