ReMix:Final Fantasy IX "The Throes of Death(guise)" 5:32

By Gario

Arranging the music of 4 songs...

"Battle 1", "Battle 2", "Messenger of Ruin", "The Final Battle"

Primary Game: Final Fantasy IX (Square , 2000, PS1), music by Nobuo Uematsu

Posted 2017-05-15, evaluated by the judges panel

DOUBLE DOSE OF GARIO!! We've got another one-two artist combo, this time from Gario (Greg Nourse), as we start with this intense, dnb-ish EDM take on some FF9 battle themes, off of Worlds Apart. Director Fishy writes:

"I remember working on the final battle theme at the same time, trading WIPs with Gario. We stumbled on the fact that those sources overlap quite nicely, so we both pinched a few themes from each other's source track."

Greg provides some context:

"About a year ago, after finishing a track for another album, I decided that I needed to fill the void with something else. I decided to take a glance at the FFIX album, which was asking for a few tracks to be taken care of, including the boss theme from the game. I was... very surprised that no one had taken one of the best boss themes to grace the FF series, so I decided to take a shot at it. The result ended up being a solid electronic track with orchestral strings and some sweet, sweet synth guitar, and it's one that I'm proud to say is one of my best, to date.

The source was a challenge to say the least, though - while there are a lot of parts that are easy to create a drive behind, there are plenty more integral parts in the source that lend more to subtle, atmospheric intensity (which my track was not set up to tackle), so for a good while progress halted. One day, I got the bright idea, rather than try to change the pace of the track for the sake of subtlety and atmosphere, to instead add intense and interesting parts from other battle themes in FFIX, so I got to incorporating a lot of the final battle, as well as more subtle hints of the battle theme and "Dark Messenger" throughout. As a result, this track becomes a love letter to all of the battle music in Final Fantasy IX, and I'm not ashamed to admit my love for the battle music provided by that game."

This is (now) some of Greg's older material, but it holds up quite well, offering a rapid, spiralling, & unrelenting sense of conflict & urgency. Nice use of distortion & lofi FX and solid integration of chippish bits make this a bit of a chimera, and the somewhat gothic harmonic aesthetic channels Castlevania, at least for me. DragonAvenger writes:

"I can kinda see why not many people wanted to take the battle themes. I mean, they're good, but they aren't really that easy to work with. That being said, I think you approached the themes very well and there is a lot of good personalization here that really makes this track shine. The anxiety is palpable throughout, which keeps me interested to listen to more. The mix also feels shorter than it is, which shows that the arrangement is engaging."

Speaking of palpability, Palpable writes:

"Yes, the anxiety is me. Throughout.

...There's some creative takes on the original songs and it's not at all obvious that multiple sources are even used. The energy level was high, balance was good. A lot of attention to detail too, to go that extra mile."

The sources do blend well, and half the fun is just how interwoven things are, into one giant, electrified... battle tapestry. Enjoyably intense stuff from Greg - check it out!



Latest 6 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
on 2017-06-10 20:05:20

I love this remix, one of the best of the FFIX album for sure. Arrangement's just insane.

on 2017-05-23 00:44:14
On 5/15/2017 at 5:48 PM, timaeus222 said:

I love the frantic nature of this. Gario has a way with expression in simplistic lead sounds through the strategic use of stutters, portamento, and panning. I think that even if I didn't look at the artist credit, I could tell this was by Gario.

Timaeus crushed it with the description of "frantic"; man, that's the best single-adjective description of a song I've read in months. This song is like one of those old push carts in an abandoned mine where the driver is barely keeping things under control and making decisions just in time at splits in the track as the cart careens drunkenly from rail to rail. Man, I REALLY like this - this song just keeps getting better as it goes along. Props for 3:12+ in particular, which I didn't see coming at all and really, really keeps you bouncing from enjoyable cut to enjoyable cut. Each section almost fights to get back into the lead. Wonderful!!

What a great way to do justice to FF IX in its entirety. Serious props!!

on 2017-05-15 20:11:35

Man, this doesn't let up! :D It's gotta be one of my favourite FF IX battle remixes, if not my favourite.

on 2017-05-15 17:48:22

I love the frantic nature of this. Gario has a way with expression in simplistic lead sounds through the strategic use of stutters, portamento, and panning. I think that even if I didn't look at the artist credit, I could tell this was by Gario.

on 2017-05-15 16:05:50

Oh boy, I've been enjoying this track a lot since the release of World Apart, easily one of my favorite tracks from this album! Nailed it!

on 2017-05-11 00:01:52

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Sources Arranged (4 Songs)

Primary Game:
Final Fantasy IX (Square , 2000, PS1)
Music by Nobuo Uematsu
"Battle 1"
"Battle 2"
"Messenger of Ruin"
"The Final Battle"

Tags (10)

Arrangement > Medley
Effects > Lo-Fi
Time > Tempo: Fast

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