Posted 2002-07-28, evaluated by djpretzel
Sure seen a lot of Final Fantasy lately - trust me, it's not a vast square-wing conspiracy, things just turned out that way. This techno boss piece comes courtesy of Standby, one half of which is actually WhoAmI, who gave us a nice obscure Green Beret mix a while back. This time he's paired up with a friend and produced something a little more mainstream, in terms of both music and more obviously game choice. For the most part, this is straightforward, hard-hitting & direct techno coverage, but a few details make it a bit more interesting and elevate it above a typical bread-and-butter electronica adaptation. These would include the interesting shift to a muted, room reverb at 1'05" - not something you hear very often, and it worked well here, as well as the interesting victory music segue into rimshot at 3'20" - curious + quirky way to end things. As an amusing anecdote, as I was listening to this the first time, I heard an extended voice sample of some guy talking about sales, marketability, and merchandisiing, for a good ten seconds, and figured it was part of the song - maybe some sort of statement on the mainstream mass-market appeal of FF, who knows :) . . . turned out there was a pop-up ad running with delayed audio that happened to chime in RIGHT at a moment that actually seemed quite musical / intentional. The second time I realized what had happened, but it took me a second. Anyway, an enjoyable submission from Standby that should please those already established as fans of FF techno.
on 2020-12-14 04:46:47
This is one of my all time favorites
on 2015-08-29 19:20:23
The track metadata needs to be updated to show that this is a remix of 'Fanfare' as well.
on 2014-09-19 20:35:48
0:24-1:18 The lilt change at 1:04 is cool too.
The beat at 2:18-3:18 feels a little too loud to me. Bit quieter and it wouldn't overshadow the other melodies as much?
on 2012-07-04 15:16:45
Man, whoever "Standby" was, they only made two ReMixes but they're darn good solid ones, and from 2002 nonetheless. Whatever they're doing now, I hope it's music related.
This is pretty close to the source track but it is still done very well. There are little variations here and there that keep it interesting.
on 2010-06-15 09:09:13
Kinda sounds a lot like this was a musical experiment that just happened to sound sturdy enough to be given some extra support. But not THAT much.
As much as I enjoy listening to this, I always get that nagging feeling that it wasnt loved and developed as much as it probably should have been. There are slight problems with transitions and placements, that for me dont hinder the music too much, but I'd rather have seen them ironed out.
It's got a rough quality, and it's got a more complex sound than most other mixes. It does a lot more right than wrong, so it's a winner in my book. The synths and the drums are below the ideal level nowadays, but nevertheless, they've been put to great use here. Solid enough to be able to ignore its flaws.
on 2010-01-12 14:35:31
some cool rhythmic change-ups keep this one from getting too predictable, though some of the phrasing seems a little bit too spastic. Some phrases just abruptly end, and some of the transitions seem a bit weak. There are some good transitions mixed in, so i'm not sure really of the intent.
Decent stuff, and pretty capably produced, but this one didn't grab be that much.
on 2009-07-06 12:29:26
Catchy opening, really like that gritty synth used. I wasn't so following arp section though, kinda feels like it overstays it's welcome. A little weird transition out of them as well at 1:25, which kinda makes the piece feel meandering, rather than a focused arrangement.
Definitely a welcome change-up at 1:53 that gets things moving again. Have to admit, I liked the unexpected fanfare at the end. Not a bad song, but I would've liked to hear some more variety, especially with the beatwork.
on 2009-04-22 15:43:59
Fast techno remix of FF7 Boss music. Check.
Piece that is both nostalgic and pumped-up enough to sound like it has a proper home within the original game. Check.
I like the track because I feel like I'm back in the game. It's intense, awesome, and the victory fanfare is nicely done. While I know that I've heard remixes done in the same basic style (just like I've heard many rock/metal remixes of this track), this one definitely has a 'right' feeling to it.
on 2006-05-30 23:34:03
I love the fast-paced urgency that's portrayed here, it really helps it stay true to the original. I also like the slight difference in rhythm of the beginning section of the main theme. The end is also sweet since the general mood of this mix just builds to that big "phew" you get at the end. Good work, Standby!
on 2005-11-12 04:22:09
... My god.... what a great song....
I loved the kind of...echoing arpeggios.....
on 2005-10-16 13:37:52
Bravo Bummerdude, bravo!
Thank you, just doing my job, but still thank you. This is a great remix, but my expressions were all out, so I did a customized cliché.
on 2005-10-16 09:54:47
Bravo Bummerdude, bravo!
on 2005-10-16 05:50:11
SOMEONE SET UP US THE REMIX
WE GET SIGNAL
HOW ARE YOU TODAY
ALL OUR BEATS ARE BELONG TO STANDBY.
YOU´RE ON YOUR WAY TO A GREAT TECHNO MIX.
WHAT YOU SAY?
YOU HAVE NO CHANCE TO RESIST
MAKE YOUR TIME
on 2005-10-02 09:45:56
I've got a mixed opinion about this one. I really liked Still More Fighting - it was one of my fav vg songs - but one of the reasons was that I really liked it's use of 6/8 time ... And I don't really like it in 4/4, though the supercool arpeggios are still there and you've captured the mood pretty well.
on 2005-09-18 08:04:10
Love the guitars
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