Now THAT was some baseball. Call them what you will - Evil Empire, the best baseball team money can buy, etc. - I've been a Yankees fan for the last four years or so, and even in their losses, they've provided some great, memorable moments for the sport. My sister's fiance is a diehard Boston fan, so you can image the fun family friction :) But I digress - Michael Contraveos' latest solo piano arrangement from Chrono Cross is a very dramatic, emotive, and reconstructive ReMix, with a crystal clear piano that survives the scrutiny of sustained lower tones quite well, considering their extensive usage here. This seems a bit more pensive and impressionistic than MC's other arrangements, but no less effective for it. Judge Israfel writes: "MC sets the standard for how to sequence piano in my opinion. Those who think that you need a live performance to capture the "human" element in piano works need to seriously check out MC's music. Nice arrangement and some of the best sequencing you're ever going to find." to which Digital Coma follows-up: "Perhaps it takes someone who can play piano to sequence piano? I wouldn't have even known this wasn't live. This is good work; I'm happy to see MC's recording has improved considerably since his last solo submissions. A somewhat concise arrangement as far as thematic piano goes, but develops greatly within its time frame." - very exploratory, meandering but never losing focus or becoming self-indulgent. I'd tend to agree with Coma here - it's hard to imagine sequencing piano this well without being able to play comparably. Thus, while it's several ballparks (forgive the expression ^^) out of my league, I can certainly still appreciate it. Recommended.
on 2010-01-29 08:38:15
Very nice piano mix. Great job!!!
on 2010-01-24 23:13:49
Why was this song renamed? I have it as: Dream-Shore Sonata-Fantaisie. I believe this spelling is not uncommon in classical pieces, and doesn't seem to be a mistake to be corrected.
EDIT: Nevermind... seems that MC used "Fantaisie" for VGMix and "Fantasy" for OCR. My mistake.
on 2009-12-01 16:03:03
I would have never guessed that this was sequenced. I'm very impressed, piano solos live or die based on their human qualities, and this mix did well.
It's a nice arrangement that sometimes feels a bit liberal to me, but overall a pretty satisfying piano mix.
on 2009-10-01 15:45:36
Chrono Cross music makes for some great piano pieces. This is no exception. Great job.
on 2008-10-06 17:14:11
I've loved this mix for a long time, and I just now read the write-up. This isn't a live piano? HOLY CRAP. The humanization of this is amazing.
I personally love this mix; the way the melody wanders in and out, the quiet, introspective feel, all of it. I listen to this one often, and will continue to do so for a long time. Great work.
on 2006-11-02 11:44:15
Great piece! Congrats on a really amazing arrangement, the sequencing was really cool, I'm not sure how you did that but it's almost believable as an authentic performance.
If you have a longer version of the song, please post it - I'm sure the people on this site would appreciate it. Also, if you have the sheet music or some form of the arrangement itself it'd be brilliant if you could post it. I wouldn't mind a shot at playing the piece myself, and I'm sure I'm not the only one.
on 2006-10-29 13:59:15
Also requesting the longer version.
on 2005-03-29 13:18:24
Yea, thats what im talking about, i have been waiting for people to fo something new to the song and this and scott peeples versions are the best that i could have hoped for.
yea, i have another version of the song, its a solid 2 minutes longer, and it seems like its deeper (more bass) .. I like my old version better.. i've had it for awhile. Spiffy mix though.
Plzzzzzzzz k-wix lemme have it. Plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.
on 2005-03-24 11:43:55
The only thing I didn't like about this arrangement was the ending. Dude, that is NOT an ending...it *can't* be! There has to be more...there just has to be! *sobs*
Anyway, the piano is lovely. Nice work.
on 2005-03-24 08:19:00
THERE'S SOMETHING FROM RADICAL DREAMERS!
WHOA! I CAN BET 100 EUROS ON IT!
on 2005-01-02 11:12:09
This is definitely one of my favorite piano pieces on the site. Like someone else said, I love how it starts off slow then gradually builds up to be more intense then drops back down to a slow pace and then repeats.
on 2004-08-26 22:05:40
This is such an elegant piece, I love the piano, I can just see this being played in a concert hall. Great work.
on 2003-11-15 22:08:53
One word: Wow
This piece is elegant, sophisticated, and entirely original. I love it. A lot of artistic license was taken with this piece and the result is incredible.
The style really reminds me of that of Keith Jarrett, and I mean that in a very positive way.
A slightly darker piece, but definately something one could relax to.
on 2003-11-09 14:06:38
Excuse the language I'm about to use. Holy shit.
on 2003-11-03 19:51:29
Although the sequencing may be utterly masterful - I wouldn't know, myself - I have the same complaints others have mentioned.
I cannot hear the original melody in here. I played through this, then went directly to my MP3 of the original... I still couldn't detect any similarities. That in itself isn't enough to ruin the remix for me... after all, I've enjoyed remixs of music from games I've never played or heard before.
However, this remix... just doesn't seem to do anything for me. There is no emotion, no sense of... anything. It's just a bunch of piano keys, and that's how it sounds throughout the entire thing.
In the best remixs, I get swept up, I forget to identify the individual instruments, and generall some emotion is inspired. This remix doesn't even possess the barest shadow of any of those qualities.
Wow something is wrong (with you) if you can't hear the original in this. Especially if you're listening to them back to back.
Sources Arranged (1 Song)
- Primary Game:
Chrono Cross (Square, 1999, PS1)
Music by Yasunori Mitsuda
- "On the Banks of a Dream: Another World"
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- Size: 2,858,056 bytes
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