ReMix:Final Fantasy VII "Turks in Pursuit" 3:01

By Dj Orange

Arranging the music of one song...

"Under the Rotting Pizza"

Primary Game: Final Fantasy VII (Sony , 1997, PS1), music by Nobuo Uematsu

Posted 2004-03-29, evaluated by the judges panel

The Judges Panel has been having some close calls and longer, drawn out decisions lately, with Jet Set Radio and this submission from DJ Orange sharing the cake. The ReMixer writes:

"Thanks again for considering my submission. Maybe we can have sex sometime. P.S. This isn't a remix of the Turks' theme from FF7, as the name implies, but of "Underneath the Rotting Pizza". There's also a little bit of the FF7 battle theme near the end."

Lest you assume the only reason this was posted was due to the attached offer of carnal relations, which the panel collectively considered and rejected, there's actually some GREAT drum production going on here; most of it loop-based, but tons of processing and nifty tricks. DJ Orange seems especially adept at this, and it's the highlight of this piece in a sort of upbeat DJ Shadow sorta way. With ambient rain effects and some speaker/gramophone-affected orchestral bits starting things off, as a cool octave bassoon makes an evil little troll-like entrance and police sirens and pizzicato come in too, you can tell early on this is gonna be an interesting, transporting piece. A low electric-pianoish bass comes in from time to time, but most of the remaining mix is atmosphere, breakbeat work and splicing, and intermittent soundtrack cues. It's interesting stuff, and like I said, gives you the feeling of being somewhere else. For some point-counterpoint action, Shariq writes:

"Those drums are so loopy. Nice effects on the drums. Like analoq said, triggering and filter automation is nice. It seems to me though, that the drumwork is the focus of this mix, with little arrangement on the source tune. A melodic breakdown would have been nice; some more exploration and interpretation of the source tune could have made this mix really sweet. Work more on arrangement. ^_^ "

Whilst the more positive Daniel Baranowsky writes:

"I don't mind the drum loop, it's switched up and filtered enough to keep it fresh. And not to mention the way-rad, uber-low bass keeping a droning pattern through the breakdowns, chord changes, etc.... it just gives it an ominous and intense feeling that I mad dig. I can imagine myself running from the turks to this music."

Whom you agree with can only be evaluated by listening, in the end, but I'd say those with a penchant for less melody-centric composition and more ambient/cinematic electronica will be more gung-ho. Interesting stuff from DJO which spent a long time on the panel but has finally come to light after much discussion. Check it out.



Latest 15 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
on 2009-12-03 22:14:19

This is making me think of Reno and Rude chasing after some scumbag

It's an atmospheric piece to be sure, but a little plain.

As it is, though, definitely a great track

on 2009-03-23 12:06:10

Holy loops, this sounds more like an experiment to try out some new samples rather than a polished mix. There are some cool elements, but if you took out the loops it's pretty barren. I like the atmosphere set, it really feels like it'd fit something like FF7 if it was re imagined as a modern day, non-fantasy story.

I'm pretty torn on this one, really. I dig the atmosphere and all the drums, but on the other hand it sounds like it could have gone so much further.

I guess as is, I like it.

Mini Mog
on 2006-02-27 13:00:49

Ha ha! I like this a lot! The title is perfect, by the way! :) When the song first starts it reminds me of a movie definitely has that feel to it.

I'm also reminded of the highway chase on disc of my favorite parts of the game!!

Good work! :wink:

on 2005-10-26 15:50:33

Very good actually, considering that the drums had the main part in this mix and the fact that the Turk theme was almost entirely beats and sounds, like garbage candrums, fingersnaps and other cool stuff. DJO gave that to this, except for the drums and synths, there a whole lot other stuff going on. Police sirens(must have, no pursuit else), rain smattering down at the ground, and some sort of maraca stuffie, thingie-do-hickie.

For short readers, this was a different view of the Turk´s hectic life, even though this was the pizza track it showed the spirit of the fast moves and cool style that comes with the Turks.

Reminds me actually a little about Timber city in FF8 at one point, meh.

on 2005-04-18 15:24:05

This is my favorite OC remix. Ever. The title matches the mood perfectly, and driving around too fast with this in some hot little car has got to be the funnest thing I've done in a long time. Though my passenger friends were not so excited.

on 2004-12-22 17:15:30

This is pretty sweet. Two thumbs man. I just burnt a rock cd from OC and I came across this one while looking for good songs. It's not rock, per se, but it's got an awesome bass line and drum track, and that's good enough for me. Great stuff.

on 2004-04-27 15:25:29

I loved the original version of this song and I love this remix of it even more. Great job; this song now rates in my top 5 favorite remixes.

on 2004-04-25 13:48:11

I love this mix! It makes me feel like I'm watching a Guy Ritchie movie. The drums are definitely in the foreground and they should be - They're awesome. The melody of the original tune, "Underneath Rotting Pizza", really works well in the background. Its lower level lends a familiarity to the mix without it sounding like an obvious rehash.

on 2004-04-12 23:00:55

I listened to this before I read the description (which i seem to have a habit of doing ^^; ), and I did look for the Turks Theme in it, then realized "That's not Turks".

Surprised? Yes. Upset? Hell no!

I love this. It sometimes reminds me of a 007 theme, and I love the start of it when it has that almost tricky-child sound to it with the brass (did that make sense? o_O)

Anyway, this was well done and I recommend that anybody who liked the music in the Midgar area listen to this. Well done.

Dinobot 2
on 2004-04-07 22:46:27


on 2004-04-07 10:01:19

I'm a die-hard sucker for FF7 remixes (it goes hand in hand with my being a soundtrack junkie for any movie or game whose story really struck a chord with me), but even despite that, I really thought this was a fantastic mix. I like all genres of remixes on this site, and the ones that I usually gravitate toward are bread-n-butter techno or dance tracks, but I like a track with a high quality sound and a dramatic/unusual take on the original melody.

Together with Israfel's Lesser Kerubic Patchwork, I'd have to say that this is one of the top remixes in this category, therefor, in my book, making it one of the top remixes on the site (and by 'one of the top' I mean a very small number here, like five, maybe--and I've heard the vast majority of them).

Anyway, another thing about this track is that it's the first one I listened to after a long hiatus from downloading from this site, and thanks to it I managed to discover DJ Orange's other two remixes (having missed them before) and I have to say, he is a talented remixer. I look forward to more by him!

Keep up that badass work.

on 2004-04-06 20:17:39

on second thought, I concur with Trenthian about the low-end.... it could be a lil bit fatter, no doubt!

but it's still a good track..

on 2004-04-06 18:37:51

Well, I got the sub here, and it is blasting, even the kicks punch. This song is one of a kind. Great track, awesome drums, and bass. Really keeps kicking, non-stop. I love it.

on 2004-04-06 07:13:45

Am I the only one missing out on this supposed low end?

it has such a weak low end... no punch to those drums... very treble filled Track.

I swear I love it, its not that its bad, I just feel i would have been so much more in love with this track if the bass and drums hit a little harder.

on 2004-04-01 21:32:14

hey, this is some neat stuff... drums sound a bit loopy, but never boring. low-end sounds nice and the song doesn't fail to deliver... i especially dig the last 30 secs!

wish it were longer :)

Sources Arranged (1 Song)

Primary Game:
Final Fantasy VII (Sony , 1997, PS1)
Music by Nobuo Uematsu
"Under the Rotting Pizza"

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