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11 December 2014 @ 01:41 pm
15 Years of OverClocked Remix  
Today is the 15th Anniversary of OCRemix!

For anyone not familiar with it, it's the biggest site hosting remixed video game music on the web, and if you like video games and music you should follow one or more of the links below to check it out!

At first it seems hard to believe it's been around that long. Then i realize i've been enjoying it for at least 13 of those 15 years and i feel kind of old =P

But anyways in honor of the anniversary they put together a "mixtape" of songs from the site on the AVClub.


I haven't heard most of those particular songs, but i'm sure they're all good. (Of the two i am familiar with, "Fillmore Freestyle" is an old favorite and "A Fistfull of Nickels" is a new favorite.)

Coincidentally i've spent most of the past two weeks listening to the Final Fantasy albums i got from the OCRemix Kickstarter, Random Encounter (FF1), Echoes of Betrayal (FF4), Balance and Ruin (FF6), and Voices of the Lifestream (FF7).

I got physical albums from the Kickstarter, but it should be emphasized that the digital albums are available on the site and (like all the other remixes) are free!

And just to make it really simple, here's a link to the site :)

Current Mood: bouncybouncy
Current Music: djpretzel - F-Zero Mute Radiology OC ReMix
Khedronkhedron on December 12th, 2014 04:09 pm (UTC)
I <3 "Voices of the Lifestream". The other FF albums don't speak to me as much, since I never finished those games(!!), but I can attest that the FF7 one has some great tracks. I've also been following "PixieTricks" and "Zircon" (the Aversas) since, and have contributed to their various Kickstarter projects.

Thanks for the link!
Kirinkirinn on December 12th, 2014 06:53 pm (UTC)
Man, how much do our interests overlap? Also a long-time fan of pixietricks since back when she was Jillian Goldin - in fact I went to a Video Games Live concert recently partly because she was soloing, and got her autograph and brought up a few ancient tracks for her on my phone afterward. :)
DonAithnendonaithnen on December 12th, 2014 08:58 pm (UTC)

Looking back at previous posts, i recognized Jillian at the time of the Video Games Live concert and was quite impressed. But that was lo these many six months ago, and i'd completely forgotten about it until reminded by the Extra Remix videos i just posted :)

My memory is... special.
Khedronkhedron on December 12th, 2014 09:51 pm (UTC)
Awww, very nice! OK, I started listening to her before they were married, too, but I couldn't remember her name. Well, no, I could, it's pixietricks. Right?

Interests: agreed! Did I mention jnala and his then-roommate vespid_interest are responsible for introducing me to FF7 and console gaming?
Kirinkirinn on December 14th, 2014 04:50 pm (UTC)
So, wait... are you, like, Death-and-Pineapples-adjacent, or is this just small-world nerd circles overlapping in random ways again? Or do I already know all these things and I'm just terrible of keeping track of avatars and screen names of people unless I'm interacting with them constantly?
Khedronkhedron on December 15th, 2014 02:51 am (UTC)
I don't know what that means so I guess I'm not it? I think it's just small-world circles overlapping in different ways. I recognized your LJ name from a long time ago - I'm either blessed/cursed with the tendency to notice usernames & license plates - but I don't think we've come close to meeting.

Kirinkirinn on December 15th, 2014 05:59 pm (UTC)
It's an old now-mostly-dormant semi-private group of nerds that I, donaithnen, and jnala all have connections to. Of course I was also at undergrad with donaithnen so I've been commenting around here forever. So, yeah, many nerd circles, all overlapping.
DonAithnen: Games: Terraria: Terradonaithnen on December 12th, 2014 08:51 pm (UTC)
Never finished them? Get off my lawn you young whipper-snapper! ;)

I had a NES as a kid and a subscription to Nintendo Power. So given my interest in D&D i was easily sucked into Dragon Quest (which in those days was called Dragon Warrior =) and then when Nintendo Power started promoting Final Fantasy it blew my mind. Not only were the graphics much better (especially in terms of my aesthetic preferences) but you got to control _multiple_ people!!! So of course i got it as soon as it came out, and even competed in the silly promotional contest and won a small prize.

I got FF4 when it came out in the US (which in those days was called FF2) and played through it multiple times. Then got FF6 (which in those days was called FF3) my first year of college. And then about a year later one of the professors was going on a trip to japan and we convinced him to bring us back a copy of FF5, which kirinn and i played through with the help of a friend who actually spoke Japanese :)

So i still personally think everything about FF4 through FF6 was better than FF7, including the music. In fact the music just keeps getting better from FF4 to FF6. FF5 has some individual tracks that i really love, but FF6 was more integrated overall. In addition to a lot of individually strong tracks it also had strong themes for each character which all got woven together at the end of the game. FF6 probably had the weakest ending of the SNES era in terms of wrapping up the post-game story, but the musical and artistic aspects make it a contender for best Final Fantasy ending ever amongst those who've played it.

So, uh, anyways, we were talking about OCRemix? And you were saying how much you like zircon and Jillian? Ha! Hahahahahahahaha! *posts new post*
Khedronkhedron on December 15th, 2014 02:53 am (UTC)

Oh, wait, I did finish FF4 on the GBA re-release. It was my wife who got stuck on it - she couldn't figure out how to get off the moon. FF6 I started on GBA re-release and got a fair way through, but then stalled out because something came up. That's happened to me a number of times with that game. I also had it on the PS1 re-release. Maybe if I re-buy it on iOS for a 3rd time... not that I've come close to finishing Chrono Trigger on there, so maybe not. (But the likelihood of my playing any old GBA games is quite low now. Even though my 2&4-yr-olds have dug them out of the coffeetable and happily click & beep away without being able to read any of the text.)

(ETA - link to picture for aforementioned happy beeping)

Edited at 2014-12-15 03:18 am (UTC)
Kirinkirinn on December 15th, 2014 06:23 pm (UTC)
It's really a pity that the PSX release of FF6 has hideous load times and the mobile version is kind of an ugly hodge-podge of graphics assets up-rezzed in different ways. Even the GBA port has some glitches and butchers the music a bit. After all this time, the SNES one is still probably the definitive version, albeit kind of impractical to actually play.
Kirinkirinn on December 12th, 2014 06:52 pm (UTC)
I think the ones on that list I'd heard before are the same two as you, plus Super Mario's Sleigh Ride which is pretty fun. Though I'm passingly familiar with like a half dozen of the other artists represented, just not with those particular tracks. Partly probably because it's been years since I last trolled through OCRemix for new material.
DonAithnen: Games: Tifa - FF7donaithnen on December 12th, 2014 09:00 pm (UTC)

Aside from jumping on the OCRemix Kickstarter when i heard about it, it looks like it's been about two years since my last trawling of OCRemix of any significance. I should rectify that.