ReMix: Final Fantasy VII "Climhazzard Rush" 3:42

By aluminum

Arranging the music of one song...

"Fanfare"

Primary Game: Final Fantasy VII (Sony, 1997, PS1), music by Nobuo Uematsu

Posted 2003-11-27, evaluated by djpretzel


This FF7 ReMix from newcomer aluminum takes a fairly brief piece of BGM and greatly expands on it. The ReMixer writes: "There were some questions on the WIP board as to whether or not this song strays too far from the source material for too long. Considering that the original is a very short looping tune, I had to take some liberties, but the melody and chord progression are definitely in there. :)" This piece actually accomplishes its length - relative to the source material - via doing genre hopping, beginning with an ambient mood that gets into a cool downbeat groove, then goes jazz at 1'23 in a really cool transition. This transition specifically is the strongest of the few in the song; the genre shift is dramatic but totally natural. We go back into the downbeat groove but this time with a nice analog monoglide synth solo, and then transfer into a nice piano and organ break. There's then some voice samples leading into the final, double-time upbeat techno section with a guttural 303 bass. Not so keen on this last segment or the voice samples used to introduce it, but I think it's rather creative that aluminum was able to use essentially a chord progression and minimal melody to build a track that sounds as diverse as this. Relative to some other more interpretive tracks on the site, it actually doesn't go too awful far in terms of original to arranged content (though some of those more "interpretive" pieces are mine ^^) I enjoyed the first three fourths better than the last bit, but overall this is some exploratory, well-produced arranging that shows both electronica and jazz ability and works musically. Plus it has that really cool transition :) Creative, different first mix from aluminum - hope to see more in the future.

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Latest 15 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
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Liontamer
on 2015-07-31 10:46:50

Always have enjoyed this one. aluminum's one of the best arrangers we've had in terms of the creativity of his interpretations, and this first mix certainly set the table. All 4 of his tracks are worth grabbing, and I hope he keeps making music.

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Hy Bound
on 2009-01-08 10:54:16

This is one of my favorites. The atmosphere is incredibly intoxicating and the beat is very well done. I used to just put this on before I went to bed and have real strange but enjoyable dreams about living in sector 7... Yeah...

EDIT: Wow, I forgot I reviewed this already... That tells you how much I enjoy it.

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Hy Bound
on 2008-05-28 10:11:13

This was actually one of the first songs I downloaded (and saved, not just listened to) off of this site. I love this song so damn much! It has such a good atmosphere and the limited amount of melody is actually what makes me really like this song. Very well-done and I even like the Monty Python bit; it gives the song a different feel. I want to hear more from this guy!

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OA
on 2008-05-27 11:49:35

Wow it was difficult for me to place the source until the last say, 20 seconds. Repeat listens made it easier to connect it to the source.

I wasn't feeling the vocal samples. Nice production, cool synthage, and a lot of new ideas make this a really developed arrangement, but there really isn't a ton of melodic content in the original, so it works well as a hip background track, but needs a bit more of a hook for active listening.

Grab it if you need some generic strutting music or something really cool to do homework too. :-)

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SakakiAzu
on 2006-01-01 02:20:17

Whoooooooa....

Very nice... A tad hard to hear the melody, but yeaaaa....

8.5/10

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Elderan
on 2005-10-28 09:56:17

i couldnt help but notice the monty python tribute in there with the vocals. "I'm Invincable"-the black knight followed by king arthur-"You're a looney" i just cant help but smile every time i hear it. cudos, woot, and so on and so forth :D

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Bummer
on 2005-10-12 15:50:47

Let me get this straight. Is this a remix on a track that has a length on 10 seconds before it begins on the next loop, and that those who has played the game probably heard it 1003649,83 times? Now that´s impressive. I read this forum before I heard this remix, and I must agree, the melody IS hard to hear, but only actually in the beginning, then it gets better. Nice combination of jazz and funkish techno, did not see that coming.

And the voice that says "I´M INVINCIBLE!", I´m gonna agree with him too. Climhazzard is a very cool limitbreak with a cool name. Omnislash would maybe be a better number one at power, but coolest name...err?

Great stuff aluminum, liked the combination between the flute and piano, very real sounding.

