ReMix: Final Fantasy V "Dark Butz" 4:14

By AeroZ

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Arranging the music of 2 songs from 2 games (view all)...

"Dark World", "Main Theme of FINAL FANTASY V"

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

Posted 2007-05-29, evaluated by the judges panel


Unfortunate mix title? You bet. Unfortunate mix? Not by a long shot... AeroZ delivers on the promise his initial ReMix showed, and then some, with this mashup arrangement of FF5 and Zelda 3. Sebastian writes:

"Well... I don't know where I got the idea from in the first place. Was just playing around with the "Dark World" chords and had just been listening to some FF5 tracks and I just went: "Wait a minute... what if.." and the result is this."

I heartily embrace the accidental arrangement methodology - a goodly percentage of my own stuff was birthed in the kiln of what I'd call "messing around"... although, given the quality of what Mr. Freij came up with, he might have deliberated a bit more on the title. Whatever... this mix probably should have bypassed the judges panel, if the brief and overwhelmingly positive votes were any indication. Jill writes:

"Wow, very interesting arrangement! The two themes mesh quite well the way you present them here, and the ending kicks major ass. I like this mix even better than Too Hot for Heatman. Your production skills have noticeably improved since then. Getting the chiptune style to sound fresh and cutting edge can't be an easy task, but you have officially joined the Mazedude/Shnabubula ranks in that respect. I'd be interested in hearing some more organic percussion in your next track– a little mixture of old and new– but that's just a side comment. Definitely doesn't take away from what you've created here. Awesome, awesome."

Jon T, of Jiggin fame, adds:

"This is great. Great sequencing, plenty of rhythmic/harmonic/melodic witticisms, all delivered with slick production. Very impressive. If the length of these 4 votes is any indication, this shouldn't be on the panel in the first place."

Personally, I think we could combine this mix title and Jon's handle and come up with an equally compelling hybrid: "Jiggin Jon Butz"... destined for greatness. Whether you like dark or light meat, you'll probably dig Sebastian's Butz; he's put a lot of work into making the chiptunish synth textures come alive, employing ample pitch bend, LFO, variable verb, chopping, and other tricked-out processing to great effect. Percussion is laced with comparably mangled retro FX but has a modern, hip-hoppish back beat, and all of this works well with the peculiar but catchy minor/major chromaticism of the compositional mashup. Very brief ending, not a lot of fanfare, just a quick turntablish synth effect and cut out, but when the whole thing's laced with the type of detail and creative interpolation that this piece is, perhaps exiting quickly and definitively is the best approach. I really think Jill hit the mark with the comparison to Chris and Sam; the piece has similar sonic characteristics to the subtle mangling that Mazedude employs, and to a lesser extent favors some unusual intonations of the variety Sam often wields. Sebastian's definitely his own man, though, and the end result is something that creatively blends themes that few would have thought to enjoin, does so in well-conceived + executed fashion, and as previously stated is a wonderful follow-up to his first mix. While "Ebony Posteriors" or "Midnight Fannies" might have been more clever, anyway you cut it, you can't afford to miss Butz.

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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 14:59:29

Nice use of chiptune, everything cuts through and sounds in its place. I like when things get a bit chaotic at 1:13, adds a nice touch of darkness. 2:25, the percussion adds a lot of color to the more simplistic melodic stuff, sounds neat. Nice twisted work!

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tweex
on 2009-11-09 16:51:15

Right out of the gate, this has very similar instrumentation to your first. Cool sound with the chip tune synths. Progression follows a similar feel to your first mix: a track that is driven by a chiptune synth and pumping drums. The breakdown is a nice dynamic shift. The dissonance is a good touch as well. While I do like the chiptune sound, I would love to hear another, non chiptune synth in there, but that's personal preference. Ending was a little abrupt but not a deal breaker at all!

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Ryu2Wolf
on 2009-01-06 21:21:40

Very intriguing mixing going on in there. Pretty creepy with a side of 8-bit-ness. I like!

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OA
on 2008-03-31 12:07:25

THE KING!!! of Sweden!!

This is a pretty sweet mix that combines a nice chiptune sound with some powerful percussion. A great benefit of chiptunes is that it's very easy to get a nice separated sound between the elements, so you can really pack in the counterpoint without things sounding too busy, and Sebastian has a ton going on at once. Thankfully, the track keeps it's focus throughout, and there are always new sounds and textures coming around.

The ending is a bit abrupt, but it works in the context, and while this isn't my favorite AeroZ track, it is very strong and well worth the download. Check it out!

