ReMix: Chrono Cross 'People Seized with Trance'
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If you're looking to be seized by trance, or at least to mingle with others who have themselves been, you've come to the right place. Alex Gventsadze, whose last name officially bears a remarkable similarity to those celebrity name scrambles you see while waiting for the movie to start, sends in a veritable seizure of a Chrono Cross ReMix, throwing the masses into kinetic fits of frothy - but enjoyable - energy. ambient writes:
"What's up guys and a lady! Finally, decided to submit my new Chrono Cross remix. This remix took me an unprecedented amount of time - I actually started working on it about the same time when I started working on Chronodyne Marine. The mix has undergone numerous revisions and the only thing remaining from the very first version is the main arp (which took me hours upon hours to write, and months to find the right synths for). When I first started working on it, I didn't know much about how to put trance together, but gradually I was inspired and learned from blind's and siamey's work. So, everything from beats to textures to arps took alot of time and thought.
While I was working on it, MaZe got interested in the source tune, and actually made and submitted his trance take on the theme. Why People Seized with Life? Well, I remember Miguel kicking my ass in the game, and the music was quite fitting. Anyways, I hope you guys like this trance remix. I know trance remixes usually fight an uphill battle, but I think my rearrangement factor is strong, which is usually the main downfall of trance submissions."
Indeed, the ReMixer has taken G.I. Joe's wisdom to heart: knowing *is* half the battle. In this case, knowing that vanilla trance sometimes needs some extra pep to get past repetition issues that can give the judges gastrointestinal displeasures aplenty. Contrary to minority belief, we're not trance-haters, we're just arrangement-lovers, and the two aren't mutually inclusive as this and other trance mixes have proven. Andy acted as Tom Hagen to Alex's Don Corleone and provided some advice at multiple points during the mix's gestation. And what Boss Tanaka thinks is:
"I've probably heard about 50 revisions of this at various points and given ambient various different pieces of advice on it, some of which he took and some of which he didn't (at least, not verbatim). The reason I say this is because I *had* a lot of complaints and things I thought needed to be touched up, but I went through so many with him that we basically covered all the bases. I think this is a strong rearrangement with good production and creative sound design. Everything comes together well. As TO said, this IS what a trance mix should sound like. It's not like bLiNd, it's not like Siamey, it's not like sgx... it's a unique style that works."
There ya have it. I'd say perhaps it's a bit poppier; bits reminded me of Erasure at times. At any rate, it's good, fun stuff that comes on strong and goes down easy. Like your mom. Or not. I just had to throw that in there. Forget this happened. Whatever feedback zircon provided seems to have had a positive effect, as the production's solid and things develop in that fractal, multi-pronged, arpeggiated way that makes a good trance song so catchy. ambient proves seizures can be good things, though mixing them with trance in real life is probably a recipe for hospitalization, given the likely context.
Still a nice twist to what you normally hear outta CC and CT remixes :P
- Im_Just_Shawn on January 19, 2010
I feel like some of the production could use some improvement here, as the sound doesn't really come across to me as full - having more going on at once would do this wonders I think in terms of overall feel. The base arrangement is solid though, and provides a good foundation for the song.
- Bahamut on January 7, 2010
- Lucentas on October 1, 2009
This mix is decent, Trance is only entertaining on ex, or when I'm really drowsy.
The melody of this mix is a little hard to identify, I'm guilty of opening up the original to see how they matched, actually upon second listening the theme of the song is well mixed into a trance-like tune.
Overall, pretty cool mix. It didn't zone me out like most trance music, but it was a sweet song choice.
- AmazinJason on December 16, 2008
Your synths were def high quality and there was plenty of variation, and yet, I still got bored, I'm sad to say, because I really respect this as a piece of music and don't think you could have done much to make it better.
- WillRock on December 12, 2008
Let me fix it a bit.
I remember we started doing the same track to see who would get in with hi remix. You won. :)
Very good interpretation of the theme, awesome breaks, good percussion work, good synthesis. My only quirk with your remix is the ending. But that's just personal taste i guess.
Congrats Alex, on a job well done. Maybe one of my mixes will get through someday.
- NeoS on December 12, 2008
- Rozovian on December 4, 2008
Short review, I'm tired :/ Mix is good, though!
- DragonAvenger on August 23, 2008
In any case, despite DJP's commentary, I feel that it has quite a lot of things going on for a trance mix. I would have liked the end to be a complete amalgation of everything that had come before it (like 303 Infinity's "Trancending Reality") but I guess I can't have everything. Specifically, I like all of the transitions and segways in the top voices.
This mix is new enough to be mostly evaluated by the current panel as well, so I don't have any fun history comments about production etc. to make. From the writeup I can say that this is obviously a successful use of both the WIP forums and the resubmission process though -- two compeltely underused resources IMO.
Good mix -- hopefully we get some more excellent techno in soon.
- BardicKnowledge on December 9, 2007
- about:blank on December 4, 2007
Very engaging for trance, but doesn't sacrifice any dancability.
Well played, sir.
- OA on July 3, 2007
ambient01;241064 wrote: Now its gonna be a while before someone posts another review...
Just a month. :p
Too bad about losing all those reviews; I'll try to jump start the process here. I've never played the game, and so am completely unfamiliar with the source. I like this though; it's a clean sounding mix overall and an enjoyable listen. Nice work.
- Sole Signal on April 9, 2007
- ambient on March 3, 2007
- Liontamer on March 1, 2007
- djpretzel on March 1, 2007