ReMix:Final Fantasy IX "I'll Always Be There" 4:36

By Flexstyle

Arranging the music of one song...

"Eiko's Theme"

Primary Game: Final Fantasy IX (Square , 2000, PS1), music by Nobuo Uematsu

Posted 2017-09-11, evaluated by Liontamer

Flexstyle (Michael Birch) dedicated this upbeat EDM & spoken-word arrangement of FF9, off Worlds Apart, to his little sisters - it's a good story:

"Now, this started off rather unassumingly. I picked this song up on a whim for the FF9 remix album, just because I liked the tune. I haven't played Final Fantasy 9. However, that said, I felt like I understood Eiko just by reading a bit about her backstory. After reading a bit about Eiko on Wikipedia and a couple other sites, I felt something resonate inside me. See, I'm the oldest of nine kids in my family, and at the time of creating this, I had three younger sisters under the age of ten years old. I really, really love my little sisters; they mean so much to me.

What's the point of all that? Eiko is described as being desperately lonely, and someone who has lost a lot of family at a very young age. I made this song to dedicate to my little sisters, because I never want them to feel alone. Although it's not going to be possible at all times in this life, I still want them to know that I will always be there for them.

Hopefully, some of the love and tenderness that I feel for my "baby" sisters has seeped through in this remix."

Time for a collective "Awwwwwww!" :) Percolating, shiny EDM is the name of the game, with a spoken (whispered, really) refrain that repeatedly reassures. Tempo & bassline suggest this could have been a d'n'b track if it had wanted, and I do think some glitching/jungle treatment on the drums would have been interesting. Trance-gated chords lend a poppier feel, and shimmering bells resound over the very dynamic, modulated accompanying parts; there's a lot of stereo motion & filtering going on, which keeps things interesting. Larry writes:

"A little too muddy at the expense of the source sometimes, but pretty purposeful approach; I get what you're going for. Nice work, Mike, and a cool family tribute!"

I didn't have any issues with muddiness, personally, but I did find the accent/affect on the whispered bits a little odd, and I wanted the drums to do something more, probably in the DSP realm but also potentially with sequencing. Ultimately they stay out of the way, which does admittedly make the talking easier to distinguish and gives all that pad-level swim a bit more room. Either way, it's a positive & comforting but also brisk EDM treatment that's got a sweet story behind it - love your brothers & sisters and take care of them!

― djpretzel


Latest 5 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
on 2017-09-14 03:19:04

Very cool sounding track with a pretty great back story. I hope your little sisters enjoyed it (and if not you still ended up with an enjoyable piece here). :)

That said, I didn't really have an issue with "muddiness" as mentioned in DJP's write up, but I can kind of relate to that comment. I did find throughout the backing trancelike soundscape that was going on is kind of drowning out the main leads and other instrumentation… Bad grammar on my part aside, didn't really kill the remix for me but I would've appreciated more clarity. Then nitpick patrol has arrived! :D enjoyable piece but maybe it's just showing its age. Still good stuff.

on 2017-09-11 22:44:31

I always liked how this song makes you believe that it's going to be some sort of hard EDM, but it's too soft and sweet for that but too fast and with it to be chillstep... I really like this remix, even if it sounds way different to me than the original. I'd argue, however, that that is part of its charm, and anything that gets me to 2:35-3:15 with the kick back to the main at 3:15+ is a good remix in my book! Well done, and particularly for having such a unique sound on a big album!

on 2017-09-11 17:07:21

Oh gosh, this thing is pretty old -- my youngest sister is going to be 11 this month, haha. Still really glad to see it show up on the front page, though! :D

on 2017-09-11 16:19:48

Oh, I've always loved this one! Listening to this track puts a little smile on my face no matter what shit is happenning in my life :) Thanks for this atmospheric chill jam!

on 2017-09-08 10:26:56

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Sources Arranged (1 Song)

Primary Game:
Final Fantasy IX (Square , 2000, PS1)
Music by Nobuo Uematsu
"Eiko's Theme"

Tags (8)

Electronic,Synth,Vocals: Voice Acting
Lyrics > Lyrics: Original
Time > Tempo: Fast

File Information

8,436,533 bytes

You are not alone
I'm here for you
You don't need to be afraid
It's OK

I'll always be there for you

I'll always be there for you

You are not alone
I'm here for you
You don't need to be afraid
It's OK

I'll always be there for you


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