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Archive for July, 2009

Echoes of Betrayal, Light of Redemption, CD2

Posted by Ad on July 25, 2009

Just woke up. I’m strangely tired and bored out of my skull. What do I do? I play the second cd from the ocremix FF4 album that was released last weekend. For free. Go get it if you haven’t already.
There’s something very chippy about AeroZ Mystic variations, the opening track to the second CD of Echoes. It’s followed by the cutest metal track I’ve ever heard, Metal Mage by Cyril the Wolf, his brother Lil’ Wolfie, and OA. There have been some complaint about how wildly varied the album is, and with synth madness, metal, and now a solo piano piece I’m inclined to agree. Then again, there’s nothing wrong with that, and they all fit together well, and utilize and reference many of the same melodies. Long Dao’s Smiling Hilltop for Four Hands is the piano track in question.
Then again, it’s fits so well with the following track, Step into the Light by Nutritious. Long, soft intro make it transition easily from Long Dao’s piano track. Now for something totally different, the prophet of mephisto’s Long Time Gone, which I’m having a hard time describing. Synths, beats, some guitar… Well, in any case I like it.
The Rhymes with Elixir is apparently a joke track by remixers under the alias The Scuba Divers. Liontamer had a guest spot as the mc in the intro. It’s strange track, since the sound and production is expectedly high, and the rap is to me about as serious as “real” rap. That doesn’t say actually say the rap in it is particularly good, but I do like the varied voices, especially how much character they all have. Something about Shiva’s voice and/or processing gives me goosebumps. Then again “Chocobo, Chocobo, you’re so fine, you’ve got more bling than all of those guys;” how can you take a song like that serious?
Despite usually only contributing voice, DragonAvenger did some arranging on the project, her second interlude Nom! following the rap. The idea of interludes is cool, and short as they are, they serve as a nice break from the big, loud and/or epic tracks on the project. Nathan Rich takes us for a flight in Blue Planet in Mode 7, a take on the Airship source that only bring my mind to open skies, freedom, and the ability to fly.
Goodbye Cid… That’s next, a collaboration between Wiesty, audio fidelity, and OA that features electric guitar, synths, and organ. It has a melancholic vibe, and ilp0’s Almost Fell for a Trojan shares that vibe, but takes it to a different environment and context.
One of the most stunning tracks on the entire album is Hy Bound’s and Loka LaFevre’s Somewhere to Hide, which with beautiful vocal parts, hard beats is a really emotional track, just one more haunting than the sappy ones usually associated with the word “emotional”. Strangely juxtaposed after hiding, we hear AeroZ solo on cello… at least until the tracks takes an expected turn into the territory of synths – after all, this is AeroZ we’re talking about. Th combination of cello and synths works well together, and the remixer uses them both skillfully.
Fallen Ascent by Children of the Monkey Machine, another atmosphere-orineted track, takes the same melody we heard in Somewhere to Hide and puts it in a dark cloud where we feel more than we hear. Next comes Survival Instinct by Audix, taking us forward at a higher tempo than the ethereal nightmare before. No wonder, as it’s another battle source.
Cyril the Wolf’s strong suit isn’t electronic music, which although shows in OMFG! GET OUT OF THERE!!! doesn’t ruin the track. I keep associating it with the Space Pirate music from the Metroid Prime series, which felt just as frantic the first time you played it. Again, two very different tracks juxtaposed, an ethereal intro consisted mostly of bells and bell-like synths is played after the more frantic track.
Anyone looking at the data of the current track should know that the ethereal intro belongs to my track, Lacrima. it continues into more synths, drums, and strays far from the tone of the source. So far, I’ve been getting all positive feedback for it, save for a few nitpicks I agree on anyway.
Oh and don’t skip the outro, it’s one of the strangest things I’ve ever done, or even heard – and it’s completely accidental, which makes it even cooler. Yep, my favorite part of the track is a compelte accident, that’s how awesome I am. 😀
Theme of Love for Guitar Duet is the last track on the second CD, Pot Hocket softly and beautifully bring it to a close. it segues nicely into the first track of disc 3… but that’s another story for another moment of boredom.

Just woke up. I’m strangely tired and bored out of my skull. What do I do? I play the second cd from the ocremix FF4 album that was released last weekend. For free. Go get it if you haven’t already.

