Tuesday, 12 March 2013

instrumental galore

FFX - To Zanarkand. Zafirah likes this song too :B

Distant World Orchestra /o/

Finally after 5 months pending, I've decided to write about my experience attending the Distant World Orchestra.

The concert was held 3 days in Malaysia, on 16th, 17th and 18th of November but I've only attended the first one, on 16th.

The whole perfomance was beautiful. Astounding. Mesmerizing. Even remembering it makes my heart races. Alhamdulillah I was able to attend it without a hitch :)

Splurged on one t-shirt and 2 CDs. I was hoping to buy the DVDs too but I was short of money ;w; (t-shirt actually costs more than one CD what)

To be honest, I cannot decide which is my favourite pieces among of all, because all of them were played beautifully.

Though I have to admit, whenever a song from FF8 is played (which is my favourite out of others) I cannot help but to grin like an idiot hehe.

The hauntingly beautiful "Liberi Fatali" was played as the introduction

FF8's Liberi Fatali (Original MIDI ver.)

whilst "The Man with Machine Gun" and "Don't Be Afraid" was played in the middle of the concert.
FF8's The Man with Machine Gun (DWO ver.)

FF8's Don't Be Afraid (Distant World Orchestra ver.)

I was hoping for "Premonition" or "Fisherman's Horizon", but it doesn't get played. Ah well one could hope /o/

FF8's Premonition. One of my favourite song. The intensity of the song is just ;sdlfks

"Dear Friends" from FF5 was beautiful too, the melody kinda tells the story of the song. I fell in love the first time I heard it at the concert, so that's saying something. ( I never played FF1~FF6 so originally idk their tracks aside from Dissidia FF)

Dear Friends Piano ver. (orchestrated ver. was much better but there's none on YT ;w;)

"The Clash on the Big Bridge" of FF5 was awesome and energetic as expected. Epic.

The Clash on the Big Bridge (Orchestra ver. by DWO :) )

FF4's "Theme of Love" was enchantingly beautiful. I almost teared up, but I didn't because at the same time I was mesmerized by the images on the screen. Now I'm listening to it again and it gives me goosebumps. It's that good.

Theme of Love (Orchestra ver. at Tour De Japon)

for FF7, "Opening : Bombing Mission" gives you this kind of adrenaline rush. Really good. Though I was hoping for "On the Verge of Assault" of Crisis Core to be played but it didn't.. (It gives better adrenaline rush, period) To think about it, I dont remember seeing any songs aside from FF1~FF13 played throughout all of the DWO perfomances. It would be good if they pick something other of that like Chrono Cross and Crisis Core because they too have mindblowing soundtracks. Like "Price of Freedom" and "Time's Scar".
Both of them are really good songs, I tell you.

FF7's Opening : Bombing Mission (Orchestra ver, not live though)

On the Verge of Assault, FF7 Crisis Core. a MUST listen. All the adrenaline rush!

Chrono Cross - Scar of Time by VGO (orchestra ver, not live)

Near the end of the concert, they played "One-Winged Angel" of FF7 as the encore. Which made ALL of the audiences happy because everyone was clapping, because its like the compulsory piece in every concert /laughs ;; Initially I was pretty disappointed too because I thought it was not going to be played hahaha.

The infamous FF7's One-Winged Angel

Actually I had brought 3 packets of tissue as preparation in case I bawl while listening to the music. I was pleasantly surprised that I only used ONE ply of the tissue /laughs
I didn’t feel like crying until “Suteki Da Ne” was played (sang by Stephanie Van Driesen) with the emotional video of FFX played, my willpower gave up and the tears duct won. And I’m not alone in crying because I heard few sniffs from whole lot directions while “Suteki Da Ne” was sang and played :P

FF10's Suteki Da Ne (Isn't it Beautiful? Japanese version)
Maria and Draco from FF6 was great too, I never thought I will appreciate opera-like song in my whole life, but at that night I did. The three singers voice were just that powerful. I've compared few versions of Maria and Draco from other DWO concerts, but theirs are the best to me.
AND OH FF9’s “You’re not Alone” was nothing but BRILLIANT! All my feeeeels. FF9 have lots of MV clip, and all of them are used well in the clip, matching the perfomance.

FF9 You're Not Alone performed at Tour de Japon (orchestra ver.)

All in all it was GREAT! Very happy that I was able to attend the concert after 10 years of waiting. Worth the money, time and the stress to overcome all challenges in order to plan and attend the concert. I'm very thankful and grateful ya Allah, really I've never dreamed to get this kind of opportunity, but somehow I did, Alhamdulillah :')
All FF fans or instrumental song lovers should attend it if they’re able to, there’ll be no regrets I tell you :)