ReMix: Chrono Trigger "In the Green Gloom"
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We JUST posted a great Chrono Trigger ReMix from Argle, but while that was a relatively straightforward take on one of the game's most popular themes, this is an ambient, otherworldly exploration of lesser-tread territory:
"I've wanted to make an ambient remix of something for awhile. The question is, which theme? It would have to be something that could be slowed down and stripped down, but still recognizable. I decided on "Secret of the Forest." Hope it doesn't bore you to death."
Au contraire; I was rather captivated, myself. The intro reminds me "Halcyon And On And On" for a bit, before modulating minor and making it relatively clear that a beat is NOT going to drop. That's cool; we don't get much straight ambient stuff these days, and I'm glad Adam decided to step up. At 3'16" there's some operatic vocalizing that enters that really reminds me of the Donnie Darko OST, specifically the scene in the movie theater, and the whole thing really envelops & enshrouds the listener in a curtain of texture. Larry writes:
"This is a piece one could easily repeat all day. That said, I'm not mad at Argle, but whenever he plays it for self-deprecating lulz in his submission letters, I feel like we miss out on fuller insight into his creative process, which is a shame for something as pensive as this. Adam definitely leaves you wondering why he made this besides wanting to do something ambient. Why this specific approach? Just curious.
Equal parts tranquil and melancholy, this track certainly doesn't bore ME to death. The piano, strings, winds, and pads sounded beautiful & lush, and the nature SFX was also applied with a soft touch to the soundscape. The vox introduced at 3:16 was my personal highlight among a texture already full of them. Before I even clicked play, I figured "It's Argle, it'll be good." And it was. :-) Enjoy the journey."
Ditto all that, including the part about requesting more background/context - always appreciated, especially when artists are tackling a new genre, to get backstory on the challenges, inspirations, techniques, etc. involved in a mix. For a COMPLETELY different take on the same piece, see Homeslice's year-ending dubstep + chiptune rendition from 2013; it's both crazy & inspiring how one composition can lend itself to such diverging interpretations, but that's what we're all about, eh? A little refreshing to see more ambient, beatless stuff, and a very welcome surprise that it came by way of Argle, who proves that no genre is safe from his talents. Excellent.
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