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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Discussion: Latest 12 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
The Nikanoru
on 2016-09-01 15:57:26

There's a lot of feeling behind this one. It says one word to me - lament.

.. like lamenting why they never continued this series.

Nitwit
on 2016-08-23 01:03:54

The song reminds me of Black Moth Super Rainbow with the vinyl pops and the distorted tape sound of the lo-fi.

BLAHMASTER
on 2016-08-11 15:07:52

It's amazing what emotions the lo-fi sound can invoke.

Kharnivore2099
on 2016-08-08 09:16:55

This is a lovely remix/cover, something about the tone is rather comforting.

Thank you for this.

HyperDuckChris
on 2016-08-06 15:33:03

Thanks everybody for the really lovely compliments - glad it was well received, considering my "remix" style is rather modest most of the time (still time to be absolutely bat **** insane!).

I LOVE PBS-core lol - I used it as a genre tag, thank you hahaha!

Chris.

YoshiBlade
on 2016-08-04 23:26:57

This is now my favorite track of the year. I live for these kind of remixes...more specially these kinds of envisioning of experiences that words are useless to describe, which can only be felt and not explained. Take an empty room and utilize that feeling to make a song about empty rooms, without ever describing an empty room, speaking a language that only conveys a feeling and not an explicit intention and I'll say afterwords " Gee, that track made me feel like I was standing in an empty room" and there you have it. Why do I love this track? 3 letters P,B,S. I love the grainy sounds of the plucks in the beginning and the flutes, makes me feel like Im sitting in 6th grade science class and the projector fires up a documentary about the "Frogs of the Everglades" circa 1973 PBS with all slight detunings that accompany a taped sound track or the graininess of the sound quality. Everything makes me feel like Im watching PBS from the late 70's or 80's. I have been very busy at trying to emulate that feeling and style and now here is this glorious flagship for a new musical genre....PBS-core.

CyberSkull
on 2016-08-04 22:00:21

I like it. The mellowness really fits the source material, who's flute I found a bit shrill.

Slimy
on 2016-08-04 18:29:32

The one reminds me of the quieter part of a 70's cop movie soundtrack, I'm really fond of the style. (I don't know how to describe that style any better, see "Man with Icey Eyes" or " James Clarke ‎– Mystery Movie" to see what I mean.) The arrangement isn't really complicated, but I think it's better because of it.

Txai
on 2016-08-04 18:22:12

Neat. I love this organic retro feel. Especially with those distinctive lo-fi rhythm flutes.

timaeus222
on 2016-08-04 18:17:57

Sounds kinda like a sad flashback moment when that flute comes in. For me the stereo field was a bit odd; maybe it was mixed on speakers, because it's pretty much hard-panned. That aside, pretty solidly executed, and enjoyable as a vintage emulation with an oldies sound. :)

FL530
on 2016-08-04 16:33:47

I love it! It makes me think of the transition from the early silent movies to the early "talkies". This makes me want to see a live action CT movie done to look like this or in some 60's movie style! LOL!

Liontamer
on 2016-08-03 11:38:26

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