ReMix: Chrono Trigger "Yearnings na Gaoithe"
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Strawberry fields forev.... hey, wait a second, that's Chrono Trigger!! Chris Geehan, under the banner of HyperDuck SoundWorks, serenades us with a very mellow Mellotron arrangement of "Yearnings of the Wind" that features characteristically lo-fi samples, some vinyl cracklins, & a heartfelt, endearing ballad presentation:
"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.
Lots of Mello instruments going on here. The piano isn't, but everything else is. <3"
Indeed; those flutes in particular channel the Fab Four for me, although they were certainly one of many to employ that specific patch. This transports Chrono Trigger back in time to an aesthetic that almost feels 19th century, even though the Mellotron itself was a child of the 1960's... there's this feeling of listening to something antiquated & authentic that's captured & distilled, serving the simple-but-effective arrangement quite well. Emunator writes:
"Once again, this is a drastic shift from HyperDuck's previous work, but the remix succeeds for all the same reasons. This features a one-of-a-kind retro sound pallet and top-notch production. Although it is faithful to the mood and melody of the source tune and doesn't really go off-the-rails with the arrangement, still manages to be quite expansive and interpretive."
Agreed; this is more or less a concept mix, where much of the interpretation is stemming from the instrumentation and especially the specific textures being layered. It's intimate, recognizable, and while it doesn't make particularly profound deviations from the source or employ flamboyant technical or musical wizardry, it delivers on its own distinct vision in a memorable & enjoyable way. Great stuff!
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