ReMix: Chrono Trigger "Town Life" 2:07

By djpretzel, Geoffrey Taucer

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acoustic-guitar collab duration-short folk lyrics-original singing vocals-male
Arranging the music of one song...

"Peaceful Days"

Primary Game: Chrono Trigger (Square, 1995, SNES), music by Nobuo Uematsu, Noriko Matsueda, Yasunori Mitsuda

Posted 2006-07-09, evaluated by djpretzel


So, we were hanging out at Jill's apartment in Baltimore for a combination OCR meetup/VGDJ episode/zircon birthday shindig, and Taucer started playing this great acoustic guitar arrangement from Chrono Trigger. Instantly, I wanted to do a vocal for it. I listen to a lot of folk/folk-rock material, from Jim Croce to Indigo Girls to Shawn Colvin, and Taucer's arrangement really struck me as a piece that could go in that direction with an original vocal and melody on top. This is something of a first for video game remixing (to my knowledge), and I have no idea how it'll be received, but I'm glad to have a song that represents the singer/songwriter folk genre on OCR, at any rate. This was also my first finished collaboration, though I've got another piece started before this that's not yet complete. Taucer sent me an initial recording, I did the first two verses, then he re-recorded and I did another take after writing the third verse. It was somewhat difficult finding a melody that fit into an existing framework, but thankfully the lyrics came much more easily - they're inspired by both Talking Heads' Naive Melody and Creedence Clearwater's Long as I can see the Light, and have a combination of longing and serenity to them; they're the best I've yet written, for whatever that's worth.

So, the only thing giving this mix any potential mass appeal is the fact that it's from Chrono Trigger; I don't think solo guitar/vocal folk songs are exactly sweeping the nation, and I wouldn't expect the genre to be popular with gamers in particular, but I've been wrong before. Nevertheless, it's a mix I'm damn happy to have gotten the chance to work on, and I'd like to personally thank Taucer for that. I'm trying a lot of different approaches this year in particular with ReMixing, and this is a piece that goes in a totally different direction than what I think people have in their minds when they hear "game remix" - to me, that can only be a good thing.

djpretzel

Discussion

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Less Ashamed Of Self
on 2010-11-14 03:10:42

Really well placed lyrics djp. Quite romantic. I'm a big fan of vgremixes where the lyrics are of their own character and story. It's a bit of 'a gimme' to write vocals to a megaman mix about shooting robots with your cannon arm. It takes specific and poetic skill to craft, as you have here, imagery that might apply to the characters of Chrono Trigger but really doesn't have to.

It's something special all on it's own. It helps us gamers to keep us from embarrassing ourselves a little.

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OA
on 2010-09-01 16:56:39

Has a very distinct 70's singer/songwriter feel to it, which is something we should hear more of on OCR. The guitar performance is solid but more of a utility role, and the vocals are well done.

I think the treble is a bit much though; it's not flaying the flesh off my body, but it could stand to be a little warmer.

edit: woah, Cyril'ed!

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Cyril the Wolf
on 2010-06-19 14:54:22

I have the original instrumental on my computer.

My only complaint with this great mix is that I feel there is too much treble in there. I prefered the warmer sound of the original.

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DJMetal
on 2010-01-29 13:19:43

I often come back to this song. It is easily my favorite CT remix on the site, and possibly at the top of my list overall. The feelings of warmth and sincerity that go along with the themes of great adventure and loneliness in this song are moving at the very least, and the most this song expresses one of the fundamental trails we all go through as we come of age. A fine, heartfelt interpretation of excellent source material and a true example of what a wonderful thing a ReMix can be.

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Cyril the Wolf
on 2009-07-20 02:29:04

THESE LYRICS ARE SEX and the song is too...

Thank god you guys are so awesome.

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Lucentas
on 2008-12-06 17:18:30

Such a moving and beautiful rendition of the source...I actually find myself singing this sometimes.

Uh, not in public, of course.

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Geoffrey Taucer
on 2007-09-05 13:17:11
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Geoffrey Taucer
on 2007-08-27 03:42:37

THought I'd already posted this here, but I guess not.

I don't have tabs, and probably won't make them in the near future (though with as many requests as I'm getting, I might make tabs eventually).

I can, however, give you the chords:

Am, C, D, G,

Am, C, D, G,

G, Am, C, D, ---Main melody starts with this line

G, Am, C, D,

Em, Bm, C, G, D,

Em, Am, C, D,

C, D, G, D, E,

Am, C, D, G,

Am, C, D, G,

Then it repeats (minus the first two lines) two more times. The brief interlude between the first and second verses is just G, Gsus5, G.

A couple of the C chords have a D thrown in on the B string, but otherwise the melody falls almost entirely within the voicing of the chords.

