ReMix: Final Fantasy VI "The Endless Stair" 3:45

By Argle

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Arranging the music of one song...

"Fanatics"

Primary Game: Final Fantasy VI (Square, 1994, SNES), music by Nobuo Uematsu

Posted 2013-08-12, evaluated by djpretzel


Argle's contribution to Balance and Ruin was a late-breaking addition & result of the second competition held to fill in some of the gaps on source tunes that hadn't been arranged yet. Incorporating bold, cinematic power chords, industrial drums, epic percussion, and a steady pulse, he really did a great job of expanding on a more bare bones source. zircon offers a great description:

"The Fanatics Tower theme is one of those "so little source, it's hard to remix" tracks, but artists like Argle seem to take that simply as a challenge. This piece is dripping with fantastic industrial percussion work and has a great, gradual build. In parts, it's like Nine Inch Nails meets the Matrix soundtrack. The mixing and production are polished to a spitshine in this one and the results speak for themselves - this songs could easily be featured in any big budget blockbuster movie or game. Moody, dark, and excellent."

Pretty much; additionally impressive since it was crafted on a more abbreviated timetable. The artist adds:

"This became part of the Bawance and Wuin album. Ahem, sorry, been watching Life of Brian again. Never thought I'd have the opportunity to contribute to Balance and Ruin, but lo and behold zircon held a remix contest for some of the tracks. When zircon held the second contest, I decided to try the "Fanatics" tower theme, under the assumption that I'd have little or no competition for that one. I know it isn't a classic track like many of the other FF6 tunes, but I hope people enjoy my take on it. My craven, self-serving gamble paid off. Hehhehhehheh."

High-five ;) This piece definitely paints a stark picture, with minor-key piano playing off tearing & scraping snares and pistons. Things get big & bold at 1'24" with a procession that sounds sinister and large... Andy mentions The Matrix and NiN, but I'd perhaps throw God of War into the mix, for these big orch hit + choral chords & some of the more subtle Eastern intonations. Achieving a very grand scope and oscillating between industrial and cinematic emphases, this arrangement shows a different side of Argle and does a fantastic job fully exploring a very minimalist source!

djpretzel

Discussion: Latest 13 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
CyberSkull
on 2015-01-14 01:50:54

Ascension. Cult. Madness. Power. This arrangement not only does justice to the music, but captures the feel of the Fanatic's Tower as well.

TillyFun
on 2014-05-09 19:40:41

Tremendous build up -- and build down. Tough, yeh. ^-^

Although the original is one of my favourite tracks, there's not much to it it.

I'm surprised at how much nuance was put into the remix. :)

Argle
on 2013-09-16 10:57:20
This is one of my favorite tracks from BR. The whole album is great obviously, but to me, the best tracks are the ones that make THE BEST POSSIBLE-SOUNDING VERSION of the original. "The Endless Stair" is the absolute best that the Tower of Fanatics theme can be. The mood is flawless and the buildup is impeccable. I applaud Argle for his contribution and point to the fact that I finally registered in this forum just to post this.

Man that's a great compliment. Thanks for listening!

zachaction
on 2013-09-04 10:19:04

This is one of my favorite tracks from BR. The whole album is great obviously, but to me, the best tracks are the ones that make THE BEST POSSIBLE-SOUNDING VERSION of the original. "The Endless Stair" is the absolute best that the Tower of Fanatics theme can be. The mood is flawless and the buildup is impeccable. I applaud Argle for his contribution and point to the fact that I finally registered in this forum just to post this.

Crulex
on 2013-08-20 11:00:50

Very sinister sounding in the beginning leading up to that giant section at 1:24. I do hear some various influences with NIN and some Matrix, but the grander parts would fit GoW as well. Great menacing ReMix with some sprinkles of epicness.

Flexstyle
on 2013-08-16 14:51:17

This is one of my very favorites from the album, and it's also one that I voted as my top favorite in the staff voting-for-contest-entries thingy. So yeah, love it. :nicework:

avaris
on 2013-08-16 12:49:32

Love the ideas in this dude. Very well crafted sound choices. They really blend well to create an engaging mix.

DimeTower
on 2013-08-16 01:16:49

A tremendous effort here, as a simple/repetitive source is given a huge infusion of life, scale, and feeling. This is a good remix, sure, and there a lot of absolutely phenomenal remixes on the album, but this might be one of the most talented remixes - to turn this source into a GREAT song takes really impressive vision and chops. djpretzel nails it: if you've even played 30 seconds of God of War, listen to this mix - it would be right at home here. That's a compliment.

Patrick Burns
on 2013-08-14 12:42:09
Just an FYI, for the comments they took two separate comments from me (from my OCR sub the album) and mashed them together. So if it reads a bit... incoherent... that is the reason! :lol:

Too late! Overclocked posterity will forever regard you as a blathering psychotic. it looks totally normal to me.

Really great escalation, fall down, re-escalation on the mix here. It never feels stagnant.

Argle
on 2013-08-13 09:03:52

Just an FYI, for the comments they took two separate comments from me (from my OCR sub the album) and mashed them together. So if it reads a bit... incoherent... that is the reason! :lol:

omnipotentBagel
on 2013-08-12 19:07:39

This mix fits a good niche where it's not only good on it's own, but it's almost perfectly written for use as BGM for a tabletop game. It's got a slow build and enough of a pattern that it's easy to set loop points and while it's got a lot of character, it's unassuming enough that it won't distract from the narrative. Seriously impressive work.

Melbu Frahma
on 2013-08-12 18:17:10

Argle's track was a surprise favorite of mine from the album, surprise in that I never much liked the source tune (mainly because of the length of the dungeon it's in and I could never beat the bloody dragon at the end), but it feels like this is a natural progression of the source, and captures the feel of the environment the original music was set in perfectly. I'll definitely be listening to this Remix the next time I'm getting my ass handed to me by that dragon.

Liontamer
on 2013-08-12 15:17:17

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Primary Game:
Final Fantasy VI (Square, 1994, SNES)
Music by Nobuo Uematsu
Songs:
"Fanatics"

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