Hello again! Today I bring up an album that came out five years back, along with a couple of Final Fantasy remixes that were released in the past week! First up is OverClocked ReMix’s Voices of the Lifestream, an arrangement of the Final Fantasy VII soundtrack. Released on September 14, 2007, the four-disc album contains 45 arrangements totaling more than three hours of music covering a variety of styles.
The reason I bring it up is that this year happens to be both the 25th anniversary for this long-running series in addition to the 15th for Final Fantasy VII itself. It’s also relevant due to the recent announcement of the PC port’s re-release coming soon. It generated a lot of buzz upon release, even from composer and Video Games Live co-creator Tommy Tallarico, who said, “OC ReMix has done it again! I’m always impressed with the amazing talent that comes from the OCR community.
This album is a further testament to that quality and passion. It’s an honor for video game composers around the world to have their material be a part of the OCR community. This album rocks!” It is available for no charge whatsoever at OCR’s official site.
In addition to that magnificent album, I bring two arrangements that came out in the past week. First up is Walt Ribeiro, who arranges various songs For Orchestra. Recently he turned his orchestral eye to a classic tune, namely The Decisive Battle from Final Fantasy VI. The song itself is pretty awesome on its own, but he manages to amplify that by quite a large factor. You can listen to it, also free of charge, here.
Also, OCReMix released an orchestral arrangement of One-Winged Angel from FFVII and Liberi Fatali from FFVIII. Entitled ‘Duel of the Blades,’ artist Kevin Penkin blends the two themes masterfully into a wondrously cohesive piece. He says, “I have heard many different arrangements of One Winged Angel and have experienced the work in many different recorded and live forms.
I have realised that most of the versions I had listened to had one thing in common, the structure. The instrumentation might change or something might get put in the middle of the work, but to my knowledge there hasn’t been a complete rework of OWA outside of Crisis Core. This is what I wanted to change if I was actually going to try and arrange the tune. While writing the opening section I kept on thinking ‘Liberi Fatali would work great here’ and eventually came into the piece.” It works perfectly, and you can listen to it here.
Lastly, some news that is hot off the presses. Or maybe lukewarm, since it’s a few hours old. Earlier today, OCReMix announced their first Kickstarter campaign for their Final Fantasy VI album, Balance and Ruin. Now the album itself is going to be free as usual, but it’s always nice to get a chance to have a physical copy or to get that warm fuzzy feeling from helping a cause you believe in. Also the video on the Kickstarter campaign has a few snippets from works-in-progress at the end, so there’s always that. If you’re curious, you can check that out here. Until next time, game on!