ReMix:Final Fantasy III "Heroes of Dawn" 6:48

By PacificPoem

Arranging the music of 5 songs from 3 games ( view all )...

"Chaos Temple", "Dead Music", "Deep under the Water", "Rebel Army Theme", "Reunion"

Primary Game: Final Fantasy III (Square , 1990, NES), music by Nobuo Uematsu

Posted 2015-06-08, evaluated by djpretzel

While mostly formed from regulars & familiar names, the Rebellion roster nevertheless has a couple new faces; newcomer PacificPoem (Sauli Virtanen) hails from Finland and lends his arranging & performing talents on the solo piano to the album, providing an additional dimension; Strader writes:

"PacificPoem is a kind gentleman I found on YouTube who had done a live performance on the piano of various Final Fantasy themes. I contacted him with a similar request and didn't ask him to limit himself to FF2 only. I wanted something that felt inclusive to all THREE (yes, 3) albums, and felt like somewhat of a summarization of what all 3 of them represent. PacificPoem knocked it out of the park, bringing this intimate piano performance. It is dynamic, and played passionately and expertly; each note fits into the performance. Nothing juts out or seems unnatural. This is just a very refined and skillfully performed piece, and I am very thankful to PacificPoem for escaping YouTube momentarily to take a chance on OCR and this album!"

As Brandon alluded to, PacificPoem actually arranges themes from the first three games. With FF3's 'Deep Under the Water' receiving the most time, this mix is actually slotted in our database under FF3, but each game shares a little over two minute apiece here, so the timing was very close and every title receives its own spotlight. Sauli adds:

"Here's a piano medley. I actually like these arrangements quite a lot and, for once, I've done proper transitions between the songs."

Good job; a little straightforward, perhaps, but definitely emotive. Part of the reason the transitions don't stick out is because the overall tempo & mood remain fairly consistent, even as the underlying source being arranged changes. I'd like to see a bit more ebb & sway on both timing & dynamics, to give more of the immediacy and flow of a live performance... but that would have the effect of perhaps making the transitions less smooth. Tradeoffs! At 6'48" this is a longer format for a solo piano piece, and as a medley it does a good job of seeming like a unified whole... serene, contemplative, & delicate, PacificPoem's contribution to Rebellion is a quiet, understated form of revolt that takes the time to reflect on the scale of the whole original Final Fantasy NES trilogy. Well done!



Latest 5 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
on 2015-12-28 12:11:33

Man I’m a sucker for these piano medleys. I’m amazed that I’m finding such good ones at the bottom of the reviews thread. This one is definitely no exception. It sounds like music that you could actually hear in a Final Fantasy game today. Yeah I know it’s an arrangement of Final Fantasy music, but I mean this specific track that I’m reviewing right now could pass as an official Final Fantasy track.

on 2015-12-11 12:57:12

A nice piano piece here. I'm not very familiar with the soundtracks from early FF games (especially II and III) but since I heard nothing shocking, I guess the transitions between different sources worked pretty well. Loved the ending with the "Dead Theme" from FF1. :) The playing is excellent, and the tempo changes bring some nice variations. Quite emotional and keeps this feeling throughout.

on 2015-06-23 12:20:40

Ah, dude, this is beautiful. A solo-piano piece spanning the first three Final Fantasies with pretty sweet transitions, impeccable playing and the kind of key and tone changes that you would hope for in piano pieces to keep it lively, this is absolutely lovely. I do hope to hear more from PacificPoem around this parts in between his youtube videos. Well done, fantastic OCR debut.

on 2015-06-10 01:13:03

This is like being out at a fine restaurant with an excellent bottle of wine on a cool evening with a comfortable romance across from you - elegant and calm, beautiful and easy. Special props to the thoughtful, almost sit-back-and-look-at-the-sky contemplative take on the Rebel Army theme. Gorgeous, and a welcome counterpoint to what I've heard on the rest of the album. This kind of simplicity lets me appreciate the hard rocking all the more.

on 2015-06-08 03:55:40

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Sources Arranged (5 Songs, 3 Games)

Primary Game:
Final Fantasy III (Square , 1990, NES)
Music by Nobuo Uematsu
"Deep under the Water"
Additional Game:
Final Fantasy (Nintendo , 1987, NES)
Music by Nobuo Uematsu
"Chaos Temple"
"Dead Music"
Additional Game:
Final Fantasy II (Square , 1988, NES)
Music by Nobuo Uematsu
"Rebel Army Theme"

Tags (7)

Piano,Solo Piano
Arrangement > Medley
Arrangement > Solo
Time > Duration: Long

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