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A Prayer 07.30.2010
Past Updates: 07.23.2010 | 07.09.2010 | 07.02.2010
"If in the after life there is not music, we will have to import it."
- Doménico Cieri Estrada
13 - You Can Hear the Cry of the Planet
Daryl Banner Final Fantasy VII | Listen to the Cries of the Planet
Author's Comments
We've reached the city in the north, and we chase a dream of Aerith that lures Cloud to a place that is the scene of an event that's sure to scar every gamer's heart for life: Sephiroth's unexpected and untimely return. Aerith's head bowed in prayer--for what, we don't know yet. And the heart-stopping strike of Sephiroth's blade that, surely, pierced all of us when we first saw it.

The sound of Materia dropping to the stone floor, glowing bright green, hopping, then plummeting to the waters below.

A SIDE NOTE: This song originally had an extended moment at the end of it with the sound effects of the actual murder, flowing directly into the next song (and including the tapping of the green Materia against the stone ground as an intro in the next track), but I took it out because it was ripped directly from the game and, honestly, I wasn't sure if that infringed on a copyright or anything. If there's any interest in hearing the two tracks with their intros and out-tros, I'm willing to supply the alternate versions as well.

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14 - Aerith's Last Act
Daryl Banner Final Fantasy VII | Aerith's Theme
Author's Comments
This is probably the most faithful rendition of any theme I did in the entire soundtrack. I took no extreme departures from the original ... but seriously, how could I possibly?? At this point in the game, when we lose one of our main characters so unexpectedly and so tragically, you can't creatively deviate from this song and still expect to get the same emotion. I know I couldn't.

Aerith's death echoes in all of us who experienced it, and I absolutely had to keep faithful to the original in order to capture that feeling wholly. The final image at the end of this song, to me, is Cloud releasing Aerith's body into the lake, her hair as it spreads out around her, Aerith's face as it vanishes into the depths of the water below.

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Today's update's title was inspired by several things. First, it is a reference to Aerith's prayer for Holy—the part of Final Fantasy VII's story from which our pieces today come. Second, it is for Kouen's dad, an esteemed ophthalmologist, who recently passed away. Kouen is my best buddy and if you read my Author's Comments, you'd know that he is the one who renders my compositions. The third reference is to me. My licensure examinations shall begin next week and I'll be praying a lot because I don't think I'm ready. I hope you guys pray for me too.

On to our double feature for today. You Can Hear the Cry of the Planet is a very modern take on Listen to the Cries of the Planet. Gone are the strings which play the repeating segment. In their place is a distorted sound that vaguely resembles brasswinds. I'm not quite sure what they are exactly, but they sound fantastic. The original already had a mysterious vibe going on, and the samples Daryl used only increased that ten-fold.

Aerith's Theme is a piece that needs no elucidation. Daryl pretty much summed it up in his Author's Comments. I especially loved how Daryl augmented the segment starting at 1:27 with low, flowing demisemiquavers. I was a bit confused by the fermata at around 2:01, though. The final segment took my breath away. Daryl picked a unique segment at which to end, and he executed it magnificently. Download them now!

That's it for this week's update. Have a great weekend, folks!

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