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Orion_Black
on 2007-08-23 16:12:24

I've listened to this song a lot since it was originally posted, and since then I've gotten better at playing the guitar. My genre of choice is the ol' folk/folk-rock style, and I've had an urge to learn to play it. Any chance you could write out a tab, or send me some sheet music for the guitar part of this?

It would make a great addition to my slowly-growing repertoire.

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SwordBreaker
on 2007-04-10 23:12:51

As some people must've noted, I was also immediately reminded of Green Day's "Time of Your Life" when I first listened to this remix. While DJP voice isn't as good as Pixietricks, that doesn't make him a bad singer by any means. The singing really compliments the feel of this remix and the meaning behind the lyrics becuase I can almost feel the emotion behind DJP's voice. The pain of being away from your hometown and yearning to get back...it's actually conveyed through the singing. The guitars are also very organic and well-played.

Ultimately, this is a very relaxing, simple, short and sweet remix that doesn't need any synths or effects to sound great. That's what we need more of in OCR.

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Superrpgman
on 2007-03-11 06:14:55

I would rank this song among my 2 personal favorite remixes,FFIV's Tororian Love Song, and Shen Mue's Dreaming while I wake. I cannot tell you how grateful I am that you did this. Words cannot express how beautiful I've found this song to me.

Thank you so much for this work of true beauty. You truly are a talented artist. Consider me now a huge fan of yours.

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ph0sphorousgobu
on 2006-12-25 12:21:18

It's more DJP greatness, but he's with a great guitarist now too. Is he the holy ghost, or Thou Divine Son, O Lord of All Things Salty and Pretzelely?

Regardless, lovely mix, lovely singing. It has my vote, for what it's worth.

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Audity
on 2006-11-01 20:19:42
This is the kind of stuff my parents listen to, man... 0_0. I mean, it's like those hippie songs that go nowhere. It could use drums and an electric guitar, maybe even an acid bassline, but it was produced very good and the vocals don't suck. Good job.

lol

this is very confusing i dont like it that much and the singer... i cant understand one word

LOL

Just wanted to say, belatedly, to the people bashing the lyrics, that they relly do make perfect sense, but only in the context of the game Chrono Trigger. It's not just a song about being away from home that uses some chrono trigger music, it's a song about Crono's own journey.

LOL (actually I don't know, but it just sounds like original lyrics to me)

But still. 3 lols in a row, from me is pretty crazy.

djp needs to hurry up and delve into every genre so he can go back to the funk!

Better than it could have been. I'm not going to keep it because of personal preference, but I like how it develops even if it doesn't really go anywhere, and how the guitar seems to conclude at points, but then continues, echoing the vocals.

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HourGlass
on 2006-10-18 16:20:41
Just wanted to say, belatedly, to the people bashing the lyrics, that they relly do make perfect sense, but only in the context of the game Chrono Trigger. It's not just a song about being away from home that uses some chrono trigger music, it's a song about Crono's own journey.

I'm not able to look at things that deep. Care to explain?

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Tanamoril
on 2006-10-13 02:53:45

Just wanted to say, belatedly, to the people bashing the lyrics, that they relly do make perfect sense, but only in the context of the game Chrono Trigger. It's not just a song about being away from home that uses some chrono trigger music, it's a song about Crono's own journey.

Sources Arranged (1 Song)


Primary Game:
Chrono Trigger (Square, 1995, SNES)
Music by Nobuo Uematsu, Noriko Matsueda, Yasunori Mitsuda
Songs:
"Peaceful Days"

Tags (7)


Genre:
Folk
Mood:
Instrumentation:
Acoustic Guitar, Singing, Vocals: Male
Additional:
Lyrics > Lyrics: Original
Origin > Collaboration
Time > Duration: Short

File Information


Name:
Chrono_Trigger_Town_Life_OC_ReMix.mp3
Size:
3,153,885 bytes
MD5:
5dda87c593e5866e890137ef26f89f0b
Bitrate:
192Kbps
Duration:
2:07

Home is where I want to be but I've been torn
from out its pages for a need to be reborn
taking all of the last chances I can get
the distance multiplies in rhythm with the debt
For any prayers you send my way that I get by
I'll pay you back when I've returned
I'll pay you back when I've returned

You said the town life's not for me
it wasn't big enough for who I'm meant to be but
it's not easy, taking it along
every street recalls the time I saw you last
every avenue a moment in our past
For every story that I bottle up in time
I'll tell you each when I've returned
I'll tell you each when I've returned

It's getting dark now and there's not much left to say
Just leave a light out each night and I'll find the way
Back to arms and eyes where I want to be found
Not these silhouettes that never make a sound
For any candles that you burn so I might see
I'll pay you back when I've returned
I'll pay you back when I've returned

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