ReMix: Chrono Trigger "Punk Hairdo Kid"
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We were deeply saddened today to learn of the death of Prince; amazing composer, impeccable performer, and just a singular musical mind. While his career spans multiple decades, for many of us he is primarily & indelibly associated with the eighties; this time-traveling synth-pop/funk Chrono Trigger ReMix from HyperDuck SoundWorks is the type of fun & unapologetically funky mix we think the Purple One would have dug. Chris Geehan writes:
"A good friend of mine, Randy Yasenchak of Elder Geek, came to me about a project he was putting together, Twenty-Five Games for My Son, a YouTube series about 25 games he wanted his son to know about as he grew up, games that shaped Randy's childhood and early adulthood. I thought it was quite endearing and a beautiful message to extend onto his son, and, having loved Chrono Trigger, I couldn't resist to jump in regardless.
I was in the midst of writing music for Cosmic Star Heroine, an RPG game by Zeboyd Games, and really, vintage, lo-fi, 80s, 90s, all of these styles were running through my head and out my fingers into the soundtrack, so I transferred a bit of that energy into this (and the other) remix I did. I wanted to do a unique and appreciative spin on how it was done. Remixing such an iconic soundtrack, and such an iconic song, while making sure to do the original music justice, is quite scary! It's always scary, which is why I don't do it often, but by the end of this, I was relieved, and hopefully others enjoy it as well, a little 80s flavour with a bit of our own zaniness in there. If not, ENJOY ANYWAY!"
Emunator sums things up incredibly well:
"HyperDuck really know their stuff - the 180-degree stylistic leap between their previously posted submission and this remix demonstrates incredible versatility and competency with their craft. I'm finding myself captivated by the throwback sound pallet utilized here as well as the lively modulations to a classic Chrono Trigger tune. The slick mixing work really ties it all together, it makes me happy when such a fun, off-the-wall concept like this ALSO gets the royal production treatment. :)"
It's a fun, sassy, & well-crafted arrangement, and I think we could all use a bit of that right now. Great work from HyperDuck which channels an era that was defined by artistic titans our world is starting to lose, and who will be sorely missed & remembered through their works.
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