ReMix: Chrono Trigger 'By the Old Mill'

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Chrono Trigger

Harjawaldar (Mads Smebakk) debuted on OCR back in 2010 with a great Zelda solo guitar arrangement, and now he brings us another lovely, mellow, picked & strummed acoustic guitar masterpiece, this time adding organ in for a folksy, celebratory vibe:

"I've been wanting to do this one for a long time, and when I saw it was Japan Month on DoD I couldn't resist! This is one of my favorite themes from a game full of great music. I've sort of found a my own formula for doing acoustic remixes now so I went with that."

Good formula; I especially liked the addition of organ accompaniment and the meticulous attention paid to panning, which brings out the definition & natural sounds of the layered guitars. Of course, back in 2006 I added vocals & lyrics to Taucer's acoustic guitar rendition of this source that I'm also quite partial to, but instrumentation & singing aside these are still two very different arrangements, with their own voice. halc writes:

"beautiful performance and arrangement! I think some additional instrumentation could have really set this off, but the acoustic treatment is good too, and the pad support near the end was a nice touch. no qualms here, I enjoyed this mix a lot!"

Nutritious adds:

"Very nice performance here. Clever use of panning to fill out the soundscape and separate the parts... Nice expansion on the source tune in the various added parts and flourishes. Goes into original territory for a while after the initial run though, which had me a bit worried, but you brought things back soon after and had some nice variations on the themes as the song progressed."

Offering a perfect warm & cozy fireside ambiance for the winter weeks ahead, this mix is a well-timed acoustic tribute to 'Peaceful Days' and provides 2012 with its very first Chrono Trigger ReMix, too!

djpretzel

Discussion: Latest 14 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
Crulex
on 2012-12-03 10:40:28
Elex Synn;837571 wrote: I feel a modern version of Chrono Trigger would have to feature this song. It's beautiful. ^_^


Wholeheartedly agree with this. Such a wonderful and gorgeous arrangement for a great song. Acoustic guitars are like the pianos of stringed instruments to me, so hearing something like this and hearing the beauty of it is awesome. Some parts actually make me think of the village in Zelda: LttP. So warm and comfortable. Love this ReMix for sure.
Martin Penwald
on 2012-07-14 05:37:21
hakstock;833096 wrote: Also this track makes me wonder why nobody had the idea of an OCR-Unplugged album

Agreed.
Very relaxing piece we have here. And I agree with what others said about the organ; it really adds that certain something which makes the mix more than "just" a nice, acoustic song. I actually wish there would have been more organ.
Elex Synn
on 2012-01-21 23:35:43
I feel a modern version of Chrono Trigger would have to feature this song. It's beautiful. ^_^
Darangen
on 2012-01-10 16:36:22
Very nice :)
I think some light percussion would really make this pop. Maybe some shaker/tambourine lovin'.
It's pretty close to the original but has enough variance to keep me interested. Very good performance though, I know how hard it is to get a good acoustic sound.
New80s+
on 2012-01-10 16:15:29
Great Song. Reminds me of The Princess Bride opening
Flexstyle
on 2012-01-07 19:51:38
Played this last night at a wedding reception and nobody blinked. Love this song!
uhhh6677
on 2012-01-04 18:38:23
Very nice very nice. I usually prefer electric guitar RAWK, but I still loved this. Very relaxing and great to sit back and listen to. Awesome stuff!
pu_freak
on 2012-01-04 08:17:02
Very nice remix, I really enjoyed the guitar but when the organs came they really complemented the rest of the piece very well. Good stuff
Top Gun
on 2012-01-03 23:29:50
"What's that, Ayla? Crono's in trouble at the old mill?!"
Wow this is great guitar work. Fantastic stuff. :D
Geoffrey Taucer
on 2012-01-03 21:18:40
Ooooh, this is pretty!
hakstock
on 2012-01-03 20:28:38
This one is great. At first it seemed it's just a straight cover but later it expanded and blew me away. That organ near the end was a really nice touch.
Also this track makes me wonder why nobody had the idea of an OCR-Unplugged album xD
psychowolf
on 2012-01-03 18:43:43
The acoustic guitar sound pulled me in and kept hold of me throughout this track.
the original source is great already but this remix just makes you want to sit outside in the sun and just relax in the breeze.
Harjawaldar has killer studio....skills
keep up the great work dude this remix is DA Bomb.
Chris ~ Amaterasu
on 2012-01-03 17:55:06
Enjoyed this one, really nice and relaxing =D Thanks!
djpretzel
on 2012-01-03 17:28:38
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