ReMix:Final Fantasy X-2 "Chauffage au Gaz" 3:25

By Navi

Arranging the music of 3 songs from 3 games ( view all )...

"Anything Goes for Leblanc!", "Prelude", "Terra"

Primary Game: Final Fantasy X-2 (Square , 2003, PS2), music by Kazuhiro Hara, Noriko Matsueda, Takahito Eguchi

Posted 2005-04-16, evaluated by the judges panel

Referring to prior, lesser submissions, and continuing on in French, the singular Mythril Nazgul writes:

"Navid here, figuring that it's been a long time since I last submitted some stuff, so hopefully you've forgotten who I am by now. If not, then I apologize. This is my quirky, abstract take on "Leblanc's Got It All" from the FFX-2 soundtrack... it is called "Chauffage Au Gaz". Desoli les amis, mais en raison de contrainte de temps, et par manque d'efforts de notre part, Leblanc, ne pourra se produire ce soir. Ne craignez rien cepandant, a la place, nous vous présentons le Chauffage au Gaz!

For all I know, he just insulted my mom and compared me to any number of unsavory nouns, but since Navid is generally a good guy, and we share 80% of a first name in common, I'll take my chances. First off, though this is from an accessible title - our first mix of FFX2's OST, for which Square enlisted Matsueda and gave Nobuo a breather - it's not from particularly accessible source material. To clarify such statements, when I say "accessible" I usually mean something to the effect of "having clear roots in one of the more common genres on the site, i.e. electronica, rock, orchestral" but could also be referring to intonations, tempo changes, or any number of arrangement elements that, when varied dramatically, can present a certain challenge to the listener. In this case, both aspects would apply, as Navid's piece doesn't pigeonhole nicely into any one genre and is rather spontaneous in general. It's full of both electronic and ethnic percussion, multiple synth textures which jump around the stereo field and have varying degrees of reverb applied, pitch bends aplenty, numerous references to other FF themes, a funky chromatic bassline, and some at times piercing bell timbres, and a breakdown at 2'35" that turns into a laser-fight, then descends like a machine powering down. And - why not - Myth concludes the whole thing with a Jean Reno quote. Because he can. Actually, it works, though when he initially described his plans I had my doubts. He got an abundance of feedback on the mix and did a great job incorporating some of it. My comments specifically targeted the initially uniform application of reverb, suggesting it be toned down and applied more selectively, and Navid's done so, improving the distinction and clarity of the many elements he's packed in. Particularly, the percussion's irreverently fun to listen to. Gray writes:

"Extremely difficult source material and the arrangement decisions Mythril took on this are very abstract. It's pretty rare to mix something like this, and even harder to pull off something like this. This is music that you need to listen multiple times to understand. I liked the creativity, and it's a neat arrangement. Drum and percussion work is very unique and is pulled off well. Production as a whole is above average. One gripe I have with some of Mythril's stuff is his overtendency to make things overly loud. I think some quieter/dynamic sections could have served this mix."

That encapsulates my general view as well. Won't be for everyone, and isn't driving or dancing music or well-suited to casual background playlisting, but if you just want something different... atmospheric but also imaginative, which aggregates a range of unusual sonic ideas in a single, internally consistent form, this is some nifty work. I don't think such an approach would be effective on just any old song - it'll be interesting to hear Myth take on anything more traditional - but in this case I think it was a great way to implement the original in a wild, elaborate context.



Latest 15 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
on 2010-03-10 14:33:07

This one is really weird, and i'm not sure what to think from the first listen. I the terra and prelude cameos were fun, and you definitely don't get bored of this one. I almost wish there was at least 1 main section where it just rocked out with a strong melody, but this one is plenty unique for what it is.

on 2009-12-14 21:49:19

This has a controlled chaos feel to it, like a very schizophrenic alarm set to music. Also the sounds here seem out of place. Its the same feeling as watching an orchestra trying to cover a metal song, except its something else trying to do techno. Everything feels dulled and smoothed over which feels really unique and atypical for the industrial-techno going on.

