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!
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.
- Crulex on December 3, 2012
hakstock;833096 wrote: Also this track makes me wonder why nobody had the idea of an OCR-Unplugged album
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.
- Martin Penwald on July 14, 2012
- Elex Synn on January 21, 2012
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.
- Darangen on January 10, 2012
- New80s+ on January 10, 2012
- Flexstyle on January 7, 2012
- uhhh6677 on January 4, 2012
- pu_freak on January 4, 2012
Wow this is great guitar work. Fantastic stuff. :D
- Top Gun on January 3, 2012
- Geoffrey Taucer on January 3, 2012
Also this track makes me wonder why nobody had the idea of an OCR-Unplugged album xD
- hakstock on January 3, 2012
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.
- psychowolf on January 3, 2012
- Chris | Amaterasu on January 3, 2012
- djpretzel on January 3, 2012