ReMix: Final Fantasy VI "Enchanted Esper" 7:00

By Protricity

Arranging the music of one song...

"Another World of Beasts"

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

Posted 2002-08-21, evaluated by djpretzel


You've gotta hand it to Mr. Asulin, better known to OCR regulars as Protricity - with each new mix he consistently refuses to rest on his laurels and tends to tread, at least in some way, into new territory. From his tour-de-force electro-stew Donkey Kong Country 2 mix to his more recent foray into orchestral arrangement with coverage of the same game, Protricity ain't afraid to try stuff he ain't tried before. With this FF6 piece he goes for a more traditional slow piano rock, with a very pronounced, melodic, and listenable electric bass. Though piano is the real weapon of choice here, what I noticed most was the bass - in those portions where it's present it adds quite a bit to the arrangement. Drums are distant ballad style with sleigh bells and ride cymbals sharing ground with muted kick+snare. The piece gets heavier at moments with twisted electric guitar - though I liked how it was used, the guitar in question did have some definite rough edges and clipping at points. A stylish solo piano ending following one of the rougher sections helps to compensate, however. For some reason, this mix seemed like it was a little low on the volume, something some of my own pieces, even after normalization, have had problems with. To get things within our strict (!!!) 6MB limit, for seven minutes of music, certain compromises might have been made, who knows. This is unlike Protricity's other pieces in style and execution, though sonically some of the sounds+mixing are familiar, and is quite epic in scope and well-realized overall. Fans of FF and dramatic, cinematic piano-rock works (count me in) should dig. Recommended.

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Discussion

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rsng
on 2017-12-18 02:10:15

It seems that, unfortunately, all links to the V2 are down. I wonder if someone still has it around!

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Necrox
on 2015-12-04 17:28:46

Is this really old school OCR? Regardless of that, this is an interesting remix of a neglected source. It expands on the original like it's what the tune was meant to be. Really like how long it goes without percussion, really gives a feeling of being lost. Then when it returns, it's fresh and the scene has changed. The distorted guitar was a nice touch. I really like it.

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Polo
on 2015-08-13 03:45:21

Back when I got my wisdom teeth extracted, I was told to bring an audio CD to listen to while they did the procedure. I chose a CD that has this mix first, and when one of the dentists did the volume pre-adjustment via headphones, she said, "Oh, this is NICE!" regarding just the first few seconds. Enchanted Esper is therefore dentist-approved. It also makes for good "distract me from what they're doing inside my mouth" music. :P

All I can really say in addition is the piano is a faithful, expressive guiding force no matter when or how it plays. A flute, guitar, and other instruments may take the spotlight at different points, and they certainly carry the energy just as well, but for me the piano is the star player. First in, last out, and all around enchanting.

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Mirby
on 2011-12-25 08:26:10

This song used to be one of the longest on my computer, and I loved it for that. Though it is long, every second is filled with haunting melodies and a mystical, mysterious vibe, perfect for the source. I still love this song; always a nice listen. And the FF6 soundtrack could always use some love (aside from Terra's theme; that has enough love).

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Monobrow
on 2011-12-04 16:56:44

Haha Txai, fileupyours :P

Here's an updated link:

http://songportal.org/misc/music/Protricity/FF6_Enchanted_Esper_V2.mp3

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Cash
on 2011-12-04 16:32:01

Haunting, mysterious, bewitching, beautiful. I get lost in this track every time. Despite the age issues of the electric guitar, a solid mix.

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Txai
on 2009-05-04 15:41:03
The electric guitar sample hasn't aged well, but the rest of the mix has a great hypnotic quality to it. Drums are well programmed and hold the mix together, and the transitions are pretty good as well. Not my favorite source, and that guitar bugs me, but otherwise a very competent mix.

Then I guess I will be posting it for Ari.

I actually submitted the wrong song file to ocr for that one. Thats why the guitar sounds clippy and ugly, and the piano has flaws.

Here is a version that was cleaned up and released shortly after:

http://www.fileupyours.com/view/215432/FF6_Enchanted_Esper_V2.mp3

Just FYI, this wasn't just in response to you, but to anyone else who is interested.

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OA
on 2009-05-04 15:01:00

The electric guitar sample hasn't aged well, but the rest of the mix has a great hypnotic quality to it. Drums are well programmed and hold the mix together, and the transitions are pretty good as well. Not my favorite source, and that guitar bugs me, but otherwise a very competent mix.

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FlamingTP
on 2008-04-28 03:14:26

Review# 5/1522 OCR00744 - Final Fantasy VI 'Enchanted Esper'

This track combines a nice combo of guitar, piano, and flute for a smooth, interesting collaboration of musical goodness. At eight minutes ten seconds long its so good you can still listen to it all the way through, some of you however, would have problems listening to it without occupying yourself to another task given the length. This however does not effect the quality of the mix itself except for some crackling near the end with the guitar but I'm not that picky, I'll have to reclassify my ten rating to a more subjective term since there are some noticeable flaws, but the mix is just so damn good.

Score: 10/10 "Excellent"

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Soapy
on 2006-06-30 13:12:48

Ah...I love it when I get lost in music. A very good play on the original.

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Bummer
on 2005-10-07 15:33:52
This is one of the better remixes on this site, and like many of you I have well over a hundred ones that I've decided to keep.

Ohyeah? Well I got TWO hundred ones.

But that´s not the point, the point is this remix. IT´S GREAT! Piano, my favorite instrument. Length 7 min, finally a mix long enough. Protricity, excellent. It may be a little repetive, but if you are a pianoloving nerd like me, you should DL it.

Well, what are you WAITING for?

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Alianger
on 2005-07-17 17:59:22

I think the choice (quality?) of instruments cause it to lack the feel I got from the original and there are a few "errors", for example in the flute melody. Soundscape is a bit too subtle for my tastes. Still, it's worth a download..just like everything else he's submitted!

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Angelus Laminarum
on 2004-10-19 17:08:21

Damn, Protricity, you amaze me with your versatility... I like to think of myself as ecclectic as far as listening goes, but you seem to be just... like... godlike with all forms of music... though I haven't heard something from rap/reggae from you... which is just FINE! (No offense to those who like said genres, of course... I just don't)

Keep it up!

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Iason
on 2004-09-17 21:11:18

I am always touched when I hear this song and with this second version I can't even try to hold my tears back. It hits me so hard. Thank you for your work on this remix.

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RimFrost the Tourianist
on 2004-07-22 15:16:06

Very professional work, i loved it at once.

This one will stay in my collection for a long time 8O

Sources Arranged (1 Song)


Primary Game:
Final Fantasy VI (Square, 1994, SNES)
Music by Nobuo Uematsu
Songs:
"Another World of Beasts"

Tags (5)


Genre:
Mood:
Instrumentation:
Electric Guitar, Piano, Synth, Woodwinds
Additional:
Time > Duration: Long

File Information


Name:
Final_Fantasy_6_Enchanted_Esper_OC_ReMix.mp3
Size:
6,315,703 bytes
MD5:
116ea9f070f643eb4e0e4c72180c2a1a
Bitrate:
118Kbps
Duration:
7:00

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