ReMix: Final Fantasy VI "La Locura del Kefka" 1:32

By The Pancake Chef

Arranging the music of one song...

"Kefka"

Primary Game: Final Fantasy VI (Square, 1994, SNES), music by Nobuo Uematsu

Posted 2001-09-17, evaluated by djpretzel


Wow - interesting stuff from the Pancake Chef! This one catches you off guard - da Chef took some definite risks in some of his decisions to mix elements of hip-hop, techno, and latin styles. The solo trumpet alone can make or break a track if the sound ain't quality and ain't articulated right - not only is it handled well here, there's a bitchin' marimba with rolls, a drum loop that trades off with bongos (used similarly to his own 'Arab Painting' ReMix) and even some low brass as well at 0'25". The mix is considerably short, but it's amazing how much musical territory is covered, complete with strategically placed fx. Well explores and communicates the "madness of Kefka" in sound - tres kewl.

djpretzel

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Liontamer
on 2011-11-28 00:46:10

Great concept, and perfectly fine synth brass for the time. Pancake Chef did a nice job lending different rhythms and energy to the arrangement. It's short and sweet, but I was always a fan of this one.

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Undream
on 2008-07-04 20:45:11

Though the very beggining didnt appeal to me at first, it grew on me after a while.

And the small touches like Kefka's laughter were great. Really liked how it all sounded

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OA
on 2008-04-17 11:22:03

Overly short, with some production issues, but some very cool arrangement ideas overall.

The synth plus brass is a cool idea, and the transitions are well done, but the hard panning of the beats, as well as some of the levels makes this somewhat painful to listen to. The scratching effects on kefka's voice are awesome though.

This is a really cool envisioning of the theme, but the execution falls a bit short.

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Lord_Syruss_Khalai
on 2005-11-05 10:00:09

Well, where can I start? This is the song to which I owe my knowledge of OCremix's existance. A friend of mine told me about an excellent FF video called zombie. I was a little worried, but then when I say it, I realized that while it was great as a whole, it was the wong that really brought out Kefka's madness.

Fortunately for me, it said where the sang was from in the end credits. After looking around for a few weeks, I realized that La Locura Del Kefka wasn't the first song I'd heard from OCremix. Notable ones included all of AE's Megaman 2 remixes, which I got of Napster back in the day.

Anyways, back to the point, this is quite possible my favorite song on the whole site, and also, perhaps, my favorite remix. While there are many other remixes that may be stronger in one aspect or another, this one excels in every regard, topping them all. I also agree that it does an exquisite job of putting Kefka's derangement into audio form. The way the differant musical elements are brought together; how too much of this kind of mixing would just be chaos, noise. But it's just right, just at that edge....Like kefka's mind.

This is an amazing remix, and I not only recommend that everyone hear it, but I demand it.

10 out of 10, +1 one for deliciousness.

~Lord Syruss Khalai

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Bummer
on 2005-10-08 15:13:44

Bad guy, clown, weirdo, annoying dude that always laughs, but he has only one name, Kefka.

This mix is one of the better that has succeded to catch Kefka´s more crazy side, the laughs can assure that. Nice instrumentation, there were some techno but the add of trumpet, trombones and marimbas made me wonder what this really was. And now I know. A remix from Pancakedude that kicks, mmmyeeeesss. :wink:

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Narica
on 2005-07-31 09:18:31

This one has turned out to be one of my favorite ocremixes, even if it is unfortunatly, very short. With a great flow from the start, it keeps an excellent balance and bounce. I do find it tragic that it ended with a fade-out. In any case, it remains on my most played lists.

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Aerous
on 2005-03-21 01:00:41

I downloaded this gem back in May of 2003. Sad yes that it took me this long to review it but apart from my laziness...

Smooth, crisp, nice remix. Apart from the refreshing twist on many elements of the original the trumpet solo was very very well done. It is one of my oldest and prized favorites.

Kefka's laugh in the track is genius as well as fitting.

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PancakeHero
on 2004-10-13 11:53:25

This sounds like Cake.....I am very impressed. I like the sounds in the beginning. Sounds like a finely tuned 3xOsc. The bass line, drumming, and trumpet give it that Cake sound. It actually sounds like some of the Trumpet was ripped right from a Cake song, but I'm not holding that against the mix. Overall this mix is incredible, and everything blends nicely to make one hell of an addicting song.

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A-RoN
on 2004-10-06 23:01:41

It's the scratching that gets me hooked.

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eoaifhgakshg
on 2004-10-06 21:34:32

MWAH HA HA HA

I love the laugh. It was the one thing that made me want to kill Kefka the most when I played the game. I almost colapsed from laughter when I heard it. Awesome song. I totally recommend it.

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Dart
on 2003-04-18 13:40:38

this is a good remix

i liked the part at the end with that blast of sound it goes back to the soft sound, but i never played FF6

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Elvenstar!
on 2003-04-18 11:44:14

The transition at 1:19 is so cool. Quality stuff here.

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snarfoogle
on 2002-11-10 22:24:32

This was my first OCRemix, so I can't really comment in an unbiased manner. Well, actually it was my second, but this was the one that got me to OC. I love Mortisland!

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A-RoN
on 2002-11-09 09:33:21

As some know, the Pancake Chef has had little musical training, and to make something like this here's what I have to say from a so-called "amateur".

Very nice! A blend of Latin trumpets, a nice hip-hop beat, great synthlines at the beginning and some perfect bongos to give the infamous Kefka a good happy feel to his theme song.

Two things I didn't like. The trumpet solo before the first laugh was waaaaaaaay too loud (I know it peaked in the monitors in my computer), and the panning of that hip-hop loop panned hard left was kind of irritating when I listened to it with headphones.

Other than that, very nice, very clean. Just change those two things and I'll re-download the song.

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MegaElixer
on 2002-09-23 22:45:14

This is easily the single best remix of the Kefka theme I have EVER heard. I'll admit, I heard it on Mortis's video before here (relax, you're in the credits!), but my opinion has been the same since teh first time..it's just TOO DAMN GOOD. Everything about this mix just plain SCREAMS perfection. The brass is surprisingly fitting, and the laugh effect just tops it off perfectly...and those BONGOS...*drool*

Sources Arranged (1 Song)


Primary Game:
Final Fantasy VI (Square, 1994, SNES)
Music by Nobuo Uematsu
Songs:
"Kefka"

Tags (11)


Genre:
Latin
Mood:
Goofy, Spooky
Instrumentation:
Brass, Hand Drums, Marimba, Synth, Trumpet
Additional:
Time > 4/4 Time Signature
Time > Duration: Short
Time > Tempo: Moderate

File Information


Name:
Final_Fantasy_6_La_Locura_del_Kefka_OC_ReMix.mp3
Size:
2,302,799 bytes
MD5:
15f0d97a37d7d5b6340ec2cc6645c6fb
Bitrate:
192Kbps
Duration:
1:32

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