A few months ago, when the HD version of Final Fantasy VII was announced, a good friend of mine, Sebastian Wolff, got the idea to reach out to his contacts in the game audio world and see who would be interested in forming a group to reimagine Nobuo Uematsu’s iconic score in a remix album. The enthusiasm was immediate. Those people reached out to other people, and soon a team of over 200 musicians, arrangers, remixers, and composers joined together in a spirit of collaboration and creativity to become the Materia Collective.
Friday, we launched our first album: Final Fantasy VII Remixed.
This 5-disc album is available on Loudr, iTunes, Google Play, and Spotify (if you want to get a taste for everything before buying it 😉 )
It’s $15, and is officially licensed through Square; the original artists get a cut, as do we. 🙂
Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/music/album/Various_Artists_MATERIA_Final_Fantasy_VII_Remixed?id=Br4bo6nlewwbqet2c2uizwt5ji4
As for my contribution, I had the privilege of working with the amazing violinist Michaela Nachtigall and the excellent percussionist Joel Everett to bring my contribution to the project to life: a remix of a rather quirky and laid-back track, “It’s Difficult to Stand on Both Feet”. I reworked it for trumpet (my own instrument of choice), violin, and orchestra, placing it in a more scherzo-like frenetic mode, and writing elaborate florid cadenzas for both soloists, while allowing for a variety of virtuosic moments.
I couldn’t have done it my fantastic collaborators (thank you so much, both of you!), and I hope you have as much fun listening to it as I did writing it!
Now, to the second order of business!
FOR THE KING HAS JUST 3 DAYS REMAINING ON OUR KICKSTARTER!!!
We’ve had a fantastic run so far, making our initial goal as well as a healthy number of stretch goals, but we still have a bit more to go to get to our $125k goal of a “Above the Clouds” (airships! highland cities!), and the more distant, but equally-awesome Backers’ Select tier, at $155k. I’d like to thank everyone who’s pledged to the campaign already, you’re all fantastic people, and thanks to you, For the King is happening. I only ask that you help to spread the word in these final days; the more funding we get, the more expansive and polished a game we can make.
Thank you again, for everything. You’re wonderful.