ReMix: Final Fantasy VI "Tastes Like Victory"
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- Game: Final Fantasy VI (Square, 1994, SNES)
- ReMixer(s): Arkimedes, Leitbur, Samantha Krzyston
- Composer(s): Nobuo Uematsu
- Song(s): "Fanfare"
- Posted: 2013-07-01, evaluated by djpretzel
- Album: Featured on Final Fantasy VI: Balance and Ruin
- Terms (BETA): ambient electronic lyrics-original pop singing synth vocals-female vocals-male
When I think of the fanfare from FF6, I think of a lot of things... NONE of them could be described as "a minimalist airy vocal synth-pop meditation that blends modern and retro aesthetics," and yet that's EXACTLY what's Jaron Widman, known with vocalist
Samantha Krzyston as Leitbur (and known individually as Arkimedes here on OCR) has created. Jaron's last mix, from Shenmue, was posted all the way back in 2004, but I still listen to it all the time, and he's maintained and expanded on that style of ethereal, shimmering synth-pop since. So this is a bit of a comeback, albeit as part of a collaboration under a different moniker. He's taken a simple-but-catchy motif and turned it upside down, forming the framework for an entire track that slips by the listener in a dreamlike state of crystalline hypnosis, seemingly slowing down time itself in the process. It's the last thing I think anyone would envision when considering potential arrangements of this source, and yet it's the first thing I actually want - something that recontextualizes the straightforward, triumphant victory fanfare outward, into something... more. And yet it's right there, the whole damn time, right under your nose. It's like a musical Escher, an optical illusion made auditory; zircon writes:
"Creating remixes or arrangements is hard enough, but trying to do so when you have mere seconds of source material is borderline maddening. The subtle layering and overall production on this track are second to none. Leitbur's signature sound is wonderfully retro yet current at the same time, and was beautifully applied to create this memorable piece."
The overtones of Balance and Ruin are primarily, as the title suggests, about peace and aggression, beauty and distortion, calm and chaos, and so I was afraid that a boldly victorious melody like the fanfare would result in an arrangement that seemed somewhat out of place, thematically. Jaron has decisively squashed such concerns with a ReMix that turns bombastic triumph into more of a new wave Zen mantra... and I mean that in the best possible way. I feel like every album should have some surprises in the form of arrangements you never would have seen coming in a million years but which work brilliantly; Balance and Ruin has several, and this is definitely a highlight!
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