Following on the heels of yesterday's somewhat experimental fare, we've got the always-surprising Eino Keskitalo, who resurrects his FF5/FF10 mashup compo track from 2014 and trims the fat a bit, still leaving a glorious arsenal of chips, blips, & industrial-pop genre indefinability:
"Long time no see!
This arrangement was originally made for the final round of the Final Fantasy Crystal Clash competition, way back from early 2014! I think I dare not listen to the compo version, the mix was crammed full of stuff. It took me eight years to clean it up! Cut a lot of stuff out, not everything has to be playing all the time. Big thanks to timaeus for excellent feedback on the OCR forums, and to the #workshop channel on Discord for comments.
Source breakdown (this is quite liberal...):
The long intro:
- 0:00-0:07 - No source anywhere.
- 0:07-0:24 - The descending pizzicato from "Lulu's" theme (from the start) is there on the violin to the right, adjusted to major key... if you'll accept that.
- 0:24-0:42 - Pizzicato continues; "Lenna's" bells from 0:00-0:10 on the chippy synth to the left.
- 0:42-0:51 - No source anywhere.
- 0:51-1:25 - "Lenna's" bells + melody (on the fake guitar, different rhythm) from 0:06-0:28.
- 1:25-2:00 - Bits of "Lenna's" bells, bits of "Lenna's" melody. 1:41-1:44 has a bass fill from "Lenna" (0:39-0:42 in the source).
- From Lulu, the melloflute melody 0:14-0:25 is adjusted to key (& rhythm) and plays in the background organ at 1:27-1:30 and 1:44-1:47. Due to the adjustments, these perhaps don't count as prominent source usage.
- 2:00-2:03 - A little break.
- 2:03-2:07 - The lead follows the lower bell from "Lenna" at 0:55-1:01 (though the rhythm is different).
- 2:07-2:11 - "Lulu's" melloflute from 0:14-0:19.
- 2:12-2:14 and 2:16-2:20 - you can hear the higher bell from "Lenna's" at 0:55-0:58 in the background.
- 2:21-2:25 - The descending pizzicato from "Lulu's Theme's" beginning plays once @ 2:21. Sorta.
- 2:25-2:58 - "Lulu's" B-part melody from 1:09-1:34 plays twice (with the harmony very much reharmonized). "Lenna's" bass fill at 2:40-2:42.
- 2:58-3:02 - A little break.
- 3:02-3:10 - The lower bell from "Lenna's" 0:55-1:06.
- 3:10-3:36 - Variations of the previous bit; the original melody is there in the background. 3:33-3:36 follows the chord progression at the end of the chorus of "Lenna's" theme.
- 3:36-3:48 - A wind-down."
Pretty crazy stuff; even after the revisions & slimming down, this is still a busy/maximalist mix, so the original compo entry must have resembled everything AND the kitchen sink. Drums are borderline industrial, but many of the melodies are of an uplifting, poppy, chiptune nature, and there might even be a little post-rock influence, too, especially on the lead. MindWanderer writes:
"Well, this was not what I was expecting from these two sources! Grungy, lo-fi synths with some almost industrial percussion. The "fake guitar" sounds more like a fake erhu during the glides. I don't know what to call this. I was in that compo, too.
It sounds good, though! Despite the grunge, everything sounds clear, for the most part. The percussion is on the loud side, but it's not a dealbreaker. The two sources are cleverly interwoven, and it wasn't hard to track what was taken from the source material."
"A lot of FF/JRPG remixes can sound quite samey, but there's no danger of that here. This has been twisted, glitched and crushed almost beyond recognition.
The warm analogue pads to open soon give way to that cold, fuzzy percussion that's got such an interesting texture to it. I'm surprised it works as well as it does with the melodic content. Takes a great deal of vision and creativity to pull that off. There's so much bending and distorting going on in almost every element in this piece, I'm impressed by the effort put into the sound design and automation. It's one of those tracks where you can try to dissect everything that's being done from a compositional or production point of view, but it'll take a few listens to catch everything."
Plenty of interesting bitcrush artifacts & tweakery going on with the drums, a very full soundscape, and some pretty darn catchy hooks, too; not what many might expect from an FF5/FF10 arrangement, but that's what makes it cool, and I'd expect nothing less than the unexpected from Eino. Enjoy!
Sources Arranged (2 Songs, 2 Games)
- Primary Game:
Final Fantasy V (Square
Music by Nobuo Uematsu
- "Lenna's Theme"
- Additional Game:
Final Fantasy X (Square
Music by Junya Nakano,Masashi Hamauzu,Nobuo Uematsu
- "Lulu's Theme"
- Effects > Distortion
Effects > Lo-Fi
- 6,687,336 bytes
- Size: 6,687,336 bytes
- MD5 Checksum: a673fc499c2b6405c96dfc33cf5ae4e3
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