ReMix: Final Fantasy VI "Dancing Madly (Second Form)" 4:09

By waxingeloquent

Arranging the music of one song...

"Dancing Mad"

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

Posted 2003-03-25, evaluated by the judges panel


waxingeloquent follows up his initial submission, Dancing Madly First Form, with - you ready for this? - Dancing Madly Second Form. Take that, evildoers. Similarities in name and game/sequence of source material aside, this is legitimately a different, discrete entity from the ReMixer's previous effort, though obviously is intended as a companion piece. The two mixes share certain sounds in common - some of the synth chord stabs and the snare in particular - but this second mix has enough tricks of its own to stand out. Specifically, the first fourth has a nice breakbeatish feel to it, with timpani used in a manner similar to Bjork's Human Behavior or AmIEviL's LetThereBeLight. Round 1'40" things break down to a slower section with glassy stereo-dueling monoglide synths that do some very groovy harmonizing. Things then whack out, get back into the original beat, and then waxingeloquent goes gate-crazy, using gated effects left and right with reckless abandon. Sorta chaotic and definitely indulgent, but fun to listen to :) Whilst pointing out some deficiencies, Digital Coma writes: "A good deal of the mix is sequenced similarly to the original, the leads are not too varied, and the melody sounds drowned out at times, but the sonic qualities of this mix and the slight but recognizable improvisation cumulatively contribute to the off-the-wall nature of Kefka's theme, yielding a clever rearrangement and a developed feel." Great mix for FF6 and esp. Kefka fans, good follow-up to the initial Dancing Madly piece, and an overall fun trip. Check it out.

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Discussion

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Necrox
on 2015-12-30 20:55:57

I don't really like the synths; maybe it's because they remind me of when I had NO idea of what I was doing as opposed to a scrap of an idea. The synth at 2:03 sounds fantastic though, especially with the mellow hi-hat backing. I agree with OA on the timpani. My other gripe is that it doesn't really take me anywhere. It's a perfectly decent mix; it just doesn't really make me think of or feel anything in particular. Still decent though.

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TillyFun
on 2015-12-30 19:36:53

For short versions of Dancing Mad, both First Form and Second Form are great. :D

Not as in your face like a lot of other Dancing Mad remixes. Creates more of a tense atmosphere than anything.

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anosou
on 2009-04-22 18:21:02
The synths here are pretty bad

That's complete and utter bullshit! They're analogue-style synths and work perfectly with the style.

Anyway, I think this and the first one are two of my all-time favorite remixes. I hope that I too can once make a synth-epic like this. Please come back to OCR and submit more!

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OA
on 2009-03-21 17:27:29

The synths here are pretty bad, but instead of laying down and dying, the mix pulled out all kinds of creative ideas with good panning, lots of un-traditional uses of instruments (love that crazy tambourine), and a lot of layering to get a cool sonic sound. While i'm not personally in love with this mix, I really respect the care that went into making it unique and pretty cool. The kettle drums especially are nice for driving the track.

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Liontamer
on 2009-01-09 21:48:40

Dunno why I never posted here, but this was a favorite of mine from the first time I gave it a listen. Really creative stuff for back in the day that holds up pretty well. Given some of the synths being kind of vanilla, the production techniques here really gave the piece a unique feel and character. Surprising this doesn't get more attention, especially since it's from FF6.

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Soapy
on 2006-06-30 12:31:43

This is a great take on the original song, an enjoyment for any musical artist/appreciatist.

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The Hof
on 2006-01-08 21:19:46

This is a very good remix in my opinion. If the third and fourth forms are remixed, I would like this guy to do them.

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SakakiAzu
on 2005-12-30 04:13:37

This one had a bit more stuff piled on it. It made it much more original. Which is good. But still has that one feeling of the original. Which is also good.

8.5/10

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Bummer
on 2005-10-07 08:45:14

Cool remix, this one was more advanced that the first one, maybe not by much, but since the first one sounded a little too originish, this one was different. Nice synths, beats, and all those other technomaterial that made this remix what it is, a real good one.

Nice work waxingel...can I call you was? If that´s the chase, nice work wax!

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SamuraiFoochs #Reload
on 2005-01-23 22:27:33

Very nice, but for some inexplicable reason, I prefer the first form, probably the source material...

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Krendall
on 2004-04-13 11:13:32

Great job, man. I just love the spin you've put on the Dancing Mad parts. Now we just need the Kefka battle, and I'll be a very happy person. :D

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Nobbynob Littlun
on 2003-05-04 23:19:52

Not quite so bombastic as First Form, but it I have found that both First and Second Form grew on me a lot - they sound better every time I listen. If you don't think it's so hot, don't delete... give it a chance later on.

Timpanis, cymbal crashes, organ, EXCELLENT! 2:00-2:40 and 3:40-end assuming my player is measuring the time right) however is weak after all that nice dramatic stuff.

If you go to his website you can download the 3rd and 4th parts. They sound a LOT different though, maybe one day he'll meld in some slick orchestra and submit to OCR :) Oh, and a proper ending for that Fourth Form :)

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A-RoN
on 2003-04-06 00:38:44

I like waxingeloquent's mixtures of classical and techno and "drum and bass". I love the panning on synths and tambourines. The organ patch is the phattest thing I've ever heard in my years of music. It really makes this song both exciting and creepy.

This song just blew me away. I mean the orchestral hits and cymbals just keep in rythum! And the bridge, THE BRIDGE! That really did something for me while I was listening to it. The gated ending was also great stuff.

Just one minor thing. Your drum work volume has improved since the first form remix. But the drum and bass lines are quite a bit repetitive, and if the drum lines change every so often, it's not very noticable. Great mixage though. Keep up the good work though, and I'm looking forward to the third form mix if you make one.

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Pander
on 2003-04-05 23:30:44

I've gotta agree with elman a bit, it felt a bit more lifeless than the first form. Not as good, but solid enough to make it to 3 stars out of 4. Disappointment compared to the stellar first form can't diminish the fact it's still enjoyable.

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elman
on 2003-04-05 22:27:38

4/10. Here...let's just start off with an analogy:

Men In Black: Men In Black 2:: Dancing Madly First Form: Second Form

For the uniformed, MIB2 really, really sucked. But the first one was VERY, very good.

I just thought this remix was too empty, it just wasn't as detailed as your first mix.

Sources Arranged (1 Song)


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

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