It's back to a familiar face as Bluelighter (Guillaume Saumande) provides our first featured ReMix of Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles with an engaging solo piano piece that blends country/folk & classical, starting & staying mellow for most but picking up some buoyancy towards the end:
"Here is a piano arrangement of the song theme of Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles. K. Tanioka really made an interesting work on this OST, completely played by ROBA HOUSE, a band of medieval music. Never heard in video game music!
Arranging this in piano was a good way to feel the original mood of the song. Sometimes peaceful, other times rhythmed, this arrangement came naturally. It concluded by "Orgel of Water," light melody perfect to finish the arrangement. :)
While I appreciate the more tempo-locked, deliberate marches from Bluelighter's past, it's cool to experience these more flowing, fluctuating performances, where momentum, emphasis, & BPM shift. Judges were unanimous, and also picked up on this characteristic - prophetik music delivers a thorough assessment:
"beautiful opening, and the very warm piano tone really fits the feel. the presentation of the melody at 0:42 is fairly straightforward, but flows well and is voiced well. i agree with rexy that this is a very organic performance - there's a lot of fluctuations of tempo, but it works well to keep it feeling very real.
the big dynamic jump at 1:51 was sudden but well-played. this entire section until 2:33 is a bit more hammering and intense, and it wasn't really the same feel as the beginning. the subsequent marcato section was fun but had a lot of timing issues to my ears. not unenjoyable, but definitely noticeable. the quick shift to quieter playing was a nice transition as well.
3:05 definitely feels like a recap, and does a nice job going through the melodic content again before the extended ending/outro. the last five or six seconds of playing are really well-handled. there's a lot of extra silence at the end that can be trimmed.
from a mastering perspective, this is much more dynamic than we usually get for submissions, but the instrumental medium supports it well so i didn't mind. i thought the piano sounded great throughout, and felt very well-performed and well-supported."
Right on; Emunator adds:
"The piano tone is warm and absolutely well suited for the performance, and the sample quality holds up even during the more dramatic dynamic jumps. There's so many rhythmic changeups throughout the duration of the track, it's really stunning that you managed to weave it all together so seamlessly like you did. Bravo!"
Bravo indeed; Guillaume's turn towards solo piano work has resulted in some fantastic arrangements, and this might be the most emotive & dynamic yet - plus it's our first featured mix from the game. More superb stuff from Bluelighter - enjoy!
Sources Arranged (2 Songs)
- Primary Game:
Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles (Nintendo, 2003, GCN)
Music by Hidenori Iwasaki, Kumi Tanioka, Nobuo Uematsu
- "Moonless Starry Night"
"Orgel of Water"
- Classical, Folk
- Energetic, Mellow
- Piano, Solo Piano
- Arrangement > Solo
Time > Tempo: Variable
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- Size: 6,792,192 bytes
- MD5 Checksum: cd20b543e59f4167fabdf2f73d4fbb29
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