ReMix: Final Fantasy Legend II "Heroes"
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"FFL2 is one of the gems of the gameboy and had one of the best soundtracks on the system. In terms of personal videogame music nostalgia, this game was one of the earliest I played as a kid. The recent remake of FFL2 for the DS made me curious as to how the soundtrack had fared. I was disappointed, but not surprised, to find that most of the tracks were updated without much creativity whatsoever. There was only one thing to do of course -- start remixing the soundtrack myself : )
It should be no surprise to OCR listeners by now that the artists on OCR are constantly influencing, challenging and learning from each other. In particular, I'd like to give a shoutout to two classic tracks that influenced this mix: the peerless big beat of tefnek & zircon's 'Waste Water Wipeout' and the lo-fi infectious groove in 'Fragments of Gold' by beej. This mix takes the original and gives it the lo-fi symphony treatment with some attitude."
It took me a couple listens to really get into the lo-fi/sampled construction Youngjin employs here, but it was time well spent. There's a unique texture to this mix that sets it apart, both in general and also relative to the artist's other mixes. The vinyl snap-crackle-pop queues up, string stabs enter, and the main melodic fanfare comes in, but it promptly gets... scratched? There's a lot of hip-hop influence here, with plenty of vinyl effects applied to instrumentation you don't normally hear them applied to, lending a distinct flavor. Deia writes:
"Lots of good things going on here. The arrangement is very recognizable as the source, but definitely with your own take to it. The drums and bass add that attitude you mentioned, and the rest stays in that more expansive (but lo-fi)orchestral setting. Not a set of sounds I would have expected to work as well as it does, so I was pleasantly surprised at that. Things get just a tad repetitive feeling towards the end, but it's not that big of an issue."
"Classyful. Vionyliny. Trumpetulent. These are all made up words I would use to describe this mix. I wouldn't even know where to start making some of these transitions and effects. They are here aplenty but done well enough that they aren't getting old. The sounds mesh surprisingly well and the both suit the theme. The vinyl crackle was a little irksome but it's not an omnipresent issue and it's stylistically fitting so it doesn't bother me enough to make an issue of it.
I will however say that you have selected the most boring name in the history of OCR. It's like you've taken sophisticated pinup and named her Bob."
True on the title; sometimes less is just... less. But the mix itself betrays its nondescript titling with panache & interesting technique; I especially liked the more electronic bass synth breakdown @ 2'17", and it really is odd hearing scratch fx applied so generously to string passages. This salient characteristic is likely to make the mix a bit less approachable to some audiences that Ziwtra's other tracks, but it's risky, it's different, and I think it works.
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