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Knives
on 2008-02-19 18:52:13
I like Dark Butz and I cannot lie...
You otha brothas can't deny
When a girl walks in with a... oh never mind. Anyways, I love this song, it made me check out AeroZ's other remixes, which were all just as awesome, especially "Wicked N Floating." I'm anxious to hear more from him.
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AeroZ
on 2007-06-16 07:32:28

Hi and tnx for the feedback.

Im really stuck into the FF5 soundtrack. It's really a goldmine.

So many good tracks to play with.

Im even thinking of starting a FF5 Remix Album.

If anybody is intrested joining, plz leave a pm.

Thanks again.

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The Reverend
on 2007-06-14 02:10:08

Hi all,

Nice mix. Not exactly my style but really well put together. The beats were really bugging me because I was sure I'd heard them somewhere before and then I figured it out - Linkin Park's "Cure for the Itch".

Perhaps I'm going mad as the songs sound nothing alike but hey - it's a good track!

cheers,

p.

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Martin Penwald
on 2007-06-13 15:12:25

I like chiptune-ish stuff, and this song is no exception.

Really diggin' the drums in this one, especially in the breakdown starting at appr. 1:52. Almost sounds like a heartbeat.

Also, the melodies are woven into each other very nicely.

All in all, this is a very good mash-up. Nice work.

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Xaleph
on 2007-06-13 13:23:40

Very clever song AeroZ - I love the synth work at 1:12. Very catchy transition. I hope you make more songs like this.

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Wolfstan
on 2007-06-06 00:03:31
I like Dark Butz and I cannot lie...

You otha brothas can't deny

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Dhsu
on 2007-06-01 18:51:34

I actually saved this directly to my hard drive before even listening to it, by pure virtue of it being a Final Fantasy V mix (I rarely save mixes btw, period). And I was not disappointed. I also happen to be a big fan of mashup-style mixes (as evidenced by "Koopa vs. Kefka" ;) ), so this was a bit of a treat for me. I am slightly disappointed AeroZ didn't use the second half of the theme, but what's there is awesome as is. The ending didn't bother me at all, seemed like a fitting full-circle reference to the intro of the mix.

Excellent work, hope to hear more.

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DJ Skratch 'n' Sniff
on 2007-06-01 03:04:06

This mix is pretty awesome; I dig AeroZ first posted mix a lot more but this is still fun. Never realized how similar the two songs were until now.

Also, AeroZ stuff reminds me more of an old mixer, DUN DUN DUN... AE, more than Mazedude or Shnabubula ("With the Quickness" in particular). But, then again, maybe I'm crazy.

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Master_Yoshi
on 2007-05-30 17:59:59

Hmmm this was an interesting mix. At first the Chiptune-ish aspect of it was a turn off, which was surprising since I am a huge fan of Mazedude and Shnab... But eventually this grew on me.

Honestly though I consider this to be more of a Zelda remix, just because I really didn't hear too many references to the FF5 piece. It was a good mesh of the two, but for me I was definately feeling the Zelda-ness of it more.

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Liontamer
on 2007-05-30 17:51:04
Wow this is great stuff! How haven't there been more comments on this? It is one of my new favorite remixes ever. It's just so catchy!

Yeah, not to slight Derek Jeremy's piece, but I was disappointed in the lack of reviews as well. Can't help but think that if this was labeled Zelda 3 (the other corresponding game in the arrangement) then this would have gotten more attention. That's just the nature of the unwashed masses.

I really hope more people, especially lurkers, can come on board and comment on this one. It's definitely a unique piece relative to others on the site, and AeroZ's a name to watch.

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Jaybell
on 2007-05-30 15:08:01

Wow this is great stuff! How haven't there been more comments on this? It is one of my new favorite remixes ever. It's just so catchy!

Sources Arranged (2 Songs, 2 Games)


Primary Game:
Final Fantasy V (Square, 1992, SNES)
Music by Nobuo Uematsu
Songs:
"Main Theme of FINAL FANTASY V"
Additional Game:
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (Nintendo, 1991, SNES)
Music by Koji Kondo
Songs:
"Dark World"

Tags (4)


Genre:
Hip Hop
Mood:
Instrumentation:
Chiptune, Electronic, Synth
Additional:

File Information


Name:
Final_Fantasy_5_Dark_Butz_OC_ReMix.mp3
Size:
6,184,580 bytes
MD5:
bf72c0cb16e53dec7c8177de0ddd2610
Bitrate:
192Kbps
Duration:
4:14

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