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Absolute 08.27.2010
Past Updates: 08.20.2010 | 08.13.2010 | 08.06.2010
"Musical compositions, it should be remembered, do not inhabit certain countries, certain museums, like paintings and statues. The Mozart Quintet is not shut up in Salzburg: I have it in my pocket."
- Henri Rabaud
18 - The Final Face of Jenova
Daryl Banner Final Fantasy VII | Jenova Absolute
Author's Comments
A lot like the first battle with Jenova, I started this one completely unrecognizable at first. Eventually, the pieces of this final battle with Jenova start to come together one at a time, and then the fight explodes into action. If you can't tell, I have a bias for final battles (and multiple ones at that) so I felt the most inspired for this final portion of the album---I needed the entire end of the album to come together as the longest, the most grueling, the most epic battle for the saving of the world.

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Daryl's featured submission today is the first of three battle tracks that form the finale of VII. As he said, the opening of the mix is an unrecognizable drone—a deep and synthetic gurgle that elbows in a sense of dread that is certainly appropriate for that moment when you face the angry mama-form-a-meteor for the last time. I have to admit, though, that the segment feels a bit drawn out as it lasts for a full minute. The familiar motif appears on the strings, then, a bit slow at first, slowly but surely picking up speed. The rhythm establishes itself soon after. The piece mutates as it goes on, the synths and sound samples shifting almost uncomfortably as it does, particularly near the end. Not only is it a fitting representation for the monstrosity to which the original theme is associated, it is also effective in keeping the remix interesting as the motif itself is intensely repetitive. Grab a copy now!

It's almost time for the son to take center stage... Just two more pieces to go before we say goodbye to VII, folks. Until next update! Have a great weekend, guys!

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