ReMix: Chrono Trigger "stratification"
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Our previous featured ReMix from melody (Peter Kim) was his legendary Phoenix Wright collab with Detective Tuesday, which has a permanent spot on my "all-time" playlist. What's he been up to, since? Well, playing with the mind-blowing DiscoCactus, for one... also seemingly working on his guitar chops, or at least displaying them a bit more, as this one-man "Corridor of Time" rock/jazz jam features sick, speedy soloing, tons of polish, and a cool groove that's filled to the rim with musicianship:
"it's been a while, good people at ocr! like for most people playing through chrono trigger for the first time, reaching zeal was breathtaking. its disconcerting ethos, and the wonder of a fantastical city suspended above the clouds, were perfectly captured by a rookie mitsuda in his seminal 1995 soundtrack (of which the 19 oc remixes of corridors of time alone are inarguably a testament to).
in my mind, the island of zeal's vertical positioning with respect to the earthbound ones was/is an elegant metaphor for the social stratification present in trigger's era of antiquity. that image went a long way as i constructed this homage to a composer who has greatly influenced this small voice in a great sea of admirers."
Oh, the profundity! Seriously, cool analysis from Peter; I see it. Electric guitar really gets the spotlight, here, turning the arrangement into more of a solo-with-accompaniment noodly meditation on the ever-popular theme. Accompaniment *is* dope, don't get me wrong, as there's plenty of detail, variation, and intelligent writing going on to keep it interesting in its own right, but the electric lead sets the tone & stays around for most of the mix, melting faces at the very coolest of temperatures. Jivemaster summed this one up well:
"I'm not an expert of the Chrono soundtrack, but I think I'm hearing enough source usage here. The lead really makes you forget about some of the other elements (in a good way), due to the face meltingness of the almost non
Great production, everything has its place. Nice use of breakdowns with varied ideas each time. I wish the bass was a little louder cause there's some nice little licks in there, but I think this is good to go. Great playing, definitely brings the feels."
If this were some obscure melody that Peter had unearthed, one might be tempted to criticize not focusing on that ingredient a bit more, but ultimately the soloing is inspired by & relates to said melody in some creative ways... while still taking certain liberties that help distinguish the arrangement from many others. Great, refreshing stuff... Peter's a "musician's arranger" and is able to work creative & interesting arrangement ideas into pieces that also allow for expressive & demanding musicianship. That's a great combination of abilities, and when you add his multi-instrumental studio chops, it's legitimately killer!
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