There’s something very chippy about AeroZ Mystic variations, the opening track to the second CD of Echoes. It’s followed by the cutest metal track I’ve ever heard, Metal Mage by Cyril the Wolf, his brother Lil’ Wolfie, and OA. There have been some complaints about how wildly varied the album is, and with synth madness, metal, and next a solo piano piece I’m inclined to agree. Then again, there’s nothing wrong with that, as they all fit together well, and utilize and reference many of the same melodies. Long Dao’s Smiling Hilltop for Four Hands is the piano track in question.

Then again, it’s fits so well with the following track, Step into the Light by Nutritious. Long, soft intro make it transition easily from Long Dao’s piano track. Now for something totally different, the prophet of mephisto’s Long Time Gone, which I’m having a hard time describing. Synths, beats, some guitar… Well, in any case I like it.

The Rhymes with Elixir is apparently a joke track by remixers under the alias The Scuba Divers. Liontamer had a guest spot as the mc in the intro. It’s strange track, since the sound and production is expectedly high, and the rap is to me about as serious as “real” rap. That doesn’t say actually say the rap in it is particularly good, but I do like the varied voices, especially how much character they all have. Something about Shiva’s voice and/or processing gives me goosebumps. Then again “Chocobo, Chocobo, you’re so fine, you’ve got more bling than all of those guys;” how can you take a song like that seriously? 😀

Despite usually only contributing voice, DragonAvenger did some arranging on the project, her second interlude Nom! following the rap. The idea of interludes is cool, and short as they are, they serve as a nice break from the big, loud and/or epic tracks on the project. Nathan Rich takes us for a flight in Blue Planet in Mode 7, a take on the Airship source that only bring my mind to open skies, freedom, and the ability to fly.

Goodbye Cid… That’s next, a collaboration between Wiesty, audio fidelity, and OA that features electric guitar, synths, and organ. It has a melancholic vibe, and ilp0’s Almost Fell for a Trojan shares that vibe, but takes it to a different environment and context.

One of the most stunning tracks on the entire album is Hy Bound’s and Loka LaFevre’s Somewhere to Hide, which with beautiful vocal parts, hard beats is a really emotional track, just one more haunting than the sappy ones usually associated with the word “emotional”. Strangely juxtaposed after hiding, we hear AeroZ solo on cello… at least until the tracks takes an expected turn into the territory of synths – after all, this is AeroZ we’re talking about. The combination of cello and synths works well together, and the remixer uses them both skillfully.

Fallen Ascent by Children of the Monkey Machine, another atmosphere-orineted track, takes the same melody we heard in Somewhere to Hide and puts it in a dark cloud where we feel more than we hear. Next comes Survival Instinct by Audix, taking us forward at a higher tempo than the ethereal nightmare before. No wonder, as it’s another battle source.

Cyril the Wolf’s strong suit isn’t electronic music, which although shows in OMFG! GET OUT OF THERE!!! doesn’t ruin the track. I keep associating it with the Space Pirate music from the Metroid Prime series, which felt just as frantic the first time you played it. Again, two very different tracks juxtaposed, an ethereal intro consisted mostly of bells and bell-like synths is played after the more frantic track.

Anyone looking at the data of the current track should know that the ethereal intro belongs to my track, Lacrima. It continues into more synths, drums, and strays far from the tone of the source. So far, I’ve been getting all positive feedback for it, save for a few nitpicks I agree on anyway.

Oh and don’t skip the outro, it’s one of the strangest things I’ve ever done, or even heard – and it’s completely accidental, which makes it even cooler. Yep, my favorite part of the track is a compelte accident, that’s how awesome I am. 😀

Theme of Love for Guitar Duet is the last track on the second CD, Pot Hocket softly and beautifully bring it to a close. it segues nicely into the first track of disc 3… but that’s another story for another moment of boredom.

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Echoes of Betrayal, Light of Redemption, CD1

Posted by Ad on July 23, 2009

That’s the name of the remix album I contributed to. Lemme share some thoughts about it. As I’m kind’a bored at the moment, there’ll be a lot of thoughts to share. 😀

Nutritious is full of it. By ‘it’ I mean the opening track is his “Full of Courage”. It’s a grand, majestic, epic orchestral thingy, and it’s followed by the march-rock “The Might of Baron” by audio fidelity. March-rock is the best way to describe it, methinks. It has orchestral parts, electric guitar, but more importantly: boot percussion. Then comes AeroZ’ Overture – Tellah’s Prophecy, which is synths+real cello. Weird combination, but a nice track.

