Aerith’s Theme (Final Fantasy VII)

June 12th, 2008

Who spells it Aeris anyway?

Well, I did up until now. However, Crisis Core has officially retconned her name completely, and I can no longer live in denial that my original translation name is the correct one. Which sucks. But let’s move on, because her theme is honestly one of my favourite pieces of videogame music ever. I love it. It’s beautiful, and it speaks volumes about her character.

We usually avoid covering tracks like this. It’s risky. If you bugger it up, it’s going to be collossal, and people are going to think you’re absolutely terrible. This time, I’m pretty glad we decided to bite the bullet and arrange this piece. And arrange is the word – this track features more predominant keyboard and synthesiser work than in any other Red Wings arrangement. I wanted to capture the feel and sound of the orchestra version of the piece, and then mix it with the acoustic guitar style of the Crisis Core version.

The result is the louder, more emotional parts of the piece being carried by the strings & woodwind (helped along by electric guitar, with the acoustic guitar strumming along in the background, and playing the lead line in the verse. The original is by Nobuo Uematsu and from Final Fantasy VII. But you likely already know that.

Did you know?
In Final Fantasy VII, Aerith actually has lines of dialogue after her death, suggesting that at one point in the game she was either meant to die later on, be ressurrected, or not die at all. Via use of a gameshark or PC mod to re-insert her back into the party after her death, you can view these lines.

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8 Responses to “Aerith’s Theme (Final Fantasy VII)”

  1. Daniel Craig Says:

    Hi there, I was looking around for a while searching for acoustic guitar player and I happened upon this site and your post regarding Aerith’s Theme (Final Fantasy VII), I will definitely this to my acoustic guitar player bookmarks!

  2. Wes Says:

    Have to admit, when I heard the style of your remix’s and saw this page, I wasn’t expecting much. But wow, you guys managed to capture the feel of the original and the cheery feel of Crisis Core’s version in one song. Definitely adding this to my play list.

  3. The Red Wings » Blog Archive » Ahead on Our Way (Final Fantasy VII) Says:

    […] Final Fantasy VII again. There’s something about this game – while I prefer FF9’s soundtrack, FF7 has some truly phoenomenal pieces of music that give me shivers. This is one such tune. Ahead on Our Way is one of the stand-out tracks from FF7 that isn’t a pumping battle theme like Aerith’s Theme. […]

  4. Niiro Says:

    Love your covers of FF songs guys

  5. Spatt Says:

    thanks for that last bit of info.maybe I’m too late too try it out. Lets see where’s my gameshark.

  6. Spetsnaz Says:

    I remember how sad this song made me. It was really hard accepting her death at first

  7. Brown the dog Says:

    I can’t say whether or not this music should’ve make me shed a tear, because this doesn’t feel like a loss of a very pure and noble person(this music feel more onto Crisis Core than the original). Now, I don’t say it’s a bad thing because, like you said, it pretty much reflects her characteristics and the “friendship” between her and Zack, so to speak. All-in-all, while it isn’t really a FFVII music arrangement, it’s still a lovely track that remind us all of this one person; Aerith.

  8. The Red Wings » Blog Archive » Ahead on Our Way (Final Fantasy VII) Says:

    […] Final Fantasy VII again. There’s something about this game – while I prefer FF9′s soundtrack, FF7 has some truly phoenomenal pieces of music that give me shivers. This is one such tune. Ahead on Our Way is one of the stand-out tracks from FF7 that isn’t a pumping battle theme like Aerith’s Theme. […]

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