Sign in to follow this  
djpretzel

OCR01115 - Chrono Trigger "Another Fair"

Recommended Posts

As always, Mr. Hsu does a fine job of capturing the true theme of Mitsuda's original masterpiece. This arrangement is wonderful not only in arrangement, but in performance. It is an honour to have this in my digital media library.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I like this remix. Its an original piano solo arrangement. Most people like to show off "look how many notes i can play at once and how fast my fingers move", or fake it "I know its sequenced, but it just flows through naturally that you can't tell". But Dhsu just plays what he has a feel for. Its not rushed, but its smooth. Its not far off the song, but he wants to leave his mark in a song and not just play it. He wants you to know this is his version of the song and that he is playing it. Thats the way you should do any piano solo, whether fast or slow, let it be known that it is now yours. I encourage you, Dhsu, to do more like this. I can't think of anything wrong with it. now i'll have to look for something wrong with your next. 8)

99/100 because nothing is perfect, but this comes close.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I adore the beginning of this, it reminds me of the sigh after a big event. Like the super bowl. Or a milennial fair.

And then as it picks up, it reminds me of the first steps we take as we move on with life.

There is a lot of truth in your performance of this song. Thank you for sharing it with us.

yh

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Though I may not be as technical as most I can appreciate good music for the art that it is. I remember the feeling I had when playing CT for the first time... and your composition manages to capture that wonder, beauty and awe that I felt while at the Milenneal Fair.

Thank you.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hey nice work.

This is a very beautiful, well thought out arrangement. You really milk the harmonic tension for all it's worth, and there are some really nice moments.

The rubato style of playing is a nice stylistic choice, but I think at times the dramatic pauses break up the overall momentum of the arrangement. Could be a different way of looking at things, but I try to pay a lot of attention to dynamic shape of a song. The pause at 3:00 is an example where I would have carried the previous phrase into the next one without the grand pause, in the interest of a smoother, more organic ending.

Anyway, the fact that I'm getting this picky should be taken as a compliment. This is one of the better piano arrangements on this site, so you should be proud.

-Jon

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
The pause at 3:00 is an example where I would have carried the previous phrase into the next one without the grand pause, in the interest of a smoother, more organic ending.

Haha...sorry, that was a booboo. :P I was so excited at actually not making any mistakes up to that point, and I didn't want to mess it up. ^_^;;

I do appreciate your pickiness, Jon. Thanks for keeping me on my toes. :)

And Drakalu...you're welcome. ;)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Actually, Dhsu = first initial + last name. Pretty boring, actually. :P Although I kinda like what you came up with. :D

Anyway, glad you liked the song. I will be doing more as soon as I get a chance. :)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Wow. This remix was done quite beautifully! It makes excellent background music. Very soft, very peaceful... Very nostalgic, as well, since, like an idiot, I sold my copy of Chrono Trigger a few years back. At any rate, this remix was great. A fantastically-done remix of a fantastically-done song. I'd recommend it to anybody having a bad day, or anybody who just needs to calm down a bit. :) Or... anybody. :mrgreen:

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

This mix is a beautiful way to cap off my all-piano-mixes CD (this and your shining force-bleeding townspeople song, that mix is just plain cool). Anyway, I really like this one, good work.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
I adore the beginning of this, it reminds me of the sigh after a big event. Like the super bowl. Or a milennial fair.

And then as it picks up, it reminds me of the first steps we take as we move on with life.

There is a lot of truth in your performance of this song. Thank you for sharing it with us.

yh

This is almost exactly what I was thinking. I just finished watching The Matrix: Revolutions and randomly picked this out of the playlist.. and it's actually very fitting considering the ending (or so I believe). Very calming remix.. definitely in my collection of piano remixes.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

My favorite style of remix has got to be the solo piano arrangements, hands down. From McVaffe's "Cutman Sonata" to Noir's "Jenova for Classical Piano", I am a complete nut. Dhsu and klutz, however, stand out to me as being the best at this style. "Another Fair" is a fantastic arrangement of one of the most memorable themes from Chrono Trigger: the Millenial Fair. Dhsu seems to have taken into consideration every element that this simple, 16-bit piece offers and added his own input to it. He's slowed it waaaaaay down for a more mellow feel. From the get go he uses low rolling arrpegiated chords to move the listener into the music. I enjoy deep base notes in piano arrangements and this work doesn't dissapoint. To stay in keeping with the original, he uses bouncing, staccatto chords towards the middle of the song while speeding it up slightly, giving the air of excitement, allowing the listener to imagine the fair atmosphere. As the song nears its end, he lightens the mood by playing a few variations on the higher end of the keyboard. The final chord could be altered slightly in my opinion, but overall this piece screams Millenial Fair at Twilight. Awesome job and keep up the good work!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Pretzeldude is right, this IS hardly recognizable. But it´s so good, i´m downloading it anyway.

Piano rocks, Dhsu are some of them who understands that.

Nice work.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

In my opinion, this is one of the better piano mixes on the site. I won't lie - It's not one of my favorites and it doesn't have a permanent spot on my hard drive, but that's mostly because it's not really my style.

This piano remix is really unique because it is simple and clean, not attempting to make it sound over dramatic or more engaging. As a result this piece would make great background music, such as at a fancy dinner, but I personally would not listen to it actively that often.

The only criticism I have for this song is that the rubato in the last part (last 30 seconds or so) seems a bit excessive, since the melody is not really going anywhere.

Overall still a great song. Thanks, Dhsu!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Pretzeldude is right, this IS hardly recognizable.

Hey, I recognized it right away. Do I get a cookie?

I usually find straight piano boring, but this was just so beautiful (I guess it helps that I'm familiar with the source). Definitely one of the handful of piano mixes I wish to keep, and I really do love it.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I love this mix. The peaceful feel throughout really lets me feel like I've found a nice quiet picnic spot at the fair where everyone is relaxing and enjoying a cool drink, or something.

I'm making a guess that the name references Chrono Cross, and this would possibly be the music of the Fair in another dimension. If it is or isn't, that's how I picture it, and I think it adds charm.

The playing is very well done, typical of Dhsu's work. Love it, man.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Sweet, i'm reviewing 2 great piano pieces back-to-back! :-)

There's excellent playing, and a very nice arrangement of a piece I wouldn't initially expect for solo piano, but this works exceptionally well. I especially enjoyed the light B section, right before the ending. Awesome emotive playing, especially in the right hand. I'm not sure if there should have been as much rubato at the end, but it doesn't detract at all, and it finishes off a strong mix decently enough.

Great work! :-D

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The timing was noticeably blocky, which interfered with how delicate the arrangement was intended to be and doesn't let it age too gracefully, but still a solid concept. I can't say I've heard this theme taken in a slower more emotive direction by anyone else, so I love that David brought something new to the table.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply

×   Pasted as rich text.   Restore formatting

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

Sign in to follow this