ReMix:Final Fantasy IX "Black Magic Synthesis" 6:24

By Danny Baranowsky

Arranging the music of one song...

"Black Mage Village"

Primary Game: Final Fantasy IX (Square , 2000, PS1), music by Nobuo Uematsu

Posted 2003-04-27, evaluated by the judges panel

SyteManiac gives us a little bit of everything with this epic techno/breakbeat/dance/industrial Final Fantasy 9 ReMix that also goes classical for a bit and features some crazy-beautiful DSP processing tricks, beat slices up the wazoo, great and very spontaneous drum programming, layered synths, and a general vibe of being willing to take some risks and transition wildly. There's also samples of "Klaatu Verada Nicto" which judge m68030 cited as being from "Evil Dead" but I recognized as originally being from "The Day The Earth Stood Still" (Evil Dead was referencing it as an in-joke - both movies are worth seeing if you haven't) - no one was really gung-ho on the usage of said samples - it wasn't on any of the judges' list of favorite aspects of this ReMix - but I suppose it works well enough to not significantly detract from the more kickass portions of this six-minute plus endeavour, at any rate. This is apparently an older submission that for one reason or another is appearing now, but it's held the test of time well. Specific highlights include the piano-and-choir break at 2'30" (love the choir patch and the way it's filtered at the end for the transition), as well as the cornucopia of effects the ReMixer uses, especially at the end. If you want to hear a variety of digital effects applied liberally but musically, this is your gig. Also, the distant, verbed synth panned right that's used for the catchy main melody is perfect, and helps the whole thing stick in your head hours after listening. Innovative, unique stuff from SysteManiac, who weaves a schizophrenic sonic landscape around the original melodies and ends up with some enjoyably mutated yet still very muslcal results.



Latest 15 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
on 2009-12-22 14:45:44

Pretty great beats, that was the strong point here- a lot of interesting sections. the sound clips were a bit meh, but between those ninja-sliced beats, and the cool synths, I was doing just fine.

Nice breakdown of piano and choir, and though the track went well over 6 min, it was varied enough to always be interesting.

on 2009-12-06 16:00:26

This song has done three things for me. #1 Solidified my addiction to OCR along with Project Chaos #2 Grew my love for the character of Vivi #3 Blew the front speakers in my Neon. The first two are awesome. Losing sound in the front of my car isn't so great. The amount of layering, filtering, and effects is staggering to say the least. I love heavily layered and tweaked music, and Baranowsky caters to that love with this song. Those beat cuts are killer. Literally.

on 2009-12-03 23:14:38

8-O... This does have beat slices up the wazoo.

That amount of effect in this nearly staggering. Danny really went above and beyond with this one, especially with the synths. I love how it suddenly went quiet with the choir and piano and then, BOOM! Right back into it

The "Klaatu Verada Nicto" caught me off guard as they just popped out of nowhere. They don't quite part of the track for some reason, they're just....... well, there.

But it doesn't subtract from the fact that this mix is ten kinds of awesome! :grin:

on 2009-07-22 18:06:24

I was looking at the list of FFIX remixes today and saw an error on the OCR page. This song is "Black Mage Village", not "Vivi's Theme." I know some have already mentioned it, but it hasn't been corrected yet...

on 2009-01-21 15:35:31

It's fun to see Shnabubula give some love to this track, as the production definitely reminded me of his tracks. While this isn't as wild as those in the rhythm and melodic and harmonic reinterpretation.. and stuff.. the production wildness is definitely up to par.

Great source (I'm playing the game at the moment..), and the industrial treatment fits it very well! The actual melody is quite buried much of the time, but it's audible. Many of the synth textures are quite gorgeous (esp. with the reverb).

I'm not overly fond of the vocal snippets, I think they're mixed surprisingly up front. They don't feel "pasted on" but somewhat underworked. The piece also feels a little on the long side, but not overtly so. Good track!


on 2006-11-20 14:49:22

lawlz for extremely late reviews. But I had to review this one...I just now sucked up all of Dan's remixes since...that's how I function when I hear one thing I like...and whoof. This one was fantastic. The random cuts and percussion bitch-slaps are among my favorite remixing qualities (when executed well as in this case)...and at 4:35, when that synth orchestra progression comes in, it was very Rob Douganesque and that immediately makes me squeal like a little school girl and hit Rewind a good five times. Highly recommend this one if you like long mixes with a damn good variety of elements.

on 2005-11-02 12:18:52

I pretty much agrees with pretzel, this is plenty much of everything. And that orchestral part was sweet. For the rest, yeah, that was more industrial onfluenced techno and trance, tons of beats and synths swirlin around, created a very chaotic atmosphere to this mix. There may be an another track to it, around 4:20 there´s something new, but that may also quite be Daniel mixing some of his own music to fill it out some more.

Overall, nice done, liked those synths.

And by the way, it´s not Vivi´s theme, it´s Black Mage Village.

on 2005-03-17 21:49:48

This song rules considerable FACE. Ive always loved the blackmage theme. You've just reinforced it with STEEL. This song is unbreakable. Whicked sweet.

Sam Ascher-Weiss
on 2004-10-06 10:03:29


on 2004-10-03 20:53:30

The Black Mage village theme from FF9 was a neat little ditty to begin with, but this mix turned into a cool, if not unique, remix. I'm impressed. :wink:

on 2004-09-10 00:08:35

The sample is from the movie "The Day the Earth Stood Still" it came from the "spaceman" telling the woman "If anything should happen to me, repeat these words to Gort." Even though I don't like how the samples are morphed etc. This mix is really good. Vivi's the fav of Final Fantasy 9. My sister also thinks he's cute. Anyway excellent remix loud buzzes, and killer industrial kits. This puppy's a keeper.

on 2003-07-15 13:36:27

One nitpick: The line "Klatuu Nitktoo Verada" is actually from Army of Darkness, not The Evil Dead. :P

As for the remix, only one word I can think of can aptly describe it. One, appropriately, made famous from The Evil Dead movies. "Groovy."

on 2003-07-05 08:16:19

To be honest, when I first downloaded this, I only listened to the first 30 seconds or so and I didn't really like it that much. But after I downloaded a couple of other remixes I decided I'd go back to this and listen to the whole thing and actually give it a chance. ;)

I think it's that I didn't actually pick up on the Black Mage Village music being in the first part the first time I listened that I didn't really get the title.. but when I listened more carefully I could hear it in there, and my opinion totally changed. BMV was one of my favourite tracks in FF9, and the more I listen to this remix, the more I appreciate and like it. Nice one. :D

on 2003-07-03 02:06:30

I really like the percussion and bass in this one. It reminds me a lot of Front Line Assembly, especially with all the sharp gating effects. The rest of the peice though, seemed a little dull and "blippy" to me. It could have used more depth and dynamics, like the percussion has.

on 2003-05-09 18:16:29
this is real artwork. what is added to the original track perfectly matches it, as well as the variation of the mood from industrial to ambient.

The melody is nowhere as close to the original track. It's better!!!

Sources Arranged (1 Song)

Primary Game:
Final Fantasy IX (Square , 2000, PS1)
Music by Nobuo Uematsu
"Black Mage Village"

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Time > Duration: Long
Time > Tempo: Fast
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