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23.06.2009
Reflections on Classical Music

Final Fantasy

Reflections on Classical Music, Final Fantasy final

Owen Pallett's live violin-looping project was named Final Fantasy, in tribute to the melodramatic videogame series. Final Fantasy's debut album "Has A Good Home" was released in 2005, and was mainly based on Pallet's violin and his virtuoso handling of the loop pedal. The musical language of Final Fantasy is eclectic and processed in such a peculiar way that the sources are difficult to define. Stylized parody of ragtime piano meets folk singing; tango-like rhythm frameworks are transferred into a kind of West Coast bliss before going through a very dramatic sequence of modulations. In addition to curating the Maximum Black Festival (London/Berlin/Vienna) in early 2008, Owen has been touring constantly while writing string and orchestral arrangements for many artists, including The Arcade Fire, Grizzly Bear, Beirut and The Last Shadow Puppets. Highlights from the Final Fantasy repertoire were performed by The Brooklyn Philharmonic at the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House as part of its 2009 season.