ReMix: Pokémon X "Thy Everlasting Winter Wind Blows" 2:58

By timaeus222

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ambient bells chill choir chromatic-percussion cinematic harp mellow piano strings timesig-6-8 winter-holiday
Arranging the music of 2 songs...

"Bicycle", "Snowbelle City"

Primary Game: Pokémon X (Nintendo, 2013, 3DS), music by Hitomi Sato, Junichi Masuda, Minako Adachi, Satoshi Nohara, Shota Kageyama
  • Album: Featured on Esther's Dreams
  • Posted 2017-04-20, evaluated by Liontamer

    A mellow, cool, & exploratory ambient/cinematic arrangement of Pokémon X from timaeus222 (Truong-Son Nguyen), which gradually warms up as it progresses, off of Esther's Dreams - the artist writes:

    "When Larry proposed his and Kristina's (Chimpazilla's) concept for an album like this, I just jumped right on and voiced my immediate interest in something like this. I mean c'mon, writing music for a baby? Getting little baby Lloyd into VGM before the age of 2? Now that's awesome!

    As for the ReMix, the title, I thought, was a whimsical play on Shakespeare's "Blow, Blow, Thou Winter Wind" and Snowbelle City's slogan, "The city of everlasting winter." In order to really immerse people into an expansive, soothing ambiance, I think it helps to have careful sound design, so for the first time in a good long while, I began by choosing a bunch of sounds before writing anything at all. That somehow worked maybe because Impact Soundworks' Celestia: Heavenly Sound Design had recently been released (which, ironically, had sounds I didn't use at all, but was still inspired enough by to recreate a few). I heard the demos, and I knew I just had to do something in the full-on ambient style I got from zircon's "Terrarium." Thinking that I'd stick to the same 3/4 time signature throughout, I actually recorded most of the MIDI in live (with adjustments, of course) as I was writing this to keep things from getting too rigid, especially with so many organic instruments. I also paid extra attention to really nailing the harmonies and layering for a big, full sound. Took about 28 hours for this one, but considering my rather slow computer, it kinda normalizes to about 12! :)

    With this ReMix, I had two goals:

    1. Repeat things more than my usual, for the sake of familiarity
    2. Get people to fall asleep

    If you listen closely, I think you really can hear or feel nearly every note, even the low countermelodic ones. I very much enjoyed the final result, especially the "airiness" from the bells. Your mileage may vary, but my favorite parts were 1:14-1:44 and 1:52-2:07. Those two breakdown sections still bring chills down my spine. Hope you and your baby fall asleep -- err, I mean, enjoy! :D"

    Beautiful, hypnotic stuff... the sound design is engrossing & deep, and I especially liked the harmonic trajectory from chill to warm & almost celebratory... feels like walking in a winter wonderland for a bit and then coming home to conspire by the fire, egg nog optional. Calming but never boring, this was a great contribution to Esther's Dreams which fully embraced the concept... excellent work.


    Discussion: Latest 2 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
    on 2017-04-20 17:18:28

    Theres a really calming effect bout this song and its in a VERY good away i love the chimes and it kinda feels like it wants to make you zen but either way i love this song new favorite go!

    on 2017-04-19 13:35:13

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    Sources Arranged (2 Songs)

    Primary Game:
    Pokémon X (Nintendo, 2013, 3DS)
    Music by Hitomi Sato, Junichi Masuda, Minako Adachi, Satoshi Nohara, Shota Kageyama
    "Snowbelle City"

    Tags (12)

    Ambient, Cinematic
    Chill, Mellow
    Bells, Choir, Chromatic Percussion, Harp, Piano, Strings
    Time > 6/8 Time Signature
    Usage > Winter Holiday

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