Posted 2009-07-09, evaluated by djpretzel
I mean this in the best possible way, but Mattias really is a crazy Swede. Crazy talented, crazy prolific, crazy bilingual... at least a dozen more ways beyond that. A musical force of nature and a natural force of music, he writes:
"I tried some unorthodox processing in this one, for example the very distorted ARP2600 analogue drums and the plethora of detuned bells and music boxes playing counter-melodies until they all get lost in a mess of static. I personally enjoy the subtle changes during the last part with the constantly evolving cluster of bell melodies. This is also the first (but hopefully not the last) remix where I ventured outside of Reason 4. The bell effects I mentioned and some additional processing are courtesy of Ableton Live Lite 6 and the oh-so-lovely ReWire protocol. Nowadays I've actually bought Live 7 so don't be surprised if things get even more trippy from here! I've thrown in some wannabe-skrypnyk-drums for great justice! That's about it really... It's trippy, it's slightly repetetive but it's oh-so-charming for anyone into quirky left-field electronica. Like me."
Along with a very alliterative mix title, this Kefka arrangement features a percussive arsenal replete with dirty piston kicks, hydraulic snares, tics, blips, and myriad fx that wind away like clockwork under clean, soaring synth leads and delicate bells. While all the intro stuff is lovely, the mix is essentially bifurcated into two parts we'll call "extended intro" and "schizophrenic bell motif of doom". Or something like that; at 2'26" the bump starts thumpin' and the clock starts winding up into a frenetic machine of clangorous, joyous mayhem. Towards the end, there's so much harmonic interaction in the self-described "cluster of bell melodies" that you've basically got a vortex of sweet, ringing tine. It's crazy, which fits both Kefka and (full circle here, folks) Mattias as well. Crazy indulgent, crazy percussive, and crazy... belltastic. If it's not a word, it is now.
It's late and I've got no judges to quote since this one's direct, but at this point AnSo is an institution, a veritable Midas of VGM arrangement (without the unfortunate and impractical implications), so you shouldn't need much selling. It also doesn't hurt that it's FF6/Kefka, of which an all-kazoo mix played by tone-deaf squirrels would probably still get some attention, if not love. This one isn't high concept or master craft, it's just a fun, creative, well-constructed electronica piece that embraces its inner Kefka, realizes its Ken, and melts minds (and ears) with a massive miasma of musical magicite. Magnificent.
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