ReMix: Chrono Trigger "Echoes of the Forest"

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...and we're back!! Our profuse apologies for the delay - one week is far too long to go without fantastic VGM arrangements!! To make it up to you, we got some stellar chip-cello Chrono Trigger action from AeroZ:

"Yoyo! Time for some Chrono Trigger! Trying to combine the cello and 8-bit sounds again like I did on "Fallen Dragoon." My goal was to create a chillout vibe though a bit haunting at the same time. The background arpeggios from "Secret of the Forest" and "Corridors of Time" are quite similar and I wanted to use that for this remix. Check out my other remixes at my YouTube channel if you wish!"

Trying... and succeeeding! "Fallen Dragoon" was one of my favorite pieces on Echoes of Betrayal, Light of Redemption, and one of my faves from Sebastian in general. So he kinda "had me at hello" with this mix, which does indeed employ a similar chiptune + solo cello aesthetic to great effect. We closed out 2013 with an excellent arrangement of "Secret of the Forest" from Homeslice, and it's neat to see such a different take on the same theme so soon afterwards. Introing with some nature sounds, a chip groove with a nicely filtered/squelched bassline starts us off, with cello seamlessly entering in at 0'52". I love how, rather than making a big deal about the introduction of a live, non-chip element, Sebastian just kinda slips it into a phrase and then grows it from there; very classy. There's a pretty subtle effect of what sounds like breathing exposed @ 1'42" that's quite nice, before percolating & percussive lofi/bitcrushed synths liven things up with staccato signals. At 2'34" things go full cello, and I love the lush, layered sound the artist can achieve with solo strings. The trio jam with upright-style bass is a slick & playful moment before electronic elements return to close things out. Seb's just really, really good at blending cello into chip/electronic work, and this arrangement capitalizes on that in all sorts of interesting & emotive ways. Excellent stuff!

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Discussion: Latest 12 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
SystemsReady
on 2015-12-10 09:23:04

I think this the first time I've ever heard chiptune and a string instrument in the same track. Sounds like an overly narrow superlative, but given all the random stuff I listen to, it's impressive. It sounds very lovely.

Black_Doom
on 2015-12-09 13:55:50

Damn, Sebastian certainly knows how to combine chitpune-ish electronica and live cellos to creat such lush and chill soundscapes. Love the cello soloing @ 2:04; the breakdown @ 2:35 is simply jaw-dropping - the cello is especially dramatic there. Wonderful tune, Mr. Freij!

metamorphosis
on 2014-08-31 18:54:27

I was reminded of Ryuichi Sakamoto when playing this. Wonderful work dude.

:)

MinnieMoog
on 2014-03-04 13:54:55

Just simply amazing. Is there much more to say? Fantastic mix all around. I'm a really huge fan of strings in general, so this is quite a treat. Thank you!

Melody of Light
on 2014-02-23 14:15:20

This is an incredibly beautiful mix. I used to hang out in the forest to hear the piano segment. This mix does a very nice job with the forest theme, and it would be fine even if it had stopped there. Yet the transition to "Corridor of Time" blew me away, especially with that cello. Amazing, amazing.

jimdraike
on 2014-02-19 12:15:19

WOooooooooooooooooooooooOW!

Nase
on 2014-02-18 18:39:34

Way cool! Beautifully dynamic, lively sequencing, very pretty cello.

I came in expecting some actual 8bit instead of something reminiscent, but maybe it's for the better.

guess this falls into the 9bit category, whatever that really means.

But who cares, great mix!

Liontamer
on 2014-02-18 17:11:06
Sexcellent Seb!

Hahahaha! Sums it up right there.

timaeus222
on 2014-02-18 16:45:08

Man, this is slick! Awesome square bass and other chiptunes. I also like the occasional drops in the rhythm. That cello blends right in. The string trio breakdown was cool, and actually doesn't feel out of place. :) Very nice!

Crulex
on 2014-02-18 16:18:52

Aw, yeah, loving the nature sounds in the background that pop up every now and then. Awesome cello and chiptune combination as well. Nice to hear the cello break out for a moment. Fantastic ReMix.

avaris
on 2014-02-18 15:47:13

Sexcellent Seb! Glad you did another remix in this style. Really love the groove towards the end. That should be its own song.

djpretzel
on 2014-02-18 15:19:40

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