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Elden Ring Music Sounds Just As Good 15 Different Ways

The madman has done it again. Alex Moukala, the mastermind behind numerous professional breakdowns, analyses, and remixes of video game soundtracks, has created a 15-genre re-arrangement of "Elden Ring"'s main musical theme. Ranging from Spanish guitar to Lo-fi hip hop and even traditional Japanese mixed with trap music, his video showcases just how well the "Elden Ring" theme works with the different genres — even without sampling any of the original instrumentation.

In the video's description, he pitches it as a hypothetical soundtrack for an "Elden Ring" that takes place in a multiverse, where the music changes with the world the player enters. Apparently inspired by the new "Dr. Strange in the Multiverse of Madness," the remix moves through pretty conventional movie trailer and piano solo versions to unlikely yet perfectly blended reggae and French house arrangements. The idea of expanding the already massive amounts of content in "Elden Ring" to multiple alternate universes is somewhat over-ambitious, of course, but you can't say it isn't fun to imagine — and to listen to.

Digging into the music of Elden Ring

Though Moukala is better known for his funky, fast-paced covers of orchestral music from "Final Fantasy" (or better yet, epic orchestral covers of tracks from light-hearted games like "Kirby" and "Mario"), this isn't his first time dipping into the music of "Elden Ring." Back when the first extended gameplay preview released in November 2021, he recreated the boss theme featured in the preview entirely by ear just so fans could get a better taste of the musical details without the game sounds. The end result? A stunningly close reproduction of the complex track with a full visual map of just how many instruments are playing at once.

Unfortunately, Moukala has yet to do a "Music Producer Reacts" analysis video for "Elden Ring." There's no doubt he would be able to add some astute insights to the already expansive and detailed lore of the game, given his sharp ear and love of breaking apart how music plays into the storytelling of a game. With how much fun he's had with this latest video, hopefully he's already got something in the works. In the meantime, you can head to his Youtube channel to drop an analysis request and check out his other videos where he breaks down the composition of "The Legend of Zelda" theme, explains the use of leitmotifs in "Final Fantasy 14," and even has "Final Fantasy" series composer Nobuo Uematsu react to his remixes.