ReMix: NiGHTS into dreams... 'Celestial Entrance'
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Originally intended for Lucid Dreaming, fate conspired against the inclusion of this mix, but we can still enjoy it on its own - all the more musical goodness for NiGHTS fans, methinks. While not quite as dramatic (or boastfully titled) as their previous collab on Chrono Trigger, this follow-up partnership between Brandon Strader & halc again melds the former's guitar/organic approach with the latter's chiptronica textures + beats for a lush-yet-crunchy soundscape. BS is kinda like the milk to Drew's Rice Krispies, though I doubt you could take that simile too far. Actually, this was originally a Strader solo flight, but halc jumped on board when judges had beef with the first submitted version, and then there was a resub, and then another, which is what I'm posting today, so this one's seen some revisions. Brandon originally wrote:
"I have never played a NiGHTS game before, but was asked to create this song by an acquaintance. The original song is very short, and only has the one key change in it. Not a lot going on in it. As a result of this, I went a little overboard with the arrangement while still staying true to the original. I added a lot of extra "flair", especially in the percussion. I recorded live bongos, tambourine, wedding bells, maracas, and I even went as far as using a coffee can as a percussive instrument. I don't usually write in this style, but I thought the contrast between real instruments (percussive and guitar, bass) against the electronic ones (everything else) was an interesting conflict, to say the least. Also, the auto-tuned whistling at the beginning was pretty fun, and a nod towards the hybridization of real and electronic."
So even before Drew was involved, this was envisioned as an electro-acoustic chimera. There were also originally baby giggle FX, but nearly everyone found them out of place and slightly creepy, apparently; Shariq writes:
"Babies are creepy as hell. :\ Nice to hear the source tune actually brought to the forefront this time around. Fairly conservative, but a nice soundscape, so it's not bad at all. Cool percussion too."
I think it's quite fortunate that, even though Brandon got a lot of feedback from a lot of people and implemented all or most of it, this doesn't sound like a Frankensteined, design-by-committee arrangement. Sometimes, with that many changes going on and that much input, you run the risk of compromising the end result by moving towards the lowest common denominator, but in this instance I think the final track is cleaner, more coherent, and really just a mellow, pleasant jam that expands on the source in all the right ways. Props to Brandon for sticking with it, bettering it, and again employing the multitalents of halc to produce a polished & transporting finished track!
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