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Schonste
on 2005-04-18 15:07:07

Okay, I won't lie: I really, really hate the Monty Python thing. It's funny, and I love the movie, and I think it's mildly appropriate given that it's the victory fanfare and I've had my fair share of moments coming out of a boss battle with so little HP left I'm surprised I have limbs. But I like the actual music in this song so much that the MP bit makes me go "Wait, wtf?"

As for the actual music, it's really--weird. It's weird and different, but very interesting throughout, especially with the bizarre combination of synthesizing and jazz awesomeness. It makes me think of someone doing a fanfare in slow motion, really.

I'm not big on fadeouts, but that's kind of how the real fanfare can go, you know, so it works. :o

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Jemnisimi
on 2004-12-02 00:19:35

Huurrrrmmmm eh... I have mixed feelings about this. First impressions seem to work best for me so I guess I'll poop out the first things that come to mind.

The first thing I thought was "this reminds me of the Mortal Kombat soundtrack" but... better.

The second thing I thought was... I hate jazz. Although there're plenty of jazzy bits in FF7 so I forgive it readily. :)

And the last thing I thought was whyyyy does Mister Pretzel not like the end? I mean I'm not exactly fond of voices cutting into the tune but it was actually done non-annoyingly and didn't cut... just... poked. And it's when what it's a remix of becomes the most obvious. It's a good finality to seal the deal with so you know what ya' just heard.

Different strokes for different folks in the end, I guess. My stroke? Thumbs up. Not something I'd put on repeat forever obviously but she's a keeper; good work. The intro is $$$. Crunchy and smooth at the same time. Nice transition. A bit too varying of styles all in one piece for me but that's the art of it. Abstractionism is yay.

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Babysoft-chan
on 2004-05-13 23:10:45

Well, to be honest, I had to listen to it about seven times before I was sure this was based on the victory theme. That's not to say I didn't enjoy it. Definitely different, and the concept is attention grabbing (for me, anyway).

I believe it was Toxic Soul who mentioned it sometimes sounds taticky, and I have to agree with him on that, but I found that added to the unique effect.

I'm really impressed with what you did with such a short piece to work from. Good on you, Mate. ^_~

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Zaku II
on 2004-01-12 12:12:22

This is a very well put together mix. more latter, im in class right now

OK. I'm back.

Well I liked the mix because of the song he chose to remix. I mean, victory themes are hard to remix because they are so short (with the exeption of FFX-2, of which I'd like to hear a remix of, but that's beside the point). Aluminum really made it sound good without making it obscenely long.

Good Job. Although you realy don't need the opinion of a non-mixer like me. :lol:

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The Orichalcon
on 2003-12-18 02:46:49

It's the victory fanfare.

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Broken Enigma
on 2003-12-17 20:57:56

the begining is kinda like sumtin creepin around the corner ready to spook you....but over all i thought it a very well done mix(even though i can't quite recall where in the game this was from)but hey?whose complaining?

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FF7Cloud_Strife
on 2003-12-07 22:33:21

Yup i agree with Rexy, sounds like a good ol mix of the fanfare :lol: . It sounds kinda like part of the hearts anxiety (from ceracyst) but i dunno.

Good job. Hope to see more.

Workin on my own remiz but don't rilli have much time XD

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Toxic Soul
on 2003-11-30 16:10:50

This remix was pretty cool. It seemed a bit staticky at times, but I'm not sure if that was an intentional sound or not. I loved the opening. I was just waiting for it to build to the tune and the drums to come in.

When it did, it was slower than I expected, but that was still pretty cool. It became somewhat jazzy after that, and was a fairly calm remix. It builds into a few different instruments, and nicely builds up to a climax with a piano, some organ, some synth, and Monty Python sounds effects - which I found comical, and enjoyable.

That could've either made or ruined the remix for someone else, though. Not a bad remix, but I had trouble keeping interest in it at points. The opening and builds are fantastic, but the regular tune, although nicely mixed, grows a little slow. I'm not a huge fan of that sort of thing, but for anyone who enjoys a somewhat ambient track, this should probably be on the playlist.

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Primary Game:
Final Fantasy VII (Sony, 1997, PS1)
Music by Nobuo Uematsu
Songs:
"Fanfare"

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