ReMix: Final Fantasy IV 'Four Friends of the Elements'
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So glad our first Hyadain mixpost was well-received, and that we've now got a follow-up. The genius of Kenichi Maeyamada's mixes lies in an uncanny ability to arrange for a schizophrenic cornucopia of identities, made flesh by awe-inspiring voice acting chops & caffeinated, dense lyrics... he's basically his own genre. Talking about his music in any traditional sense really can't convey the mania; suffice it to say that if you liked the first mix we posted, from Super Mario World, you'll probably dig this arrangement of 'Battle with the Four Fiends' from FFIV. Hyadain of course rocks each fiend out with his own voice & character, and half the fun is the transitions where one identity passes the psychological mic and the next takes over.
Lyrics are awesome, too; while Cagnazzo's use of "tsunami" may be unfortunately timed given the recent tragedy in Japan, sometimes a little goofy fun can help take your mind off more depressing topics; part of what I think the world loves about Japan is its sense of humor, which can be an excellent coping mechanism. I've seen a lot of #prayforjapan action going on, but since not all of us do, I instead just donated ¥2000 to the Japanese Red Cross over at the page Google set up to help coordinate relief. There are plenty of worthy causes and plenty of places on Earth that need help, but right now this situation is not only immediate, but very relevant to the world of VGM, so see what you can do to chip in!
It's hard to imagine removing the vocals from Hyadain's mixes, since they're so tailored & integrated, but the "backing" track is really well-constructed and sequenced and fits perfectly with the style. Over the top, crazy, and loads of fun, this is probably awful music for trying to concentrate, chillax, or make sweet, sweet love to, but if you want a musical slap in the face & are looking to spazz out uncontrollably, Hyadain has your number.
I've had crappy nico rips of them for as long as I can remember; awesome to finally have a good MP3 of them.
- Gollgagh on July 2, 2012
While the Nichijou songs weren't nearly as crazy as this (though, they were pretty crazy), it's still just as fun to listen to. I have a feeling this song would be better if I understood the game more, but I think I have a good idea of which voice is the protagonist and antagonist.
Really love this song. I hope we get more from Hyadain!
Also, it's awesome to see some mainstream artists (at least from what I was told he is mainstream) being posted onto OCR.
- urdailywater on September 7, 2011
LazarCotoron;761818 wrote: I really like that the whole thing isn't strictly sung-he sneaks in a few spoken words here and there, and they really add to the chaos in a fitting way.
The manic music just tops the chaos off. Loads and loads of fun.
- Martin Penwald on May 10, 2011
- Emperor Charlemagne on April 6, 2011
Fantastic ReMix on the music end of things as well. It blends beautifully with the voice acting/singing and is sufficient in getting my body moving.
Really, this fantastic all around. I love it, and I'm happy to see something like this on OCR. Beautiful!
- EmpyClaw on April 6, 2011
- NegimaSonic on March 30, 2011
I've been pulling for Hyadain to submit this ever since I discovered that he submitted SMWS.
- Zarggg on March 21, 2011
- ZidaRose on March 21, 2011
and thumbs up for barbariccia's female love interests in the lyrics, hehe :)
- luhny on March 21, 2011
- Crulex on March 21, 2011
- LeviathanVIII on March 17, 2011
I really like that the whole thing isn't strictly sung-he sneaks in a few spoken words here and there, and they really add to the chaos in a fitting way.
- LazarCotoron on March 17, 2011
- Super_Sonic_Maniac on March 17, 2011
- halc on March 17, 2011
- Brandon Strader on March 17, 2011