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OCR00163 - Final Fantasy VI "The Atomizer"

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I really liked this when I first came to the site for it being all wacky and crazy.

Now I'm kinda split. It's a pretty basic arrangement at heart that heavily samples from the spc and some sound fx. I wouldn't call the placement of those fx and spc random, but I wouldn't call them well thought out either. On the other hand, it has a nice intense feeling to it, and the guitar and the sax are very cool. It pushes things to the silly extreme in a way that a lot of mixes don't, which I admire. And the ending makes me LOL.

But I guess it hasn't aged as well. There are other remixes that do the "crazy" thing better, I think. But I can't deny that I still enjoy it, call it a guilty pleasure. I would like to see Mustin do a mix like this today, but he doesn't seem to do any of this kind of stuff anymore.

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No doubt the curveball samples and draconian nature of The Atomizer are hilarious attractions for a lot of people, myself included. But I also appreciate how calmly interpretive nuances between the insane parts tie the mix's shoelaces and balance it out. Examples:

- orchestral guidance in the beginning

- The Fierce Battle beneath the menu sounds around 1:11

- tambourine's playful accompaniment starting at 1:45

- rapid flute cameos of Kefka's theme at 2:15-2:24

- trumpet-led section at 2:27

- percussion around 3:01+

Mindblowing overall, but also a gold mine of nifty nuggets if you listen closely.

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I appreciate this track for what it was in 2000, and that was, and still is, inventive ways of using soundclips and effects to make a funny and entertaining remix. I would like to see it updated, though. I bet Mustin could beef up the quality, the hilarity and just about everything else today.

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Okay, so for starters, I got a laugh out of this one for the randomness, so there is one positive here. Other than that, the production seemed a tad rough in several places (whether by age or design, either way), and while like I said, I got a laugh out of the voice clips (game over man!), but I can see how they can easily annoy folks. Not the best Mustin ever did by a long shot, but still good for humor and just easing up on things a bit.

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