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OC ReMix Releases Final Fantasy 4 Tribute Album 52

Posted by Soulskill
from the familiar-tunes dept.
quintin3265 writes "Today Overclocked ReMix released its latest free fan tribute album, Final Fantasy IV: Echoes of Betrayal, Light of Redemption. The 46-track album is described by the project's coordinators as a 'narrative' set 'to recreate the story of Final Fantasy 4.' 36 artists contributed in a variety of genres, from classical to techno. This album is the latest of several free entirely fan-created albums produced by Overclocked ReMix, which recently composed the professional soundtrack for Super Street Fighter II HD Turbo Remix. Individual tracks can be downloaded from the website, or you can grab the torrent."
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OC ReMix Releases Final Fantasy 4 Tribute Album

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  • This is awesome news (Score:4, Informative)

    by mpyne (1222984) on Monday July 20, 2009 @10:54PM (#28765293)

    I've been listening to it myself. I had to download the torrent from Legit Torrents [legittorrents.info] as bt.ocremix.org was down when I tried to grab it.

    Unfortunately bt.ocremix.org is also the tracker so establishing the swarm was difficult, but it did happen and download rate was good from there. I'd recommend using a client that enables you to pick-and-choose what you want to download as the vast majority of the download is composed of lossless FLAC recordings. If you like FLAC you're not going to want 423 MB of MP3, if you aren't an audiophile you aren't going to want the 3GB or so (IIRC) of FLAC files. The download is only 423 MB if you want everything but the FLACs.

    I've only listened once so far so I have no definite impressions, but it's hard not to take note of Act 1-15 Fighting for Tomorrow which includes a choir, of all things...

    • You mean the world hasn't exploded yet?

      I myself will be acquiring this album on the back of a whale as we fly to the moon.
    • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

      by N3Roaster (888781)

      The whole thing is 1.68GB and the flac files come in at 1.26GB. Still big, but not 3GB big.

      • by mpyne (1222984)

        The whole thing is 1.68GB and the flac files come in at 1.26GB. Still big, but not 3GB big.

        Meh, when it gets larger than about 1 CD's size or so it becomes "I'll download it overnight" big, and I can't be bothered to remember the numbers from there. ;)

    • I think it's interesting that you posted a link to LegitTorrents. Considering that these are copyrighted works that have been covered by others without permission of the copyright holder, it's entirely feasible that the copyright holder could cry foul and would have enough legal grounding to bring a case before the courts. Even the use of the trademarked name "Final Fantasy IV" without permission in identifying the original source material from the which the OCRemix derivative works were based could be co

      • Re: (Score:1, Insightful)

        by Anonymous Coward

        "I think it's interesting that you posted a link to LegitTorrents. Considering that these are copyrighted works that have been covered by others without permission of the copyright holder, it's entirely feasible that the copyright holder could cry foul and would have enough legal grounding to bring a case before the courts"

        OCRemix has been around for 10 years, if somebody was going to cry foul they would have done so by now.

    • Re: (Score:1, Troll)

      I gave it a listen, but I wasn't impressed. Some tracks were even horrible.

  • by ultraexactzz (546422) on Monday July 20, 2009 @10:56PM (#28765307) Journal
    Most of OCRemix's stuff is fantastic - can't wait to get a listen to this new album. Of course, it'd be easier if we didn't Slashdot the torrent... But I guess that just means I'm not the only one who wants this music!
  • I listen to ormgas radio and select tracks from ocremix while I work, and I love what they're doing. The music brings back memories. Keep up the great work!
  • Hm, (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Darkness404 (1287218) on Monday July 20, 2009 @11:15PM (#28765451)
    OCRemix is always a good site to show people when they think that the only reason people ever make music is to make money.
  • by djpretzel (891427) on Monday July 20, 2009 @11:30PM (#28765579) Homepage
    As an additional note, if you're reluctant for whatever reason to download, you can stream/preview at Last.fm [www.last.fm] and/or check out the theatrical trailer over on Youtube [youtube.com].

