ReMix:Final Fantasy IV "Rydia (Clean Mix)" 4:07

By Tim Sheehy

Arranging the music of one song...


Primary Game: Final Fantasy IV (Square , 1991, SNES), music by Nobuo Uematsu

Posted 2002-03-06, evaluated by djpretzel

Very well-arranged and produced FF work in an adult contemporary style from Kaijin. Production details abound, from the cleanly mixed drums (check out the quick scratch at 1'23") to the nice thick chord work on the heavily emphasized piano. The bass patch used is excellent as well, as you can convincingly hear some of the fret / picking noise - it's subtle, but it adds a lot to the track. It's when Kaijin reenters via a cymbal roll around the 2 minute mark, where a gliding sine-wave synth lead (with great echo and LFO modulation) joins the piano, that the track really shines. Afterwards, a fragile bell pad doubles the melody, rounding out the track and leading into the ending. This whole arrangement is very clean and precise, but also warm and human, two traits that are often opposing but when achieved together make for some great music. Highly recommended.



Latest 15 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
on 2015-12-02 10:07:13

Can't believe I never reviewed this in the past. One of my all time favorite old school remixes. Reminds me of an excellent early 90's RnB track or laid back movie theme. Excellent use of the source tune to create the vibe.

on 2008-10-08 11:39:39

Great AC style mix of Rydia's theme, I loved the unique touches like the record scratches, and the synth leads.

Piano fills were tasteful and well done, and the backing beat was perfect. The only real improvement that could be made, I think, is the tone of the bass guitar. Seemed a bit trebley to me.

I loved how the song opened up when the piano chords dropped out at the middle section.

A great take on a great source tune.

your the man now dog
on 2007-02-14 02:08:06

this is great. so relaxing.

on 2006-02-03 18:39:08

I really enjoy this track! Nice job!

on 2005-09-16 05:42:11

This is some beautiful piano right here, that I can really say, yup yup.

on 2005-07-05 10:24:22

This is a good song for the late afternoon when it is like red out like in the japanese anime it is one of the songs on the site that relaxs me keep it up.

Angelus Laminarum
on 2004-10-18 17:15:16

:( *sniff* well, now that I'm thoroughly depressed...

Anyway, Kaijin, this is an awesome Remix. I have played the game and seen Rydia, and though I cannot remember her actual original theme per se... I can imagine if a non-FF lover could mistake this for her's... it fits the child-like innocence that the character of Rydia had, somewhat even in her adulthood.

Excellent work on not only getting a good mix, but fitting the mix to a character like matching puzzle pieces.

If anyone finds anything wrong with this (someone said a drum scratch? What??), you are TOO DAMN PICKY!!

~Falcis Umbrae~

"The reaper is always a step behind me..." ~ Shadow, FFVI

on 2004-08-09 11:00:41
I've just discovered the Rydia Theme.

This "clean" version is excellent.

I feel tears in my eyes.

Thanks, thanks Kaijin.

I was just about to ridicule this, that is, right before I couldn't see what I was typing, and this salty discharge started sitting in my eyes. Damn you, Kaijin, that was totally awesome. I need a hanky.

*goes to find a song to remix adult contemporary, ala Kaijin*

on 2004-05-05 07:09:42

I've just discovered the Rydia Theme.

This "clean" version is excellent.

I feel tears in my eyes.

Thanks, thanks Kaijin.

on 2003-10-24 11:30:18

I'm new to this whole posting thing, but I definitely agree with the concensus of the other postings. I'm normally a harsh critic of remixes but there is nothing that I could possibly about this song that is in any way negative. You did the song justice, and that's an understatement.

on 2003-07-08 11:06:18

One of the best mixes I've heard for this game in a while, and I listen to ALOT of these remixes. Rydia is one of the more popular characters, and this music gives justics to her name. I doubt Nobuo Uematsu, FF's own music composer could defeat this.

Deryck Khusial
on 2003-07-07 04:04:46

this definitely takes the cake for my favorite Kai mix. i play this loud whenever possible cause it deserves to be Felt. the intro’s already remarkable, what with the way Kai develops the first minute and then layers on the bass. but that piano sequence around 2:00? dude. i Melt

on 2003-04-05 12:44:38

duuhh..urrrrr.....ummmm.....*gets on hands and knees and bows*

on 2003-03-04 14:12:07

THis is the most excellent theme I ever heard, the piano is great and the other instrument too.

I wish somebody to do another Remix of Rydia Theme. :wink:

on 2003-02-23 06:33:44

This is one of those songs in which you need to hear it in it's entirety to really enjoy. At the beginning, it starts off with a mezmerizing effect, and then at the 1:00 and 2:00 marks, it changes a bit by adding a drum line and adding an added synth melody, respectively. I'm not sure if there are any flaws in the song, as I was heavily distracted to really notice or care for that matter :D Very awesome mix from a very awesome author.

Sources Arranged (1 Song)

Primary Game:
Final Fantasy IV (Square , 1991, SNES)
Music by Nobuo Uematsu

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