ReMix: Final Fantasy VI "Oldschool Opening" 1:50

By Nicholai Duval

Arranging the music of one song...

"Terra"

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

Posted 2002-07-24, evaluated by the judges panel


Okay, so we all know the "Terra" theme from FF6 by now. If you don't, you've either not listened to some of the best mixes on the site, or are having a temporarily lapse of memory :) For his first submission, Nicholai's done something a little different - it's sort of an "inverse" ReMix in that it renders the theme using highly spottable sounds from the SID and a chiptune feel overall. Now, obviously this sort of thing wouldn't fly on a regular basis, but the concept was good and well-executed. There's some global reverb, hissy percussion, and a bouncing bass. Overall the arrangement is quite similar, save for being tailored to the chiptune "oldschool" sound the mix's title refers to. Not much more to say - if you're in to chiptunes at all, I think you'll find this a nice excursion. If not, or if you don't really know what "chiptune" means, give 'er a listen anyway - relatively short, and the source material is great to begin with, so you can't go tooo wrong.

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Discussion

Latest 15 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
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Marmiduke
on 2010-09-07 08:53:43

A quick stroll down Terra lane. There's no big statement here that hasn't been stated plenty of times before, but I still find this to be a strong version of the source.

The chiptune approach sounds great to my ears; it's reminiscent of the flurry of retro chip-infused mainstream music these days, though not quite AS professional sounding. But in this mix's defense, it does have those Arkanoid samples.

This lacks really standout ideas, and I also wouldn't have minded a repeat of the main melody just to give it some staying power, but in all it serves me well enough. Nice job.

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OA
on 2008-10-07 12:42:10

Decent interpretation, and I dig the chiptune sound, but I think after hearing Schab's Terra chiptune track, anything else kindof pales.

Decent for the time, but it seems pretty basic nowadays.

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Soapy
on 2006-06-30 13:27:22
8O
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Bummer
on 2005-10-08 15:48:45
This isn't my favorite remix of the Tina theme, but definately original.

:caugh: Terra :hack:

Cool that at least one Terra remix has the melody when you walk that ice field to Narche. The synths, well, they weren´t professional, but Nicholai here still gave it a feel that somehow makes me like this mix. I don´t really get the deal with the title, what has this mix in common with a oldschool opening?

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Krendall
on 2004-04-13 10:59:02

This isn't my favorite remix of the Tina theme, but definately original. Plus sampling Arkanoid was priceless.

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Tongue-Tied Poet
on 2003-02-03 14:57:07

I liked it. I'd like to hear more songs like this, actually.

10/13 (I'm biased towards FF6)

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Thylacine
on 2003-02-03 00:41:32

Not bad. I always enjoy chiptune, 8-bit regression mixes. It's kind of a stroll down memory lane, only with something new. It had a little bit of a sudden end, but that doesn't drag the song down too much. I like this remix.

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ecco
on 2002-11-21 02:19:41

OK guys well i am tired but song this may sound funky. Avg. mix here but hey if you like FF6 you can't really go wrong

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Ginnsu
on 2002-08-10 18:47:02

Wow I was in a grumpy mood when I posted my thoughts on this mix. Good thing I did enjoy some of it. I must say, much respect for anybody who can take the critizism and turn it into inspiration. ;) Dispite my thoughts, you obviously have a an ability to please a majority. Keep remixing Nicholai.

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Ben Cousins
on 2002-08-02 08:03:20

Really nice and anthemic, reminds me of Kraftwerk and Tangerine Dream. No such thing as too much reverb on a track like this!!!

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Old Omen
on 2002-07-31 20:10:06

Yet another great Terra's Theme, and with that crazy GameBoy-esque sound. I find myself wishing it were longer.

Ooh, more in this style? Sounds good to me. I don't think anyone's done Tal Tal Heights from The Legend of Zelda IV: Link's Awakening - probably since it's so obscure - but hey, I'd like to hear it, certainly in this chiptune style. Good work here.

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Ryan8bit
on 2002-07-25 15:27:44

Pretty interesting. All I think of is Arkanoid though, which is possibly a good thing. I suppose add it to the 80+ FF series mixes on the site... which one to choose from?

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Chrisrj
on 2002-07-25 00:21:45
I recently registered in these forums, and thought i'd drop a line or two on your comments.

If I were to do more chipcovers, what would you like to hear a cover of?

Love / Nich

Welcome to the board, Nicholai :)

I really like chiptune remakes of music(not already chiptuned of course), but this was extra special. It wasn't all 8-bit flat-synth waves, but it had some synth bell sounds too, and the rhythm... OOOOhhhh, I'm in love ;)

If I were to choose one, I would want a pop song to be remixed into a chiptune(like virt's thong song remake) :P Well, since it is videogames, I would want something from Final Fantasy 10. Some users on this board and others say that music from newer games can't be re-arranged to anything new, because they're already as good as they could get. So I say "de"mix them as chiptunes, lol!

Also, I make original music on MIDI.... sorry, I've plugged this too much!

*If you want to chat with me more about this, send me a private message... I don't get that many :(

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nicholai
on 2002-07-24 23:19:28

I recently registered in these forums, and thought i'd drop a line or two on your comments.

First of all, I loved the critics, both good and bad. It's always fun when I get a opinion of some work of mine :D

Ginnsu: I used no "guitars", and the tune was ment to sound synthetic. That was kinda the whole idea. Thanks for the criticism though! You go for more acoustic music eh?

The rest: Thank you very much for your positive response. It might help me doing more oldschool covers! :D

If I were to do more chipcovers, what would you like to hear a cover of?

Love / Nich

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Metasquares
on 2002-07-24 19:07:58

Pretty nice... all I have to do is imagine that FF6 was remade for the original NES and that I'm playing it :)

Sources Arranged (1 Song)


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

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Final_Fantasy_6_Oldschool_Opening_OC_ReMix.mp3
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192Kbps
Duration:
1:50

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