Materia Collective is pleased to present Breath of Fire III (Remastered Tracks), a classy tribute album by arranger Sean Schafianski celebrating the music from Capcom's 1997 PlayStation-era RPG composed by Yoshino Aoki and Akari Kaida.Read More
Massive collection of remixes by the videogame music community and industry talent released to celebrate the Final Fantasy VII remake announcement
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Seattle, Washington - October 9, 2015 - Materia Collective is pleased to present MATERIA: Final Fantasy VII Remixed , a massive five-disc remix project celebrating the announcement of Square Enix's highly-anticipated remake of one of the most beloved role-playing games of all time, Final Fantasy VII. Following in the spirit of other community remix projects such as those from OverClocked ReMix, Zelda Reorchestrated, and others, Materia Collective has gathered nearly 200 musicians from around the globe, including renowned remixers, performers, YouTube personalities, and composers working in the videogame industry to pay tribute to Nobuo Uematsu's timeless soundtrack.
MATERIA: Final Fantasy VII Remixed is fully licensed and is available from Loudr and other digital retailers:
" MATERIA: Final Fantasy VII Remixed is the album we have always wanted to exist," comments album producer and Materia Collective founder Sebastian Wolff. "It is more than a cover album; it is a collection of individual musical tributes from nearly 200 artists, collaborating to create a massive five-disc tribute to one of the most beloved games and soundtracks of all time."
To this day, Final Fantasy VII remains a fan favorite for its in-depth story, wide cast of characters, and its memorable soundtrack. Listeners will enjoy every track from Final Fantasy VII remixed, arranged, and re-imagined across a variety of genres, including the cinematic and beautiful "Main Theme from Final Fantasy VII," the tribal "Cosmo Canyon," the laid back "Costa del Sol," the heartbreaking "Aerith's Theme," and the epic final battle theme, "One-Winged Angel" along with all the rest. Featured artists include composers Will Roget, II ( Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris), Jeff Ball ( TimeSpinner), Dale North ( Dragon Fantasy Book II), Francisco Cerda and John Robert Matz (Gunpoint), Kyle Landry, Smooth McGroove, Laura Intravia, String Player Gamer, Doug Perry, Kristin Naigus, Rozen, Videri String Quartet, Triforce Quartet and many more.
For more information about Materia Collection, their debut album, MATERIA: Final Fantasy VII Remixed , and the artists involved, please visit Materia Collective's official website:
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Secret of Evermore: Remastered Tracks Preview Trailer
Grand Rapids, Michigan - July 20, 2015 - Composer and arranger Sean Schafianski is thrilled to present a 20th anniversary tribute to the soundtrack of Squaresoft USA's cult classic RPG, Secret of Evermore, with his own unique spin in the form of Secret of Evermore: Remastered Tracks . As the first soundtrack composed by renowned artist Jeremy Soule ( Skyrim, Guild Warsseries), the Secret of Evermore soundtrack has been cherished among game music fans for its impressive cinematic presentation despite the technical limitations of Nintendo's Super NES console.
As Secret of Evermore has fallen into obscurity over the years, Schafianski wanted to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the game's 1995 release by producing high-quality arrangements of some of the most memorable themes, which are now licensed and available on LOUDR:
"Squaresoft RPGs like Secret of Evermore hold a special place in my heart," reflects Schafianski. "When Evermore came out in 1995--I was only six!--I had already caught the RPG bug, and the game's quirky style quickly won me over. I want game music lovers to experience the same nostalgia I did when listening to this amazing soundtrack again."
Secret of Evermore: Remastered Tracks is the latest entry in Schafianski'sVideo Game Music Remastered ( VGMR) series, which includes similar tributes to the music of NieR, Final Fantasy VI, Chrono Trigger, Final Fantasy VII, and more. Fans who want to pick up Schafianski's past works can do so at a discount by bundling their purchases exclusively on LOUDR. View Sean Schafianski's VGMR catalog here:
"With all of my Remastered Tracks albums, I want to stay as true to the source material as possible," comments Schafianski. "The point is to pay tribute to amazing soundtracks by fantastic composers, while giving the music a breath of fresh air and a little artistic twist on my part. I create all of my arrangements by ear, listening closely to the original then trying to recreate the magic. I hope you enjoy listening to these arrangements as much as I enjoyed making them!"
About Sean Schafianski
Sean Schafianski is a composer, arranger, saxophonist, and avid gamer from Grand Rapids, Michigan. He recently graduated with a degree in composition from Grand Valley State University, and is now working in a freelance capacity on original and arrangement projects.
In 2013 he began producing jazz-flavored arrangements of some of his favorite videogame soundtracks, including those from the Final Fantasyseries, Chrono Trigger, and NieR, and offering them through JoyPad Records and later, Loudr.
His next Video Game Music Remastered ( VGMR) projects will include a second volume follow-up to 2013's highly-popular Final Fantasy VI: Remastered Soundtrack and an album dedicated to the music of Breath of Fire III.
10:17pm Wed 22nd Jul 2015 by Stephen Meyerink
"[...] Much as with this arranger's other albums of remastered music, there is a careful understanding and reverence for the original music here that colors the entire project. Rather than reinventing or remixing Soule's classic tunes, Schafianski's arrangements feel like an homage to them, as though he aimed to recreate the music in a way that emphasizes the originals and hides his own hand, as a translator might with do with the written word."
Full review here
6:00pm Mon 20th Jul 2015 by Damien McFerran
"Sean Schafianski works his magic on Jeremy Soule's original tracks
Secret of Evermore is one of Square's forgotten classics - a SNES title created entirely in North America that tried to ape stable mate Secret of Mana, but didn't quite match it. Despite being less acclaimed than some of Square's other 16-bit titles, Evermore still has plenty of fans - not just for its gameplay, but also for its rather excellent soundtrack."
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