Posted 2017-11-09, evaluated by Gario
RoeTaKa (Alex Roe) sends us a super-chill new age ballad arrangement of "Besaid Island" from FFX, with lush strings, swirling synths, crystalline bells, and a relaxed groove:
"This was a fairly spontaneous remix, a spur of the moment. I'm playing Rocket League and was listening to my soundtrack playlist on shuffle and then "Besaid Island" came on... at first, I mistook it for something from Shadow Hearts: Covenant somehow. Nostalgia pours in and I have this sudden urge to arrange it. I realized afterwards it is Final Fantasy X and another wave of nostalgia hits me again. I had written an original song recently called "Nature of Another" that also reminded me of it which had a Phantasy Star Online vibe to and I decided that would be a good template to work from, so I opened it up and worked on this for the past 6-8 hours.
I had no idea as I started that the Final Fantasy X HD Remaster had an arranged soundtrack, so halfway into the remix I find out about it and realize there are some similarities as I listen between the two. I think this inspired the switch up halfway into the remix in both style and tone. But I was very happy with the outcome of it and felt like it gave the song some more identity and allowed me to be more creative with the arrangement. Feels good to do something other than Dark Souls for a change, hope you guys like it!"
Definitely relaxing, but still also very emotive; Alex leverages all the skills he's accumulated working with strings, in particular, incorporating ensemble & solo parts for beautiful, expressive melodic bliss. Layered piano + bells shimmer across the soundscape, percolating monoglide synth arpeggios bubble up, and an enveloping, rich, & serene atmosphere is created. Gario writes:
"Quite a gorgeous piece, overall. There's a hint of meandering as it rolls out, but honestly you get so lost behind the incredible violin and well balanced synths that it really doesn't matter.
Definitely give it a listen, if you have the time - it's a good way to spend four and a half minutes. ;)"
Stuck in traffic? Had a bad day? Spent more than a few seconds reading news headlines? You need you a break & some decompression time, and Roe's gonna give it to you. Great stuff, showing how versatile Alex is with game choice, instrumentation, and genre, while still employing some of his newer weapons of choice in the process!
on 2017-11-15 11:55:57
Why is this the first remix I've ever heard of this awesome song?! Well, thanks for being the first, it's definitely a worthy tribute. One minor gripe is that the track title made me think it was a mix of the hymn of the fayth song instead, though.
on 2017-11-12 03:18:04
Seek the Palebloo-wait, sorry, I mean, within my breast, a flame aIlighteth-hold on it's a Final Fantasy mix? Is Alex okay, or does he suddenly have a doppelgänger goatee? The community is concerned.
as for the review part I'm not sure if there's anything else I can say about such a relaxing piece. I'm also kind of noticing a theme of postings this last week… Everything seems… Chill. Wonderful stuff.
Although I think I will add that I feel like I rediscovered Final Fantasy X's soundtrack recently in the last few years. My heart still instructs me that Nobuo Uematsu* put his best work into Final Fantasy VI, which is one of my favourite Square soundtracks tied with Chrono Trigger Xenogears. This is also making me realize I'm old. When I checked out Final Fantasy X again something just clicked with me with all the music and I was falling in love, with Besaid being one of the standouts for me. So getting the opportunity to listen to a seasoned remixer give this treatment to the original has left me pretty damn happy.
*Note: I'm aware that Uematsu didn't work on the soundtrack solo but I totally think his influence is there
on 2017-11-09 14:51:27
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Sources Arranged (1 Song)
- Primary Game:
Final Fantasy X (Square, 2001, PS2)
Music by Junya Nakano, Masashi Hamauzu, Nobuo Uematsu
- "Besaid Island"
- Ballad, New Age
- Chill, Mellow
- Acoustic Guitar, Bells, Piano, Strings, Synth, Violin
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