On OCR since 2006, Justin Medford is a Californian with a knack for getting a grand, often epic orchestral sound out of Fruity Loops Studio. He’s an active and involved artist, contributing to albums more than publishing singles, noting that some singles are from albums.
Like most artists, he has a definitely style – he likes the space-filling, epic sound – not so much ethereal as cinematic. It may have something to do with his apparent love of remixing Nobuo Uematsu music. Cue the drums; strike up the horns; and when we’re bored, invite a guitarist. If he’s on an album, it’s almost a guarantee his music will stand out from everything else. Unfortunately, his works can be a hit and miss, even when he is composing in his signature style. Nevertheless, he’s usually one of if not the first artist I’ll check out on an album.
Classic style example: “Advance” for the album Wild Arms: ARMed and DANgerous.
- “Just Go”, from the Summoning of Spirits collection. This is one of the most epic remixes on OCR. Slightly repetitive, but it’s better that way.
- “Edge of Valor”, from the Final Fantasy V – The Fabled Warriors album, disk 1, “Wind”. Cinematic sound transporting you to a Medieval world of honor and courage.
- “Dreamscape” from the game Xenogears. A single that stands out as a very unusual Nutritious mix because of its raspy, snazy pumping main drive for the tune, though it does contain orchestral elements.
- OCRC-0001 For Everlasting Peace: 25 Years of Mega Man
- OCRA-0044 Bionic Commando ReMixed: OK, We’ll Groove
- OCRA-0040 Final Fantasy VI: Balance and Ruin
- OCRA-0039 Deus Ex: Sonic Augmentation
- OCRA-0032 Unsung Heroes
- OCRA-0031 Wild Arms: ARMed and DANGerous
- OCRA-0030 BadAss: Boss Themes
- OCRO-0003 Return All Robots! Original Soundtrack
- OCRA-0018 Final Fantasy V: The Fabled Warriors ~I. WIND~
- OCRA-0017 Donkey Kong Country 2: Serious Monkey Business
- OCRA-0015 Humans + Gears: Xenogears ReMixed
- OCRA-0014 Final Fantasy IV: Echoes of Betrayal, Light of Redemption
- OCRA-0013 Summoning of Spirits: An Arrangement of Music from Tales of Phantasia and Tales of Symphonia
- Super Metroid ~Reserve Tank: VARIAtions~