ReMix:Final Fantasy XII "The Drum of Basswall" 5:24

By Midioker

Arranging the music of one song...

"The Tomb of Raithwall"

Primary Game: Final Fantasy XII (Square Enix , 2006, PS2), music by Hayato Matsuo, Hitoshi Sakimoto, Masaharu Iwata, Nobuo Uematsu

Posted 2013-06-03, evaluated by the judges panel

Newcomer Midioker writes:

"Deep, minimal drum & bass style remix. Created with Ableton Live, VSTi's & effects."

Concise & direct, to be sure! Our first FF12 mix of the year (and only our third overall) is an atmospheric, percussive affair. Deia sums things up well:

"I went into this being worried that because it was a percussion-heavy source that it was going to be difficult to figure out and that I'd be spending a long time working out bits of source here and there in a non-melodic setting. I was pleasantly surprised to find that a lot of this is pretty clear on the source usage even for someone who isn't very familiar with the tune.

There are a lot of elements that are used intermittently, dropping out and coming back, that lend a lot of familiarity with the piece. Each idea is well-presented, and when it returns it helps set up a solid foundation within the source and for the flow of the mix itself. The arrangement is very creative considering how constrictive a source that is all percussion can be. Given that the setup of the piece lends itself to a sparser texture, you've done well to keep things busy and the soundscape pretty full. There weren't really any times when I felt things were too empty and lacking direction. Production is clear, and the sounds are all solid."

Vinnie adds:

"Very impressed with how interesting this stayed with so little melodic content and a pretty static drumloop. This is made off the back of your attention to detail. In fact I barely noticed that it was more than 5 minutes. Like Deia, I thought this might be hard to evaluate but there's a few very recognizable snippets/rhythms from the source that anchor your arrangement, which actually made it pretty easy to judge. This is very different from most subs we get - the only thing off the top of my head to compare it to is DrumUltima's Chrono Trigger ReMix - and I'm happy that we get to pass something this unique."

So an opera mix followed by another rare percussive mix - interesting start to the week!! Midioker is anything but, as his debut shows a lot of intricacy in its treatment of a tricky, skeletal source. Definitely a peculiar-but-enjoyable debut that leaves me very curious to hear a follow-up!



Latest 9 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
on 2020-12-12 01:03:36

Good headphones are a must for this one.

on 2014-11-16 14:58:38

Some percussion sounds as if an orchestra is playing in canteen with all the forks and spoons and other dishes O_o Actually, this is cool. The variety of percussion is incredible, so it always keeps your attention. Other sounds also add some ambiance for good measure. Very moody debut. It feels like you're visiting some kind of ancient tomb.

on 2013-07-25 19:05:17

thank you I love drum and bass,

I also love 12 and they go great together.

on 2013-07-01 18:06:01

I really, really like this! It's quirky and fun, with a lot of interesting bits and pieces.

on 2013-06-05 16:41:59

This is quite inspiring! The sound is extremely clear, and its always great to hear a mix that isn't over-compressed. I am really glad this got passed! It challenges complacent ways of thinking, and inspires more creativity. Welcome to Overclocked :). I am excited to see what you will do next.

on 2013-06-05 13:18:55

It's like going through a dead quiet factory and only hearing the clanging of pipes, tins and other assorted metals for most of the song at the beginning. When I read that this would be a very percussion heavy atmospheric ReMix, I was a tad concerned of how this would keep me into it for the whole song, but you managed to maintain enough spookiness and lay down a cool enough beat to keep it interesting the whole time. That is no easy feat for any ReMix of this kind. The longer it went on, the more the elements came together like magic and it sounds great. Well done, solid debut.

on 2013-06-04 03:52:02

This is cool. Much different from most of the submissions that appear here.

on 2013-06-03 16:44:43

Wow, I really like the atonal percussion. It lends well to the spooky atmosphere and still maintained my attention the whole time. :D

on 2013-06-03 14:56:33

What did you think? Post your opinion of this ReMix.

Sources Arranged (1 Song)

Primary Game:
Final Fantasy XII (Square Enix , 2006, PS2)
Music by Hayato Matsuo,Hitoshi Sakimoto,Masaharu Iwata,Nobuo Uematsu
"The Tomb of Raithwall"

Tags (4)

Ambient,Drum and bass
Time > Tempo: Fast

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