ReMix: Chrono Trigger 'By the Old Mill'
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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!"
"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!
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