Charles Ritz - The Only Thing We Have To​.​.​.

from SUCCESSOR: Final Fantasy VIII Remixed by Materia Community

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The Only Thing We Have To...

The source material for this track set up a very atmospheric soundscape, primarily using rhodes and sparce hi-hats, along with moving between chords in interesting ways. When several members of the Collective joined Charles in a listening party, he quickly latched onto this track and decided to make a rendition with an ensemble similar to that of the jazz fusion group, Snarky Puppy (which is from New York City, like him!). Charles decided to finally make a project with completely live instrumentation, requesting the help of some of his biggest inspirations for getting into video game cover creation, especially on YouTube, and it was a wonderfully pleasant experience to work with them. The rhythm section was mostly left to their own devices, so when Mitchell sent the drums, it gave the song more of an energetic vibe than originally intended, but it opened up some new opportunities that weren't there before, and that change really helped to not only make this rendition of Fear stand out from the original song, but bring it over the edge to become what Charles considers to be one of his best works.


from SUCCESSOR: Final Fantasy VIII Remixed, released February 11, 2016
UPC 00841787132900
Ⓟ 2016 Materia Collective

Charles Ritz: Producer, Arranger, Alto Saxophone, Piano, Vocals
Can of Nothing: Bass
insaneintherainmusic: Tenor Saxophone
Doug Perry: Vibraphone
Joe Chen: Viola
John Montoya: Mixing Engineer, Mastering Engineer
Joshua Taipale: Lead Guitar
Kirill Polyanskiy: Violin
Marc Papeghin: Trumpet
Michaela Nachtigall: Violin
Mitchell J. Cairns: Drums
Ro Panuganti: Rhythm Guitar
Sean Schafianski: Flute, Score Engraving
Virginia Pettis: Trombone

• "Fear"
Nobuo Uematsu (Composer)

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