FF7 - A Haven in the Sky II

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This is my 2009 remastering of "Highwind Takes to the Skies" from Final Fantasy 7. I originally released a remastering of this song on Newgrounds all the way back in 2004... yep that long ago. However, after a few recent reviews of the 2004 song felt it wasn't in the spirit of the original (and probably outdated as well), it got me thinking. As such this made me decide to redo it for you all. Feel free to listen to the old version as well if you want to compare and contrast. This song has far more going on in it than both my old remastering or the original song from the game itself.

Biggest changes in this version aside from the completely new instrument samples is a piano intro and choir to help add an epic feeling during the ending segment. I also made it sound like the ship was taking off as the piano segment ends to add to the nostalgic feel that those who've played the game are hopefully getting. There have been instrument selection changes, even more complexity added, as well as positioning changes. I've also made it a point to make the snares (drums), etc, louder as to create a more heroic feel. Overall, I'd say it's vastly superior to the old one.

This song was not easy to redo, due to the sheer amount of "complexity" I added to it along with all of the technical issues that arose out of having so much going on at once (FL would actually crash if I added anything more to it). In fact the entire piano segment had to be done alone and then put in as a WAV file. While the first segment of the fully orchestrated part of the song is almost the same as the second part, if you listen attentively there are differences in how instruments are used etc. What's added and taken away. Certain notes for one instrument are not used again and so on. In fact the second orchestrated half has much more energy and shows a progressive step above the prior segment just as the 1st orchestral half was a step above the solo piano.

I can only hope that this will satisfy the Nobuo Uematsu, Final Fantasy, and general video game music fans alike out there.

And now I present to you the 2009 Version of "A Haven in the Sky."

Please enjoy, Vote Fairly, and Review if you can :)


Soft yet sharp...

Some areas in the beginning felt slightly off, possibly a slightly too low piano key that was used. But I shall forgive you for your transition to the main orchestral melody w/ strong percussion that you use. The timing is pretty much impeccable and the percussion by itself gives me goosebumps. ALL of your instruments flow nicely and the varying chords that you used to convey this drastic remix and remastering of the original really add up to what is a great song overall.

The original was fantastic and this is just as much so. Great job indeed.


Originally an 8/10 but bumped to a 9/10 due to your outstanding performance after the original piano opening.

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not to bad really.

The song actually takes me back but i got to be honost (nothing agenst this song and its not effecting my score) i'm sooo tired of FF7 remixes, covors. it seems like everyone wants to do one these days lol. Anyway, great piano in this. Great fade in on the opening. Lovely use of strings and such. Everything flows nicely. I will say that if the game were ment to sound any way it'd be this way. Keep it up!




F'Ing Awsome

You, sir, are amazing... this song makes me wish I knew how to access the code for my PC version of FF7 and replace Highwind takes to the sky with this.


Stunningly brilliant

This remastery is absolutely incredible. I've found my new favourite song - hands down.

This song reminds me of Infinite Undiscovery as well as FF VII, and i'm really glad it does! Thank god for the xbox 360 music option - I'll be listening to this frequently whilst playing any SquareEnix RPGs!

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4.31 / 5.00

Feb 11, 2009
8:31 PM EST
Video Game
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5 MB
4 min 24 sec

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