Posted 2011-05-11, evaluated by djpretzel
The last of the bLiNd action back from Echoes; Jordan writes:
"This is a pretty experimental progressive trance song. It was an extreme 3/4 conversion. I seem to never stop working with these types of sources. It works out okay in this one too. The track starts with a change in the chord progression and at the breakdown I convert back to the original progression for a build and climax to the section at 3:18. That is the part that should turn your head after the long intro and build. The track is really driven by the chopped female vocals provided via Voices of Passion from East West. I did lots of mangling to it and it turned into a feature part of the remix. This was finished in only a few days before the final deadline of the project so considering the circumstances, and the pressure, it pushed me to do something different and unique. Luckily it turned out the way it did. Hope you enjoy!"
Kinda reminds me of the intro to Hackers, or more specifically 'Halcyon And On And On', which is similary fueled/centered around chopped and in that case reversed female vocals. It's a different sound for Jordan & a smart take on the source, effectively turning the mysterious, winding 3/4 original into a more upbeat, trippy, zone-out type of trance. At 5'32" it does stretch things out a bit, but part of the point of tracks like this is getting lost in the groove, and Jordan does vary things up towards the end with some subtractive techniques & effect layering. In the words of The Picard, quite hypnotic!
on 2015-12-05 19:37:51
Sweet drum loop. The vocals are a bit omnipresent for my taste (cool use at the end though), but it's minor. I really like how this song retains the mystical vibe of the source while still being a dancefloor track. The balance is seriously sweet. 3:19 was a nice touch and the track's mixing is stellar too. Excellent stuff.
on 2012-02-01 17:55:05
If I were to ever compile a CD of my favourite songs of all time (an undertaking I'd never actually dare to do as it would take me months to narrow down the list) this song would definitely make it. This has got to be my favourite song by bLiNd which is saying quite a lot. Burning Vigil, Dodge This Sakura, and Jade Catacombs have come close to stealing first place but nothing beats those chopped up female vocals and the envelloping bass.
on 2011-12-25 16:01:55
So, where do I start?
Beautifully mixed. From beginning to end you are captivated by the melodies.
The delay on the vocals(?) in the back makes the melodic spectrum all the more full.
I truly enjoy listening to this mix. It was always a more obscure source tune to me.
bLiNd did an EXCELLENT job with this source. And when 2:56 comes around, even I can't stop bobbing my head.
on 2011-12-23 09:40:03
I do enjoy this mix; as Baha said above, it does accurately portray the ethereal nature of the source. I also feel it captures the whole "this is basically an interdimensional tunnel between the human realm and that of the Eidolons; also look out the floor is lava" feeling well. Namely with the vocal samples.
Another phenomenal song, bLiNd! :3
on 2011-12-20 10:34:13
The ethereal nature of the source is brought out in a greater way somehow in this song, partly due to the vocals, It really remains interesting with how it's built throughout - it similarly intrigues me that Jordan keeps pumping these songs out at a high level. I think there's even room for this to become bigger with how it goes on near the end, which is just amazing - it almost feels too short! It's easily a top notch track from the FF4 album, and you really gotta be happy that Jordan did 3 tracks for it .
on 2011-06-09 19:30:40
This mix is certainly an acquired taste. I wasn't sure whether I liked the chopped up female vocals or not. It took me an entire listen to decide upon this. urthermore I kept straining myself to hear the melody from the original source. It was there... but it was faint.
However, once I distanced myself from that and relistened, I found myself really enjoying the mix. It is unique, catchy, and switched things up enough so not to get too stale.
on 2011-06-03 16:46:30
Love it. The reversed female vocals really caught my attention and being backed up by a smooth progressive theme isn't bad either. I really liked that it varies the sound throughout the track so that it doesn't become stale or anything like that. Great work.
on 2011-05-13 21:37:11
It was posted on 05-11-11, me likey that. =) Love this song. 3
on 2011-05-12 13:46:12
A new mix by bLiNd? Definitely gotta check it out!
I have to agree with DJP, this definitely has Orbital's Halcyon + On + On vibe to it, only with 21st century production quality. Everything about this mix is top notch. I think if the judges take Rayza's comment about setting the bar for progressive trance to heart, we will be seeing a lot of NOs in the future.
Still, bLiNd is my OCR Linkin Park - still making great music, but somehow lacking that je ne sais quoi, that catchy quality of his earlier works. Perhaps source choices are to blame?
Never mind. This is an awesome remix and a must-have. If you haven't already, download it now!
on 2011-05-12 12:41:22
Well, I'd like to say I'm surprised by this, but I'm not. As ALL of Jordan's work if fecking amazing! Hats off again man. This will be in the car and on the mp3 player for a long time with all your others! O_o
on 2011-05-12 07:41:11
Ah, I loved that track - great to see it as a standalone remix here, too.
Especially the breakdown was great IMO.
More of this kind
on 2011-05-12 04:02:33
Ehm.. wasn´t this song released previously here? I listened to it about 30 minutes ago in my car while driving to work. oO
Anyway, great remix, otherwise I wouldnt have burned it on CD for my car
on 2011-05-11 22:04:01
Love the production. Chopped voc pads elevate it nicely. Any of us that wanna do prog. on OCR know what the bar is set at now. Great job..
on 2011-05-11 18:26:06
Ugh... I'll be entirely honest: I hated just about the entire FFIV OC album. None of the ReMixes really seemed to do much justice to Uematsu-san's work (Even Golbez 'n Goblin's was hard to warm up to). But this song... It's... interesting. I don't believe it did much honor to the original, but... It just has a certain flavor that does sound pretty nice. And the vocals did a nice job of spicing things up. Overall, I'd say it's worth downloading.
on 2011-05-11 18:08:10
I love the groove this song has! and just before it gets a bit overbearing that soft pad comes in to clear the air and add some ambiance and mood. This track is slick!
Sources Arranged (1 Song)
- Primary Game:
Final Fantasy IV (Square, 1991, SNES)
Music by Nobuo Uematsu
- "The Land of Summons"
- Electronic, Singing, Synth, Vocals: Female
- 9,440,636 bytes
- Size: 9,440,636 bytes
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