    Our torrent tracker is indeed experiencing some load issues but we're working on getting the MP3s up in a single zip mediaupload/rapidshare fashion shortly, and individual MP3s are of course available at the site. The full torrent does include FLAC.

    If running the site for almost ten years has told me one thing, it's that you can't please all the people all the time, but from a genre perspective at least this album features electronica, rock, orchestral, jazz, and much more. If Final Fantasy isn't your thing, please do check out the rest of our albums [ocremix.org] and individual mixes [ocremix.org]!

    And, as a random side note, I administer/develop the site, it's LAMP, and I use Eclipse/PDT for all development and the Oxygen XML editor plugin for XSLT, which drives the frontend templating outside the wiki and forums. You know, just in case any one was wondering...
    • And Mr. DJPretzel, I want to sincerely thank you for OCRemix. Donations are heading your way, once I'm not poor anymore.
    • And, as a random side note, I administer/develop the site, it's LAMP, and I use Eclipse/PDT for all development and the Oxygen XML editor plugin for XSLT, which drives the frontend templating outside the wiki and forums. You know, just in case any one was wondering...

      I've always wondered why you've used XSLT. Having used it at work (with Visual Studio), I can't stand it; I guess it didn't help that we were using especially horrid XML coming from the federal government's weather.gov web services.

      • by djpretzel (891427)
        I love it; it feels far more powerful than language-specific solutions like Smarty, it's W3C, and it's procedural and can be used to flatten/infer hierarchies and do all sorts of neat stuff, once you get over the learning curve.

        Yeah, if your only exposure with it was on a fed contract, I can see why it might not seem like the bee's knees, but imo it's very underappreciated in the OSS community and a far better technical solution.

        I just wish XSLT 2.0 was more widely supported...
        • Yeah, if your only exposure with it was on a fed contract, I can see why it might not seem like the bee's knees, but imo it's very underappreciated in the OSS community and a far better technical solution.

          Actually, I presently work with a state government, and as such, they wanted to go with weather.gov rather than a commercial service.

          It looks like the senior developers never did push the new version to production [state.mi.us], as the weather stuff is still broken there.

    • Thank you and your group for your excellent work. I can't wait to hear your take on this, one of the best game soundtracks of all time. Any time you folks want to do a Castlevania collection, please go right ...
    • I'm glad to see that someone likes templating and frameworks for application development. I constantly receive criticism from people who say that I should write things from the ground up in PHP, instead of using symfony/Propel. It's easy to say that there will be "performance improvements," but the sites using ground-up PHP seem to never get finished because too much developer time is sucked down the drain reinventing the wheel.

  • by induran (1602093) on Tuesday July 21, 2009 @12:21AM (#28765863)
    If you like Final Fantasy, you should hit up www.thespeedgamers.com some time this week. They're doing a Final Fantasy marathon to raise money for autism. They've raised over $23 thousand already. Also hit up the slashdot article on it, http://slashdot.org/submission/1041761/The-Speed-Gamers-raise-over-18-000-for-Autism [slashdot.org]
  • I actually didn't listen to this album until after submitting it here.

    The high point of this album is "Fallen Dragoon" (2-12). This song features what appears to be a live solo, and while my background as a violinist might make me partial to this track more than the metal-oriented tracks, it was performed beautifully. The vibrato and modulation in this piece are of professional caliber, and that part of the piece may be the second best remix the community has ever produced. (The best was a recently submitte

    • Thanks for the detailed review; no mod points today so I'm commenting instead. I can't wait to get this. I wasn't too thrilled with Voices of the Lifestream, but FFIV is my favorite of the series (currently in the final dungeon on the DS version, something like my 5th play-through), so I think this is right up my alley.

      I'm far from being a qualified music critic - indeed, I hardly listen to music at all - but have you ever heard one of OCRemix's early FFIV tracks named The Sky was Never a Limit [ocremix.org] by goat?

    • The biggest damn problem with OCR is that it takes itself way too seriously.

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