OC Remix Favorites

Founded in 1999, OverClocked ReMix is an organization dedicated to the appreciation, preservation, and interpretation of video game music. Its primary focus is www.ocremix.org, a website featuring hundreds of free fan arrangements, information on game music and composers, resources for aspiring artists, and a thriving community of video game music fans.

Basically, they host free video game song remixes.  What follows is a list of some of my favorite remixes.

This is one of my all time favorite songs from that site:

The author is actually Nemesis Theory (I think or at least she collaborated on the project – it’s vague as to which it is):

ReMix: Final Fantasy VI ‘Vision of Celes’

Vision of Celes is a full orchestra arrangement of The Celes Theme from the Final Fantasy series. It was arranged using Finale, sequenced using FL Studio, and tampered with using Audacity. The arrangement is meant to be a simple yet emotional treatment of the theme. The setting is intentionally straightforward in an attempt to capture the majesty and beauty of the melody. I hope you enjoy it. I am somewhat new to this idiom, but I have done a few projects as a hobby. I am a musician by profession, and I teach high school band in Oklahoma.

ReMix: Final Fantasy VI ‘Inspector Strago’ :

This is an oldie as well brought from the depths of my external harddrive. The Strago theme is one of my favorites from the FF6 OST. Then it happened (again) by accident that “Birth of a god” appeared before I knew it. Crazy mix with lots of stuff going on. This is an important mix for me also. Trying out new ideas. By continued talk about being very similar the theme from “Inspector Gadget” it was named after it.

This song is kind of wierd. The remix strays pretty far from the style of the original music in the game. The melody is still reminiscent though.

ReMix: Sid Meier’s Civilization IV ‘Destined for Greatness’

From the moment I first heard that menu theme, I considered it to be one of the greatest pieces of music I had ever heard in a game. Such power and majesty within such simplicity — it was utterly amazing. And I knew the simplicity would cause it to lend itself extremely well to remixing, so I sat down to see what I could come up with. This was around the same time I was starting work on a certain track for the Xenogears project for which I used DADGAD tuning, and since I already had the guitar tuned that way, I decided to see how the Baba Yetu chord progression would sound in DADGAD.

This remix is pretty interesting. I wonder where the author got the vocals as I think they are different than from the actual video game itself.

ReMix: The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past ‘Sacred Flute’

I was browsing through OCR’s LoZ remixes and I noticed there wasn’t one for the flute boy’s song. I thought it kind of iconic and the precursor to the N64’s highly involved ocarina system. This song would play around the ghostly image of this strange child which plays a flute in a meadow. He would be surrounded by animals and as you approach, he disappears and the animals run away. This happened only in the Light World, and as you eventually obtain his flute/ocarina, you were able to use it to summon a bird that flies you around the map. Anyways, I decided to be less orchestral in this song, but I ended up being as orchestral as my last remix. I used full Garritan Personal Orchestra for the orchestral elements, FPC for drums, and soundfonts for the guitar work. I also was hit by a major roadblock as I finished the song, FL 8 caused annoying popping noises, but luckily that was solved and I could finally submit this. Anyways I hope you enjoy it, but if not, there’s always the next submission.

More like this please :tup: ! This is pretty relaxing, I like it!

ReMix: Final Fantasy VI ‘Locke’s Theme for Brass Quintet’

This–as the title indicates–is an arrangement of “Locke’s Theme” from Final Fantasy 6 for a brass quintet consisting of 2 trumpets, french horn, trombone and tuba.

I really enjoyed this piece! :up:

OCRemix recently announced the completion of the following album:
Final Fantasy IV: Echoes of Betrayal, Light of Redemption

My favorites are as follows:
Act 1: 1-05 Ana(pro)logue (Prologue) [Another Soundscape]
I love the song which this is based off of. I think large portions of this prologue from the original FF4 sound track also appear in FF12’s soundtrack.
Act 2: 2-01 Mystic Variations (Mystic Mysidia) [AeroZ]
Act 2: 2-14 Survival Instinct (Battle 2) [Audix]
Act 2: 2-16 Lacrima (Sorrow and Loss) [Rozovian]

ReMix: Super Mario Land ‘Why So Serious?’

Let me start by saying that Super Mario Land is really hard. We’ve been producing this on Ben’s computer, and there’s no internet at his place, so everytime we needed to hear the source tune for Stage 2-1, I had to pick up the Gameboy and beat the first three stages, which was like… extremely difficult (for me, anyway) at first. Now I can play through the first three stages flawlessly without losing any lives. Enjoy and god bless the chip.

This song is pretty amazing for something remixed from forever and ago. The melody is pretty playful yet soothing. I thoroughly enjoyed it and will be listening to it again…

ReMix: Tetris Attack ‘Sound of the Dogfish’

Tetris Attack needed love so I made love to it. At 2:26 I am tributing Kirby because I love Kirby.

The Super Mario Land Why So Serious remix¬† was a joint collaboration between chthonic and halc. Halc’s only other composition on OCRemix is the ‘Sound of Dogfish’ which is a Tetris Attack remix! I absolutely love this remix, in my opinion it is better than the original!

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