ReMix:Final Fantasy VI "Heaven Awaits" 5:13

By Nabeel Ansari

Arranging the music of one song...

"The Prelude"

Primary Game: Final Fantasy VI (Square , 1994, SNES), music by Nobuo Uematsu

Posted 2011-05-30, evaluated by the judges panel

Never thought I'd say this, but it's actually been too long since we've posted a 'Prelude' mix; VGM's most recognizable arpeggio got a metric ton of coverage in the early days of OCR, but has waned considerably in the last half decade. This electronica take, inspired by FF6's incarnation of the uber-ubiquitous theme, is provided courtesy DarkeBrother newcomer Neblix, aka Nabeel Ansari, sibling to veteran judge & ReMixer DarkeSword. Conspiracy? Nepotism? Scandal? Not really... while young, Neblix has improved recently, has a lot of energy & enthusiasm, and will hopefully continue honing his craft. As a debut mix, while not breaking the innovation bank or overflowing with production technique, this arrangement is a solid, enjoyable piece of work. The artist writes:

"Hey guys. This is my dance remix of the Prelude. Usually, I never go past 30 seconds on remix, but I dunno what happened with this one. This is the longest, fastest, and best piece of work I've ever made. (it took 2 days) This mix started with me playing with the new Harmless synthesizer by Image-Line. The sound I made from scratch was originally a pad, but then I turned it into an arp synth when I got an idea for the prelude. It just went on from there. Enjoy!"

I'm a big Twin Peaks fan, and the Prelude always reminds me of that show's opening theme, so at times I felt I was getting the unexpected bonus of listening to a rather solid ReMix of Badalamenti's score. It also has that floaty, angelic thing going on, which Neblix takes advantage of, furthering the similarity. On the surface, this arrangement is rather plain, but the details that have been added underneath & surrounding the oh-so-familiar up/down melody are what seal the deal; Cain's decision echoed my own thoughts pretty directly:

"Yeah there are quite a lot of layers here, but some of them are quite hard to hear first time around like the other dudes are saying. Agreed on the 'deceptively conservative sounding' point. Lots of continually changing textures and harmony. Production is generally pretty strong, not very adventurous but definitely functional.

The prelude is something that's been done so many times you need some kind of original approach to get away with it these days. You've got some original sections and progressions that fit well; it almost reminds me of the FFX version in places.

I think the biggest weak point is that you didn't transition properly into the later section and just left a gap. I suppose there's nothing wrong with that, but arguably comes off a bit lazy. On balance though I'm happy to pass this. I'm sure you'll be progressing with your style and sound quickly, keep putting the work in."

Agreed on boths the strengths & weaknesses, and I'll definitely double up that suggestion to keep plowing forward & improving. Solid debut from Neblix, giving a familiar tune a refreshing, toe-tapping facelift.



Latest 15 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
on 2014-05-27 18:50:10

This should totally be on FF installation screens. :3 It's a nice homage to the series.

on 2012-11-01 09:59:25

Well, it does sound like something you would hear on the ascent up, so the title was fitting. As short and concise as the prelude theme is, just getting to the point of expanding on the theme and making it sound great is a feat. The low-buzzing electronica gives this the punch it needed, and I like the way you emphasize it or pull back on it when needed. A good example of how a great ReMix on a short tune is done.

on 2011-12-17 11:58:05

So Neblix tells me this mix sucks :lol: . It can't be too bad though...or can it?

I think some kudos is deserved for getting a Prelude song on OCR - the source is done to death if you think about how simplistic the source is as a whole. It definitely forces you to delve deeper for some creativity, and I feel Nabeel does so here. It is a bit reminiscent in feel to Trenthian's mix in VotL to start albeit with a different set of instrumentation, but Nabeel branches out and expands upon his take to make it fuller. As noted in the judges comments, I don't like the transition closer to the end where the song ends and then picks up again, but otherwise the song ends up alright.

Sorceror Nobody
on 2011-07-27 18:47:50

A nice take on the source, and I very much enjoyed listening to it. I found it both lively and relaxing, which was certainly an interesting combination.

Also, I seem to be in the minority here, but I actually quite like the silent drop. Not sure why; for me, it just seems to work.

Martin Penwald
on 2011-07-26 15:30:49

Personally, I find the arpeggio to be a little too prominent in the remix; I would have liked some parts without it, as it seems to be around for pretty much the entire remix, in the foreground, and that's a little grating.

2:55 onwards is nice; gives it more of a harder electronica feeling (same goes for the outro). Too bad this part is so short, though. The silent drop at 3:35 is, as others have already stated, rather weird.

Promising start. Let's see what else you can come up with.

on 2011-07-18 18:04:42
This sounds like it could be a newer Final Fantasy menu screen song. Not in a bad way. I think the strength of the song is that it flows very well, and has good dynamics.

Also glad they fixed the attributed source tune lol. That could have wonky lol. Good job neblix.

Thanks :D

I can make much stronger electronic music now though, fatter, tighter, etc. So keep an eye out for my next sub.

on 2011-07-18 17:12:58

This sounds like it could be a newer Final Fantasy menu screen song. Not in a bad way. I think the strength of the song is that it flows very well, and has good dynamics.

Also glad they fixed the attributed source tune lol. That could have wonky lol. Good job neblix.

on 2011-06-25 14:46:14

Congrats, neblix.. I remember you showing me this long timez ago. Holy crap, it takes a long time to get judged and posted.

Good jorb.

on 2011-06-06 23:29:14
I believe it's called a MIDI-Chlorian.


Anyway, all bad puns aside, the only criticism I would have is that the silence in the middle is a bit of an awkward transition. It works, but not as well as it could. It's not a big deal, though - it probably comes down to personal preference.

All in all, I was pleased with how true you stayed to the original melody while still making it into something new. The Prelude is one of the most recognizable tunes in the video game industry, so it definitely takes skill to create a re-imagination of the piece that still holds its original magic. Good job!

on 2011-06-06 21:12:13
A high midichlorian count.

I believe it's called a MIDI-Chlorian.

on 2011-06-05 21:24:24
that is extremely impressive and if that doesn't show potential then I don't know what does
A high midichlorian count.

Great success Neblix!

Benjamin Briggs
on 2011-06-05 13:51:47

congratulations neblix!

you got posted at age 15! that is extremely impressive and if that doesn't show potential then I don't know what does

this remix is a very promising first post. go back to being excited nabeel

on 2011-06-01 23:35:04

Overall, an enjoyable remix and definitely beyond what I can produce at the moment, but I don't know how it got past the judges with that same shrill reverse cymbal again and again and again... vary it up a bit and keep it just a little more muted next time. Gotta go with strader: a lot of the synths are pretty vanilla, and I wasn't a huge fan of the bass guitar in such a dancy mix, would have preferred to hear something more synthetic. You're what, 15? At 15, I still hadn't even beaten FFVI, and at 22 now, I haven't been posted on OCR. Killin' me...:

blakk waltz
on 2011-06-01 10:21:18

it is very light hearted and airy. very nice. signed up just to post. heck in a couple months I might post a mix.

on 2011-05-31 21:00:17

wow darkesword's little brother got posted! i don't even know the guy but i felt the compulsion to log in and congratulate him on his achievement.

Sources Arranged (1 Song)

Primary Game:
Final Fantasy VI (Square , 1994, SNES)
Music by Nobuo Uematsu
"The Prelude"

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