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One Winged Angel - Unhampered by Accordions

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Uploaded on Mar 23, 2009

This is "One Winged Angel", one of the most famous final boss battle musics on this planet (from Final Fantasy VII, if it's not terribly obvious =), so I don't think this song itself needs much further explanations.

Basically, the PC version had one great big advantage AND disadvantage: The soundtrack was in MIDI format, so if you loaded up a good SoundFont, the game sounded frigging epic. Unfortunately, this music for the final battle was also stored in MIDI format, and included choir samples. So... you needed to travel all the way here to find out whether or not the automatic choir SoundFont loading works for you! For me, it didn't. Colour me surprised.

And so, in this video, we'll mix and match a little bit. I extracted the original MIDI file from the game data files (using a tool called "unmass" - there's probably other tools). Then, I took the most kickawesome GM SoundFont I found, the 142 megabyte FluidR3. *And* the original SoundFont bank with choir samples that the game was *supposed* to autoload. Then, I told TiMidity++ to take most of the sounds *here*, and the choir samples from *there*. The end result is pretty good!

If you wonder what the "Unhampered by Accordions" means, let's just say I wasn't happy with the mental associations I got from the default FF7 sound bank or the PSX version sound synthesis. It really sounded like someone had brought an accordion to this fight. If there's one boss that needs accordions, it's Kefka - *not* Sephiroth. =)
And if the date in the end seems a bit off, let's just say I had a bit of a lazy spell to get this video actually rendered. Cinelerra seemed buggy that day. Surprisingly enough, it now worked on the first try. Go figure.

Game footage and music © Squaresoft 1997.

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