Posted 2021-05-03, evaluated by Rexy
Did someone say FF7 MEGA-COLLAB? Jorito (Jorrith Schaap) gathered fourteen (!) other talented musicians for this stirring orchestral arrangement of "Tifa's Theme," featured on Final Fantasy VII Remake: Beneath a Stolen Sky:
"Goeiedag! When the Pixel Mixer's community announced they were going to produce an album to celebrate the Final Fantasy 7 Remake release, I immediately knew I wanted to join in. The PS1 was the first console I owned, and FF7 was the first game I got for it, so it has a special place in my heart.
For the album, I ended up with my preferred choice of "Tifa's Theme." Tifa is a very interesting character to me. I wanted to try and capture Tifa's spirit as I saw her, as this strong, badass, but also somewhat shy, deeply caring, and slightly anxious woman, and tried to express that in the music and the arrangement. This piece is also a lot more personal to me than my other works; during the creation of this track I got very close to someone that, to me, has a lot of these same personality traits, and as a result the track became a tribute to this person. It's definitely a great feeling to be able to capture such a cherished moment in time and express it through music!
Right from the start, I already knew I wanted to do a full orchestral track, my first in the Pixel Mixers community. My goal was to involve as many musicians as I could to perform and record the parts, in my continuing quest to at one point hopefully get one of my arrangements performed live one day. This was also my first time producing (and working with) actual sheet music rather than just sharing MIDI, just to try and make it a bit easier for the musicians. A bit of a learning experience that worked out rather well and will probably become a more structural thing moving forward.
As always, I want to express my gratitude to all the performers who were willing to work with me on this track and bring it to life. A big thank you to Maria, Amerlyn, Andrew, Chromatic Apparatus, Andrew, Travis, Lauren, Gregory, Damian, Kyle, TSori, Dewey, John, and Natalya!"
- Violin 1 & 2 - mkafie
- Violin 1 & 2 - Amerlyn Zeta
- Viola - Andrew Steffen
- Cello - Chromatic Apparatus
- Cello - Andrew Stern
- Double Bass - Travis Kindred
- Flute 1 - Lauren the Flute
- Clarinet, Flute 2 - Gamer of the Winds
- Oboe - Damian Nguyen
- Cornet - Yuki K
- Trumpets - TSori
- Trombone - Dewey Newt
- French Horn - JohnStacy
- Harp - Earth Kid
- Arrangement, Glockenspiel, Piano, Celeste - Jorito
This is one of the rare themes where I spent so much time working on my own arrangement that I have a hard time hearing it any other way, but Jorrith & a veritable army of talented collaborators has changed that - beautiful work that waxes & wanes between more intimate & sparse passages and blooming, grander stuff. The most impressive thing to me is how the arrangement leans in to ALL the respective strengths of the performers involved - tons of meaty brass, string, AND woodwind parts, fully capitalizing on the formidable prowess & passion of the posse. Truly a breathtaking feat and an arrangement that will cause the spine-tingles & the goosebumps; Rexy evaluated:
"I swear - when I thought Jorrith can't get any more ambitious with his projects, he then surprises us with submissions like this. His roster of fourteen (!) session musicians had all contributed to a challenging yet emotive performance, with all parts getting expressed with a literal human touch and mixed to precision within the soundscape. The provided sheet music has been a joy to follow along - a great touch to keep all performers on point, and a decision that benefits the synergy of the overall package.
The arrangement co-operates well around it as well - and while it is a more traditional affair than what Jorrith usually writes, the way he used the chord structures and melodies helped to shape the delicate yet powerful feel he was going for. He even took advantage of the theme's segments and combined chords and melodies during the intro at 0:24, then leaned into further development of that idea on the cello at 1:29 - and hearing the bulk of the ensemble together in the recapitulation at 2:53 demonstrates not only a different set of textures than the initial presentation, but his way of providing thought-provoking harmonies and rhythmic parts that suit the moment.
It's one of those tracks that I pulled out of the inbox, got floored on first listen, struggled to put together words for a few days and still felt the music speaks way louder. Such an impact means Jorrith and his team had created something truly special, both for Beneath a Stolen Sky and the OCR front page. Never stop developing!"
Jorrith's got the Glengarry Glen Ross ABC's of mixing down - Always Be Collaborating. This is the type of "mega-track" that can operate both as the highlight/apex of an album but also as a standalone universe unto itself, and is the most emotive, engaging, & impressive orchestral work from Jorrith to date, in my estimation. I feel like the increasingly elaborate collaborations he's coordinated have culminated in this mix, in a sense, where all of that expertise - both social/logistical & also from a technical/mixing perspective - come into play. Awesome work from all involved - highly recommended!
Sources Arranged (1 Song)
- Cinematic, Classical
- Mellow, Romantic
- Brass, Cello, Chromatic Percussion, Clarinet, Flute, French Horn, Harp, Oboe, Piano, Strings, Trombone, Trumpet, Viola, Violin, Woodwinds
- Origin > Collaboration
Production > Live Instruments
Time > Tempo: Slow
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