ReMix: Chrono Trigger "Town Life"
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- Game: Chrono Trigger (Square, 1995, SNES)
- ReMixer(s): djpretzel, Geoffrey Taucer
- Composer(s): Nobuo Uematsu, Noriko Matsueda, Yasunori Mitsuda
- Song(s): "Peaceful Days"
- Posted: 2006-07-09, evaluated by djpretzel
- Terms (BETA): acoustic-guitar collab duration-short folk lyrics-original singing vocals-male
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.
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