ReMix:Final Fantasy VII "Finding Your Inner Alien" 3:12

By Platonist

Arranging the music of 2 songs from 2 games ( view all )...

"Find Your Way", "J-E-N-O-V-A"

Primary Game: Final Fantasy VII (Sony , 1997, PS1), music by Nobuo Uematsu

Posted 2018-02-12, evaluated by the judges panel

Platonist (Jonas Loman) hits us up with an older-school chip/demoscene-style arrangement mashup of two classic themes from FF7 & FF8:

"This started out as a plain "J-E-N-O-V-A" deep trance remix, but as I jammed over the track on my keyboard, I started playing "Find Your Way"-ish leads, so I just had to see if I could combine the two and adapt the key/chords for "Find Your Way" to the chord progression of "J-E-N-O-V-A," and it almost fit like a glove. I had to change some chord coloring here and there, but the melodies themselves work together thanks to the long note at the end of each "J-E-N-O-V-A" expression. The result is a short and experimental arrangement of two of my favorite Uematsu works. Cheers!"

The judges hit most of the highlights; MindWanderer touches on the genre & integration of themes:

"Not sure I'd call this trance, it doesn't have the long grooves I usually associate with that genre, but it is an interesting arrangement, cool mix of chiptune and chiptune-ish synths. Despite the loud, gritty bass, I didn't have any trouble hearing the individual lines. The FF8 breakdown in the middle was an elegant touch, I didn't realize what I was listening to at first, with how well it blended in. Fun stuff all around."

"trance" isn't the first genre that pops into my mind, either, but it's definitely EDM of some ilk, and the thing that'll stand out more to most folks is probably the chip instrumentation, which Gario focuses on:

"'Alien' is the right term for this - it's such a strange blend of C64 synths and more conventional electronic synths, it sounds rather... er, alien. Some really nice plays with the rhythms in order to blend the sources appropriately, it works so well in its strange way.

If I had to point anything out, the production sounds lacking in the higher EQ balance range, but that's more a nitpick than anything - it doesn't cause too much concern for me. So strange, but really cool - great work on this one!"

From a mastering perspective, I agree with Greg that it could use a little more air & sound a bit crisper; hopefully something Jonas considers for the future. The highlight for me is the manipulation of the main "J-E-N-O-V-A" riff into something familiar but different, blending with FF8 & unified by an upbeat, retro computer aesthetic. Good stuff!



Latest 5 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
on 2018-03-20 14:54:27

This track is now in my top 50 of most-played tracks in my music player (and I have tons of music, actually). I guess that's saying something ;) You've done an amazing job blending these 2 amazing sources and throwing in some groovy chips, beats and bass!

on 2018-02-21 12:24:39

Thanks for the kind words. This is not "normal" trance, no. It's a combination of deep trance and dream trance. Two sub-genres no-one ever cares about. :)

on 2018-02-19 23:18:26

Calling this trance seems almost an insult to the song, if only because this is so much more textured and interesting than some of the standard 'trance' remixes of songs. Really, I'm stunned a description could this be different, it's madness. What ISN'T madness is the easy, sinuous quality of this song. I really like how different this is from most JENOVA remixes I hear - it's smoother and more thoughtful. Impressive!!

on 2018-02-12 20:43:03

I had to listen carefully to hear the FF8 part of this. It was worked in very subtly. Nice job

on 2018-02-09 13:24:31

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Sources Arranged (2 Songs, 2 Games)

Primary Game:
Final Fantasy VII (Sony , 1997, PS1)
Music by Nobuo Uematsu
Additional Game:
Final Fantasy VIII (Square , 1999, PS1)
Music by Nobuo Uematsu
"Find Your Way"

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