ReMix: Final Fantasy V "Cursed Pirates of the Sea" 4:57

By Protricity

Arranging the music of 2 songs...

"Cursed Place", "Pirates Ahoy"

Primary Game: Final Fantasy V (Square, 1992, SNES), music by Nobuo Uematsu

Posted 2002-02-28, evaluated by djpretzel


Final Fantasy 5! Yes! Boasting one of the cooler title screens, and never officially released in America (a full english translation is available via emulation), Final Fantasy 5 is often overlooked, as it was here until Protricity submitted his first track using Reason, actually made before his last submission - an impressive first outing for using the software, and a perhaps a sign of more FF5 material to come. Beginning with an ambient, distant wind, you can almost hear ships' sails blowing as very nice drums come in, with a twangy bass and flute lead. The basic ingredients for a great mix are established in the first minute, but Protricity goes a step further with a rippin' synth solo at 1'12", with great use of modulation and pitch bend, as guitar chords enter underneath along with pads. Brass takes over later in the second minute, segueing into a nice drum break. There's just a lot of variety here, and it's all good. Wind and thunder return at 2'35", leading us into the storm and then out to a much slower, jazzier piece headed by a trumpet but retaining the pads. Filtered synth bass picks up then, with bell pads shimmering overtop. And the ending is one of the best on the site. Great mix, impressed me, and surely cycles through lots of sounds while maintaining consistency and flow. Definitely recommended. Update: OK, sheesh! - I did know about about the PSX FF Anthology, I just didn't have my thinking cap on - yes, FF5 has been released outside Japan as part of the Playstation FF anthology. But before then, at least, emulation was the only way. Thanks for the update, everyone :)

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Discussion

Latest 15 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
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Necrox
on 2015-12-06 15:55:50

How did I never write anything for this?! As someone who played the game, this is a story told with audio and it's just fantastic. Also never realized how old it was, truly exceptional for the early years. Gotta love the mystical atmosphere at 3:55 onwards. Awesome remix.

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Liontamer
on 2012-10-10 00:31:19

I remember well when this was THE FF5 mix of OCR, i.e. the only one. Classic stuff from Ari, and one of those strong mixes back in the early years that ensured I would never skip OC ReMixes even if I wasn't familiar with the original game. Nothing but a solid, stylish combination of the two themes, with sound quality that holds up pretty well today.

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Marmiduke
on 2009-07-20 07:35:05

As far as Protricity arrangements go, this doesn't really shine at all. Interesting ideas were applied to unexpanded material, after which it was all rolled up into a concise pirate ship-themed concept. While this still sounds pretty good, it didn't explode all over me like some of the Protricity mixes that would come after this.

Samples wise, its a very mixed bag. Brass is definately a sore spot and the drums are very Protricty (what else would they be?), but overall I heard nothing grossly plain or obstructive. It's not a tasty collection of samples, but palatable all the same.

Bearing in mind the flaws however, the mix certainly exhibits an admirable level of quality and polish, and is a very enjoyable aural adventure. Prot could have kept at this skill level and still been pretty damn successful in my eyes, though I'm glad he improved from this point as well.

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OA
on 2009-03-26 12:28:50

Starts out as a rollicking journey of buccaneers on the high seas that is well done, but a little synthy, but reminiscent of the original. Life is good for these adventurous seafarers, but a storm looms overhead. With almost no warning, a fierce storm is upon them, and the brutal winds push their ship into the no-man's land of the haunted seas!

Decent mix conceptually, and well arranged, but the samples havn't held up all that well.

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Naretheos
on 2008-04-04 15:53:57

I'm glad there's some (quite a bit) of positive feedback for this remix already. I haven't listened to many remixes yet (mostly RPG SNES stuff so far) but this one is head and shoulders above many that I have heard.

I'm glad impressed.

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dirtywhitellama
on 2006-08-14 02:32:42

I always used to completely skip the second half of the song if I noticed the switch, didn't care for it at all.

Then I played ff5 recently.

Now I appreciate both parts, although ofcourse the first half is more energetic and noticeable :)

I guess remembering the ship graveyard and so on helps to appreciate the second half... musically it doesn't stand out by itself.

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linkspast
on 2006-01-14 20:59:27

Priates are cool(ninjas are better) and FFV was sweet,

its a good mix and brings happiness to my head.

