Posted 2013-10-14, evaluated by the judges panel

"Bad Octopus" could go so many ways:

  • "BAD Octopus!" - a chastising statement of disappointment, i.e. what you might say when your octopus pisses on your rug, which really tied the room together...
  • "Bad Octopus..." - a warning as to the spoilage/quality of octopus that someone is considering ingesting, or an explanation as to why you prevented them from doing so, ala "Bad dates" from Indiana Jones...
  • An individual octopus of ignoble character & foul temperament...
  • An individual octopus for whom, like the King of Pop (RIP), the whole word has to answer, right now, just to tell you (once again) that he/she is indeed dangerous and not to be trifled with...
  • etc.

For today, we'll go with "A crazy prog rock jam from Fishy, off B&R, with multi-instrumental assistance from XPRTNovice" - and by crazy, I mean deviant; this arrangement is all over the place, but it all holds together through the zaniness & creativity of its mastermind and the contributed talents of his collaborator. Cain writes:

"Bad Octopus" is a Haken/ilp0-inspired prog circus mush of two of the sillier action tunes from the game. When Andy asked me what track I wanted to do for the FFVI project, I decided to pick a few of the awkward ~45s length actiony songs that no one would want to mix and put them together. Eventually though, I realised that these two were just too silly to mix with the others, so I decided to go all-out circus mode on them. After I finished the track to my regular prog liking, I showed it to XPRTNovice who suggested we amp up the silly and thrown in a load of extra instruments you wouldn't normally find in prog. As a result, it is pretty much now beyond classification, which is fine by me! Like most of my arrangements, it blatantly reeks of someone else's music. Named after Ultros because he's awesome. Enjoy."

Circus klezmer prog rock carnival silliness, with shades of Elfman popping through at times? Sign me up! Larry writes:

"Seriously though, it's a great take on two of FF6's already zanier themes, tackled with its own quirky approach. Also, Cain, aping ilp0 was so awesome. That was a treat in-and-of-itself. :-)"

Excellent stuff that really went over-the-top with Joe's additions, this track definitely represents the more playful side of Balance and Ruin, but still brings it with the musicality and ace performances. Some of them guitar runs is purdy, piano stomps with pomp, clarinet cackles & bends, and the whole thing feels like calculated, controlled chaos of the best kind!



Latest 13 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
on 2015-01-02 07:42:21

The instruments provided by Joe make this remix so awesome, they give it a circus-ish feeling, but combined with Cain's guitar make it sound like it's from a MAD circus. Very goofy, very powerful, very enjoyable! :razz:

on 2013-10-30 07:49:24
Yeah, Joe played the sh!t out of that clarinet

He's right - I had to throw away my spit swab after the recording session.

on 2013-10-29 23:28:14

Yeah, Joe played the sh!t out of that clarinet, I almost wet myself :-o Really great tune, I listen to it everyday, it's on my "drive home from work" mix

on 2013-10-29 23:08:20

Oh no! I'm stuck listening to Bad Octopus over and over again -- AGAIN. XD

There isn't any section that stands out as better than the rest. It's. All. Excellent. o_o Everything works so damn well and it all comes together as pure concentrated fun! :3 Just ohmygosh fun! :D

mm I do get pretty pumped at 2:57-3:20, while 0:30-0:50 gives me a big stupid grin. XD Proud! ^__^

And I love how the end isn't a simple fadeout, instead honouring another piece. A fadeout would've been okay, but I think the change-up works even better. :) The transition to it, too, just rocks! Smoooth :D

Awesome! ^__^ Awesome, everywhere!

on 2013-10-18 17:52:42

LOVE! This song is really ultros. Imprevisible. Mysterious and touch a lot in the game. It is indeed an important part and needed to be as epic as this song is.

on 2013-10-18 11:41:36

Aw man, I just realized there needed to be a slide whistle somewhere in here. We need to recall all copies of this mix so I can put it in there.

on 2013-10-18 11:38:58

Hehe, now this is like the musical equivalent to a cartoon: fun, wacky and surprisingly good at getting you hooked. An aggressive, goofy, zany circus of a ReMix, what more could you possibly ask for? Very nice, loved it.

on 2013-10-16 02:31:27

Really captures the adventurous spirit of the game and the lightheartedness of Ultros in particular.

on 2013-10-16 00:43:35

I love Fishy's work, so I was willing to give this a try, and now I'm really glad I did. The section around 1:30 is what really turned me on this - it's when the mix really hit me over the head and yelled, "Have fun with this, we're not taking things too seriously here!" and I really began enjoying the zany fun, like a rollercoaster that you give up trying to figure out where it's going and just start enjoying the ride with your hands in the air and spittle flying out of your mouth. Seriously, the section 4:00 to the end had me with a big, beaming smile across my face. That totally sums up the whole experience.

Bizarre, unique, and damn fun if you give it a chance. A great (carnival ride) time.

on 2013-10-15 21:07:42

Like I said about "Endless Stair," this is the best possible version of the source material. A+.

on 2013-10-15 02:58:34

One of my favourite songs of the whole album. Cheers your right up :)

on 2013-10-14 21:25:19

wat. lolnotdisjointedatall. :D

on 2013-10-14 16:49:52

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Sources Arranged (2 Songs)

Primary Game:
Final Fantasy VI (Square , 1994, SNES)
Music by Nobuo Uematsu
"Grand Finale?"
"Save Them!"

Tags (8)

Progressive Rock,Rock
Clarinet,Electric Guitar
Origin > Collaboration
Time > Tempo: Fast

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