Then comes Avaris’ Journey to Solace, perhaps a Journey to Silius reference/pun. The track is an orchestra and synth hybrid with a heavy feel to it. When working on the project, I saw he used the same source as I did, and was a bit concerned about the competition. The two tracks are fortunately very different, and complete each other. More about how awesome my track is later.

Then comes crazy song from crazy remixer/judge/composer robot. Mostly real hardware synths, old stuff, and it sounds awesome. Ana(pro)logue, by Another Soundscape. orchestral next, with John Revoredo’s The Flying Machine, which is another one of those majestic tracks. This one is more percussive than Nutri’s opening piece. next is Mazedude’s Read the Sine, all sine wave instruments, with various effects and stuff. I’d describe it as simple amazing, which is a pun in so many ways.

Cyril the Wolf’s track Emerald beauty is number 8 on the first cd, and is a beautiful rendition of Rydia with a somewhat casual and down-to-Earth feel, unlike the mostly bombastic, artificial, and/or grandiose tracks so far. The follows 5 minutes of noise… I mean, a Children of the Monkey Machine track, an stunning, creepy atmospheric track, which is pretty much what you’d expect from him considering his other remixes. Apparently, audio fidelity did something there as well.

Tweek, with Of Fiend and Man, does something very fitting with a battle track – he makes it rock. Orchestral parts, electric guitar and drums, aggressive all the way. And it’s appropriately enough followed by an interlude based on the victory jingle by DragonAvenger. Naming a track Yay! earns her a few more points. 😀

Moving on to level 99 and audiofidelity’s The Skies Holds No Angels For Us, the intro of which makes me think of Maridia in Super Metroid. Apparently a commonly used intro melody, since I know it from Seiken Densetsu 3 as well. This is a rock track, without all the synths and orchestral parts other tracks utilize.

Edward’s Dream Quartet is next, and it’s a beautiful, emotive arrangement and performance by Abadoss and James George, respectively iirc. personally, I like the 5:40 part most, perhaps because it stands out so much more, being mostly pizzicato. From classical acoustic instruments to hard electronica, next comes bLiNd’s Golbez ‘N Goblins, a catchy and pounding track that keeps popping into my head when there’s no other music around.

Even more amazing is what OA, Nutritious, and The Fabul Men’s Choir formed for the occasion over the net have in Latin vocals, various world music, orchestral and rock instrumentation. Fighting For Tomorrow. Sempre Fabul. And fabulous it is. Like with the track before, everyone in my house must have heard it by now, it’s one of few tracks I’m not happy with just playing normally, it’s gotta be loud.

That’s CD one. So far it’s amazing, and there are some incredible tracks on the other CDs as well. The album is available for download via ocremix’ website and the Echoes subsite. You should get it. It’s amazing. I’m on it. 😀

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…it’s supposed to be out now…

Posted by Ad on July 19, 2009

I’m talking about the new ocremix.org free video game arrangement album Echoes of Betrayal, Light of Redemption. I’ve got a tack on there, and have so far gotten some nice feedback from people who’ve heard it. Now I’m waiting to hear it in context.

Despite having accesss to most, if not all the tracks on the album earlier, being one of the remixers (or arrangers, or… whatever) on the project, I’ve kept myself from listening to them. I only know two of the remixes – mine and the other one I contributed to, the latter of which I heard in an earlier version of. This is gonna be exciting…

I’m talking about the online listening party we’re having in… in a minute. Gonna be interesting to hear all the remixes, and to hear what the others think of mine. I’ll probably highlight a few tracks in a later post. Now… it’s Final Fantasy IV remix marathon time! 😀

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Make that 3… or 4

Posted by Ad on July 14, 2009

I already mentioned this on my swedish blog, but it’s worth saying here too. I’m now working on music for two games, and then there’s the Seiken Densetsu 3 remix project… Should I count the other remix projects when I’m only contributing one or two tracks there? That makes it 2 more unless I’ve forgotten something.

In any case, I’m considering making an album, but I’m having a hard time deciding if I should make a free release or try to go commersial. I’ve got thousands of tracks saved, many of which could be worth releasing (and many of which aren’t). Free means free publicity, commersial means money. No publicity, no money. Hm…

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