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Txai
on 2006-01-14 09:42:45

Hahah. I love it. The instrumentation is polished. Has a lot of interesting ideas here. This one indeed sounds very Monkey Island for me. I usually like when an instrument as the french horn here is sounding so snes. This with a sorta has 2 songs. Wow. He's always able properly to make mixes with more than one song; this was definately interesting to make unique transitions for a song, jumping from one to another.

This is a purpose of some mixes of Prot. Pretty solid stuff.

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Bummer
on 2005-10-04 10:14:43

This is a great piece of masterwork. At some points you can think that he should had chosen other instruments, but if you concentrate more on the whole picture, this is truly a masterpiece. It has average instruments like guitars, flutes and of course drums, but he can surprise you by unexpectedly throwing in some cool synths and trombones right in the melody, nice stuff. The walkover to the next song was a little sudden, he first one faded away and then changed to a completely different melody. The second one, NO problems at all, magnificent remixing with nice bells and trumpets(I think), beautiful and terrifying, this is pirates we´re talking about, arrrrrent we mateys? Rally-ho to Protricity!

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ehsteve
on 2005-02-16 20:05:41

This was a great mix from a great game. It is one of my favorite songs from the game, and Protricity did an excellent job of making it come to life. My only complaint is that the flute melody at the beginning is sometimes too soft to be heard. Other than that, though, this remix was awesome.

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jordex
on 2004-12-21 14:02:46

my bros started playing ff5 again on an emulator so i always hear the music. this, 8 and 10 are the only ff games ive actually played the whole way through and they have the least music here. when i looked up ff5 i was glad to see it was prot who did the remix. i was hoping it'd be the pirates theme and it was but i actually enjoyed the first half of the song more

i love when the stronger drums come in and then i love it again when the synth comes in

but this song wasn't really what i was looking for

7/10

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Xerus
on 2004-05-16 20:51:12

I loved it. The synthesizer work was fantastic, and it brought back some memories from when I bought Final Fantasy Anthology and listened to the included album until my ears bled. This truly does justice to the original, and improves on it at that.

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Fira-Flame
on 2003-10-08 18:16:40

It also dissapoints me being that this is the only mix uploaded for Final Fantasy V. It was an extreemly good game (though I never finished it). Squaresoft actually TRIED to make a good game, and a good game is what they got.

As for the peice, damn, this makes me want to go out and buy the sound tract. This was one of my favorite peices in the entire game. The extra drums in the background and the synthisiser used for the main theme was an excelent combo. Makes me want to dance. The convergence to the second part is wonderful. Gives you an entire 'ghost ship' feeling. (which, I belive during the part of the game this was played, you were on a ghost ship). The horn is very pretty. The rising points where if it was drawn out a bit longer, it would sound horrible, but for the short 'blips' it has for each note makes it sound like magic.

9.5/10

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Xerol Oplan
on 2003-09-02 00:09:31

Excellent :)

Rated at 14 out of 10 stars, which is the top rating for a FF5 mix(well, it's the only rating for an FF5 mix, but it's still the best, and I wouldn't call it the worst)

I've had a few ideas for FF5 mixes but lacking equipment/software all I've been able to do is MIDI work. But I was thinking I could put the midi up and let someone else take over the job of turning it into something OCR-worthy(the piece, btw, was of the Ancient Library theme, but I can't find the midi i did)

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SamuraiFoochs #Reload
on 2003-07-31 20:13:40

NICE job. I remember listening to the the original versions of these songs on the CD that came with Final Fantasy anthology and greatly enjoying them. I'm impressed by the transition between the songs in particular. This remix just reaffirms this enjoyment I got out of the originals and you have my utmost respect as a remixer.

Sources Arranged (2 Songs)


Primary Game:
Final Fantasy V (Square, 1992, SNES)
Music by Nobuo Uematsu
Songs:
"Cursed Place"
"Pirates Ahoy"

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Instrumentation:
Acoustic Guitar, Brass, Synth, Woodwinds
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Final_Fantasy_5_Cursed_Pirates_of_the_Sea_OC_ReMix.mp3
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6,033,115 bytes
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Bitrate:
160Kbps
Duration:
4:57

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