ReMix:Final Fantasy VI "Allfactory" 4:13

By E-Bison

Arranging the music of one song...

"Devil's Lab"

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

Posted 2006-12-14, evaluated by the judges panel

This certainly has been a popular holiday season for ReMixers to resurrect their hibernating tendencies and send in subs long after their last mix was posted; we had Jaroban, James George, and NoppZ, and now E-Bison joins the list. The ReMixer writes:

"My last submission (4 years ago) was all about clocks. This one is all about machines.

Over the last few years I have recorded a lot of industrial equipment for use in sound art projects. I've been working on a Max/MSP project that combines Vector synthesis, FM and granular synthesis. I wanted to make a synth that sounds like a malfunctioning machine. So I did. What better way test it out than a Devil's Lab glitch track?

The majority of the material used is derived from factory noises and radio static. I wanted the track to sound like the product of a bunch of factory robots.

Things to listen for:
1. All the machines power down, recharge and power back up during the breakdown.
2. Kefka quote
3. A few FF6 OST magitech sounds tucked in there for good measure."

Max/MSP has been around for an eternity and allows for some rather radically academic and academically radical sound possibilities; it's somewhat akin to taking a programming perspective to audio. You can do aural back flips aplenty with it, but it takes a little engineering ability to drive. From the sound of things, Eliot's doing well, as this mix's salient characteristic is the abundance of personalized, distinct, industrial sounds that chip away at your inner ear with mechanical glee. Devil's Lab is the perfect arena for such acoustic tomfoolery, so the source material already facilitated a mechanized approach; sorta subliminally makes me anticipate the Transformers movie more. Larry thinks:

"Eliot really digs into this one with some nice SFX choices as instruments, a more deliberate tempo than the original, and some creatively understated arrangement of the Devil's Lab melody. This was a fairly conservative, but hugely personalized and unique arrangement. Dynamically, he also pulled this off well in light of his stated goal to keep this at one tempo throughout.

I liked the fact that this was part of a similar motif to "Time Management", with machines rather than clocks like you mentioned. Nice stuff, and professional arrange album quality. Got nothing much left to say.

This is chock full of mechanized spices. Grab some WD-40 to get some of the squeaks out, and enjoy."

I too appreciate the conceptual consistency with Eliot's previous mix; clocks, machines... next up should definitely be kitchen appliances. I have to think that the world of unofficial video game music arrangement is ready for a symphony of Cuisinarts on puree. However, until Mr. Britton gets around to it (which is hopefully a matter of months and not years), we can enjoy his latest, a thorough modernization of Satan's antiquated laboratory into an ensemble of industrialized automata.



Latest 15 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
on 2013-07-19 13:13:30

I know this is a little old now, but...

Interesting remix. A fun one, and I can tell you had fun making it.

A little too much electro buzzing, so not really my taste. But it was interesting enough to get me to comment on it out of the hundreds of remixes I've been previewing on OC Remix. Any ways, thanks for giving us something a little different to experience. :)

on 2010-03-21 23:35:31

This song has been in my Top Played list for almost a year now. From a song from the OST I really didn't like at all to being one of my all time favorites is amazing!

on 2009-11-12 15:24:12

Crazy awesome textures; the structure and melody doesn't change much, but the crazy machines totally do. Excellent rhythms and creativity, it makes up for the sortof vanilla presentation of the melody.

very great stuff, I wish E-Bison made more tracks, they are all winners.

on 2007-12-05 21:39:44

Oh boy I loves me some industrial and this is some damn fine industrial. The drums are crazy awesome!

I love this love this love this.

Martin Penwald
on 2006-12-29 16:32:02

This remix really differs from what this site usually sees when it comes to Final Fantasy songs. Instead of going for guitar work or an orchestral arrangement, we get some machine madness, and it is wonderful.

Very intersting to listen to, and very unique.

on 2006-12-20 23:15:34

Awesome texture work, man. This is definitely one of the best Devil's Lab remixes available. Lookin' forward to more!

on 2006-12-20 01:05:22

Sweet Remix! I really liked the intro and how it leads into the main part. Good rhythm and use of sound effects throughout. It's not a style that gets me super-excited, but I really like what you did with this. There's a lot going on in this mix that can be easy to miss if one doesn't play close attention!

As a software engineer, I'm definitely feeling the tech-love for sure on this one. 8-) Good stuff!

on 2006-12-18 15:17:59

The arrangement is rad and the concept is jawsome and well executed.

But the fact that you changed the bass line really didn't blow my skirt up.

The rad chromaticness of the original bass line is what made it so fat. You went the full step instead of using more of the half-steps to keep it that funky, phat bass line.

I'm all for changing notes and chords that please my ear more, so I don't discredit. I'm just bummed, because if the bass had been more true to the original, I would have loved this instead of just liked it.

Glad to see you back, though. I love your work.

on 2006-12-16 16:15:38

Wow, striaght away I'm amazed at the depth of arrangement of all those industrial sounds. The layering here is exceptional. I'm glad to see that you haven't let the incorperated sounds interfere with a decent arrangment aswell. Much love to the original track. Those power ups and downs are such an awesome touch, they really give the feel of a break down and a rebuild. Synth work is great aswell, some great textures you've created there.

Highly Recommended.

on 2006-12-16 14:57:09

In spite of how awesome this is, I have very little to say.

Download it.

on 2006-12-16 13:33:29

Well played, Eliot - awesome samples, complex beats, great production... wicked as usual. I also really dug the hints of Kefka in there! (Unless I'm totally crazy, but it sounded like there were!)

I hope Montreal is treating you amazingly, if you get back in Winnipeg, send me a note!

Happy Holidays!


on 2006-12-16 09:07:53

I'm a sucker for industrial, and this is some of the best industrial I've heard. You made my day with this. :D

on 2006-12-15 22:05:15

Thanks for the comments and kind words. I appreciate it.

I'm glad you guys enjoy the track.


on 2006-12-15 20:27:04

Fantastic. Arrangement adheres closely to the original, but the incredible palette of sounds used is stunning. The intro, breaks and transitions are masterful. Dirty noise mixes haven't sounded this good in a while. Kudos!

on 2006-12-15 13:03:45

This song made my ears pop, and made me dizzy. Though that's probably just me being ill...

Anyway, this is a fantastic industrial song.

I think it's the best version of Devil's Lab so far.

Sources Arranged (1 Song)

Primary Game:
Final Fantasy VI (Square , 1994, SNES)
Music by Nobuo Uematsu
"Devil's Lab"

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