ReMix: Chrono Cross "Reminiscence of Feelings"
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Alright, we're gonna try and pick up a somewhat "brisker" schedule to make up for the dual two-week hiatuses necessary for the site design changes, Chipamp, etc.; I neglected to emphasize in the writeup for 1500 that, to coincide with the nice, neat, round number of 1500, we've updated our torrents and could really use help seeding. Both torrents are worth downloading, even if you've got all of the previous mixes, as certain mixes had ReMixer name fixes, title fixes, and other assorted corrections to their ID3v2 tag information. In other news, I just bought an AKG C1000S and an Axiom 61 (viva la aftertouch and trigger pads!) from Zzounds.com - if you're a current or aspiring ReMixer, I recommend checking them out; they're also an affiliate of ours, so buying stuff on their site from links off ours helps us out, too.
Vampire Hunter Dan, who we last heard from this very month last year (covering the same game, no less), sends in a harpsichord-driven, rather baroque arrangement of Chrono Cross, and you know what I say: If it ain't baroque, don't fix it. Sympathy laugh? Fair enough. The ReMixer writes:
"Hello. I'm writing to submit an arrangement/remix of mine called "Reminiscence of Feelings." This orchestral piece is loosely based off of my arrangement of Chrono Cross's "Sang of Feeling" (aka "He Sang of Feeling") from the first edition of a certain Yasunori Mitsuda Tribute album. It's been a little while since my last submission to OCR, and much has happened in my life since that time. If it should be posted to OCR, I'd like to dedicate this arrangement to my family, for all they've done for me over the past year."
Let's hear it for familial appreciation - my sister and brother-in-law just moved back from NYC and are staying at my place until they buy their own, and right now I'm babysitting their cats and changing kitty litter, so I know how important reciprocal blood relations can be. Shariq described this as a "delicate arrangement that shows a lot of attention to balance," and I think that summarizes things accurately. There's a harpsichord cadenza at 2'18" that really ups the Austrian powdered wig pomp factor believably, which is probably my favorite bit. The overall arrangement is fleshed out but direct and unaffected in its formal and direct charm; it's got a familiar, cozy, welcoming feel to it that suits Dan's dedication appropriately. Oji opines:
"The note at 3:59 hung for a little too long and sounded fake, but you had some nice stuff when the other strings worked back in at 4:04 for the close. It's not often that we get arrangements of already existing arrangements, but this one definitely rose to the challenge of creating something evocative of the old version while also bringing strong improvements to the table. Overall, and very appropriately, this was a lush and emotive piece. A very strong arrangement. One for the ladies even."
While "Dan" isn't exactly the type of name that, when conjugated with "Vampire Hunter", inspires fear in the hearts of enemies, the artist clearly exhibits a sense of arranging for orchestra and specifically for lighter, harpsichord-centric fare. It's not your minor-key, gothic, Transylvanian harpsichord but rather your pleasant, "I just ate all the chocolate truffles and now I'm going for a serendipitous stroll by the fountain" harpsichord, which is good but in a different way. Quality work from VHD which, while not knock-your-long-socks-off elaborate or energized, is a pleasant and well-constructed take on Mitsuda's original.
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