Ultimate Illusion - A Final Fantasy tribute.
One of my favorite games in the historical Final Fantasy series was Final Fantasy IX, which featured many interesting concepts. There was a world within a world, a world made of memories, the character-specific motifs, and then, my favorite character Gilgamesh made a rather unique cameo.
I often related to the way Gilgamesh was presented and seen in the series and created an alter ego named Brother Gil.
My intention with this project was, first and foremost, to pay hommage to the great work that the developers of this game had done. However, I did not want to retell the story of the game. I wanted to create the ultimate illusion, as in the merging of reality and fantasy.
To do so, I needed to connect my own story with that of the characters in the game and use the series' own lore to create metaphors that would reference the game and yet get my story across. I also refer back to the real world to merge reality and fiction.
I wanted to challenge myself creatively by employing storytelling elements, voice acting and also utilizing my alter ego to great effect.
Marius Gold, who produced the album, took great care in making the project sonically cohesive by adding a distinct touch to the mix like recurring theme.
Hopefully people who love the game's series will listen to it and appreciate the effort I put into it in staying true to the lore and myself as well.
All my respect goes out to Nobuo Uematsu, the creator of many of the soundtracks in the Final Fantasy series.
Marius and I sincerely hope you will enjoy this creative joyride, as we create, and destroy... the ULTIMATE ILLUSION.
released November 1, 2015
all samples from Final Fantasy IX OST by Nobuo Uematsu
Written by: Cedric Till
Produced by: Marius Gold
Recorded by: Marius Gold
Mixed by: Marius Gold
Mastered by: Andy Schlegel