ReMix: Phantasy Star IV: The End of the Millennium "Phantasy Is a Four Letter Word" 5:15

By Rosencrantz & guildensterN

Arranging the music of one song...

"The end of millennium"

Primary Game: Phantasy Star IV: The End of the Millennium (Sega, 1993, GEN), music by Izuho Numata, Masaki Nakagaki

Posted 2003-01-09, evaluated by djpretzel


Cool - I didn't really expect anyone else to ReMix this track (title screen) from Phantasy Star 4 that I covered way back when, but I'm sure glad someone did. Whereas my mix was overblown techtronica that totally emphasized the bassline, Rosencrantz & guildensterN have given us a more industrial, guitar-driven piece that emphasizes the melody. I use the term "melody" loosely, as this is pretty repetitive title BGM that doesn't develop much and is essentially about a decent bassline and a chromatic riff on top and little else, but now we've got two mixes that focus on either of the main components, so I suppose we're covered :) In typical R&G fashion, this has a lot of edgy vocal samples and audio manipulation at play. Mitch & Nate take some heavy but funky drums, undulating slap bass with attitude, stereo shred guitar, a great electric-piano-ish bubbling "computer" synth pattern, and a variety of other percussive and ambient sounds to turn the PS4 intro into a different beast. Note the wah that gets added to the guitar on its second iteration and the nifty solo effected electric guitar outro. These guys specialize in making mixes that are sonically out-of-the-ordinary, and never fail to throw at least one fresh timbre or effect our way with each submission, which is saying a lot. If you haven't checked out their stuff yet, this is a good, representative introduction that should tell you whether you'll dig it or not. As for the mix name, Mitch writes:

"anyway the new song is called "phantasy is a four letter word".... the title is derived from the fact that in PS4, each name had only 4 letters... plus we couldnt think of anything else to call it, so it seemed right... "

As accidental or fairly irreverent titles go, I think it works pretty well. I remember naming my character "DAVD" back with Phantasy Star 2 - seemed to be a convention of the series for awhile there. Hard-hitting, ambient-industrial goodness from the dynamic duo, this time of source material I'm more familiar with and from a series I'm partial to. At 5'16", this is also quite long for the genre and esp. for the depth of the original piece - the length might be the arrangement's one weakness - but overall I enjoyed all 5+ minutes and can recommend this to both fans of the genre and of the series. Groovy.

djpretzel

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sphexic
on 2012-10-14 23:23:39

Quite the take on such a short, repetitive track. The mixing is really grungy, but given the genre that may be something you were going for. That synth interlude around 3' really caught my ear. The transition to a cleaner guitar at the end was a nice way to end such a chaotic, driven track.

Hearing speech samples from so many different sources is a bit jarring, especially when I recognize where they're from. When they take a back-seat to the instruments, they do add interest to the sonic space. Overall, it's a really full remix and I appreciate that. Makes me want to check out the Phantasy Star series too! There's a lot of talk about the standards of OCR being lower back in the day, but I enjoyed listening to this. It still rocks!

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OA
on 2008-04-02 12:00:37

Production is a bit muddy, and some of the guitaring is pretty sloppy, but there are some good arrangement ideas scattered throughout. I thought a lot of the samples were strangely used. Seriously, acid reflux plus terminator equals confusion for me.

The drums seemed pretty weak, and a lot of transitions were jarring.

Props for live guitar and bass though.

Some good arrangement ideas, but compared to remixes nowadays, the production is really lacking.

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micuu
on 2006-02-23 23:36:45

Great remix, but I swear it sounds like it belongs in the CC: Yuri's Revenge soundtrack. Several songs from that have a very similar feel, complete with old sci-fi movie quotes and rockin' guitar.

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Bummer
on 2006-01-07 08:53:23

I'm a little divided conserning this remix. It had many different features, it began with a voice sample which then followed by a saw of some sort, and also a distorted synth along with some heavy drums and beats beating in rhytm with it. I liked the parts at 2:22 and 3:49, it got some more gentle touch with it.

But I felt that this was way to chaotic for my taste, the electric guitar was mostly trying to add some more havoc unto the arrangement. But I still gotta admire them for their creativity, I already knows that the original wasn't anything like this. It took a while for me to get the meaning of the title. Nothing deep with it, but I still remember how hard it was to figure out some cool names when you only had four letters or less to make out somthing of. Nice work dudes!

