ReMix: Chrono Trigger 'Glenn'
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Squint's debut has been a great story for 2011; I'm a huge fan of both his posted mixes, and they never would have been released through OCR had Palpable not stepped in & stepped up the production/recording quality to match the amazing arrangement & performance that was already there. For his latest, Hai Nguyen returns to Chrono Trigger & solo piano:
"Hey guys, first things first - I'm sorry. Yes, I did another Chrono Trigger piece. But wait, wait, I can explain! Before I submitted my first piece ("Gusty Piano in a Garden"), I had already finished "To Far Away Inspirations" (<crossing fingers for acceptance>), was putting the finishing touches on this one, and had started another one that I might submit (from FFVII...again, sorry!). At that time, I had only really been writing this stuff for my own benefit (didn't even consider that they could get onto OCRemix), so I didn't feel the need to try my hand at something uncommon, y'know? Now that this one's done, I figured I might as well send it in and see what you guys think. If it's any consolation, I'm pretty sure there aren't any mixes on the site for this particular track.
Also, I wanna say thanks once again to Vinnie, as he once again helped out with the production on this one, which makes three in all. I swore to him that this would be the last of the bunch, since now I can start fresh with recordings and all that, and hopefully get my own software for quality recording.
Anyway, to the piece itself. This track is one of the first things I can remember trying to copy when I was a kid, right when I got my first demo version of Finale. Of course, back then, I was just trying to copy it note for note, but yeah, I've always admired how this piece adds so many different parts one by one, and then they come together to culminate into something so sad, but so beautiful at the same time. I thought it would be really cool to try and emulate this with just the piano, since it's such a versatile instrument and can really play as many parts as needed, so long as the composer is creative enough to cram 'em all in there somehow. Of particular inspiration was Zohar's "Concert Paraphrase," where he takes the B Section of "Yearnings of the Wind" and beautifully presents it with two hands, nothing seeming out of place at all. Incredible. I also am not ashamed to admit that I took inspiration from his intro to "Concert Paraphrase" in writing the intro to "Glenn."
And now I'm babbling. The piece is definitely more classical this time around. It just came out that way, I guess. And I also sneaked in a portion of the Theme of Love from FFIV (Rosa's Theme), just because it sneaked up on me somehow while I was just plunking out ideas! It fits surprisingly well. So yeah, I hope you all like it. And don't worry, I have plans to start work on a piece for a game that somehow has no representation on OCRemix at all!"
Heh, don't feel TOO bad, Hai - there's a reason the classics are classics, and you're certainly not the first to revisit the same game twice in a row. I'm definitely interested in those plans to cover an unmixed game, but in the meantime we've got another of Squint's nuanced, beautiful solo piano arrangements to enjoy. I was sort of assuming a titular double reference to both Frog's original name and noted pianist Glenn Gould, but I guess the latter is coincidental, since it wasn't explicitly mentioned. I literally need to strain to find anything to critique in Squint's arrangements or his performances of those arrangements - he's really done great things for solo piano mixes on OCR this year. This is no exception, and I think fans of his previous two mixes, or the genre/style in general, will agree. As Deia puts it:
"I love your arrangements, they are so fantastic. To me, doesn't matter what game we are talking about, do what inspires you! Anyways, the level of personalization you add to these tracks really makes listening to them a unique, personal experience every time."
Indeed; truly looking forward to hearing MUCH more!
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