Blast from the PAST! ABG's last posted mix was back in 2004... Bush was nearing the end of his first term, the economy was still in one piece, and the next gen consoles hadn't even hit yet. How time flies; Mr. Overn writes:
"Hey guys, time for another new remix from me! Hope you dig this one, it's a trance remix of FF6's The Prelude, which I've titled "Purity". I don't have anywhere to host it right now so I attached it to this email. If you're familiar with some of my older work, you'll know I've remixed this song before in a collab with auvixa, but a lot of time has passed since then and my skills have come a long way, so I wanted to do this song again and give it the treatment it deserves. I wanted to make something energetic and euphoric with the source material, like what you would hear in a good melodic trance set, and I think I suceeded."
Apparently the judges think he succeeded, too. It's been a couple months since our last FF6 mix, and I think 2009 is ready for the first of what will inevitably be many mixes from the game to see the light of day. There's no extended ambient intro/buildup here: Shawn gets going right out of the gate with a heavy thud kick and thumping octave bassline. Staple foods, sure, but getting the basics just right is a big part of the game with trance, and he does. While the beat's going right from the start, the source material actually takes awhile to gain a real foothold, with the ever-familiar prelude popping up in a breakdown at 1'38" with a nice plucked, dulcimer-type lead. When the beat finally drops back in circa 2'35" it's definitely satisfying. Cain writes:
"Boom tiss prelude? Why not. Hrm, I felt like this took a little long getting to the source. It was over a minute before the actual meat 'n' taters of the source appeared. Once it got there though, I thought the use was great. Very well adapted with style-appropriate additions. The middle break down for the introduction was very much welcome as the rest of the mix is wall of sound as noted."
The mix title here is appropriate; the arrangement approach is pure trance, and doesn't try to stray far from the form or incorporate a lot of crazy, unorthodox instrumentation. I honestly do like when artists try such experimentation, but I can also appreciate a more traditional, meaty trance track if all the right components are in place and solid. That's certainly the case here - it's been a long while, but hopefully we'll see Shawn again this year, as I imagine many will enjoy this come-back track.
on 2016-10-04 22:27:59
Went into this one only knowing the title, and knowing it was from FF6. Kind of enjoyed the fact that I was completely in the dark as to what the source was until about a third of the way through the mix, when the prelude theme appeared.
Love the energy of the mix and the weirdness of being in A# instead of the traditional, happy sounding C. Also really loved the plucked guitar that has a ton of reverb
on 2009-06-19 14:25:50
This is the best trance/Prelude mix I've ever heard.
on 2009-02-04 21:13:22
I really, REALLY like it, but I wish it used that one sort of not-in-the-original, kind of adventure-y chord a little more towards the end. I loved it and it seemed it was sort of forgot about.
Anyway, I love how the guitar echoes - the song really pulls you in.
Great song. :]
on 2009-02-03 16:10:48
Solid trance remix. Nothing out of the ordinary, although it does have a most wonderful breakdown.
on 2009-02-01 17:37:40
VERY GOOD SONG! I LOVE IT! And I agree with Finn as well. This sort of genre takes time to get to the 'meat and potatoes'. Welcome back abg! I hope you submit more like this in the future!
on 2009-01-25 22:53:38
I like this one, very pulse pounding
It's like dance plus sweepingly orchestrated = great.
on 2009-01-14 03:31:53
I'm just not sure what about this ties it specifically to FF6, and not say, 4, or even 1.
I was listening to the FF6 version as a reference when I wrote it.
Thanks for the positive feedback guys I've got another track in the queue and more in production, so it shouldn't be another 4 years before you hear from me again!
on 2009-01-14 01:38:06
Nice trance mix, I don't always like trance mixes since they have a tendency to get "distracted," from the source, but I was actually fine with the long buildup for this one, that's just how trance is, for the most part.
I'd say what has me curious in the end is why this is considered an FF6 remix. I mean I guess you had to choose a game, but as far as I can tell, the Prelude has pretty well been shared between just about every FF game, and I'm just not sure what about this ties it specifically to FF6, and not say, 4, or even 1.
on 2009-01-14 00:53:30
When the song sounded familiar at the 1/3 point, I thought it sounded beautiful, and then the beatz unts unts came in and I thought it sounded incredible at that point. Seriously, this is HOT STUFF. In fact, I even did the Numa Numa dance while listening to it and it felt great. It's really that good.
on 2009-01-13 22:26:05
well well well its been a long time man ..funny i got posted last month and now i look up and your back...better than ever! im glad to see that you've improved a lot man keep at it. hey we gotta collab one day!
on 2009-01-13 22:12:54
Been a while since the last good trance mix (for my tastes that is). Great stuff.
on 2009-01-13 14:49:02
With mixes like these, I'm starting to realize.. I actually really like trance?! What?!
on 2009-01-12 21:08:16
considering that it's very unts unts it's VERY cool actually
but then again, i always liked ABG's stuff - even the mixes not posted on this site - keep them coming
on 2009-01-12 19:46:55
I think I'm finally starting to come around to the kick drum intros that are a staple of the genre. Regardless, this is awesome. The plucked melody in the breakdown is beautiful. Great job!
on 2009-01-12 11:51:31
Pretty nice work, there are enough surprises in store from both the source and the genre to keep it sounding fresh throughout. Production was solid and everything is in place.
Not much else to say but it was enjoyable.
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