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pallokallo
on 2005-09-28 00:32:02

This remix was wierd. But there was one part that I liked it starts from 02:22. I have heard that somewhere once.. but I cant remember.

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Royal Sovereign
on 2005-05-26 19:29:07

Brutal as it is completely and utterly geeky -- the old sci-fi movie samples, the heavy guitarwork on the main theme -- but that is what is so Goddam great about it.

Fucking spectacular, gentlemen. Rosencrantz and Guildernstern are most certainly not dead!

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Ekin
on 2003-04-17 12:41:19

AWESOME MIX! AWESOME, AWESOME STUFF!!!

What i love is you know straight off the bat its a PS4 remix. It stays true to the original tune.

Compared to djpretzel's mix, i love how yours focuses on the sweet melody of the theme.

I keep swaying back and forth from djpretzel's brilliant version to your mix but you may just pip his!

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lefty
on 2003-02-26 18:11:34
WOW. 11/10. The ULTIMATE Remix. It doesn't get any better than this from what I've heard. Anyone trying to remix this song now should just stop. Now. You have no chance of doing better than this.

P.S. What was that weird noise in the background during certain parts of the song? I'm not referring to the voices or any of the electronic stuff.

P.S.S- Was that guy talking about acid reflux? Me confused.

exceeeelllent... more kind words...

acid reflux?? naw... actually thats a quote from alien 3... after ripley gives a description of the alien... and the noise you speak of, which you probaball heard under that quote right?? im not sure exactly how nate made that noise, but it was with some fruity loops plug-in, and i think basically it took a noise and stretched it out, and such... err i dunno... but the desired effect was that it was to sound like a digerie-doo...

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elman
on 2003-02-26 16:34:59

WOW. 11/10. The ULTIMATE Remix. It doesn't get any better than this from what I've heard. Anyone trying to remix this song now should just stop. Now. You have no chance of doing better than this.

P.S. What was that weird noise in the background during certain parts of the song? I'm not referring to the voices or any of the electronic stuff.

P.S.S- Was that guy talking about acid reflux? Me confused.

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lefty
on 2003-01-12 03:09:08

unfortunately not sega :cry:

but our next remix is of a very neglected, but much deserving game... Castlevania SOTN....

:P:twisted:8O

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endblink
on 2003-01-11 18:59:39
you guys are too kind to us.... thanks for all the nice words... if you like this one, you'll be blown away (or atleast we are going to try our damnedest to do so) by our next one... keep yer ears peeled...

by the way, im just curious if anyone has identified the origin of the organ arpeggio at the begining... any guesses?

I'm hopin' it more Sega!

It just needs to be said again: This is a MUST DOWNLOAD.

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Thrull
on 2003-01-11 06:18:09

just want to say, this mix rocks.

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lefty
on 2003-01-10 01:02:47

you guys are too kind to us.... thanks for all the nice words... if you like this one, you'll be blown away (or atleast we are going to try our damnedest to do so) by our next one... keep yer ears peeled...

by the way, im just curious if anyone has identified the origin of the organ arpeggio at the begining... any guesses?

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sgx
on 2003-01-09 23:48:19

Diggin this. Many interesting sounds are being used. You guys know how to use drums well and included a sweet guitar and cool solos. I love the ending. Awesome work!

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Evilhead
on 2003-01-09 21:08:42

Ah, yes! A Phantasy Star remix of any calibre is like nectar of the gods for me--I think the Phantasy Star series has the best game music ever, hands down. That said, I don't *LOVE* PS4 title theme (even though it is still great), but I do love what has been done with it in the remix. The guitar riffs are perfect for this song. They could have gone the more industrial way with this one, but the dark, moody metal guitar really suits this song. I agree with DJP that the drums could have been more apparent... I think this track would have ruled with some rockin' metal drums, something kind of frantic, fast and noisy, but it's still good as it is. I'm glad DJ Pretzel seems to like Phantasy Star as much as I do, insuring that he will post any good PS mix that comes his way... Keep 'em comin!!

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Primary Game:
Phantasy Star IV: The End of the Millennium (Sega, 1993, GEN)
Music by Izuho Numata, Masaki Nakagaki
Songs:
"The end of millennium"

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