Masashi Hamauzu: Wandering Flame

This was written over four listens.

Initially I was just kind of “sketching” imagery and looking to go for a sense of balance between imagery and sound description. Instead of that I ended up giving a very, very rough idea of some of events when this song plays.

Masashi Hamauzu’s (浜渦 正志) “Wandering Flame” (“彷徨の炎”) is from Final Fantasy X Original Soundtrack which is the soundtrack for Final Fantasy X. The soundtrack was mostly composed by Nobuo Uematsu (植松 伸夫). Other composers (including Hamauzu) were involved and the soundtrack ended up being a collaborative effort.

“Wandering Flame” is also known as “Wandering”.

I hope you enjoy.

Slow drifting, almost as gentle waves lapping at a shoreline at sunset. Something distant shimmers near the horizon as a sky strong its colouring sets itself as a canvass once more. Flow is all around, and it is near and it is far, and thoughts look inward.

From a point above the ruins of what once was a grand metropolis one recounted some of their history and their failure, carrying that burden and hoping that this time around they can work toward a better solution. Some stared on, thinking about what reaching this point meant for what will come next. It had been a long journey and, as magnificent as this view was, it also was one laden with emotion.

Many days earlier and farther away there had been a revelation and so the gravity of the situation became so much more. Knowing less at the time had generated much shock; here the weight had been carried. It had time to sink in and be felt, and the emotions and mood were different. Inevitability hung in the air and any desire to cast it aside seemed unable to reach fulfillment.

And so they stared on out, over the landscape and what it represented and the slow drifting continued until the song’s end.


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