ReMix: Chrono Trigger 'Zeal Feels Good'

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Chrono Trigger

Zeal MAY "feel good," Greg, but if you Zeal more than three times a day, your body will lose precious electrolytes & you'll be quite sore. Or so I've heard. Gario continues our "new workshop moderator mini-flood" with a CT mix that is ALSO his official OCR debut, so props there. He opens with the now-obligatory "Yes, another Zeal mix" mea culpa:

"Another Zeal remix. What is this, like the thirteenth one? Alright, I'm not normally a sucker for overly remixed tracks - I generally try to avoid them, in fact. However, much like another popular track I remixed a year ago it was due to the tides of the WIP boards. There were a bunch of Zeal tracks popping up out of nowhere, and I thought it would be funny to make yet another one appear on the board. Turns out that what started as a semi-joke track for me turned out to be very, very smooth and sexy, so I decided to give it a nice production spit-shine and give it up to you guys.

This remix can be considered a homage to another remix of the same track - 8-bit Zeal by Nespus on OLR - so you can expect some sweet 8-bit tones in this one (you can even hear some sections that are very similar to Nespus' track - this was intentional to honor his track). The style is very much reminiscent of halc's 9-bit style that he has going (congratulations on becoming a judge, by the way), although it's comparatively subdued. There's some bit crushing effects placed on the drums, and some compression effects throughout the track to give it the warm, comfortable tone that permeates throughout. I thought the record needle (from would be a nice touch to really set the old, warm tone that those gramophones tended to produce. The track is fairly long, but it flows from one part to another so well that I didn't have the heart to cut too much of it away. I hope you all feel the same way about it. Please, get lost in this track - it really is meant to be a feel good piece."

He actually summed it up pretty damn well - it's Zeal, the halc vibe is noticeable, and it's just a comfortable, enjoyable arrangement. So what did halc think?

"oh wow, yes. really, really digging the soundscape, this actually strikes a bit of a GaMeBoX vibe to me. I freakin' love those chiptune arpeggios. cool gating too. I thought the overall volume felt a little low and the mix could have been slightly brighter in the highs imo, but those are just broad nitpicks. I think this song is fantastic."

Strong praise, but I'd tend to agree that Gario does a great job of capturing the aesthetic, and the gramophone adds a nice ambiance to the snap, crackle & crunch (sorry, pop) of chip textures. Excellent debut that, while it doesn't exactly reinvent the oft-tread source, does do a wonderful job of dressing it up to the nines in an approachable but classy lofi/chip tuxedo.


Discussion: Latest 15 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
on 2013-03-28 23:29:29
This mix is an absolute f'ing tour de force. Of all the Zeal mixes, I think this is my favorite. It reminds me a lot of Why So Serious in that it take a meandering path through chiptune awesomeness.
on 2012-12-13 15:47:55
I've always enjoyed Gario's work, especially from a certain track of his I heard on R:TS, but this is a new kind of beast. Fantastic melody with subtle effects like bell add-ins and a bit of chippy play here and there. Certainly enjoyed the intro as well as the gramaphone being used in other areas, too. Well, much like Zeal, this ReMix makes me feels good.
on 2012-08-02 00:02:14
Damn Gario, this is beautifully done in my opinion. I actually just happened to come across this when I was watching a Chrono Trigger in 5 minutes video, it it went so well together, it made me want to shed a tear watching the video with this song in the background.
Well done Gario, well done!!
on 2012-01-23 21:30:04
Great mix chosen from one of my favorite parts of the game.
on 2012-01-22 21:02:45
Nice work Gario! I've heard some of your stuff from the Wiley Castle Remix Gauntlet 2011 and your remix for Hurry!, so it's nice to see you get a remix accepted.
On to the song, I never get tired of hearing Corridor of Time. The bass here is really great. Killer synth choices as well. Overall very impressive.
on 2012-01-21 00:13:09
I've had Mazedude's remix of the same song in a playlist for a long time, it's nice to hear a new take on it. I like it!
on 2012-01-20 15:52:01
Cool, groovy, crispy, chip mix. Like it.
Good job Gario :)
on 2012-01-20 10:39:06
groovy, man. great tune
on 2012-01-19 19:24:28
Passing time by
outside reality
in the hallway
listening to this
on 2012-01-19 08:42:31
I never get tired of corridor of time
Less Ashamed Of Self
on 2012-01-19 05:40:47
I am NOT getting tired of 8-bit arpeggios. Solid cover of a solid source. How can you go wrong?
on 2012-01-18 16:48:55
This track is pretty cool, very relaxing. Everything blends together so nicely. Only gripe I have is it did seem to get a bit repetitive at parts. Other than that, very nice mix!
on 2012-01-18 09:12:29
The kind of track that's gonna play on repeat for hours on my computer :D
Awesome work man! Please make more! :nicework:
on 2012-01-18 01:11:45
Great job Gario! Nice debut!
I saw the track was over 6 minutes and thought, "Oh no, this is going to drag on..." but was pleasantly surprised that when I looked at the time five and a half minutes had already gone by.
Not exactly reinventing the wheel with it, but a very nice paint job so to speak :)
on 2012-01-18 00:29:10
Great debut, Greg :-) The mix runs pretty long but I think the length is warranted, you've got a very dynamic arrangement that stays pretty safe for the most part, but covers a LOT of melodic ground. The arrangement almost feels like a one born from a stream-of-consciousness train of thought, which I think is the best way to handle this particular source.
Nice to actually be able to hear some bass in one of your mixes too, dude ;-)