Nobuo Uematsu: Blue Fields

This was written over three listens.

With this one I wasn’t sure what I was going for. I think I was looking to express imagery coming forth from the song as a result of describing what was happening with the instrumentation, if that makes sense.

Nobuo Uematsu’s (植松 伸夫) “Blue Fields” is from the soundtrack for Final Fantasy VIII, Final Fantasy VIII: Original Soundtrack. It is a soundtrack where all the non-vocal instrumentation (as far as I am aware) was performed on keyboard.

I hope you enjoy.

Stepping strings spaced, relaxed and gentle. A percussive sound as some sort of bar-based instrument joins in the dance and slowly moves in a different pattern, accentuating and building on the motion.

Woodwind joins in and starts to move along and around the current motion, once more building upon what is there and once more retaining space.

For a brief moment what sounds like a clarinet gets focus and it keeps slow and steady before providing a slightly elongated flick. The motions are deliberate and careful, though not aiming for subtlety as they are aiming to carry the steps with a sense of flow and perhaps grace.

The other woodwinds return and, with a sense of relaxation and ease, congeal and widen. They move separately, yet together and provide as clear an expression as they can, then welcome the return of the stepping strings.

Once more the motions are followed and once more the sense of movement remains clear. Everything moves in unison and has a part to carry forward the sounds, and all remains relaxed and gentle, even as the song fades at its end.

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