Ypx here—today we’re going to be listening to “Wandering Flame” from Final Fantasy X. I’ve finally got my tech all set up and I’ve spent the better part of the last two weeks listening to music. We’ll start with one of my favourites.
While numbered as the tenth game in the series, it is not the tenth game released for the Final Fantasy franchise, and also boasts the title of fifth-highest-selling PlayStation 2 game. Developed by Square with composition by Nobuo Uematsu, Masashi Hamauzu, and Junya Nakano, this track was specifically handled by Hamauzu.
The majority of the track is a simple four-chord progression on a very floaty synth pad, effortlessly blending between chords. A processed reed-like instrument comes in to fill the gap every few chords, along with some reverb. After a few repeats of this grouping, we are joined by an organ-like tone that slowly spins a melody out of the chords. From the slow melody and out of the processed instrument spins a low reed instrument solo, swelling and fading in time with the rising and falling of the pad to create a feeling of smoothness. Just before the two minute mark we are treated to a brief modification of the melody in a higher register for contrast before we loop.