ReMix: FTL: Faster Than Light "Faster Than Rock"

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FTL: Faster Than Light

It was pretty cool last year when we posted composer Ben Prunty's Metroid Prime ReMix, and now we end NOOBWEEK with our very first arrangement of Ben's own soundtrack to FTL from OCR newcomer Little V (James Mills), who brings it with a hard rock/metal take on the title theme:

"Hey, guys! First time submitting! Love this game and its soundtrack! This needed to be done. :)"

This DID need to be done, and James was the right guy to do it - satisfying shreddage with crisp production and a really nice variety of guitar tones, from face-melting powerchords to clear & clean, delayed/chorused melodic bits. Dynamic & structural contrast are excellent as a result, with the spacy/floating/pensive bits juxtaposed against aggressive walls of shred. Flexstyle writes:

"Oh man, the ambiance paired with the heavy guitars... this is one of my very favorite combinations of sounds... I like the production, the instruments are played really well (as I'd expect - been following the YouTube channel for a while now), and the arrangement - while not taking any giant risks - is fantastic."

James has more where this came from so yeah, you should check out his channel & subscribe if you haven't already. Larry sums things up nicely:

"Nice sound to start; good guitar tone, and good pads. Kick drums at :19 certainly have a lot of punch; maybe too much. Really loving the relaxed feel of this genre adaptation already. Like Chimpa, I would have like some mixing adjustments to this, but it's solid nonetheless; just an excellent, personalized rock cover.

I know that Ben Prunty's wanted someone to get FTL represented here for a while, so after all of the awesome things Ben said about OCR with his Metroid Prime submission, I'm glad we could finally have his original work represented on the site. I'm sure he's heard & enjoyed this great piece from the great music video, so it's fitting to have him represented as a composer with an excellent interpretation like Little V's. Welcome aboard, James!"

Ditto all that; great to finally have an FTL mix, and always good to see artists who've firmly established themselves elsewhere on YT & other outlets send mixes our way. We've had a blast exclusively celebrating newcomers to OC ReMix this week, and we hope you've enjoyed the experience as well. Whether they be seasoned veterans of VGM arrangement with tens of thousands of followers or folks flying under the radar or just starting out, it doesn't matter - we're all here to celebrate the music we love. We're psyched to see some new faces & hear some new sounds, and we hope you are too! Props to Little V for our first FTL mix and a badass one at that; looking forward to hearing more!


Discussion: Latest 12 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
on 2016-06-17 20:23:46

This is a really cool, modern piece. Funnily enough, the melodic guitar parts in the middle (around 1:32) reminded me somehow of some more power ballad-esque Luna Sea pieces. :D (Or was it L'Arc en Ciel?) So, somehow, this remix has a bit of a nostalgic touch for me, while at the same time being very modern rock/metal.

Would certainly love to hear more of this stuff!

on 2015-12-14 12:54:31

Yeah, some neat rock here -- even if the intro was calmer! The performance is excellent, especially with those crazy solos. The breakdown adds a lot of variation in the mix, and overall, it feels very fresh. Not as fast as the title suggest, but as cool as it can be! :)

on 2015-07-20 17:31:07

Beautiful remix - that crash when the chorus kicks in - spectacular - and everything after that, very brutal.

Well done good sir, you have my kudos.

on 2015-06-12 00:21:50

I am very glad to see FTL music being represented here now. I love FTL, and this theme is awesome by extension. Way to hit it right Little V! This is a very very good remix of the very very good soundtrack to a very very good game.

on 2015-05-27 11:54:14

Little V!!! I've been a huge fan of this man's epic metal covers for certain SK and Killer Instinct themes (can't stop listening to his cover of Hisako's theme and his work on Cinder is sweet) for a while now, and to see him appear on OCR a few months later is cool. As for the ReMix itself, it definitely follows his quality of playing and arranging, and this rocking metal arrangement is an awesome listen. Nice work, fella!

on 2015-05-24 03:24:28

Oh snap another Canadian! Isn't Little V from Calgary? He's like an hour south of where I'm at. Love your work on Cinder's theme for the new KI! Also, this remix is killer!

on 2015-05-23 12:43:59

Sick stuff. Very Chimp Spanner-esq, in a good way.
Maybe you could have cut off a bit of low end from the rhythm guitars to help clear up the mix since there are quite a few synths. Other than that its awesome lml

on 2015-05-22 20:41:27

Oh yaay an FTL mix! Space Cruise is my favourite song of the soundtrack; this was really well done!

on 2015-05-22 14:23:21

Great job !

on 2015-05-22 13:57:18

awesome, great great work!
please make some more :)

on 2015-05-22 13:40:21

This is brilliant. Good work, it's even more impressive when you consider that one person was playing all of these instruments.

on 2015-05-22 09:52:27

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