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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 However, after a few recent reviews of the 2004 song felt it wasn't in the spirit of the original (and probably outdated as well), it got me thinking.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 :)



ive never played a final fantasy game, but when i got to :25 my heart just melted. i listened to the original after i heard this and this is way better. great job!

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.



That was amazing. I don't know how you were able to make such an unbelievable remake, but this is one of my favorites. The way it went...this is like...wow. Words can't describe this.
Unfortunately, all I can give you is a 10, although it should be an 11 BILLION!

Freakin Unbelievable!

I have the original version of this on CD and this totally ROCKS, I was blown away when it blew into the Epic highwind remaster!

Extremely well done!

The only thing I can say to help you make it better is it needs a longer, better finish. The song is so epic that its allmost upsetting that it ends so suddonly, it should have been drawn out just a little more as if announcing "this is the end of a bad ass song!" rather than going hard, strong, and epic and then suddonly "eek, the end"

Reguardless, freakin sweet song!

TenchuX responds:

The ending being so abrupt seems to have been a poor choice on my part. More or less it was me being tired and not wanting to do a piano segment over again and blah blah blah (time). In the future I may change the ending, in order to have a song that people will find extremely minimal fault in.

Blown away

One of the best renditions of this song that I have ever heard. I wish I had more of a knowledge in FL to even come close to this. 5/5 10/10


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4.31 / 5.00

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

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Please contact me if you would like to use this in a project. We can discuss the details.