ReMix: Final Fantasy "Gurgling Desert Pond" 2:29

By blackguitar

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acoustic-guitar duration-short electric-guitar organ rock tempo-fast
Arranging the music of one song...

"Gurgu Volcano"

Primary Game: Final Fantasy (Nintendo, 1987, NES), music by Nobuo Uematsu
  • Album: Featured on Final Fantasy: Random Encounter
  • Posted 2012-12-10, evaluated by the judges panel

    While not a MEGA-ALBUM like Maverick Rising or Double the Trouble! in terms of sheer disc-count, Random Encounter really holds its own and was probably the biggest surprise of 2012, at least for me. One of the artists who was essential to that success was blackguitar; his 'Fierce Fairground Fight' may have been my favorite cut - I really thought he nailed it, through and through. And guess what? His other track on the album's pretty hot, too - albeit in a different style/direction. Album Director Brandon Strader writes:

    "When we were in a pickle and needed someone to cover "Gurgu Volcano" after the original remixer couldn't do it, I decided to ask blackguitar... just out of my own personal wish, deep within my soul, that he would do it. And he did! I was amazed, and I still am. This song sounds legit, and blackguitar's skills cannot be questioned. Totally wasn't what I was expecting at all, I thought it'd be metal - but like I said... legit!"

    His skills CAN be questioned, actually, it's just that the answer's always the same: he's got some mad ones. While FFF was indeed a fierce bit of metal that fit the project's unifying aesthetic, this track widened & deepened the variety with a gun-slingin', dust-kickin', dude-rustlin' rock jam featuring noodlin' organ and electric guitar that craps bigger than you. Think Sunset Riders, amigo; the artist writes:

    "This is my second contribution to the project. An easy listening country-style arrangement that reminds me of maybe a dry desert or a hot volcano. It has been made in the nick of time, when this track did not seem to be claimed anymore. Hope you like it."

    There's a little jazz in them thar hills, too, but it never goes overboard, which would ruin the atmosphere - smart writing. OA makes a good comparison:

    "A fun and pretty unique take on the source. If there was a single source that i'd have imagined to be completely METAL'ed out from FF1, it was this one, and then I get this curveball. The style works very well, and reminds me a bit of ilp0's work."

    Yes, precisely - in fact, if you'd told me Ilari was responsible for this track, that would have made complete sense to me. Hopefully Julian's a fan and takes that as a compliment - I know I would. There's the confidence to wear multiple hats and try on different genres, and then there's the competence - excellence, really - to pull them off, and this type of mix displays both, along with a tasty dollop of creativity. Fantastic mix from an album that really came together beautifully.


    Discussion: Latest 6 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
    on 2015-12-28 12:31:21

    This is such a fun, energetic, and bouncy track. The organ work here is flawless, and for something that’s inspired by a track with volcano in its name, I am amazed at how “summer resort” it sounds. And I say that as a compliment :P Just for the record.

    on 2013-08-01 15:58:40

    Pretty nice country thing going on here along with a playful organ. A bit short, but every second of this ReMix is full of win.

    on 2013-01-20 13:04:44

    Heh, I can see oa's ilp0 reference. Creative, versatile yet cohesive. I liked this one already when I first saw the trailer. Keep on truckin' bg.

    on 2012-12-15 17:05:10

    FFF is one of my faves too. This song really hits that desert atmosphere I was hoping for when I saw the title. Nice, BG!

    on 2012-12-11 03:51:01

    3 you BG.

    That is all.

    on 2012-12-10 17:20:46

    What did you think? Post your opinion of this ReMix.

    Sources Arranged (1 Song)

    Primary Game:
    Final Fantasy (Nintendo, 1987, NES)
    Music by Nobuo Uematsu
    "Gurgu Volcano"

    Tags (6)

    Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Organ
    Time > Duration: Short
    Time > Tempo: Fast

    File Information

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