ReMix: Final Fantasy IV "The Might of Baron"
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- Game: Final Fantasy IV (Square, 1991, SNES)
- ReMixer(s): audio fidelity
- Composer(s): Nobuo Uematsu
- Song(s): "Epilogue", "Kingdom of Baron", "Main Theme of FINAL FANTASY IV", "The Airship", "The Prelude"
- Posted: 2010-05-25, evaluated by the judges
- Album: Featured on Final Fantasy IV: Echoes of Betrayal, Light of Redemption
- Terms (BETA): brass electric-guitar epic flute march orchestral rock
It took a long time to get a fixed encoding of this Echoes cut from audio fidelity - Jay writes:
"I never initially had the desire to remix Baron, but I felt compelled to contribute to the project; and I am extremely happy with the people I have met in the process and the things I learned along the way. This was the game that started it all for me when I was 5 or so. With Baron, I wanted to keep it faithful to the original and just have it blown it up into metal march of sorts with full orchestra and synths to fill out the texture. The SFX (stomps, airship noise, bombs, and reverse fx) came later, I know there is a fine line, but I think it really adds to what's going here. The Airship theme felt appropriate to mix in here because of the relationship to Baron. I also got in all of my favorite themes from the game in brief appearances throughout the mix. I hope you enjoy it!"
FF4 holds a rather dear place in a LOT of gamers' hearts, and I think that's why any album that attempted to cover it in its entirety was bound to have some detractors, but look here: THIS IS THE 18TH REMIX WE'VE POSTED FROM THE ALBUM. That's pretty awesome, because the judges are not warm-and-fuzzy folk, and the same standards are applied to album mixes. Each mix we've posted off Echoes deserves to be on the site in its own right, and I'm glad we've had so many opportunities to spotlight the variety AND quality that OA & company achieved. Cain writes:
"So this is epic. That has got to be the longest pick slide I've ever heard in the intro. I've just played and completed this game for the first time over the last week and its easily in my top 5 games ever, and this remix just filled me with many joyous/epic memories. Great arrangement, and i know mixing guitar with orchestral elements is very easy to get wrong production-wise, but this does an admirable job. Very inventive theme treatment, submit more remixes."
"This is pretty epic across the board. This mix is also a great example of how to *properly* use non-HQ samples. Just goes to show you kids that you CAN make decent stuff without QLSO, if you do it right."
Actually, some of these samples sound pretty good to ME :) There's a LOT going on in this mix, and most of it is bombastic/epic/anthemic, so I was glad for the reprieve at 2'43" with softer dynamics and fewer cymbal crashes, as mallet runs accompany solo flute and bassoon into a nice ritardando - bonus points for appropriate tempo fluctuations, definitely stays organic and helps tell a story. Jay has a lot of ideas, in a lot of different genres, and with this mix manages to combine many of them into a cogent vision that's encompassing but still has enough scope to retain sufficient focus. Been a long time comin', but I'm glad we're finally posting this!
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