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Cloud Strife, Symphonic Biography
Classical Game(s): Final Fantasy VII
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As Her Memory takes to the Sky
Classical Game(s): Front Mission
MP3 Splendid Performance Final Round
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Comment: When pondering on what to remix as a submission for the final round, the chord progression of "Within Living Memory..."from Front Mission just sort of found it's way into my sequencer. Imagine that. Still, whether the beginning of this endeavor was planned out or completely spontaneous, I'm glad I finally got to sit down and arrange one of my favorite compositions from one of my favorite composers--miss Noriko Matsueda. I think I was going for a quasi-trip-hop feel in the first section, although it came down to much less of a distinct background sound than I had wanted. Fortunately, I think I made up for any misgivings about the first section with the second, a jazzy, downtempo piano solo underlined with a laidback acoustic drum part. Hopefully my rendition of Kalen's theme adds a new dimension to the beautiful original, and perhaps even open up more ears to Matsueda's music.
Dark Star Scherzo
Piano Game(s): Secret of Mana
MP3 Splendid Performance Audition Phase 1
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Comment: This arrangement of "The Dark Star" from Secret of Mana was an attempt to combine the breathtaking richness of Hiroki Kikuta's composition with the expressive passion and musicality of my piano idol, Masashi Hamauzu. As anyone who's heard the FFX and/or the SF2 piano albums knows, Hamauzu approaches pianistic design with masterful tact; his work defies mere transcription, reflecting the ebb and flow of a deep, colorful dream. Try as one might, there's really no way to mimic this man's depth. But heck, it was still fun. Thus, the transformation of the original composition from Secret of Mana is not unlike something Hamauzu might do, tearing down the old structure and starting from scratch, but all the while never once faltering to maintain the original's integrity and spirit. At least, that's what *he* would've done; I can only hope I accomplished as much.


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