ReMix:Final Fantasy V "Edge of Valor" 3:58

By Nutritious

Arranging the music of one song...

"The Fire-Power Ship"

Primary Game: Final Fantasy V (Square , 1992, SNES), music by Nobuo Uematsu

Posted 2011-04-25, evaluated by the judges panel


To help catch up the queue, we're posting FIVE ReMixes from Final Fantasy FIVE. It's also the 25th of April, which is FIVE squared. Also, the goal for annual fundraiser is FIVE thousand; right now we're about a hundred bucks away from $4000, or 80%, and we need your help to reach the magic FIVE-OH-OH-OH.

All but one of these mixes were released as part of Wind, and ALL of them were originally created for it, so this is almost like a second mixflood, though each was separately submitted way back when. First up we've got some epic orchestral action from NEWLY ANOINTED JUDGE (along w/ halc) Nutritious, aka Justin Medford:

"Well this one has been sitting on my hard drive for quite some time now... about 6 months in fact. Earlier this year, Darkesword approached me to join a project he was running for an FF5 album. I won't go into the details, but I found the concept very unique and interesting. I was tasked to do an orchestral rendition for the Knight theme. I decided on The Fire-Powered Ship not only because of its catchy melody, but because it has a progressive, driving feel to it. I attempted to still capture that same feel by drawing out the intro and melody, building up the action.

I found that writing for a specific character's theme really helped me visualize the track as a whole and smoothed out the writing process. So kudos to DS for the concept."

The Orichalcon writes:

"Someone made a comment that this sounds a lot like the Overture in FF8, and it does. Just an interesting note. The source is nice, kind of heroic in a way. As for the remix, the string buildup is nice and thick. The percussion is powerful. It all builds up nicely. The source is abundandtly clear in the mix, no issues there.

The gentle break around 1:50 works well. The mix at this point reminds me of the FF12 soundtrack. It shows a good use of strings to supply the main melody, with percussive elements to back it up. This would be a nice mix to actually play in an orchestra."

Vinnie adds:

"I don't always count chords, but because they're so blocked out in the original song, the link between the intros is pretty direct. The progression is also somewhat unique.

I like this. It's a little more subdued than previous Nutritious subs, but the same amount of care is spent, this time making the sound clean and nuanced. I really love the first break with the bells and the lonely violin - unexpected, and a beautiful little diversion."

Fellas both said it pretty well; not much to add! A bit of restraint makes this perhaps less bombastic, but instead more anthemic, and it fit right in on the overall album, with a rich, deep current of drums and brass.



Latest 11 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
on 2011-12-25 07:21:14

This album is awesome. As is this track. I think this is the perfect style for the source to be remixed in, and it comes out sounding wonderful. The finale of the track is great too; it's a fitting culmination to the track, with all preceding parts building to it. Nice job, Nutritious! ^.^

Tuberz McGee
on 2011-12-25 01:32:32

I've said it before. I'll say it again. I LOVE THIS WHOLE GODDAMN ALBUM

The opening is very epic and immediately has a sense of purpose.

This is a strict metaphor for a Knight. They must immediately be at the top of their game and must have a sense of purpose.

This album is full of musical metaphors. The percussion is what stands out for me the most however.

At 1:50 it is all stripped bare and reveals the calm and gentle side to a Knight.

I can't praise any of the tracks on this album enough. Really... I can't.

on 2011-12-15 16:52:39

Holy crap, yes.

So epic. X_X

When I played through FFV and heard this theme, I liked it a bunch, but you totally drove it through the roof. It sounded like a march before, now it sounds like the prologue to a big battle (as cheesy and cliche as it sounds). I like your use of samples as well, and I really hope I can understand how to write orchestral like this someday. I'm not good with writing separate parts for different sections, but in here, all of your sections work harmoniously to create bigger parts that resemble the source.

This is one of my favorites on the album. :nicework:

on 2011-12-14 18:38:19

Wow, amazing orchestral piece here. It's got a nice solid, steady build to it and delivers on the grand feeling, complete with a smooth slowdown. The bass and drums sounded great and the entire ReMix had a score-like charm to it. Wonderful heroic arrangement that has it's reflective moments, which pulled the whole thing together. Very nice.

on 2011-12-12 06:42:39

The Fire Ship. In my opinion, not really one of the most memorable tracks in FF5, but I have confidence in Nutritious in making something stellar out of it.

And indeed it starts well with the beautiful slow attacking strings, then when the timpani and woodwinds follow the mood starts escalating itself and starts going into something more heroic in nature. The arrangement manages to stick fairly close to the source material, though there's been some lovely deviated parts like the charming glockenspiel-led intermission at 1:55, almost bearing an atmospheric similarity to some of the gentler natures of some of Sugiyama's ending pieces for the Dragon Quest series; and even then the build backup to the source in a different key in 3:15 managed to transition strongly whilst fitting appropriately with the movie-score-like ideals. Definitely something quite expansive.

I know this might've been an old track though, but if there's something that kind of rubs me the wrong way it's the not-quite-as-realised brass parts in comparison to the rest of the instrumentation. I've known for years that they in particular are hard to get done right, and while the notation feels fine, it's this raelisation that should be looked into to really get them to fit within a lively orchestrated setting.

But you're Nutritious, and I have trust in you with keeping on working within the genre and working with these samples to their full potential. :)

As a result, we've got a solid arrangement of an otherwise understated source from the game. With a lot of your project commitments over the past 2 years you've been really showing yourself cohesively around these parts, and I hope you'll get to keep showing your colors as a remixer in the not-so-distant future :)

on 2011-12-06 02:26:28

Really, Nutritious, if you turned your orchestral arrangements into actual food, it really would be unbelievably nutritious. :tomatoface:

No, but bad joke aside, this is a fantastic arrangement, and it really captures the essence of the theme quite well. This makes me want to go off into battle with a suit of armor and a horse, knowing that what awaits me back home is enough to return.

on 2011-12-05 00:01:13

Dramatic and a bit melancholy, yet heroic, this starts out really grand before picking up tempo and texture, it builds so slow I wasn't sure it would build at all. If I get an RPG boat, this will definitely be my sailing music. :-)

The transition to the slower section wasn't exactly seamless, but it was solid enough that I felt something new was happening in the same song, rather than a new song altogether starting.

Sample use if pretty nice, with some good swels, and while I would appreciate some stronger articulations, considering the samples used, this is super excellent. The horn hits right before the final chorus were great, and the finale was very strong. A very nice, powerful and expansive track.

Level 99
on 2011-12-02 11:17:04

Sublime, lush, gorgeous. Really I don't know how else to describe this. Justin, you know how to work samples so well it hurts. This song uplifts and inspires as the melody keeps driving and moving.

Melbu Frahma
on 2011-04-25 20:17:59

Easily one of my favorite mixes made by Nutritious, and a favorite from the album, as well. It's in almost all of my playlists. Simply amazing.

on 2011-04-25 17:24:43

Hmm...Almost a week ago Nutritious became a judge...and now one of his mixes is posted.Coincidence?

Yes it is, because this mix is amazing! Great job!

on 2011-04-25 17:14:16

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Sources Arranged (1 Song)

Primary Game:
Final Fantasy V (Square , 1992, SNES)
Music by Nobuo Uematsu
"The Fire-Power Ship"

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