Hey everyone, in case you don't keep track of the video game music arrangement community, there's a major upcoming release you might be interested in - especially if you're a fan of the Final Fantasy series and/or Nobuo Uematsu. A group of over forty musicians from OverClocked ReMix are releasing a 4-CD tribute album of arranged music from the legendary game Final Fantasy VII. This project, titled Voices of the Lifestream, features over three hours of music and forty-five songs in every genre imaginable, from new age, to film score-style orchestral, to drum n' bass, trance, heavy metal, bossa nova, improv jazz, Broadway-style solo piano, and beyond. It is one of the biggest fan-made arrange albums ever to be released.
Jayson Napolitano recently reviewed Voices on Music4Games in a showcase piece, calling it "One of the most impressive and encompassing listening experiences in the world of video game music." You can pick up the project free of charge online at http://ff7.ocremix.org/ on September 14th. The website also has more information about the history of the project and everyone involved.
I had the privilege of directing and coordinating Voices of the Lifestream, contributing directly to five of the arrangements and doing editing, mixing, and mastering work for several dozen others. Though the entire thing took about 20 months to complete, it has been well worth it, and really represents what OverClocked ReMix is all about; fans of video game music collaborating together and re-interpreting classic music. I strongly suggest checking it out if you haven't already, as there are over 1,400 existing remixes from hundreds of games, all of which can be downloaded for free.