While it's not exactly one of my favorites, I still like it pretty good.

on 2007-12-13 18:01:45

An excellent mix- actually more than "just" a remix but refreshingly original and full of variety. This includes an odd instrumental syncretism, a nice drive, but what's more, a superb combination of well-structuredness through the "theme" and variation by a wide variety of means, including instruments, sound snippets, melody quotes et al. This piece stands out by construction, even when some use of dynamics could have been a nice-to-have addition. But that is it for complaints, it's still marvelous.

on 2006-01-03 13:36:27

Myth your on my playlist a couple of times, congrats on getting on OCR, see who says alcohol is all bad 8) grats on the mix.

on 2005-10-03 11:42:28

Dude, I just want to say congrats. Not only you managed to write a small self-biography that was 100 sentences long, you fulfilled your dream. You tried to reach it again and again and got knocked down again and again, but still you didn´t want to give up. You got some advice, made some new friends, and at the end you finally got that little place on OCR prooving that you´re now a remixer, OCR-style. That was a very rough summary I guess, but you sure showed some spirit to achieve your goal. I´m also would want to learn how to remix some day, but if I have to go through all that maybe I´ll pass. Yeah, I know, "Better to have remixed and failed than never remixed at all", you´re a fighter Nazgul, no questions about that, you deserves this title. Trés bien Nazgul, tu est un remixer magnifique. Meilleur travaille!

See? I can do long stuff too, but those who also wants to be remixers or just curious abou the life of Nazgul, you should read his review.

Oh, right, the mix. Very weird, you had a whole arsenal of different sounds swirling around, truly reflects the panic and disorder among the goons of Leblanc. Different, funny, and worth a download. Give a listen, maybe many, and you´ll like it.

CC Ricers
on 2005-08-02 02:42:54

From all your past works I've listened to, I'll just say that you made quite a surprising debut to OCR with this remix. It's totally off the wall, swarming with magic synths and lasers and...stuff. You get the idea.

Congrats on your first OCRemix, Myth! It's been a long deserve it.

on 2005-05-05 22:09:50

First time I listened to this, my reaction was "What the hell is this!?". But, oncei t ended, I felt compelled to listen to it again...and again...and again. This mix is strangely hypnotic and eerily wonderful. Can't get enough of it. Great job Mythril. I give it an 8/10!

on 2005-04-28 13:50:46
This is so different. I like it so much.

Can you please share how you were inspired or how you created this work?


1 part Cough Syrup

2 part Red Bull

1 part Diet Pepsi


Remix +1

True story.

As for the actual song, all of the synths are Sytrus, the drums are the African Precussion, Gretsch Kit, and Dusty Circuit Kit from Kompact as is the Sitar and the Wah Guitar.

on 2005-04-28 13:17:52

This is so different. I like it so much.

Can you please share how you were inspired or how you created this work?

on 2005-04-27 20:48:54

Wow, this song really sounds... different from the remixes I usually listen to. Very abstract if I may say so.

Not that its bad..

Congrats on your first remix :D

Red Light District
on 2005-04-26 19:48:35

il est beau! J'aime! Vous remix bien!

on 2005-04-22 20:23:10

Sounds good. Congratulations on your first remix, Nazgul.

on 2005-04-20 22:05:18

I felt a guilty pleasure when I first saw this mix on the front page.

The song is, indeed, awesome. I love it. That guilty pleasure is no more.

on 2005-04-20 02:18:29

Very nice. I thought it was a bit slow for some reason, but other then that: FUNKADELIC. Yea, if you like funky music, this is definitley your bag.

The Xyco
on 2005-04-19 21:57:41

I don't know why I find this this so awesome. Maybe because it's so original and eclectic. Everything sounds very abstract but falls together very nicely, like a bunch of completely random sounds that just happened to be played in such an order to create a masterpiece.

VERY nice work here Mythril, I greatly enjoy this.

Sources Arranged (3 Songs, 3 Games)

Primary Game:
Final Fantasy X-2 (Square , 2003, PS2)
Music by Kazuhiro Hara,Noriko Matsueda,Takahito Eguchi
"Anything Goes for Leblanc!"
Additional Game:
Final Fantasy (Nintendo , 1987, NES)
Music by Nobuo Uematsu
Additional Game:
Final Fantasy VI (Square , 1994, SNES)
Music by Nobuo Uematsu

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